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The Fighting O'Flynn

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The Fighting O'Flynn

Apr 14 1949



CAST:

SMITH, announcer

BARCLAY, announcer

JINGLE SINGERS


O'FLYNN

BENEDETTA

JACK

PAT

LIEUTENANT

TIMOTHY

SEDGEMOUTH

VICEROY

HENDRIGG

1ST MAN

2ND MAN

CARPE, French

VAN DRONK, Dutch

COLONEL




SMITH: (COLD) From Hollywood! 


BARCLAY: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Helena Carter in the season's most popular romantic adventure "The Fighting O'Flynn".


MUSIC: STINGS...AND HOLDS UNDER


SMITH: Yes, transcribed from Hollywood...the Screen Guild Players....brought to you each Thursday night by... 


MUSIC: BUILD STING...AND HOLDS UNDER: 


SMITH: ................Camel Cigarettes!


MUSIC: CAMEL THEME....INTO JINGLE


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MUSIC: FULL INTO CAMEL THEME...AND FADE OUT INTO:


SMITH: Thursday night...Screen Guild night...when Camel Cigarettes bring you your favorite stars in their greatest motion picture roles! Tonight, it's romance to the tune of clashing swords and laughing Irishmen. For the first time on the air, the Screen Guild Players present:


MUSIC: STINGS.....AND HOLDS UNDER: 


BARCLAY: "The Fighting O'Flynn," starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Helena Carter! 


MUSIC: FULL INTO PLAY THEME .. AND DOWN, TO HOLD UNDER:


SMITH: The time is the summer of 1806. Napoleon's secret agents are at work in Ireland. The country is seething with intrigue and violence....(FADE IN HORSE, COACH) On the highway, a few miles out of Dublin, a coach is moving rapidly along the road - scurrying toward the safety of the town - until suddenly the way is blocked by two mounted men! (MUSIC CUTS


JACK: (OFF, SHOUTS) Halt!..Stop the horses! 


PAT: (OFF, SHOUTS) Halt or we shoot! (HORSES SLOWING


BENEDETTA: (ALARMED) What is it, Lieutenant? Why are they stopping us? 


LIEUT: (QUICKLY) Stay back! 


SOUND: HORSES HAVE STOPPED .. COACH DOOR OPENS 


LIEUT: (CALLS) In the name of His Majesty, the King -


SOUND: SUDDEN SHOT, OFF .. HE GROANS, FALLS


BENEDETTA: (FRIGHTENED CRY) You're hit!


LIEUT: (GASPING) Milady....this packet....important!.... Take it...Dublin - the Viceroy...Go on! Go! 


BENEDETTA: (CALLS) Driver - ! 


JACK: (SLIGHTLY OFF) Just a minute, ma'am! (COMING IN) I'll take that packet! (MUSIC RESUMES


SMITH: The bandit reaches out to take the packet from her hand - (SUDDEN BLOW, GROAN) - and is suddenly felled! A shillalah, sailing out of nowhere, has caught him squarely back of the ear!....And now a handsome young chap dashes up to the coach, scoops up the bandit's fallen pistol and whirls to face the thug. But apparently that worthy has had enough! (MUSIC CUTS


PAT: (SLIGHTLY OFF) The devil!....Up, boy! 


SOUND: HORSE STARTS FAST, SLIGHTLY OFF .. FADES 


O'FLYNN: (WITH SATISFACTION) Well, now! He's even faster leaving than he was arriving! 


BENEDETTA: (SHAKEN) Who - who are you? 


O'FLYNN: (CHUCKLING) Certainly not the devil, ma'am!.... The name is O'Flynn. Your most willing servant. 


BENEDETTA: If you hadn't come along just now, I - (SUDDENLY FAINT) I - I -- 


O'FLYNN (QUICKLY) Steady, ma'am....Steady


MUSIC: ACCENTS .. AND FADES OUT INTO


SOUND: MOVING HORSES .. COACH .. TO HOLD UNDER


O'FLYNN: (SMILING) How do you feel, ma'am? Is it good to be back in the world again? 


BENEDETTA: I - I must have fainted. I'm sorry. 


O'FLYNN; (GRINS) Why be sorry now? And didn't you faint in my direction?....(SOFTLY) I looked at you. I carried you into the coach. And then I thought....Some star from heaven has lost her way; If I treat her gently, maybe she'll stay. 


BENEDETTA: You're a poet?....You don't fight like one. 


O'FLYNN: (CHUCKLES) I learned my fighting in Napoleon's wars. Sometimes for him, sometimes against him - it didn't matter much. 


BENEDETTA: You're just back from the wars? 


