Deco lettering is surround by the stamped outline of an eye,
like something on an optometrist's sign. Around the upper
and lower lids of the eye it says "CREDIT PHOTO TO - THE
GREAT BERNZINI". In the center of the eye it says "THE PUBLIC
He slams the trunk shut.
INT. DAILY NEWS BUILDING - NIGHT
CLOSE ON a Daily News check, made out to Leon Bernstein. On
a stub, the check is carefully accounted for.
1 Corpse (2 bullets @ $1.50 each)............$3.00
Bernzy, riding down in an elevator, folds the check into his
INT. DAILY NEWS LOBBY
The elevator doors open, Bernzy steps out.
The Photographer we saw leaving Thompson St. steps into the
He only has to see Bernzy to know he's too late.
INT./EXT. BERNZY'S SEDAN/STREET - NIGHT
Bernzy drives, his eyes intently scanning the nighttime
A steady, low hiss is emitted from a police radio, that is
gerry-rigged under his dusty dashboard, swaying on its wires.
A metal plate on the radio says FOR POLICE VEHICLES ONLY.
Bernzy's Speed Graphic, with flash, sits on the seat next to
As Bernzy reads every shadow and doorway for potential
We see what he sees out the window (buildings and people) in
black and white, slightly overcranked: the POV of Bernzy's
INT. TENEMENT HALLWAY - NIGHT
On the landing of the stairwell, a young Puerto Rican Woman
wails hysterically as two Cops try to calm her down. She's
in her nightgown. A flashbulb fires over her.
The narrow stairway is packed with Policemen and Puerto Rican
neighbors in their T-shirts, pajamas and robes.
A COP leads two Ambulance Attendants, with a stretcher, up
the stairs shouting as he goes.