1 INT. BOSTON HOUSE SALOON, APPALOOSA - LATE AFTERNOON 1
Particles of dust float in rays of sunlight slicing throughlouvered saloon doors.
The doors push open silhouetting the holstered guns of two
The bartender, FAT WALLIS, looks up as he lights an oil lamp
Close on CHALK and BRONC, dangerous looking cowhands.
Fat Wallis maneuvers around the bar, pours two shots.
Leave the bottle.
Wallis sets the NEAR FULL WHISKEY BOTTLE on the bar.
2 INT. TOWN HALL, APPALOOSA - SUNSET 2
ABNER RAINES, tall with white hair, one of three CITY
ALDERMEN, addresses a packed house.
Today is a special day. Seven
years ago a death knell rang out inthis town. The Indian Wars had
forced the closure of our coppermines, the life-blood of our
community. Many of our friends andtheir families left us. Appaloosawas on the verge of becoming aghost town...empty buildings,
silent streets, memories of lives
being erased by the dust and thewind.
The townspeople pay solemn attention.
But those of us who stayed refusedto let that happen. With our faith
in God and one another we foughtand struggled through the mostdifficult of times and have
persevered. And now our moment is
here...our moment to look forward -
into the glow of the future.
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So without further ado, on behalf
of my fellow Aldermen, Mr. Earl May
and Mr. Phil Olson, I would like to
welcome...all the way from
Chicago...the man who will be the
Chief Engineer of the newly founded
Appaloosa Copper Company, Mr.
Clayton Poston, and his beautiful
CLAYTON, big and handsome and VERA, his beautiful wife; rise
from their seats and acknowledge the cheering townsfolk.
Clayton strides up to a small table near the podium.
Thank you. Vera and I have been
warmed by your hospitality. And
believe me, coming from Chicago,
that feels awfully nice.
The audience laughs politely.
So thank you. Now on to the
business at hand...Electricity is
the future, and electric wire is
He whips the velvet cover off a contraption with a light bulb
on top. He cranks the handle and the bulb LIGHTS UP.
The audience cheers and claps, in awe.
More cheering. Vera beams with pride.
3 INT. BOSTON HOUSE SALOON - NIGHT 3
Close on the WHISKEY BOTTLE, NEAR EMPTY.
A rough hand grabs the bottle... two drinks are poured.
Chalk and Bronc down their last shots. They turn to go.
FAT WALLIS (O.S.)
That’ll be three dollars.
Both men turn and stare dead-eyed at Wallis.
Wallis doesn’t want to die for three dollars. He turns away
and goes back to work.
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Chalk and Bronc head out into the night.
4 EXT. TOWN HALL - NIGHT 4
Buggies and wagons are leaving.
Folks calling good-night to
Vera and Clayton stroll across the street into the darkness.
5 EXT. 2ND STREET, APPALOOSA - A SHORT TIME LATER - NIGHT 5
Vera and Clayton stroll the dimly lit street, arm and arm,
obviously in love.
IN THE SHADOWS - Chalk and Bronc.
Here he comes.
You sure that’s him?
Bronc and Chalk step out of the shadows.
Vera stops when she sees them.
(pulling Clayton’s arm)
It’ll be fine, dear.
A moment’s walk and THEY MEET on the boardwalk.
Where you goin’?
We’re going to our hotel. If
you’ll kindly step out of the way.
Good looking lady you got.
She fuck as good as she looks?