American Madness script
Synopsis: During the Depression, the bank owned by generous Dickson (Walter Huston) is barely staying afloat, and things get worse when $100,000 is lifted from the vault. Fingers are pointed at reformed crook Matt (Pat O'Brien), who got a job and a fresh start from Dickson. The innocent Matt can clear his name by admitting that on the night of the robbery he was breaking up a tryst between Dickson's wife and another teller. But this revelation may crush Dickson, and Matt's conscience plays tug-of-war.

He turns, expecting their laugh, but is confronted by stone

faces.

MATT:

Sympathy! You know, the right one

had more sympathy than the other

one!

1ST TELLER

What's the matter? Can't you get

this thing open?

Matt stares in disbelief, then gets the joke.

MATT:

(contemptuously)

Six reasons why banks fail!

This cracks them all up, as a uniformed officer, who has

been standing by, works a lever attached to the floor,

which lowers a section of the floor, directly in front of

the vault. This permits the vault door, which is sunk below

the floor level, to swing open.

TELLERS:

(ad-libbing)

I love your jokes, Matt! They're

so entertaining! A very funny man!

8. MED. SHOT

Matt opens the inside door, made up of perpendicular steel

bars. The tellers scurry into the cavernous-looking

interior. Someone

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Robert Riskin

Robert Riskin (March 30, 1897 – September 20, 1955) was an American Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright, best known for his collaborations with director-producer Frank Capra. more…

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