Smart Woman (1948) Movie Script

Isn't there a good murder trial
somewhere in this building?
We'll find one someplace darling.
We'll find one.
Junior, they've had the D.A. in there
three hours. I've a feeling in my bones.
That's rheumatism, believe me.
Johnny, you can't beat a guy like Wayne.
Still in session?
- Still in.
Hiya, Lester.
You going to be one of the pallbearers?
The Daily Star doesn't believe the
district attorney is guilty of anything.
Don't let it go to your head.
The Star felt the same
way about Dillinger.
So far, Mr District Attorney.
I don't think your explanations have
satisfied the members of this jury.
Look at these: Waxy Simpson. Racketeer.
Not been brought to trial yet.
Joseph Pender.
Charged with embezzlement
against the city. Still out on bail.
What about Fred Johnson?
You steadfastly refuse to press charges
against a man accused of election fraud.
I could be all day enumerating.
We believe this is a manifestation
of the corrupt political machine ..
That dominates this city.
Now, Mr Clark. I appreciate your
interest in clean government.
But you can't ask for miracles.
- We're not asking for miracles.
All we want you do is to prosecute
the indictments we've handed down.
As foreman of the grand jury
you must realize that you ..
Can't get a conviction against Johnson
as long as the chief witness is missing.
We know that.
But why hasn't your office
located this witness?
Madam, we have looked.
It so happens the man's name is Smith.
There's an awful lot of
Smiths in this city.
And you seem to have
an awful lot of excuses.
Are you accusing me of
malfeasance of office?
Nobody is accusing you of anything.
But if the shoe pinches.
It generally doesn't fit.
What happened? Did they press
you for a Waxy Simpson trial?
Come on, boys. Take it easy.
A fine group, the grand jury.
Just doing their duty.
Just a routine check-up you might say.
No statement necessary.
Looks like you're in
hot water, Mr Wayne.
No comment.
- I know.
I was making one.
Gentlemen, come here.
Has the grand jury come to a decision?
Look gentlemen. Gentlemen.
After investigation of the many failures
of the district attorney's office ..
To take on, investigate and try certain
indictments returned by this jury.
We've decided to ask the
governor of our state ..
To appoint a special prosecutor.
Good afternoon, Mr Wayne.
- Hello, Anna.
How did it go, Brad?
- Just routine.
Nothing to worry about.
Mr McCoy waits for you in the library.
Thank you, darling.
- In case you've forgotten.
We are celebrating Paddy's birthday.
We made reservations ..
- Did you think I'd forget?
Don't you worry. I won't be late.
You are sweet.
We're in trouble, McCoy.
You can use your connections.
You are a big man.
You keep telling me.
The grand jury is asking
for a special prosecutor.
What do you expect, congratulations?
I told you to prosecute a
couple of their indictments.
Too late now.
I still have a few moves left.
To most people it's going to
look like you're squirming.
Not if I move fast enough.
As soon as the special prosecutor gets
into town I'll greet him with open arms.
As long as I have one hand on his
shoulder I can keep him off balance.
Do you have to do that?
Who's lined up as special prosecutor?
I heard a rumor it's Robert Larrimore.
- Larrimore, eh?
They couldn't pick a better man.
I can handle him as long as we don't
take any unnecessary chances.
You'd better close
up the city locations.
Thanks for letting me in on it.
You raided one of them last night.
Your boys broke up some
valuable equipment.
That cuts into the profits.
I am a partner. I share the losses.
It's more fun splitting the profits.
That was a grandstand play
strictly for the public.
I'm a registered voter. Next time,
let me in on your private show.
Did you get in touch with Jasper?
- Yes.
He is going to handle
the campaign for us.
I picked up these documents also.
What are you waiting for?
Throw them on the fire.
But these are affidavits.
Photostats, pictures.
All the evidence we need
to keep the boys in line.
Wayne, take my advice.
I've been through this routine
before but on a different level.
You give up an inch now.
You save a yard later.
What if you got caught
holding that stuff?
Can you explain to the grand jury ..
Why you didn't use it to
prosecute their indictments?
You have nothing to worry about.
You're so well protected your own mother
wouldn't know you control the racket.
But I'm out in the open.
I've got to have some kind of
a club to keep things in order.
Are you going to burn
that stuff or aren't you?
You're alright, McCoy.
I'll go along with you but it's
against my better judgement.
The first thing I'll do is to throw the
Johnson case at the special prosecutor.
We'll need the best criminal
lawyer in town to defend him.
Paula Rogers?
Is she still working for us?
Not us.
Alright. Whatever. Get her.
We can't afford to gamble.
I only gamble on horses.
Alright. I'll switch you over.
- I'd like to see Miss Rogers.
I am sorry. Miss Rogers will be tied
up in conference all afternoon.
This way please.
Remember. It was an accident.
I didn't push you.
What about the Carter briefs?
- Miss Rogers has those.
Sorry, Mr Burkette. Miss Rogers
said she couldn't be disturbed.
But this is important.
She has been tied up since 12 o'clock.
I'm sorry.
A case like this requires a steady hand.
It must be approached with caution.
It's tricky.
But I believe it can be mastered.
And in the hands of an expert.
Oh. It slipped again.
Nice try, mom. Now let me show you.
First you slip your thumb into place.
Then you kind-of sneak your finger
round to the other end like this.
See what I mean? Nothing to it.
Rusty, my boy.
You're just a great big show-off.
Can I help it if I have talent?
I guess I got it from my dad.
You always said he could do
anything, didn't you, mom.
Sure I did, baby.
Only you have been practising.
That's all.
I haven't practised once.
It's against the rules at school.
Against the rules? Why on earth should
picking up spoons be against the rules?
Certainly, I'm busier than you.
If I can find time ..
It's considered too childish.
- I know, but ..
Okay, grandpa.
Come on. It's late.
I must get on my horse and
get you back to school.
Or I'll break ten more rules.
That ravishing daughter of yours must
have enrolled at Rusty's school.
I don't think Paula would
do a thing like that.
What is a 3-letter word for bliss?
Look, sweetie-pie. I only have 3 boxes.
If you write real small
you can fit it in.
Johnny, I win. This breaks the game.
I'm very sorry darling but ..
You never put a red Jack
over a red Queen.
I don't care.
It looks much prettier that way.
It does, Oscar. Don't be so sensitive.
Yeah, Oscar. You be quiet.
Because you're talking to the
mother of the woman I love.
Hello, Paula.
What do you want?
I told you not to come here.
Is that nice?
I want to have a talk with you.
Come on. Sit down.
Get out.
Skip the high-and-mighty routine.
I want you to take over
the Johnson case.
I told you before that I'm
through taking cases for you.
I'm not through giving them to you.
The phone book is full of good lawyers.
Good isn't enough. I want you.
I don't handle second-rate politicians.
Money makes up for pedigree.
You weren't so choosy before.
Times have changed.
Have they?
Not for you and me.
You're a smart woman, Paula.
You'll play out the hand.
We've been over this before.
You will play.
I don't like your choice of language.
The answer is still no.
I still don't like your
choice of language.
A file on the Johnson case will
be in your office in the morning.
Hello, darling. You're late.
I know. I am sorry.
Yeah, what's the idea?
You know Paula, one of these days you're
going to lose me to a home-loving girl.
However did you get so wet?
It's raining, dear.
- I'll get your slippers.
Have you had any dinner?
- Not yet.
We saved you some chicken.
I couldn't eat anymore anyhow.
What's the matter with you?
Just tired.
I am sopping wet.
- Let me help you.
Fine. Now I am sopping wet.
If you insist in invading my privacy you
must put up with minor inconveniences.
Okay, I shall try to adjust myself.
Now down, Oscar. Down.
Mother, why keep calling the
dog 'Oscar'? It's a 'she'.
Don't be so technical.
I just like the idea of having
a man about the house.
That's my job.