O'FLYNN; Fresh back in Ireland today....and you're even lovelier than I thought you'd be. 


BENEDETTA: Than you thought - ? 


O'FLYNN: I've been dreaming about you through seven campaigns. Don't you recognize me? 


BENEDETTA: You're being quite ridiculous.


O'FLYNN: 'Twould be nice if our first child should be a girl. I'd name her after you....if I knew your name. 


BENEDETTA: (LITTLE SMILE) It's - Benedetta. 


O'FLYNN: Benedetta. I like it....Sure, today's a fine day - and meeting you has crowned my fortunes. 


BENEDETTA: Fortunes? 


O'FLYNN: My old uncle ups and dies and leaves me a grand castle. I'm on my way to claim it now. 


BENEDETTA: Indeed!


O'FLYNN: Indeed! Of course, I've not seen it since a child, but will you come there this evening? I'll wine you and dine you like -- (CALLS SUDDENLY) Driver, turn left! Left! 


BENED: (CALLS) No, driver - right - the main highway! 


O'FLYNN: No, no - Castle O'Flynn is to the left! 


BENED: (CALLS) Driver - stop! (HORSES SLOW TO STOP)(UNDER) O'Flynn, I do thank you very much for rescuing me - and for your conversation - but I must get on to Dublin. It's very important. 


O'FLYNN: And what, may I ask, is more important than to make a man's dream come true? 


BENED: (SMILING) Some other time...Now out you get - please.. 


SOUND: (CARRIAGE DOOR OPENS


O'FLYNN: All right, but it's a blazing error you're making. Look at that storm scowling over the country ahead. You'll be back. (CARRIAGE DOOR SLAMS


BENED: (CALLS) Driver -- ! (HORSES START..FADE


O'FLYNN: (SHOUTING AFTER HER) You'll be back - I know you will! And if you're not - I'll come after you! (A PAUSE, THEN) Now then, O'Flynn - off to your castle! 


MUSIC: (ACCENTS..AND FADES OUT INTO) 


SOUND: HEAVY RAIN .. ESTABLISH .. THEN SLOW CREAKING DOOR)


O'FLYNN: (MUTTERING TO SELF) A castle, they said..They should have said a corpse - the relics of a glory gone and past... (DOOR CREAKS) Doors half off their hinges..broken windows, open and staring like dead eyes..dust and filth and -- 


TIMOTHY: (SLIGHTLY OFF) By the Saints, it's him - it's the young O'Flynn! 


O'FLYNN: (HAPPY CRY) Timothy! 


TIMOTHY: (COMING IN, HALF LAUGHING, HALF CRYING) Praise be, then, you recognize me! Timothy - your granfather's old servant! 


O'FLYNN: (HUGGING HIM) Of course - of course! It's good to see the likes of you! 


TIMOTHY: Such a wee lad you were when last I saw you! (SUDDENLY SOBER) And it's wishing I am that I could welcome you back to more than this. 


O'FLYNN: Timothy - what's happened to the castle? 


TIMOTHY: It was the suddenness with which your grandfather was took - without a chance to tell me where he'd left his treasure... (SADLY) It takes money to maintain a place like this. I'm afraid it's gone to rack and ruin. 


O'FLYNN: (GRINS) No worry. We'll find the treasure. We'll make the place as good as new..But first, some food, man! I'm starved! What's to eat? 


TIMOTHY: Nothing..Nothing, but this rind of cheese. 


O'FLYNN: Blessed Saints above! That's hardly fit for a lady - if she comes. 


TIMOTHY: A lady, sir? Coming here? 


O'FLYNN: (GRINS) Aye - if the Good Lord hears my prayers! She'll come walking straight to the door and say -- 


BENED: (SLIGHTLY OFF) May I come in? 


O'FLYNN: May I come in and -- (A TAKE) Timothy! She's here! (FEW QUICK STEPS) Ma'am, I thought you were never coming! (GRINS) Next time, perhaps, you'll take my advice. 


BENED: It wasn't the storm that brought me. We saw those highwaymen again - up ahead, in the road - and so we turned around. 


O'FLYNN: Where's the coach? 


BENED: I slipped out at the bridge and sent it on. They're still chasing it, I hope! 


O'FLYNN: (CHUCKLES) You are a sly one!..Here, sit down by the fire and warm yourself. And tell me - what is it that attracts these highwaymen? Is it your beauty, which I agree is entrancing, or -- 


BENED: First I must know - are you loyal to your king? 


O'FLYNN: Faith, ma'am, I'm an Irishman! Every Irishman's his own king!..Besides, I fight for a living - not for a king! When the drums beat and the call is to arms, all I ask is -- How much? 


