Devil in a Blue Dress script
Synopsis: In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins (Denzel Washington) is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright (Tom Sizemore), a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman named Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), who he suspects is hiding out in one of the city's black jazz clubs. Strapped for money and facing house payments, Easy takes the job, but soon finds himself in over his head.

Easy looks up also at

THE DOORWAY which fills with the large frame of the white

MAN in an off-white linen suit, his pale eyes surveying the

room. Satisfied that all but two of the six tables in the

tiny room are unoccupied, he smiles at Joppy and walks to

the far end of the bar.

Easy is surprised to see Joppy, tough ex-heavyweight that he

is, duck his head and smile as he makes his way over like

he's answering a summons. The white man extends a friendly

hand and the two of them shake like old friends and lean in

close to talk in private.

Easy finds it hard not to watch their conversation as he

takes a sip from a short glass of bourbon on the rocks.

After a moment...


Easy, come on over here. This

here's somebody I want ya to

meet... Come on. This here's a

friend of mine.

Easy drains his glass and stands up, then walks over.


Yeah, Easy. This here's Mr.



You can call me Dewitt, Easy.


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He extends his hand and Easy shakes it.


How ya doin'?


(bowing and grinning)

Mr. Albright and me goes back to

before the war when I was still in

the fight game.


(to Easy)

Ever seen this guy fight...? Any

time Joppy Shag stepped in the ring

you knew you were gonna see some

real knock-down-drag-out-

fisticuffs... Where you from, Easy?





Houston... Joppy's hometown.

Joppy pours Albright a straight shot of Wild Turkey and the

big man sips it.


So I hear you need a job.

Easy throws a look at Joppy, but Joppy is busy buffing the

bar and putting more of Easy's business in the street.


Aw yeah, Easy always tryin' to do

better. Got his high school

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Carl Franklin

Carl Franklin (born April 11, 1949) is an American actor, screenwriter and film and television director. Franklin is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and continued his education at the AFI Conservatory, where he graduated with an M.F.A. degree in directing in 1986. Franklin is most noted for Devil in a Blue Dress, which was based on the book by Walter Mosley and starred Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle. more…

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