And I refuse to be insulted, mother.
I'll fix your bath.
- Alright, darling.
Johnny, don't you ever go home?
- Sure. I was home only last week.
I'm starved.
Tell me, Paula. Why won't you marry me?
Any other girl would jump at the chance.
- In which direction?
You know, Paula. You lack the spiritual
depth to respect my sterling qualities.
I don't mind if I do. Thank you.
Now, Miss Rogers. I should like a
statement about the special prosecutor.
You think he'll last through Michaelmas?
- Johnny, no talking shop tonight.
But this isn't shop talk,
my good woman. This is news.
The governor has appointed one
Robert Larrimore for the job.
Now, he is rich but honest.
Crusaders bore me stiff.
Maybe you don't approve
of making a better world.
My world begins at home, Johnny.
Ideals are fine. But they don't buy
groceries or send Rusty to school.
Who knocked the chip off your shoulder?
I've got news for you.
- I'm off duty tonight.
I'm taking the Johnson case.
The Johnson case?
Paula, you must be out of your mind.
He is a cash customer.
He is as low as they
and as guilty as sin.
Johnny my boy.
Criminal lawyers defend criminals.
Sometimes they're actually guilty.
Paula, dear. Your bath is ready.
Alright, mother. I'm coming.
I'll walk you to the door.
- I'm leaving?
We'll miss you though.
Listen to me, Paula.
You're going too far this time.
You're bucking the reform
movement, you know.
Save the editorials for
the back page, Johnny.
I'll read it in your paper tomorrow.
- Okay, okay.
Better know what
you're up against. Here.
Names, numbers and
pictures of the visiting team.
Thanks. Goodnight.
- Goodnight.
You forgot something.
Your shoes.
- Huh?
You know, someday you're going
to give me an inferiority complex.
You'll get over it.
- Goodnight.
Stand by to come about.
Look at her sail. Ain't she a beauty?
She could have won the Bermuda race
while the others were on the first leg.
If you'd stuck to your job in Washington
you might have had time to enter her.
What's eating you?
You, Mr Larrimore.
You've been fighting
trust cases all your life.
What do you know about tangling
with a lot of cheap racketeers?
All I need to know, Sam. A crook is
a crook no matter how he dresses.
Since you found out your middle name was
Claridge you've stuck your chin out.
Look, they got a mob down there
that will hit you below the belt ..
Even if you wear it on the floor.
That's why I'm taking you along.
My experience in divorce cases
ain't going to be much help.
You're out of this world, Sam.
No wonder I don't
understand it sometimes.
About ship!
Aye aye, Mr Special Prosecutor.
Porter, we're looking for
a Mr Robert Larrimore.
I'm not supposed to tell.
Compartment E, sir.
- Compartment E.
He owed me six bits.
You're not handsome
enough to be Larrimore.
Maybe I got money.
- The press to see Mr Larrimore.
You're a little early.
- Who are you, his assistant?
- Your name?
Corkle. Sam Corkle.
- Corkle? It don't rhyme with anything.
Don't squeeze boys.
I ain't no accordion.
Mr Larrimore.
Mr Larrimore, do you have a
statement for the press, sir?
Afraid not.
I see you're a yachtsman, Mr Larrimore.
- Yes I am.
You planned to enter the Bermuda race.
- Yes, I was.
I must have been a
sacrifice to give it up.
Look out for him.
He's the opposition paper.
What is your firsts move,
Mr Special Prosecutor?
My first move, I guess,
is to get a cup of coffee.
So, if you'll excuse me please.
I'll let you have a statement later.
How many cups of coffee do
you drink, Mr Larrimore?
With cream and sugar?
- Both.
I'm not through yet. I want some of
your opinions for the woman's page.
Tell them we're for them.
You believe a woman's
place is in the home?
You would.
'The Special Prosecutor inferred ..'
'He needed a second cup of
coffee to offset a hangover'.
What hangover?
Listen to this.
'The yachtsman admitted he'd rather sail
boats than prosecute the people's case'.
'He also paid high tribute
to District Attorney Wayne'.
I never said those things.
Don't you believe in
freedom of the press?
The wolf pack is here again.
- Keep them out.
No, Elsie. Let them in.
I think I'm ready for them.
Well, they're in.
Boys, you had a good laugh this morning.
I should have known better
but didn't realise that ..
Drinking a second cup of coffee in the
morning would discredit my character.
Let's forget about it.
Your papers have every right to take
me apart in their editorial columns.
I do object however to misquotations
and innuendos in their news columns.
I'm going to give you all the news I
can providing it doesn't hurt my case.
You can give me your cooperation.
Or you can make my job more difficult.
It's up to you.
In any event I have a job to
do and I'm going to do it.
The grand jury and the people of the
city think the place needs cleaning up.
It's needed it for years
but it can't be done.
You mean some people
don't want it to be done.
Then you're a crusader, Mr Larrimore.
You enjoy cleaning up
other people's yards.
I'm of the opinion we all
live in the same yard.
I don't feel you can quarantine
corruption by putting a fence around it.
Hear, hear.
- Good afternoon, gentlemen.
My name is Wayne.
I'm to welcome you aboard, Mr Larrimore.
If that's true, Mr Wayne,
it's very generous of you.
The grand jury was within its
rights. Mistaken I believe but ..
But I'm ready and willing as always
to serve the interests of the people.
I want you to know the facilities of
my office are all at your disposal.
That's very kind of you, Mr Wayne.
But I don't think we will need them.
I'm going to run this with my own crew.
As you wish, Mr Larrimore.
However, I think you'll find ..
That public service isn't always
rewarded with justice and gratitude.
Here's the documents in the Johnson case
and the other indictments in question.
I hereby turn them over
to you for prosecution.
The Johnson case is first.
Good luck, Mr Prosecutor.
When does it come up?
What, today?
That's in five minutes.
Where is Department 16?
- On the 8th floor. Follow me.
Come on. Let's go.
'Fred Johnson. Accused of election
fraud in the 59th District'.
Fraud witnessed by J.J. Smith.
Open and shut. What's wrong with it?
- J.J. Smith has disappeared.
I get it.
That's only half.
The other half is Paula Rogers.
She's defending Johnson.
Paula Rogers?
I hear she's a good lawyer.
Yeah. Very pretty too.
Where is counsel for the state?
He can't hold this up all day.
Look in the corridors.
The people versus Johnson.
The people versus Johnson.
If Your Honor please.
The defense is ready.
If the state does to wish to prosecute
my client I move this case be dismissed.
Your Honor, I am here
to represent the state.
I am Robert Larrimore,
Special Prosecutor.
I must explain.
I only took office yesterday.
This case was handed to me by the
District Attorney ten minutes ago.
Therefore, I respectfully request
a continuance of one week ..
In order that I may familiarise
myself with the state's evidence.
If Your Honor please.
The defense also has just
familiarised itself with this case.
However, we are prepared.
The defendant Mr Johnson has waived
a jury in order to expedite this case.
He has consented to three requests
for continuance from the prosecution.
In order that they might
locate a missing witness.
My client was put through a great
deal of expense and inconvenience.
Your client has been out on bail.
By this endless and inexcusable delay.
I must ask Your Honor to deny this
request for still another continuance.
Motion for continuance denied.
Call James Smith.
James Smith.
James Smith.
Your Honor, it is obvious the prosecutor
is trying to delay these proceedings ..
Until 4 o'clock when
this court adjourns.
But there's a bench
warrant out for Mr Smith.
There's no evidence, Your Honor,
that a Mr James Smith even exists.
I have never seen him.
Mr Johnson has never seen him.
Have you any other
witnesses, Mr Larrimore?
If you'll just give me
a moment, Your Honor.
Here are your witnesses, Mr Larrimore.
Call Miss Betty Devore.
Betty Devore.
Betty Devore.
Miss Betty Devore.