BENED: Then would this ring buy your loyalty? I need your help. 


O'FLYNN: I'm sorry, ma'am, I'm no longer for sale...(GRINS) But I'd fight for you without a price! 


BENED: Then will you take me to Dublin! 


O'FLYNN: To Dublin - or the moon - when it stops raining! 


BENED: Thank you, O'Flynn. (PAUSE) (SMILES) It seems, that after all I accept your invitation to dine. 


O'FLYNN: (CAUGHT) Dine? Food!..Uh--Tell me, do you happen to have a taste for cheese? 


BENED: I'm very fond of cheese--when there's nothing else. 


O'FLYNN: (GAYLY) Timothy! Serve her Ladyship the cheese! And when we find the fortune that's in this castle, we'll serve her gold florins garnished with silver! 


MUSIC: (ACCENTS...AND FADES OUT INTO) 


O'FLYNN: (FADING IN)...And so, for fifteen years, I followed the wars - soldiering for any general who'd hire me... without aim or purpose - until today - until the blessed moment we met! 


BENED: I like the listening, O'Flynn, but I musn't let you go on...I'm engaged to be married - very soon. 


O'FLYNN: I'll not admit it! I'll not allow it! 


BENED: (LAUGHING) I'm afraid you'll have little to say about it..... (SOBERING) Now let's be starting. We've a long way to go.


O'FLYNN: Faith, and when I'm talking of love - why should you want to hurry so? 


BENED: Because those highwaymen -- I'm sure that they were Bonaparte's spies. 


O'FLYNN: The divil you say! And what would they be wanting with the likes of you? 


BENEDETTA: Well, my father is Lord Lieutenant and Viceroy of Ireland. 


O'FLYNN: The devil he is. 


BENED: This packet was on it's way to him. It's a report on Bonaparte's plan to invade England - after gaining control of Ireland. 


O'FLYNN: Oh, ho -- so we're next on Bony's list? Why, I've soldiered for that pot-bellied rooster and never asked a question. But if he tries to set one foot in Ireland - (SUDDENLY) Give me that packet!


BENED: But --- 


O'FLYNN: Don't worry! I'll even swear allegiance to old Whatsisname your King! 


BENED: Well, in that case....(DECIDING) Here you are. 


O'FLYNN: That's it! And now - A cart, a horse and a man await - To take you on to Dublin's gate. 


BENED: (PUZZLED) Well, that rhymes, O'Flynn -- but what does it mean? 


O'FLYNN: It means that Timothy will take you to Dublin in the cart. If they stop you again, they'll find nothing on you. 


BENED: And you? 


O'FLYNN: Don't worry milady. I'll deliver the packet. (CHUCKLING) And when you get to Dublin be sure to look for O'Flynn. 


MUSIC: (ACCENTS....AND FADES OUT INTO


SEDGEMOUTH: (SOOTHING) There, there, Benedetta - you must try to relax. The only important thing, my dear, is that you're back - you're safe. 


BENED: (AGITATED) But, Philip, if the packet is lost - If it doesn't arrive - 


SEDGE: I'm sure the next courier will bring a copy. 


BENED: But the King's messenger shot on the open highway - in broad daylight! It's enough to --- 


VICEROY: (SLIGHTLY OFF) Benedetta --! 


BENED: Father! I was just coming to you. I - (BIG TAKE) O'Flynn! How in the world -- ? 


O'FLYNN: (COMING IN) What kept you, Milady - I've been wondering where you were. 


VICEROY: Benedetta, what a frightful experience you've had. O'Flynn's been telling me..Philip, you haven't met him, have you? Lord Sedgemouth - the O'Flynn. 


O'FLYNN: Of O'Flynn. 


SEDGE: Your servant, sir. 


VICEROY: We're all indebted to O'Flynn for his valorous service to Benedetta. 


BENED: (IMPULSIVE) Father, I think we should keep him with us.. in case of trouble. 


VICEROY: That's what he thinks - and there is trouble. 


SEDGE: Bad news, Your Excellency? 


VICEROY: Bonaparte again. We'll need stout help..O'Flynn has volunteered - so I've made him a Captain in His Majesty's army. 


O'FLYNN: May my ancestors forgive me! 


VICEROY: He's even recruiting a small personal force. 


O'FLYNN: 'O'Flynn's own' I'll call them - and we'll war on anyone Lady Benedetta wants. 


VICEROY: (SMILING) Well said, m'lad..Now go along and get settled. Ask anyone where the barracks are. 


O'FLYNN: Faith, I'll be able to find them by the sound! (FADING) Good morning, sir. 


BENED: (SMILING) Philip - isn't he rather wonderful? 


