The patron withdraws his hand. Tossing a lemon slice behind his back and
catching it in midair, the bartender twists it with a flourish over the glass.
He inspects the drink closely, glances at the patron, then gives the lemon
slice another grand twist before proudly sliding the glass away.
Simultaneously, we hear the trio conclude their song to much applause.
There you are, partner. You can tell
your grandchildren about that one.
Finally, we catch our first sight of the patron, DAN HARDESTY, a handsome
thirtyish American man, as he puts the glass to his lips. But before he can
drink he's bumped into from behind by a woman with her back to him. Half the
drink spills out and ends up on the floor. Dan turns angrily to the woman who
wears a big floppy hat.
Say, what in the name of--?!
The woman, a dark-haired American beauty named JOAN AMES, also turns and the
two come face to face. She, too, has spilled some of her drink and is wide-
eyed with anger. But as soon as their eyes meet, their attitudes change.
Both are somehow instantly smitten.
And both realize they are holding the same obscure cocktail.
In the background, we hear the pianist play the film's bittersweet love theme.
After a pause, Joan finds her voice first.
Why, I'm so sorry.
(a slight grin)
I'm so glad.
(off his glass)
Such a beautiful drink, too.
Yes. Paradise cocktail.
(glances at his)
Seem to be a few drops left.
Always the most precious, the last
few drops. That's luck.
Uh, my name is Dan.
They shake hands like old friends.
May we, er, drink to our meeting?
(raises her glass)
Here's... Here's "hail and farewell."