Call Miss June Robbins
to the stand please.
June Robbins.
June Robbins.
June Robbins.
June Robbins.
We seem to be swarming with
missing witnesses today.
Your Honor.
There's no evidence on record to show
that these were ever subpoenaed.
For all we know they might exist only in
the odd imagination of the prosecutor.
Is she kidding?
I assure Your Honor they
most certainly do exist.
In as much none of them
appear to be present ..
I wish to renew my request.
- Objection.
This court has already ruled on
a request for a continuance.
I request for a continuance, Your Honor.
But only until tomorrow morning.
Request granted.
The court is adjourned until ten
o'clock tomorrow morning.
Round on for Larrimore?
- Traitor.
I'm the score keeper.
Want to meet your worthy opponent?
Mr Larrimore, I'd like you
to meet Miss Paula Rogers.
How do you do?
- Very well when I'm up on my cases.
I'm afraid I've been working
from the wrong file today.
You mean those missing witnesses?
I have an assistant who gets around.
Thanks, Sam.
Don't mention it.
If you ever need a date
don't mention it either.
A good trick, Sam but it
won't help us tomorrow.
Wayne knows a fast curve
when the throws one.
Yeah, No evidence. No witnesses.
You can hide everything under one
fingernail and have room to scratch.
Smith is our man. We've got to find him.
If we lose this case, Wayne will
see we're laughed out of town.
If Smith was bought off we
may as well start packing.
Bought off, scared off or dead.
Without him we don't have a case.
Alright. I had better start
checking my contacts.
Now wait a second.
- Stop doubting me, will you?
There are men's names in the back.
Whatever went with Harry the gimp?
That heister who went to night school?
Yeah, that's the one.
- He's doing a stretch at Leavenworth.
He's a librarian up there.
Then going to night school
did him some good after all.
Another one?
- Yeah.
Roll for a free drink?
Losers pay double.
Make a gamble.
That's no gamble, brother.
That is suicide.
I got nothing to live for.
You win a free drink anyway.
Yeah. Free drink for a signature.
A signature?
- Yeah. Come on.
We don't need any crackpot
reformers telling us what to do.
Who's backing this?
A patriotic organization.
The Good Government League.
The Good Government League?
- Yeah.
So long, Joe.
I've been calling you since two o'clock
and I don't want any more excuses.
My good man, I expected that
paper stock to arrive this morning.
I don't care how busy you are.
I've got petitions to put out.
Alright. But hurry it up.
Dr Jasper?
Yes, sir?
What can I do for you?
I like what your
organization stands for.
I want to find out more
about it. Maybe join.
Have you been recommended by a member?
No. Not yet.
You've got rules like in
a country club, huh?
Not quite.
Our business is good government.
Shut that door.
I'm sorry, sir.
But we're terribly busy today.
Let me give you an application blank
and you come back in a few days.
Sending these out now, Dr Jasper.
You clumsy fool. Get a blotter quick.
I should have fired you a week ago.
You blithering idiot.
You have the brains of a canary.
Sorry, sir. You'll have to excuse me.
Now, where did he go?
Confusing, ain't it.
- Yep.
When most anybody checks
in here their name is Smith.
We got a few Joneses
here but mostly Smiths.
I can't understand it.
My friend Jasper said he was here.
We got about seventeen
Smiths registered here.
But I don't know anyone
by the name of Jimmy.
Maybe he is bashful.
He said he was here.
I'll have the bellboy go up and check.
I'm thirsty. I'll be right back.
Call Jasper.
Smith appeared to be on the level
when he answered the indictment.
He may still be on the level.
Only six feet deep.
I don't think he's important
enough to get killed off.
Bob? Sam.
Quick, Get down the Eureka Hotel.
811 Frith Street.
I got a lead for you on Smith.
I'll send him up.
We found the guy.
- Good.
Room 3A.
The bellboy will take you up.
- Thanks.
After you, sir.
Cover the back.
That ain't Smith.
Don't touch that.
3A. Come on, let's go.
Joe, take over here.
Now get out of here.
Down the fire escape. Quick.
Wait a minute.
Well, the missing Mr Smith.
We were coming to see you, Mr Smith.
Nice of you to meet us halfway.
The pleasure is all mine.
Call your witness, Mr Larrimore.
Your Honor.
It's impossible for the prosecutor to
call a witness that's not in this court.
My client must refuse to be a
party to this farce any longer.
I submit that Mr Larrimore be
held in contempt of this court.
And I move for dismissal.
Take the stand please.
Raise your right hand.
You swear the evidence you give will
be the truth and nothing but the truth?
I do.
- Take the stand.
State your name.
- James Smith.
Now, Mr Smith.
Were you so intimidated by
any person or persons ..
That you were afraid to come in
to this court to give testimony?
Yes. They threatened
to kill me if I talked.
Who is 'they', Mr Smith?
Mr Johnson.
You used the word 'they'.
It was like I told you last night.
There was a Mr Jasper of the
Good Government League.
He was the man who paid me to hide out.
Him and Johnson. They're the ones.
Now, Mr Smith.
Your Honor. My client wishes
to change his plea to guilty.
Change of plea accepted.
See you at the office.
I love you madly, doll. But I was
on Larrimore's side all the time.
I'll let you in on a little secret.
So was I.
You know, you confuse me.
We went through the Good Government
League. Nothing left but the building.
Get a subpoena out for Jasper.
A tough break.
- I'm not grief stricken.
We don't ask for tears. Just effort.
We blew this case but don't worry.
There will be another one along.
Don't worry. There will
be another one along.
I'm so sorry.
It's quite alright, Mr Larrimore.
I've been taking a beating all day.
Down please.
But .. Miss Rogers.
Ah, did she hurt you?
Hello dear.
- Hello.
How did it go?
- Fine. I lost.
I am sorry.
I'm glad.
Jasper is missing.
Who is missing, dear?
Jasper. They can't find him.
He has disappeared.
Goodness, do we know him?
[ Buzzer ]
I'll get it.
Jasper? There used to be a Jasper
back home but that was his first name.
Or perhaps it was Casper.
A package for your daughter, Mrs Rogers.
Thank you, Freddy.
Paula, do we know anyone
named Larrimore?
Larrimore? Let me see that.
For heaven's sake.
How thoughtful.
[ Telephone ]
'Please forgive me for the poke
in the eye. Robert Larrimore'.
Larrimore. Of course.
That's the butcher who sold us that
underweight turkey last thanksgiving.
What do you think of that?
His conscience must have been
bothering him all this time.
Hello Mr Larrimore.
Isn't that odd?
We were just talking about you.
Oh no. No, not bad at all.
But I have a bone to pick with you.
It didn't weigh twenty pounds you know.
What is that?
I'm sure she would.
She has had quite a disappointing day.
Mother, who is it?
In an hour?
Yes. I'll tell her. Goodbye.
The minute I've had
dinner I'm going to bed.
What you need is to get all dressed
up and go out with some nice man.
What will you wear?
A nice old-fashioned nightgown.
To go dancing?
Perhaps it will start a trend.
Mother, what are you talking about?
- Mr Larrimore.
You know, Paula. It probably
wasn't his fault about the turkey.
Mama, pull yourself together. What has
Mr Larrimore got to do with the turkey?
I was just saying. He is the butcher ..
- No, mama ..
He is the special prosecutor.
What an odd combination.
Anyway, I told him you'd go.
Go where?
Oh dear. I've forgotten.
The Star Revue. In an hour.
Wait. Let me get this straight.
You told Mr Larrimore that
I would go to the Star Revue?
When did you tell him that?
- Just now. On the telephone.
Aren't you going?
- I hardly know the man.
He sounded so friendly.
Mama, you are incorrigible.
Paula. Don't mention about the turkeys.
Sometimes the scales are off.
The scales of justice
should be accurate.
Not rigged to suit the occasion.
Then a terrific storm came up.
