Peeping Tom script
Peeping Tom (1960)
Synopsis: Peeping Tom is a 1960 British horror thriller film directed by Michael Powell and written by the World War II cryptographer and polymath Leo Marks. The title derives from the slang expression 'Peeping Tom' describing a voyeur. The film revolves around a serial killer who murders women while using a portable movie camera to record their dying expressions of terror.

WE SEE her staring at something in bewilderment... then

backing away from CAMERA in fear.

WE HEAR the Man breathing as if at the end of a very long

race.

As Dora opens her mouth to scream, and a shadow falls across

her face - the title:

PEEPING TOM:

Blots out what is happening to her.

OTHER CREDITS FOLLOW... behind them we can see Dora's hands

pushing something away.

Before the DIRECTOR'S CREDIT:

CUT TO:

EXT. A PARK - NIGHT

It is very dark.

CLOSE SHOT of a stack of deck chairs.

Two forms behind it - a MAN'S and a WOMAN'S.

They are intertwined and motionless... suddenly a brilliant

shaft of light is trained onto them.

Overlaid is a gentle, whirring sound.

CAMERA PANS quickly to a nearby tree.

CLOSE SHOT of the lens of a cine-camera - the motor

purring... a blinding spotlight.

CAMERA PANS to the couple - the whirring of the camera is

overlaid.

The Man leaps up - shielding his eyes against the light.

He advances towards the tree.

MAN:

Hey, you peeping...

The spotlight goes out. There is the sound of footsteps

running away � and the night is at peace again.

And now WE SEE who DIRECTED the picture.

DISSOLVE TO:

LONG SHOT. AMBULANCE - DAY

It is standing in the roadway outside Dora's house.

WE SEE it through the finder of a small cine-camera.

EXT. STREETS BY DORA'S HOUSE - DAY

A crowd has gathered outside the house - and we are watching

them from a corner of the street (ALWAYS THROUGH THE FINDER-

MATTE).

WE SEE several Policemen holding back the crowd as two

Ambulance Men hurry into the house, carrying an empty

stretcher.

Gentle, whirring sound is overlaid.

WE SEE children staring curiously into the empty ambulance -

and a group of Women talking excitedly to a Reporter.

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Leo Marks

Leopold Samuel "Leo" Marks, MBE (24 September 1920 – 15 January 2001) was an English cryptographer during the Second World War. He headed the codes office supporting resistance agents in occupied Europe for the secret Special Operations Executive organisation. After the war, Marks became a playwright and screenwriter, writing scripts that frequently utilised his war-time cryptographic experiences. He wrote the script for Peeping Tom, the controversial film directed by Michael Powell which had a disastrous effect on Powell's career, but has subsequently been described by Martin Scorsese as a masterpiece. In 1998, towards the end of his life, Marks published a personal history of his experiences during the war, Between Silk and Cyanide, which was critical of the leadership of SOE. more…

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