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.

FADE IN:

FULL SHOT - GRANT STREET - SAN FRANCISCO - DAY

It is mid-afternoon, and there is a tempo and pace to the

people walking, the doorman HOOTING for taxicabs, the

policemen directing traffic.

PAN SHOT - PEDESTRIANS

waiting at street corner for light to change.

CLOSE SHOT - MAN

at the end of line of pedestrians. He is looking up at the

sky.

TWO SHOT - MAN AND WOMAN NEXT TO HIM

as she follows his gaze upward.

LONG SHOT - THE SKY

with hundreds of gulls in it, wheeling.

MED. SHOT - THE STREET CORNER

as the light changes and people begin to cross. In the crowd

walking the other way, a man turns to look up at the wheeling

gulls in the sky overhead. The CAMERA LOCATES:

MED. SHOT - MELANIE DANIELS

in the crowd of pedestrians, approaching Davidson's Pet Shop.

She is a young woman in her mid-twenties, sleekly groomed,

exquisitely dressed, though hatless. She walks with the quick

sureness of the city dweller, a purposefulness in her stride,

a mischievous grin on her face. She continues toward the

front door of a pet shop and enters.

INT. BIRD SHOP - MED. SHOT

Melanie opens the door and comes through, still looking back

toward the street and skywards. The proprietor, a MRS.

MacGRUDER, comes toward her.

MELANIE:

Hello, Mrs. MacGruder, have you ever

seen so many gulls?

MRS. MACGRUDER

Hello, Miss Daniels.

MELANIE:

What do you suppose it is?

MED. SHOT

Mrs. MacGruder takes a look out at the sky. A puppy is

BARKING, o.s.

MRS. MACGRUDER

(shaking her head)

There must be a storm at sea. That

can drive them inland, you know.

They are climbing the short flight of steps into the bird

department now. The BARKING of the dog SEGUES into the clamor

of innumerable birds, TWEETING, TWITTERING, CAWING as Melanie

and Mrs. MacGruder go to the counter at the far end. There

is a circular cage in the center of the room, and the walls

are lined with wire-mesh cages and smaller wooden cages so

that the effect is one of being surrounded by birds, contained

birds to be sure. The birds are quite beautiful, mostly exotic

birds, small splashes of color behind the wire-mesh cages,

larger bursts of brilliant hue on the parrots and parakeets

in the bigger cages. As they walk:

MRS. MACGRUDER

I was hoping you'd be a little late,

Miss Daniels.

(apologetically)

You see, he hasn't arrived yet.

MELANIE:

You said three o'clock.

MRS. MACGRUDER

I know. Oh, I know.

(she is more distressed

now)

I've been calling all morning. Oh,

you have no idea. Miss Daniels,

they're so difficult to get, really

they are. We get them from India,

you know, when they're just little

chicks, and then we have to...

MELANIE:

Well, this one won't be a chick,

will he?

MRS. MACGRUDER

Certainly not. Oh, no. Certainly

not. This will be a full grown myna

bird. Full grown.

MELANIE:

And he'll talk?

MRS. MACGRUDER

Well, yes, he'll talk. Well, no, no.

You'll have to teach him to talk.

MELANIE:

Yes.

MRS. MACGRUDER

Yes.

(pause)

Oh my, I suppose I should call them

again. They said three o'clock.

(pause)

Maybe it's the traffic. I'll call.

Would you mind waiting?

MELANIE:

(judiciously)

I think maybe you'd better deliver

him. Let me give you my address.

(she begins taking

off her gloves)

MRS. MACGRUDER

(producing pencil and

pad)

Oh. Oh, well, all right.

As Melanie starts writing:

MRS. MACGRUDER

I'm sure they're on the way, though.

Could I just call?

MELANIE:

(with a resigned sigh)

Well, all right, but...

She scurries out behind the counter and out of sight. Melanie

finishes writing her address and stands impatiently by the

counter. She taps her teeth with the pencil.

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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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