Our ship was split in two
by a flash of lightning.
Every man jack of us was washed
overboard and I was drowned immediately.
Good for you.
I wonder what makes me think
that you weren't listening.
I was too listening.
I heard every word you said.
Then the least you could do would be to
enquire whether my body was recovered.
I am sorry.
I never talk while I'm dancing.
Neither do I.
Dance when I'm talking I mean.
It's incredible.
I can't believe you're the same
person who defended that ..
That man in court today.
'Crook' is the word you
want, Mr Larrimore.
Don't be afraid to say it.
The word for lawyers like
myself is .. mouthpiece.
Why did you defend Johnson?
Every man has a right to counsel,
as even Don Quixote would say.
I deserved that. I am sorry.
I'm sorry too.
- Friends.
Why did you take your job,
Mr Special Prosecutor?
At the risk of sounding like a
newspaper caricature of myself.
I'm afraid I believe in good government.
You don't call that fighting
windmills, do you?
I'm doing it.
My son should see me now.
Yes, indeed.
And a very remarkable child.
He would have to be.
And I promised to bring you home early.
Perhaps I should learn
to live without sleep.
You know, I've just completed
some curious kind of a cycle.
On the very first date I ever had I
wanted to kiss the girl goodnight.
I can't imagine why.
She was forever giggling.
Surely she would stop long
enough to let you kiss her?
I doubt it.
Anyway, I couldn't
bring myself to do it.
I was frightened to death.
Pardon me.
Bread and butter.
- Bread and butter.
So what did you do?
I said goodnight very politely and left.
Fortunately, I outgrew that phase.
You're very interesting.
But tonight, you see, I am
right back where I started.
That's a compliment.
I'd ask you to come in but it's late and
I must get up so early in the morning.
Yes. So must I.
I have a lot of work to do.
At the rate you're going
it won't take long.
You'll have things tied up and be off
again before we even get used to you.
No. I'll be around long
enough for you and I to ..
I will be around.
Aren't you going to say goodnight?
I'm sorry.
- Goodnight.
It is two o'clock.
What are you doing up?
You know I can never sleep
until you are safe in bed.
I'm not a baby anymore.
Yes you are. You are my baby.
He must have been charming.
Charming, yes.
But also a dreamer and a stargazer.
You mean he's an astrologer?
Who takes care of the turkeys?
I really don't care.
I ended a cycle for him.
'Special Prosecutor and Paula Rogers
at the Bay Yacht Club dance'.
'Larrimore victorious in
'Paula Rogers and Bob
Larrimore at the races'.
'Larrimore brings gambling
syndicate to trial'.
'Larrimore and Rogers at dog show'.
I've read the papers. What has that
got to do with our finding Jasper?
Read them again.
This time between the lines.
What are you driving at?
- The obvious.
This is a love match, Wayne.
Doesn't it occur to you ..
That if Larrimore does get a lead on
Jasper he might tip his mitt to Paula?
He's too smart for that.
No man is smart when a woman
turns the lights down a little.
You are fantastic, McCoy.
You know, the odds on a scheme
like that are a thousand to one.
If you'd listened to me at the start
Jasper wouldn't have skipped out on us.
I told you before. I am deaf in both
ears when you start talking murder.
It's too expensive.
When you play that rough
you don't get invited out.
You know McCoy, for a man in your
kind of business you're a pussyfoot.
I'll stay healthier this way.
- I disagree with you.
You can't afford to disagree with me.
You needed me to swing
your last election.
You'll need me to swing
you in on the next one.
People are still behind me.
But they're catching up with you.
Listen, Wayne. If you've no better ideas
I'll get Paula started on Larrimore.
Just like that, huh?
I don't know what kind of an
Indian sign you got on that girl.
But I don't think she will jump
through the hoop this time.
She'll jump to any tune I whistle.
Okay, McCoy.
Operate your own way.
But if we don't get to Jasper before
Larrimore does, we're dead.
Larrimore is picking up our
boys by the wagon load.
As long as he doesn't pick up Jasper
it only proves he's got a lot of wagons.
I admire your conceit, McCoy.
But I don't overestimate your abilities.
If you find Jasper.
I'll make sure he stays put.
You know, Wayne. You're going
to give your family a complex.
You've always got murder on your mind.
Wayne speaking.
Go ahead. Put a bug on
Larrimore's private wire.
I want a record of every
call he makes or receives.
What's your name?
Roscoe Jackson.
Small fry. Every one of them.
It's a big machine. It takes
a lot of little men to run it.
Captain, have Number 6 say 'Dr Jasper'.
I think I recognise him.
Alright. Number 6.
Let me hear you say
the name 'Dr Jasper'.
Did you hear what I said?
I want you to say Dr Jasper.
Dr Jasper.
That's him. He's a printer in
that Good Government League.
Shall I haul him out?
- I'll question him in my office.
What of the others, Mr Larrimore?
- Hold them.
At least we try to keep
the streets clean.
Pull out Number 6.
Step down, Number 6. Come on.
Let's start again, Mr Wise.
You got a 20% rebate for buying school
books from the RNL publishing company.
That's right.
The man who was sending
you the rebates. Who was he?
It was Dr Harvey Jasper.
Now for the last time.
Who paid you off on the paving contract?
Dr Harvey Jasper.
I want to find the men behind him.
I don't know, I tell you.
The only man I ever met was Jasper.
Mr Miller, wasn't Wayne connected
with the Good Government League?
I only work there.
I never discuss policy.
Who paid for that trip to Florida?
Wasn't that Wayne?
No, that was Jasper.
Dr Harvey Jasper. Furthermore ..
I know. You're innocent.
- Yeah.
And Jasper's guilty.
- That's right.
That's all. Take him out.
What a guy. They blame everything
on Jasper but the Chicago fire.
He is a fall guy but he's the only
link we have with the big boys.
So far he is a missing link.
- We'll find him.
Throw me that pack of razorblades
out of the drawer, will you?
To shave or suicide?
I am taking Miss Rogers
for a sail this afternoon.
You won't find Jasper faster by spilling
all you know to that female mouthpiece.
She's not a mouthpiece.
She's a fine lawyer.
She's a smart, intelligent,
attractive woman.
That's what's worrying me.
The 'woman' part.
Rusty, don't change the subject.
I don't see how you
possibly got a 'C' in English.
I don't either. Especially since
we speak the language at home.
I'm sorry, mom. I'll think of a better
excuse before I come home next week.
I'll expect one.
Darling, I have a client with me.
I'll have to say goodbye.
Goodbye, mom.
A nice-looking boy.
What do you want this time?
- A lead on someone.
- Jasper.
I want to find him.
- I didn't know you'd lost him.
Now you know.
[ Door knocks ]
Come in.
They forgot to toast the bread.
- That's okay, Joe.
What makes you think I can help you?
So you've got your ear
in the right position.
Among other things, Larrimore
might whisper where Jasper is.
You're an optimist.
- I'm an optimist then.
Larrimore must have a lead on the guy.
I'd like you to sound him out.
You don't want me, McCoy. What you
want is an inexpensive Mata Hari.
If you take my advice, you will ..
- I'm not a client, Paula.
I'm giving you advice.
You are a success.
You've got money, A family.
Don't risk it all now.
- Is that a threat?
It's a deal.
You're just spelling it wrong.
This is the last time, Paula.
Get this information for me and you
are off the hook. You're a free soul.
I don't believe you.
Next time I'll bring a sworn statement.
This time you will take a chance.
I want to know every
move Larrimore plans.
Suppose I am not in on his plans?
You'll find a way in.
You're that kind of a girl.
Drink your milk.
You can go in now, Mr Larrimore.
- Thank you.
You all ready to go?
It's a great day for a sail.
You look pretty low, darling.
Not anymore.
You didn't eat your lunch.
- I'll make up for it at dinner.
The sail will give you an appetite.