SEDGE: Yes - in a vulgar sort of way..(TO VICEROY) Your Excellency mentioned Bonaparte. What's he up to now, sir? 


VICEROY: His best troublemaker, Van Dronk, has sneaked into an old abandoned castle on the coast - Knockmore. We'll have to drive him out.


SEDGEMOUTH: That may be rather difficult, Sir. Old or not, Castle Knockmore is nearly impregnable. It will take a regiment. 


VICEROY: Whatever it takes, these scoundrels must go!...You will command the action, Philip. I have a plan I'll discuss with you....Benedetta, you needn't stay. 


BENEDETTA: As you wish, Father. Philip, I'll talk to you when you're through. 


SOUND: STEPS...DOOR OPENS, CLOSES..FEW STEPS ON STONE 


O'FLYNN: (OFF) Lady Benedetta -- ! 


BENEDETTA: (STARTLED) O'Flynn?....Where are you? 


O'FLYNN: (OFF) Here in the garden - at the foot of the steps! 


BENEDETTA: (SMILING) Is the garden, by any chance, our new barracks, O'Flynn? 


O'FLYNN: (OFF) My barracks! In a private war!...Here I'll stand and here I'll fight, until Your Ladyship surrenders!.... Come down! 


BENEDETTA: (AMUSED) No. 


O'FLYNN: (OFF) If I rhyme you a rhyme for each step of the stair, will you then come down?


BENEDETTA: I might..... 


O'FLYNN: (OFF) Oh, my gift of gab, befriend me! 


BENEDETTA: Well? ...I'm waiting.... 


O'FLYNN: (OFF) If patient you'll be, and not mark the time, 

               Each step you'll descend, I'll rhyme you a rhyme. 


BENEDETTA: (SMILING) One step. 


O'FLYNN: (OFF) I've come here to Dublin, sworn to your King, 

               Admit for a start that that's quite a thing! 


BENEDETTA: (SMILING) Two steps. 


O'FLYNN: (CLOSER) I'll do all such deeds as you may entreat,

                  And all that I do, I'll lay at your feet. 


BENEDETTA: Another step.... 


O'FLYNN: (CLOSER) My hand, here it is: your heart put therein,

                  Protected from hurt by Flynn of O'Flynn. 


BENEDETTA: (LITTLE LAUGH) One more. 


O'FLYNN: (ON) My rhyme may not be as good as my prayers, 

              But yet, you have come to the foot of the stairs. 

              ....Now tell me, when will you marry me? 


BENEDETTA: It's useless, O'Flynn. I've told you I'm betrothed. 


O'FLYNN: Oh, no! I'm hanged if you're going to marry some - stranger! Besides, I love you more than you love him - so you must admit mine's the stronger claim! 


BENEDETTA: Your words are very nimble, O'Flynn. Very nimble and very Irish. 


O'FLYNN: Then give me your scarf for our regimental flag! 


BENEDETTA: (LAUGHS) O'Flynn, you're incorrigible!...But here you are..... 


O'FLYNN: And a kiss? 


BENEDETTA: (SMILING) Well, one, perhaps.....for a soldier. 


O'FLYNN: For a soldier, is it?! Then I'll promise you something! If you'll do the same for every man I recruit - faith, I'll have the largest army in the whole wide world! (BENEDETTA LAUGHS, AS:


MUSIC: ACCENTS .. AND FADES OUT INTO:


SOUND: GAY SHOUTS AND CHEERS .. TO HOLD IN LOW B.G.


SEDGE: (GRIM) Listen to them, Hendrigg - listen to that rabble out there! That buffoon, O'Flynn, recruiting his army at a tavern bar! 


HENDRIGG: (QUIETLY) Better him with a tankard in his hand than you, milord....General Sedgemouth, our problems need a clear head. 


SEDGE: (IRRITABLE) I've told you, Hendrigg - until Bonaparte invades, my usefulness to him is in serving the Viceroy - seeing that he's kept unaware, unsuspecting.. But now, when he orders me to take Knockmore Castle - 


HENDRIGG: (QUIETLY) Then why not take it? We wanted a strong base, didn't we? 


SEDGE: You mean capture Van Dronk - take our own man


HENDRIGG: Why not? Van Dronk is of no further use to us. And if capturing Knockmore means greater authority for you....


SEDGE: By Heaven, you may be right!...... Go to Paris and make the arrangements. I'll delay all action until you return. Now I'd best be getting back to the Palace. 


HENDRIGG: You'll be careful, milord? 


SEDGE: (DRILY) What's there to fear? Those grimy cutthroats out there? 


