The Birds script
The Birds (1963)
Synopsis: Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet store and decides to follow him home. She brings with her the gift of two love birds and they strike up a romance. One day birds start attacking children at Mitch's sisters party. A huge assault starts on the town by attacking birds.

MELANIE:

(solicitously)

Yes, what was it you were looking

for, sir?

TWO SHOT - MELANIE AND MITCH

MITCH:

(deadpan)

Lovebirds.

MELANIE:

Lovebirds, sir?

MITCH:

Yes. I understand there are different

varieties, it that true?

MELANIE:

Well... yes, sir, there are.

MITCH:

These are for my sister... her

birthday you see. As she'll be eleven

and... well, frankly, I wouldn't

want a pair of birds that were too

demonstrative.

MELANIE:

I understand completely, sir.

MITCH:

As the same time, I wouldn't want

birds that were aloof, either.

MELANIE:

(leading him around

shop)

No, of course not.

MITCH:

Do you have a pair that are just

friendly?

MELANIE:

I think so, sir.

(she looks around)

Now then, let me see.

MITCH:

(at the finches)

Aren't these lovebirds?

MELANIE:

No, sir, those are... redbirds.

MITCH:

The sign says strawberry finches.

MELANIE:

(airily)

Yes, we call them that too.

(she moves away)

Ahhh, here we are, Lovebirds...

(and stops before a

cage of canaries)

MITCH:

Those are canaries, Miss.

(pause)

Doesn't this make you feel awful?

MELANIE:

(baffled)

Doesn't what make me...?

MITCH:

All these innocent little creatures

caged up like this?

MELANIE:

Well, we can't just let them fly

around the shop, you know.

MITCH:

I suppose not. Is there an

ornithological reason for keeping

them in separate cages?

MELANIE:

Oh, certainly. It's to protect the

species.

MITCH:

I imagine that's very important.

Especially during the moulting season.

MELANIE:

Yes, that's a particularly dangerous

time.

MITCH:

Are they moulting now?

MELANIE:

Some of them are.

MITCH:

How can you tell?

MELANIE:

Well... they get a sort of hangdog

expression.

CLOSE SHOT - A CAGED BIRD - MITCH'S P.O.V.

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Ed McBain

Ed McBain (October 15, 1926 – July 6, 2005) is one of the pen names of an American author and screenwriter. Born Salvatore Albert Lombino, he legally adopted the name Evan Hunter in 1952. While successful and well known as Evan Hunter, he was even better known as Ed McBain, a name he used for most of his crime fiction, beginning in 1956. He also used the pen names John Abbott, Curt Cannon, Hunt Collins, Ezra Hannon, Dean Hudson, and Richard Marsten. more…

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