Are you sure the water will be smooth?
- I guarantee it.
Here, look. I've brought you a hat.
It will make a sea dog out of you.
A sailor hat for sea-legs?
Well, I am willing.
Do you like it?
- Love it.
All the men of the sea I used to read
about suddenly seem real to me.
The ocean is so vast.
That it gives me a 'God is in heaven and
all is right with the world' feeling.
I wish I could take it home with me.
What, the ocean?
No. The feeling.
I know what you mean.
We could all use a little
more peace and security.
You're following an odd path there.
A man in search of peace.
Peace is like anything else.
You have to fight to achieve it.
Fight for peace?
Even the sound of it is wrong.
Until the world changes,
that's the way it's going to be.
I have no quarrel with the world.
Just some of the characters
in it that get me down.
I know what you mean.
Our profession isn't exactly
conducive to meeting idealistic types.
Look what I'm up against.
Bradley Wayne for instance.
He's the head of a political
machine I know, but ..
No buts about it. The machine and
the rackets are like Siamese twins.
One can't live without the other.
And the way I see it.
Wayne handles the political
protection and someone else ..
His other arm, so to speak,
handles the underworld.
They cover themselves well, those boys.
Not so well as you might think, Paula.
The truth will always come out.
It's a beautiful thought.
But if you apply it to
life it just won't work.
Everything is a compromise
in one way or another.
You're wrong, Paula.
You can't compromise with truth.
Sometimes a lie is the
only really kind thing.
If it protects someone you love
a bad bargain is a good bargain.
If truth goes, nothing can survive.
Not faith, nor honor.
Nor even the strongest love.
I do not wish to interrupt.
But don't you think we ought to
tie her down before we start to fly?
Alright, mate.
Looks like we'll get some weather.
You'd better go below, darling.
Aye aye, sir.
Mind the step.
I'm going to give Sam a hand.
It's okay by me if you want romance.
But I don't think it's a good idea to
talk so much to this Rogers dame.
She won't get in my hair.
- That's what Samson said.
Of course it's none of my business.
You're a hundred percent right, Sam.
- I'm glad you agree.
It's none of your business.
Now it's getting so rough.
Sam is heading back to port.
What's the matter, Paula?
I ..
I ..
Lie down.
Is that better?
Just lie still.
We'll be in soon.
She's dying?
- No, no.
Just seasick. We ran into rough weather.
- Don't just stand there.
Bring her in. You don't want
her to die in the hall, do you?
What she needs is a good nip of brandy.
No, mama. Just tea.
Is there anything I can do?
You could hold her hands.
- Mama.
That is not an objection.
She's just delirious.
You keep her mind occupied
while I'm in the kitchen.
You look like a mother hen.
I feel like a villain.
- It's alright. I'm better now.
I'm glad.
Is this Rusty?
He is like his mother.
When am I going to meet him?
He is coming home tomorrow.
We are going to a
baseball game on Sunday.
You like baseball?
Mad about it, aren't you?
Crazy about it.
I'd like to go with you if I may.
I'd love to have you.
A man really needs a son.
It must be fun having
a kid to grow up with.
Not only fun but a liberal education.
I'm pretty good at playing marbles and
taking clocks apart and stuff like that.
Rusty's alright on those things.
But he needs someone to
put them together again.
I can do that too.
You don't mean so they tick?
I'm not doubting your
mechanical genius but ..
So Sam lets you tinker with
the engine on your boat?
If he is with me, yes.
You know, one day I'll stock
her up and go for a real cruise.
The South Seas maybe.
When will you find time to do that?
Pretty soon, Paula.
If we find Jasper.
You know, he's the only
shortcut to finishing this job.
You found Smith.
Yeah. But they kept him alive.
They may not take the same risk twice.
Rusty, something is missing.
Ma, we're only going to a ballgame.
I know, but Mr Larrimore
is always very proper.
I want the house of Rogers to
make a good impression on him.
Darling, sure won't change your
mind and go to the game with us?
No. I'd rather go to the movies.
I'm in the mood for a good cry.
Alright. Have a good time.
- I will, dear.
I hope I have everything.
Goodbye, everybody.
Hello, Mrs Rogers. Are you deserting us?
- I'm afraid I am.
Baseball lacks emotional
depth, don't you think?
Well .. is this Rusty?
This is Rusty.
This is Mr Larrimore.
- Hello there.
All ready for the game I see.
- Uhuh.
I went to military school. Farragut.
That's a Navy prep school, isn't it?
- Hmm.
Were you in the Navy?
- Yep.
I guess the Navy's alright.
To take the Army where it's going.
Put on that tie.
- Mom.
Always say yes to a woman
even when you mean no.
Paula Roger speaking.
I can't speak to you now.
Then meet me at your office in an hour.
I'll be expecting you.
I'll be there.
A client. I have to see him right away.
On a Sunday? They can't do that to us.
Can't you see him after the game?
I'm sorry, darling.
I'll make up for it next week.
Rusty. You'll go easy on
the hot-dogs, won't you?
Yes, mom.
- We shall miss you.
Bye, mom.
Goodbye, mom.
Sorry, Rob.
You've got a great mother.
How do you mean that?
You know. Great.
A good sport. That sort of thing.
Do you like her?
Wait a second.
How do I know you won't tell her?
You mean you haven't yet?
I'm afraid you take after
your grandmother.
Mother tells me I take after my father.
Did he like baseball?
- No. I guess not.
Do you like baseball?
- Let's put it this way.
Mother likes it better than I do.
Why didn't you say so before?
I've got a yacht down in the harbor.
I tried McCoy.
But you're wrong about Larrimore.
He doesn't know where Jasper is.
'Williams versus Green'.
Green got a bad decision.
I tell you I couldn't find out a thing.
You're lying.
- Let go.
You have romance in your eyes and think
it spells marriage. But you can't spell.
I tell you what happens
if they crack Jasper.
We all go, baby. All of us.
When Larrimore finds out about you
he'll drop you like last year's love.
You have it all figured
out, haven't you?
Even the ending, baby.
Larrimore is ambitious. He's got
an eye on the governor's chair.
You would mean scandal
to him in big red letters.
Do you remember where Jasper is now?
Alright, Paula.
But if it comes to you in the middle
of the night, wake up and scream.
I'll hear you.
Johnny, please stop it.
I could play chopsticks
if you had a piano.
Paula, why don't you stop pacing.
It won't help you know.
Two hours late already.
The ballgame probably
went into extra innings.
Aren't they back yet?
Dinner is getting cold.
I'll help you make a salad out of it.
Rusty. What happened?
We just went yachting, mom.
He is seasick.
Too much Army. Not enough Navy.
Don't just stand there.
Put him on the couch.
You and your yacht. What kept
you from going to the ballgame?
The call of the sea.
Baseball on a boat?
What will they think of next?
Lie still. I'll get a blanket.
I'll fix some tea.
What did you do to him?
How did I know the dinner was formal?
How informal can you get?
I'll put my shoes on.
Maybe we should have gone to
the baseball game after all.
Now he thinks of it.
Are you feeling better, mate?
- Aye aye, Captain.
I am sorry, Paula.
Paula ..
Paula Rogers.
Yeah. I'm a little hoarse today.
It's for you, Mr Larrimore.
Close your eyes, darling. Try to sleep.
Yes, Sam?
What did you say?
Yes. I'll be down there right away.
Sorry. Something came up.
- Very. I must leave.
Run along. Rusty will be alright.
Come on, Mr Simons. You are on a story.
Goodnight, Miss Rogers.
And thank you for the lovely carrots.
Are you sure it was Jasper on the phone?
- How sure can I be without television?
It sounded like the guy.
He said he wanted to talk to you.
Why does he want to talk to you
at the Good Government League?
To a man like Jasper, the most
illogical place is the most logical.
Yeah. What?
Hey. That's a great headline.
'Rat returns to nest'.