SOUND: STEPS.....DOOR OPENS, CLOSES....CROWD UP 


O'FLYNN: (OFF) Men - I give you a toast to our regimental flag! And its owner, Lady Benedetta - the most beautiful woman on earth! (CROWD SHOUTS HAPPILY


SEDGE: (DELIBERATE COLD ANGER) You presumptuous popinjay! (CROWD CUTS SUDDENLY


O'FLYNN: (SLIGHTLY OFF, QUIETLY) Were you talking to me, sir? 


SEDGE: Whom else, O'Flynn? You're the only peacock present. (LOW NERVOUS MURMUR FROM CROWD


O'FLYNN: (COMING IN) You've an unfortunate choice of words, sir - but I'm in the mood for dreaming, not fighting.... Will you join our toast? 


SEDGE: (SLOWLY) Why not? (TANKARD ON TABLE


O'FLYNN: My tankard, sir. It's only half full - but then, you've obviously had enough. (CROWD CHUCKLES


SEDGE: (SLOWLY) Yes.....I have had enough.....(THROWING ALE) You take the rest! (ALE SPLATTERS)


O'FLYNN: (SLOW, GRIM) You shouldn't have done that.


SOUND: SWORD DRAWN FROM SCABBARD


SEDGE: I'm waiting, you yokel!


O'FLYNN: Then let's see the color of your cutlery!


SOUND: SWORD DRAWN FROM SCABBARD


SEDGE: You lout, I'll have your life!


SOUND: CLASH OF SWORDS .. GRUNTS OF TWO MEN .. CROWD EXCITEMENT .. HOLD UNTIL:


1ST MAN: Hold back, O'Flynn! He's down!


2ND MAN: You've wounded him! He's had enough! 


O'FLYNN: (BREATHING HARD) Faith, maybe that will teach him some manners. (CROWD SUBSIDING


1ST MAN: (LAUGHS) I venture his wife will teach him the rest! 


2ND MAN: (LAUGHING) Though it's a patched up bridegroom the man will be! 


O'FLYNN: Bridegroom? What do you mean? 


2ND MAN: Why, I'm surprised at you, O'Flynn! Didn't you know? He's going to marry Lady Benedetta! 


MUSIC: IN FULL .. FOR CURTAIN 


(APPLAUSE)


(BREAK FOR COMMERCIAL) 


SMITH: Now a brief intermission, and time for a smoke! Are you enjoying a mild cigarette? 


JINGLE: How mild, how mild, how mild can a cigarette be? Make the Camel thirty-day test, and you'll see! 


BARCLAY: In a recent, coast-to-coast smoking test, noted throat specialists made weekly examinations of the throats of hundreds of men and women who smoked Camels, and only Camels, for thirty days. These smokers averaged one to two packs a day. After two thousand, four hundred and seventy careful examinations, the doctors reported not one single case of throat irritation due to smoking Camels!


SMITH: Make the Camel mildness test yourself. If, at any time, you're not convinced that Camels are the best cigarette you've ever smoked, return the package with the unused cigarettes to the makers of Camels, and you'll receive its full purchase price, plus postage. 


BARCLAY: Remember...Camels by the carton are the best buy!


SMITH: Camel Cigarettes now present Act II of "The Fighting O'Flynn", starring Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Helena Carter. 


MUSIC: (FULL INTO PLAY THEME....AND DOWN TO HOLD UNDER:


SMITH: For once, now, the jaunty O'Flynn is worried. He's pinked many a man with his sword before - but this one is betrothed to the woman he loves!.....Anxiously he waits in the Palace corridor, just outside Lord Sedgemouth's room.....And finally the door is opened - (DOOR OPENS) - and Lady Benedetta comes out. (DOOR CLOSES) (MUSIC CUTS


O'FLYNN: Benedetta -- 


BENEDETTA: (FURIOUS) You! You dare to talk to me?! You barbarian! 


O'FLYNN: Please - let me explain - I -- 


BENEDETTA: Waiting here in the hall like a vulture! Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you - he'll live! 


O'FLYNN: He will?! 


BENEDETTA: (SCATHING) Are you sorry, O'Flynn? Do you want another chance at him? Would you hope to win me by killing your rival? Do you think that would -- 


O'FLYNN: Benedetta - believe me - I didn't know! 


BENEDETTA: (STOPPED) You didn't? 


O'FLYNN: By the Saints! I swear I knew nothing about it! Truly - I'm sorry as I can be! 


BENEDETTA: (RELENTING) Then so am I....Forgive me. It was a shock. I wanted to hit back...Philip explained how the whole thing happened. 


O'FLYNN: Did he now? Well, I must say that was decent of him.... Tell me, can I do anything? 


BENEDETTA: Nothing. Just continue to be my friend...and his. 


