Playback script
Playback (1949)
Synopsis: Playback is a novel by Raymond Chandler, featuring the private detective Philip Marlowe. It was first published in Britain in July 1958; the US edition followed in October that year. Chandler died the following year; Playback is his last completed novel.

FADE IN:

EXT. OPEN LANDSCAPE WITH RAILROAD TRACKS -- DAY

LONG SHOT:

A STREAMLINER coming TOWARDS CAMERA which is off to one

side of tracks. The landscape has pine and fir trees and

is a northern Washington landscape.

As the streamliner passes, the CAMERA PANS around following

it and stops. The streamliner tears off into the distance

and in the foreground is WE SEE a RAILROAD SIGN --

"EVERETT WASH"

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. STREAMLINER IN MOTION - CORRIDOR -- DAY

SHOWING OPEN DOORS OF FOUR ROOMETTES

Through the windows can be seen the landscape through which

the train is passing. In the first roomette, counting from

the left, is a well-dressed, rather wise-looking FEMALE,

young, smart. She is making up her face.

In the second is a middle-aged couple, a CANADIAN

IMMIGRATION INSPECTOR and a CANADIAN CUSTOMS INSPECTOR.

In the third, BETTY MAYFIELD is seated near the window,

turning over the pages of a magazine. She is about 27 years

old, beautiful, blonde, and has a remote troubled

expression, as though her thoughts were far away.

The fourth is empty. There is a man's suitcase in evidence

on the seat. LARRY MITCHELL enters from the left. He is

tall, good-looking, young, with superficial charm and rather

too much self-assurance.

He glances in at the woman in the first roomette, stops in

the door and leans against it.

We MOVE IN so this scene becomes a SHOT of a single

roomette. OVER SCENE is HEARD the voices of the Canadian

Immigration Officer.

CANADIAN OFFICIAL (O.S.)

Good afternoon. You name, please.

PASSENGER (O.S.)

George Olson.

MITCHELL:

(to the unknown

woman)

Better stop while it's still

perfect.

She looks up at him with a slow stare.

CANADIAN OFFICIAL (O.S.)

And where were you born, Mr. Olson?

PASSENGER (O.S.)

Waukegan, Illinois.

UNKNOWN WOMAN:

(to Mitchell)

Is there something I can do for

you?

MITCHELL:

There are a lot of things you could

do for me.

IMMIGRATION INSPECTOR (O.S.)

And this is your wife, Mr. Olson?

PASSENGER (O.S.)

Yes. She was born in Waukegan,

too. Same as Jack Benny, you know.

OFFICER (O.S.)

(puzzled)

Jack Benny?

UNKNOWN WOMAN:

(to Mitchell)

Well, there is something you could

do for me.

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Raymond Chandler

Raymond Thornton Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was a British-American novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, at the age of forty-four, Chandler became a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Great Depression.  more…

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