If Jasper intends to talk
he sure isn't advertising.
No lights.
No bulbs.
Dr Jasper?
I don't like it, Sam.
Something is wrong.
Try his private office.
Try the print shop.
Who started that?
Sorry, chief. It was me.
Hold it.
It's Jasper.
Is he dead?
If he ain't, he's a soft breather.
Who do you think got here first?
I've got a pretty good idea.
Very beautiful, baby.
Music soothes the troubled soul.
Are you troubled, daddy?
No, no. It's just a saying.
No. My only trouble is trying to
keep enough food in the house ..
To feed your boyfriends.
Brad. Mr Larrimore is here.
He's waiting in the library.
What does he want?
Probably some assistance.
I won't be long, darling.
That was lovely, dear.
Play it again.
This is a surprise, Mr Larrimore.
I'm afraid it's not going
to be a pleasant one.
In that case, won't you sit town?
Let's not stand on
formalities, Mr Wayne.
I don't like invading your privacy this
way but a man was just murdered.
Oh, I am sorry.
Is there something I can do?
- Yes.
You can tell me who killed him.
Really, Mr Larrimore.
Is this an accusation?
- I'm not even being subtle about it.
Ever since I took over this job someone
has been obstructing my work.
Missing witnesses. False testimony.
Intimidation. And now murder.
In my opinion, that someone is you.
This is slander, Mr Larrimore.
Kindly leave my house
before I lose my temper.
In 24 hours you may lose a lot more.
Because unless you produce evidence
to make me change my opinion.
In 24 hours.
I'm going to have you indicted.
You're out of your mind.
You can't file an indictment
without proof.
What makes you think I haven't proof?
Sweat that one out, Mr D.A.
Where's Charlie tonight?
His wife just had a baby.
He took the evening off.
Fine. Give him my congratulations.
Sure will.
- Goodnight.
Goodnight, Mr Larrimore.
Pleasant dreams.
What happened?
- It was awful.
There were three or maybe four and
they were hitting this poor man.
Alright, alright.
Are you alright, Mr Larrimore?
- Yes. I think so.
I'm very grateful to you. It's lucky
for me you came when you did.
Did you recognised any of them?
- No, officer. I'll take care of it.
Thank you. Thank you again.
- Goodnight.
Aren't you going to do something?
What's your name?
It's almost ready.
- How does it look?
Now, if Mr Larrimore doesn't get shot on
the way over it will all go beautifully.
- I'm sorry.
My dear, I don't suppose
anyone will shoot him.
Those gangsters probably don't
know he's coming here to dinner.
Don't even mention it.
You love him, don't you?
Then marry him.
If it was only as simple as that.
Why don't you, mom?
Grandma and me think it's a great idea.
Grandma and I.
What have you two been plotting?
Nothing. Only we decided it would
be nice to have a man around here.
Too many women.
Oh dear. Here he is now. You let him in.
We'll be in the kitchen
with the door closed.
We've got to go and have a talk.
Hello Paula.
- Bob.
I was so frightened.
- It's alright, darling.
I lead a charmed life.
Where is mama?
In the kitchen, with the door closed.
Where's Rusty?
- Keeping mama out of mischief.
He is a wonderful kid, Paula.
I like him too.
- You've done a good job.
Don't overestimate me, Bob.
I've just done a little general
mopping up after grandma.
No thank you.
At least sit down.
Have a cigarette.
Have something.
I love you. I love you very much.
Ever since that first day in
court when I bumped your eye.
'Rogers versus Larrimore'. Remember?
I want to change the
'versus' to 'Missus'.
Darling, will you marry me?
Bob, there's so much about
me that you don't know.
I know everything I need to know.
I know that I love you.
And Rusty and I get along together fine.
We'll only work on
clocks that are broken.
Difficult to say now.
- And even if they're not broken.
What did you say?
I said 'yes'.
[ Buzzer ]
Come in, Mr McCoy. Mr Wayne
is waiting for you in the library.
Thank you, Anna.
About time.
I just got your message.
What is on your mind?
Larrimore mostly.
I just phoned him.
That's a break for him.
Last time you tried to drill him.
That was last time.
This time I'm throwing in the towel.
What are you talking about?
I promised Larrimore.
I would name the killer of Jasper.
This is the gun that killed him.
I want your fingerprints on it.
Have you gone nuts?
- Not quite.
Somebody has to play fall-guy.
McCoy, I'm offering you
$100,000 as a down payment.
To take the rap and get out of town.
You're a fool, Wayne.
No man alive would buy
a second-hand murder.
I warned you against playing rough.
I told you we weren't to be disturbed.
I'm sorry, sir. Mrs Wayne asked
me to bring some coffee.
You've brought it, Anna. Put it down.
Yes, sir.
No go, Wayne.
A hundred thousand dollars, Frank.
In cash.
You can skip to South America. I'll
send you half of everything we make.
It's the only out for both of us.
You're talking to yourself.
- You haven't heard me out.
You take the rap and I'll beat
Larrimore at his own game.
The governor will recall him.
I'll still be in office.
Then after a while you can come back.
I don't trust you.
I'll get you off.
I haven't been the D.A. here for
15 years without learning some tricks.
One trick you haven't learned.
How to pack in a half hour
and leave town yourself.
Look here.
- You killed Jasper.
It's your turn to pick a spot
on the globe and run.
I'll take over the works and
dole out the crumbs to you.
You're crazy, McCoy.
I'm offering you a year's vacation
on the taxpayer's money.
No thanks. I'm wearing my
own rose-colored glasses.
Wayne, get this through your head.
You're all washed up.
Am I?
- Yeah.
You're going to be the fall
guy one way or the other.
Put that gun down.
You might get nervous.
I can get your fingerprints free.
- You really are nuts.
You see, it's very simple.
You brought this gun here to kill me.
I shot you in self-defense.
No, you ..
[ Gunshot! ]
Mother. Mother, what is it?
He tried to shoot me.
I'm at Wayne's house.
He's just been killed.
They're holding me.
Better come down, Paula.
Larrimore's going to play tag
and I don't want to be 'it'.
I'll be there.
Patty, do you know if your father had
any business dealing with Mr McCoy?
I don't know.
Mr McCoy came here very often but ..
Daddy never discussed business with him.
I see.
- The Doc is here.
Thank you, Patty. You can go now.
Well, doctor?
The Doc says Mrs Wayne
is still unconscious.
Severe nervous shock.
I'm afraid you won't be able
to question her for some time.
How long is some time, doctor?
Days. Weeks.
It's difficult to say, Mr Larrimore.
I see.
Paula Rogers to see Mr McCoy.
Alright, Miss Rogers.
You really got yourself
in trouble this time.
Paula, I didn't do it.
Wayne tried to frame me.
He also tried to kill me.
It was self-defense.
- It always is.
It's the truth, I swear. Ask Mrs Wayne.
She must have seen the whole thing.
I don't care.
Paula, believe me. There was a struggle.
I knocked over a vase in the library.
Look yourself.
I'm not interested.
You have got to be interested.
It's still not too late
for me to sing, baby.
You'll like the lyrics
less than ever now.
I'd think twice before I
threatened if I were you.
Alright. I am sorry.
I didn't mean to threaten you.
But I'm innocent I tell you.
You've got to get me out of this.
How I love to see you squirm.
At last I can say no to you.
Say no, walk out of here,
and be rid of you for good.
Wait, Paula.
Murder is not my line.
It never has been. You know that.
I ..
I don't know what I know.
That's not true, Paula.
The difference between us is,
you have a conscience.
You wouldn't let me take the
rap for something I didn't do.
It goes a lot deeper than
what happens to you, McCoy.
You wouldn't understand it.
It involves things like ..
Love and ..
McCoy, Mr Larrimore
wants to talk to you now.
I'm coming.
You know, you're in a bad spot, McCoy.
I told you before, it was self-defense.