O'FLYNN: His? You ask a great deal....But you've a right to ask for all. 


BENEDETTA: I can't help feeling a warm fondness for you, O'Flynn. And he is my -- Well, will you? For me? 


O'FLYNN: Faith, that I will! I'll help him take the castle, the Frenchies, everything! I'll help him take everything - except you!....Is that fair? 


BENEDETTA: (SOFTLY, SMILING) Yes, O'Flynn...that's fair. 


MUSIC: (ACCENTS.....AND FADES OUT INTO:)


TIMOTHY: (GRUMBLING) These weeks of waiting...Waiting - that's what gets a man down, O'Flynn. 


O'FLYNN: (GRIM) Sure, and it's the truth you're speaking, Timothy.....Castle Knockmore sitting there - in plain view - like a ripe apple, begging to be plucked - and Sedgemouth keeps us here on our haunches - the whole army idling good time away. 


TIMOTHY: I say the divil with Sedgemouth - the divil with Knockmore! I say we should be getting back to our own place - spending our time looking for that treasure! 


O'FLYNN: (QUIETLY) It's been in my mind, Timothy.... And I have a plan..... 


TIMOTHY: (A LITTLE WORRIED) A plan? 


O'FLYNN: (SLOWLY) If Sedgemouth declines to take Castle Knockmore with his army - I've half a mind to take it myself. 


TIM: Yourself, O'Flynn? One man - one sword -- ?? 


O'FLYNN: One sword, Timothy...and a bit of guile..(LOW CRISP) Now listen to me..Listen carefully...Tonight at dusk, I'll pretend to desert. I'll skip across the fields and surrender myself at the castle gate. 


TIM: And take the place with your two bare hands? O'Flynn, you're daft. 


O'FLYNN: (GRIN) And isn't that the privilege of an O'Flynn? (SERIOUS) No, Timothy -- I'll talk my way in all right. And after that there's just one thing I ask. 


TIM: What? 


O'FLYNN: (SOFTLY) That Dutchman - Van Dronk - who commands the castle...I just want one hour with him - alone. 


MUSIC: SHARP ACCENT...AND FADE OUT INTO 


O'FLYNN: Ah, general---I'll never forget that day at Barta -- the day you saved my life. (DRAMATIZING IT) Suddenly I was surrounded by a hundred men! The situation was hopeless! Then you appeared at the head of your regiment! The enemy fled in disorder....(RUNS OUT OF MATERIAL)...and I was saved! 


CARPE: Mon Generale, it is a pack of lies! 


VAN DRONK: Maybe...but story good. Like it...Tell me, Irishman -- how was weather at Barta? 


O'FLYNN: The weather, sir? Perfect for a Dutch General fighting for the French against the Italians. Not a cloud.... (PAUSE, WORRIED) Am I right?


CARPE: The man is a spy, Mon Generale! He should be shot at once! 


VAN DRONK: Who give orders, Lieutenant? You or me?....(SLOWLY) No...Want nice long talk with old friend who remember weather at Barta...Go, Lieutenant. Do not disturb. 


CARPE: (FADING) Yes, sir...(DOOR CLOSES, OFF


VAN DRONK: (CONFIDENTIALLY) Unpleasant fellow! Very young. Impatient...(CHUCKLING) Plenty time - shoot you tomorrow. 


O'FLYNN: (A TAKE) Shoot me? 


VAN DRONK: Weather at Barta was terrible. Rain all day, all night. 


O'FLYNN: (GIVING UP) Did it so? Very unfortunate. 


VAN DRONK: Talk about you. Not me. 


O'FLYNN: Well...Could I have a glass of that wine? My throat is dry from so much lying. 


VAN DRONK: Much as you want. Last request for condemned man. 


O'FLYNN: That's very gracious of you, I'm sure...And would you join me in a little nip? 


VAN DRONK: Ja. I drink some wine with you. 


O'FLYNN: Fine - fine! I do hate to fill one glass at a time...(BOTTLE ON GLASSES)...But about my story, General, you see it's this way. (FADING) There I was in Dublin, and sworn into His Majesty's army - but head over heels in love with a girl - the most beautiful girl that ever lived......... 


(FULL BOARD FADE


O'FLYNN: (FADING IN) ....And having promised her I'd take Knockmore alone, I conceived this little plan of mine. I come as a deserter, talk myself into your graces, take you prisoner - and the castle is mine....I always keep my promises. 


VAN DRONK: (DROWSY) Ja...me, too...Shoot you in morning. 


O'FLYNN: Ah, but you'll want to sleep on it, won't you? A nice long sleep?...(SOFTLY) In fact, aren't you getting sleepy now? 