- I said before, I don't believe you.
You must believe me.
I grabbed his wrist, the gun
fired, and that's was it.
That's your version. But we found
no evidence any struggle took place.
Isn't it true you're the man that
Wayne intended to expose tonight?
So isn't it true his death
was to your advantage?
Don't answer that.
What are you doing here?
McCoy is my client.
Your client?
Paula, this the man I've
been telling you about.
I'm sending down in a minute to
be booked for first-degree murder.
That remains to be proved.
Darling, listen to me.
- Sorry.
We are ready.
Really, Mr Larrimore.
You shouldn't be here.
I had to talk to you.
- It might look like collusion.
Now, would you mind telling
me what all this is about?
It's very simple.
I'm defending McCoy. Period.
You're defending a man who killed
a District Attorney in cold blood.
First-degree murder.
An indictment is not a conviction.
I consider it justifiable homicide.
I understand your branch of law.
The type of clients you defend.
I thought you were on my side now.
But I am.
I'm fighting for an
underdog, Mr Larrimore.
You're twisting words. You know who
McCoy is and what he represents.
I know I'm defending him for murder.
The rest is not to do with me.
- It has everything to do with you.
It's going to be a filthy mess.
Paula, your reputation.
You mean your reputation, don't you?
You wouldn't want your future wife
to be mixed up in anything like this.
Darling, I am thinking of you.
- Are you?
You don't think a scandal
in big red letters ..
Might hurt your chances of
becoming governor?
- Yes. That's it.
That's why you took the
job in the first place.
Your lofty ideals come
in handy, don't they?
Stop it.
I have some modest ambitions of my own.
If I win this case I'm top of the heap.
- This is crazy.
Darling, we love each other.
A few hours ago you said you'd marry me.
That was a few hours ago.
You don't mean that, Paula.
I'm not going to let this happen to us.
There isn't any 'us'.
Is that what you really
want me to believe?
Very well.
But remember, Paula.
You can't compromise with truth.
That hospital gave me the creeps.
So sterile, so antiseptic.
As far as us getting information
from Mrs Wayne? So quiet.
When she's able to talk she
will undoubtedly say plenty.
I hope it's what we want to hear.
I'll feel awful silly if she
backs up McCoy's story.
She can't.
All the witnesses, facts and
circumstances point to McCoy's guilt.
You'll have a tough time
convincing Paula Rogers of that.
She can be convinced of anything.
If you can pay her fee.
I'm not out to convince Paula Rogers.
Just the jury.
The prosecution shall prove.
Beyond any doubt.
That Frank McCoy with
malice aforethought.
Went to the late District Attorney's
home with a gun in his pocket.
And deliberately shot and killed him.
I shall expect to prove
that his motive was fear.
A well-grounded fear.
That Wayne was, that very evening ..
Planning to expose the defendant.
As the head of the vicious system of
rackets which had been operating ..
To the detriment of every decent
citizen in this community.
Frank McCoy killed to
seal his victim's lips.
When you hear the indisputable evidence.
Of the prosecution.
You'll have no alternative.
But to find Frank McCoy guilty.
Of murder in the first degree.
When you brought the coffee into
Mr Wayne's library what did you see?
I couldn't believe my eyes.
Mr McCoy was standing and
pointing a gun at Mr Wayne.
He held the gun in his handkerchief.
Did Mr McCoy say anything to you?
Yes he did. He told me to put
the coffee down and get out.
I was scared and I did.
I went up to my room and I stayed there.
Your witness.
After you returned to your room did you
hear sounds of a scuffle in the library?
Objection, Your Honor. Counsel is
assuming a fact not in evidence.
Objection sustained.
After Mr Wayne's death, Anna, did you
notice any damage in the library?
I can't remember rightly, ma'am.
I don't think anything was touched.
When were you last in the library
prior to Mr Wayne's death?
Well, ma'am. It's been quite some time.
When I went to work for Mrs Wayne I got
strict orders not to touch the library.
She always did it herself.
That's all.
Now, Mr Conrad.
You've testified this is the gun
which was fired at Bradley Wayne.
Yes, sir.
Did you discover anything
else about this gun?
It's the same gun that
killed Harvey Jasper.
Objection. The defendant is not being
tried for the slaying of Dr Jasper.
I try to show a motive for Mr Wayne's
murder. I will show connection later.
Objection overruled.
Now, Miss Wayne.
Tell us exactly what happened
after you heard the shot.
I ran into the library and ..
Daddy was lying there.
Mr McCoy was standing over him.
With a handkerchief
wrapped around the gun.
Mr Vine, did you find any
fingerprints in the gun?
No, sir.
Could you ascertain
from your examination.
Whether or not any fingerprints
had been removed from it?
Objection, Your Honor.
The question is one of conjecture
and completely immaterial.
If it please the court it's
the state's contention ..
That the absence of fingerprints
indicates the murder was premeditated.
Objection overruled.
Answer the question.
There was no indication of any
fingerprints having been on the weapon.
No more questions.
Your witness.
- No questions.
Mrs Wayne is ready to testify.
She's just arrived.
- Good.
Call Mrs Bradley Wayne to the stand.
Mrs Bradley Wayne to the stand.
Now we'll get the truth, Paula.
You say it was about nine o'clock.
What prompted you to go down
to the library, Mrs Wayne?
I heard my husband and Mr McCoy arguing.
Did you enter the library?
No. I remained outside the French doors.
It was slightly open.
I could see everything inside.
Would you please tell
the court what you saw.
Mr McCoy was standing opposite my
husband holding a gun in his hand.
Brad was pleading with
him to put it down.
Before I could do anything.
Mr McCoy fired and ..
Brad fell.
I don't remember anything else.
She's lying, Paula.
She is lying.
Thank you, Mrs Wayne.
Mrs Wayne.
I realize how difficult all
this must be for you.
However, in a legal proceeding
such as this it is ..
It's necessary to re-establish
the scene of the alleged crime.
Counsel's statement is evidentiary
and is not in the form of a question.
Objection sustained.
I ask you to consider for a moment.
The prosecution has evidence Mr Wayne
was the head of a political machine.
Your Honor, I object.
On the grounds the statement is
incompetent, irrelevant and immaterial.
And does not tend to prove or disprove
any of the issues in this case.
Objection sustained.
It's too late to try and save
the good name of your husband.
In trying to do so, you're accusing a
man of a murder he did not commit.
I object. Will the court instruct
counsel once again ..
To confine herself to questions
that are legal and proper.
Certainly, she's well aware the
statements she makes are improper.
And are only made by her for the
purpose of unduly influencing the jury.
Objection sustained.
Counsel will hereafter refrain from
making voluntary statements.
She's not doing so good.
Why don't you keep your nose
in your camera, Junior?
If you think there is room.
Think again.
Did your husband have his hand on
the gun as well as the accused?
He did not.
Are you sure you didn't arrive
just as the gun went off?
No. I saw everything.
He murdered my husband.
Mrs Wayne.
I show you a vase.
Defendant's exhibit Number 5.
Do you recognise it?
Yes. It is mine.
Is it not true it was damaged at
the time your husband was killed?
That's not so.
That vase was broken three
days before my husband died.
I know because I broke it myself.
No further questions.
The prosecution rests.
Court adjourned until ten
o'clock tomorrow morning.
Hi, stranger.
We don't see you much
around here lately.
I didn't think you would notice.
You've been so busy defending McCoy.
Let's talk about something
else, shall we?
Let's talk about something else.
Let's talk about window shades.
Do you think they'll go
up or down this year?
Please Johnny.
I know what you're thinking.
McCoy may be guilty of everything
else but he didn't kill Wayne.
Look, who do you think you're
kidding, Paula? I'm not on the jury.
Alright, Johnny.
If you can't be civil you had better go.
- Sure.
What right have I got to come into
your own home and insult you?
After all, your home is your castle.
I've got a feeling. Paula.
That someday soon you'll be able to
afford to lay this thing in castles.
Stop it, will you?
- You're not a woman anymore.
You're a bank book making
noises like a lawyer.
That's what Bob thinks too, isn't it?
What do you care what he thinks?
A decent guy like Larrimore tries to
give the town a break for a change.
And what do you do?
Start pitching for the opposition.
You just don't understand.
I don't understand.
I'm forming a club of people
who don't understand.
And Larrimore is going
to be a charter member.
If you're all through
I'd like to go to bed.
Yeah. I'm all through.
That's a good idea.
They don't know, baby.
They just don't know.
He offered me $100,000
as a down payment.
And send the rest to
me in South America.
Here is proof of the tie-up.
We can throw it in McCoy's teeth.
I will if I have to.
He said if I wouldn't play a fall guy
alive I would play a fall guy dead.
That's when he grabbed
for the gun on the desk.
Is that what precipitated the struggle?
- Yes.
I tried to disarm him and in
the fight the gun went off.
Mr McCoy.
Did you have any reason
whatsoever to murder Mr Wayne?
That's all.
Your cross-examination.
Mr McCoy.
You testified earlier that Wayne
wanted to accuse you falsely ..
Of being the head of his political
machine and the killer of Jasper.
He wanted me to take the rap for him.
Yet you say, Mr McCoy, that you had no
reason whatsoever for killing Wayne?
I had no reason.
That's still your answer?
Notwithstanding the evidence?
Objection. If Your Honor please.
The prosecutor is arguing with the
witness and attempting to lead him.
Objection overruled.
The prosecution is not leading
or arguing with the witness.
The question is direct and concise.
Answer the question, Mr McCoy.
That's my answer.
I had no reason to kill Wayne.
We can take your word for that?
- Yes. Take my word for it.
We have to take only your word
for a lot of things, Mr McCoy.
Only your word Wayne had the murder gun.
Only your word he attacked you.
Only your word you didn't
execute this murder.
Yes. Only my word.
The prosecutor deliberately attempts to
influence the jury with his statement.
We ask that the same be
stricken from the record.
Objection sustained.
The testimony shall be
stricken from the record.
Mr McCoy.
Isn't it true that in 1943 ..
You were indicted for giving false
testimony and were convicted of perjury?
- That's all.
Step down.
You didn't use this stuff.
I didn't have to.
Do you have any further witnesses?
No, Your Honor.
There being no further
testimony, Mr Larrimore.
You may now proceed with
your summation to the jury.
If Your Honor please.
The defense would like to move to reopen
the case to present one further witness.
Motion granted.
Will you swear me in please?
Do you vow to tell the
truth, the whole truth ..
Nothing but the truth so help you, God?
I do.
- Your name?
Paula Rogers.
Your Honor, may I testify
in narrative form?
Do you have any
objections, Mr Prosecutor?
No objections.
Proceed, Miss Rogers.
The prosecution made much of the fact ..
That there's only been the defendant's
word upon which the jury could rely.
The defense has one other witness.
I am that witness.
Someone who means a great deal to me.
Once told me that ..
There can be no compromise with truth.
I believe the defendant is telling
the truth about Mr Wayne's death.
I believe that Mrs Wayne knows this.
That she testified falsely yesterday.
I cannot prove this but ..
As a mother I can understand it.
I understand why she would lie to shield
a loved one from learning an ugly truth.
I myself have lied for the same reason.
But when a life is in the balance.
I'm sure that Mrs Wayne's daughter ..
And my son would rather
be wounded by the truth.
Than protected by a lie that
can have only a tragic ending.
Mrs Wayne and I both have
fought desperately to ..
To keep our children from learning
the sordid facts about their fathers.
We have made our mistakes.
There's no going back.
If we compromise with the truth now.
We'll end up by losing the
very love for which we lied.
I have no pity for Frank McCoy.
Only contempt and hatred.
I know him for what he is.
A bully and a cheat.
A man without honor.
A man who would use a woman's
desire to shield his son from shame.
As a weapon for blackmail.
I know these things.
Because I was once married to him.
My son.
Is also his son.
But whatever else ..
He may have done.
Frank McCoy is ..
Too fearful of the penalty
for taking a life.
To ever have committed
premeditated murder.
Any questions?
No questions.
I didn't know you were up.
Something happened in court today.
You read the papers, didn't you?
I am sorry.
When this is over we'll go away.
Maybe back home.
Why didn't you tell me?
I was going to, but ..
- I mean a long time ago.
I didn't want you to know. Ever.
Don't you see?
What good could it do?
Did he kill Mr Wayne?
No, Rusty.
That's why I'm defending him.
And why ..
What about the other
things you said he did?
Listen to me, Rusty.
Sometimes when people haven't anything.
And they see others that have.
They just can't understand.
It warps them.
They don't look at things the same.
It's like being sick inside.
But how can you have ..
People make mistakes, Rusty.
Even mothers.
You see, I was very young
when I got married.
I'm sorry he's not a father
you can be proud of.
Oh, mom.
I always thought my dad would be
the best guy in the whole world.
It's not your father's fault.
Someday when you get
older you'll realise.
It's alright, mom.
Don't worry.
I've got you. Haven't I?
Good evening, Anna.
- Good evening, sir.
Mrs Wayne is expecting you.
Come this way.
How do you do, Mr Larrimore.
- Nice of you to receive us, Mrs Wayne.
We're here because we learned ..
The defense plans to call you
as a rebuttal witness tomorrow.
And we want to get our story airtight.
What do you want me to do?
I'd like you to help us to reconstruct
the scene of the murder.
So we can all know
exactly what happened.
Yes. Of course.
In the library?
- If you don't mind.
Since Brad's death, I ..
I seldom go into his library.
It brings back such painful memories.
I'll do anything I can to
see that justice is done.
I understand.
We'll try not to be too long.
Now, Sam will act as Mr Wayne
and I as Mr McCoy.
Would you show us approximately
where they were standing?
Brad was standing about here.
Mr McCoy was opposite him about here.
Thank you. Now, go out in the hall
and take up the position you did ..
On the night you saw
your husband killed.
The door was open about this far.
And I was about here.
Now, bear in mind I'm
supposed to be McCoy.
That your husband was standing where
Sam is now pleading for his life.
McCoy drew a gun.
Like this.
Is that correct?
You are sure?
Yes. His arm was raised
just as yours is now.
I thought so.
Would you come in please?
Is that all?
Here are your glasses. Without them
you can't see ten feet in front of you.
That is true.
But the night of the murder
I was wearing them.
Don't forget, Mrs Wayne. When we
found you, you were unconscious.
Those glasses were not on
you or anywhere near you.
Paula Rogers was right.
You deliberately lied in court.
Alright, don't start arguing with me.
I've got to get something off my chest.
What am I going to do with you?
You call yourself a lawyer?
You were so bent on turning
yourself into a witness ..
You didn't even bother to
follow up your own lead.
What are you talking about?
You were right.
Mrs Wayne was lying.
Here it is.
Her signed statement.
Please, Bob.
You must know how grateful I am, but ..
Things haven't changed for
us and they never can now.
You think it would make any difference
to me that you were married to McCoy?
But it is ..
It's not only that.
It's the scandal and ..
A lawyer is not responsible
for her client's character.
Even if he is an ex-husband.
It's no use, Bob.
Alright, Paula.
Look at me and tell me
that you don't love me.
Then I'll know it's no use.
Look at me.
You're such an idiot.
I ..
I know I should have told
you about him before.
I was so frightened for Rusty that ..
I guess I didn't think straight.
You won't have to worry
about McCoy again.
We've got enough evidence on him to
send him away for a long, long time.
Keep dancing.
I dropped in for a snack.
The diner was closed.
I'm sure we'll all be very happy.
Will he always be with us?
He doesn't eat very much.