VAN DRONK: (VERY SLEEPY) Ja...very sleepy...very slee...(HIS VOICE TRAILS OFF) 


O'FLYNN: (SOFTLY) Sleep, my friend, ....a nice long sleep to you... (CHUCKLES) And I guarantee it will be long - with all those sleeping powders in your wine!...(SUDDEN RAPPING ON DOOR


CARPE: (OFF) Mon Generale!.... He is here to see you - Lord Sedgemouth! 


O'FLYNN: (TO SELF) Sedgemouth! the divil! 


SEDGEMOUTH: (OFF) I must speak to you, General. It's most important! 


O'FLYNN: (TO SELF) He wants to talk to the General. Maybe I can have a try at it. (UP, APING VAN DRONK) Ja? What it is? Always these disturbance at night! 


SEDGEMOUTH: (OFF) I'm sorry, but this is very urgent. I have a letter from General Bonaparte!


O'FLYNN: (ACCENT) Bonaparte? What he say this time? Read it! 


SEDGE: (OFF) It says..."To General Van Dronk: I desire you to surrender Castle Knockmore to Lord Sedgemouth, after making a token resistance...All French forces will be under his command during and after the landing in Ireland....Signed, Bonaparte." 


O'FLYNN: (TO SELF) Oh, the treasonous baboon!... (UP, ACCENT) For what I do this, eh? What happen then? 


SEDGE: (OFF) The Viceroy has promised that if I take the castle, I'll be put in command of all British forces here!...I can then order the withdrawal of all defenses - clear the whole coast before the French fleet arrives...But I must have your signature on this letter - to show that you've read it. May I come in? 


O'FLYNN: (SHOUTS) If you come in, m'lord - I go out! 


SOUND: (QUICK RUNNING STEPS...GLASS CRASH


MUSIC: HIT HARD AND FADE OUT INTO: 


VICEROY: I can't believe it, Philip! I simply can't believe the O'Flynn is traitor! 


SEDGE: (SMOOTHLY) Your Excellency, his own men have given testimony against him. They saw him steal away at dusk -- he was heading straight for Knockmore Castle. 


VICEROY: But if he's with the enemy, why have you instituted search for him here


SEDGE: Because one of my men saw him. He was on the Palace grounds not twenty minutes ago. 


VICEROY: Why, Philip? Why should he come back? 


SEDGEMOUTH: It's obvious, sir. To continue his spying. 


O'FLYNN: It's possible I might have another explanation. 


VICEROY: (IRRITABLY) Go away, young man, we're----O'Flynn! 


O'FLYNN: Your servant, sir. 


VICEROY: (FORCED TO SMILE) O'Flynn, you are a daring rascal. 


SEDGEMOUTH: (CURTLY) You're under arrest!


O'FLYNN: Arrest? Now that's a harsh word, Lord Sedgemouth. Couldn't we rather say instead that I volunteer my presence in the service of the Crown? 


VICEROY: This is serious, O'Flynn. You're charged with treason.


O'FLYNN: Faith, I know - but I'm not the Judas, sir! It's our stylish friend, here! 


SEDGEMOUTH: Impertinence ------- !


O'FLYNN: He's been consorting with the enemy, sir - he's in Bonaparte's pay! 


VICEROY: Those are serious charges, O'Flynn! 


O'FLYNN: I can prove them, sir!


SEDGEMOUTH: Ridiculous! 


O'FLYNN: Ridiculous, is it? And what about your letter from Bony? Did you think I'd make the charge without having that letter?......Look! Here in my hand! I filched it from your room! 


SEDGEMOUTH: Nonsense, I never left it in my --- (STOPS SHORT


VICEROY: (QUIETLY) Left what, Philip?.....Then there was such a letter? 


O'FLYNN: Excellency, with your kind permission -- 


SEDGEMOUTH: (STRUGGLING) Let go! Keep your blasted hands off me! Let go, you hear! 


O'FLYNN: (PANTING) Faith, that I will - now!..... Excellency, when I mentioned the letter - did you see how his hand moved straight to his pocket?.....Here's the letter, sir. It speaks for itself. 


VICEROY: (SLIGHT PAUSE, SHOUTS) Ashton!....Colonel Ashton!


COLONEL: (COMING IN) Yes, Your Excellency? 


VICEROY: (QUIETLY) Call out the guard. I'm placing Lord Sedgemouth under arrest. 


MUSIC: (SHARP CHORD.....AND FADE OUT INTO:


TIMOTHY: Ah, it's good, O'Flynn. It's good for a man to come home again. 


O'FLYNN: (ODDLY QUIET) Sure, you're right, Timothy....... Dublin is not the place for us...... 


TIMOTHY: Mind you, it had its good side, I think - but I say O'Flynns belong at O'Flynn!....I only wish there was something to eat in the place. 


O'FLYNN: (LISTLESS) It doesn't matter. I've little appetite. 


TIMOTHY: No reason to do without a fire, though.....Here's wood - and kindling and -- (ANNOYED) O'Flynn!


O'FLYNN: (DISINTERESTED) Yes? 


TIMOTHY: You'll just have to do something about this fireplace! These stones are loose as an old man's teeth! (STONE SCRAPES) You can pull them apart without even -- (STOPS, THEN IN AWE) O'Flynn -- ! 


O'FLYNN: (DISINTERESTED) Yes? 


TIMOTHY: (SLOWLY, AWED) O'Flynn - it's the treasure.....here behind this stone.....the treasure your old grandfather left for you!.....You're rich!.....(A PAUSE, THEN ANGRILY) Did y'hear me - you're rich! 


O'FLYNN: (QUIETLY) Not to my way of thinking, Timothy......I think I'm the poorest man on earth. 


TIMOTHY: Have you taken leave of your senses, man? Poor! 


O'FLYNN: Poor - for having lost what I never had.......(SOFTLY) If only she had come to me.......When she knew the truth - when she knew she was free....if only she had come to me and said ----- 


BENEDETTA: (SLIGHTLY OFF) May I come in? 


O'FLYNN: (STARTLED) Benedetta!.......Is it - is it truly yourself - or - or am I-- 


BENEDETTA: (SOFTLY, COMING IN) It is myself, O'Flynn......if you'll have me here..... 


O'FLYNN: Glory be to Heaven that has given me ears this day to hear you - and eyes this day to see you! 


BENEDETTA: (SMILING) But your heart?.....Is there still a rhyme in your heart for me - to help me over the next difficult step? (MUSIC SNEAKS IN VERY SOFTLY


O'FLYNN: (ARDENTLY) Benedetta, my lady, my heart is so full, That to put it in words, I - I ------ Oh, the divil with it!


BENEDETTA: (SOFTLY, HAPPILY) O'Flynn......O'Flynn, darling....... 


O'FLYNN: (GAYLY) Timothy! Her Ladyship has come to dine! Hurry - find what's left of the cheese! 


MUSIC: (UP FULL......FOR CURTAIN


(APPLAUSE


SMITH: Our stars Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Helena Carter will return in just a moment. 


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BARCLAY: How mild is that? Well, here's the opinion of famous opera star, Gladys Swarthout. She's smoked Camels for years. She says...and we quote her..."Camels are the mildest cigarette I've ever smoked!" 


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MUSIC: TAG 


SMITH: And now, this is always a pleasant moment for me -- a chance to say a final word of thanks to our stars, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., and Helena Carter. 


CARTER: Well, this is a very pleasant moment for me too. Of course, I haven't been in Hollywood long, but I've heard all about how this program supports the Motion Picture Relief Fund and its Country House and Hospital -- and I want to say it's a privilege to share in that work.


FAIRBANKS: Well said, Helena -- and here's something else that possibly you haven't heard. Each week the maker's of Camels send free smokes to men in service hospitals all over the country. This week among other hospitals, free Camels are being sent to Army and Navy General Hospital, [Hot Springs,] Arkansas; U.S. Naval Hospital, Bremerton, Washington; Veterans Hospital, Fort Custer, Michigan. That makes a total of more than one hundred and eighty-seven million cigarettes that the Camel people have sent to servicemen, servicewomen and veterans! Happy smoking, fellows, your cigarettes are on the way to you now, with the compliments of Camels!


(APPLAUSE) 


MUSIC: SHOW THEME 


SMITH: The Screen Guild Players are directed by Bill Lawrence. The adaptations are by Harry Kronman... 


Remember, Thursday night is Screen Guild night! And next week, a really thrilling story that will hold you from start to finish. Drama! Suspense!! Excitement! Mystery! Two of your favorite stars in the roles they made famous on the screen. Yes, its Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake in "The Blue Dahlia". Don't miss it! 


BARCLAY: Helena Carter and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. can currently be seen in "THE FIGHTING O'FLYNN", a Fairbanks Co. Production which was presented through the courtesy of Universal-International Pictures, who will soon release "CITY ACROSS THE RIVER."


SMITH: For fun and hilarity, don't miss Camel Cigarettes' other great show over these same stations. Tomorrow night - the Jimmy Durante Show - with Don Ameche. And remember Thursday night is Screen Guild night - the greatest stars and the greatest stories, brought to you by Camel Cigarettes! 


This is Verne Smith speaking. 


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