One Way Passage script
Synopsis: One Way Passage is a 1932 American Pre-Code romantic film starring William Powell and Kay Francis as star-crossed lovers, directed by Tay Garnett and released by Warner Bros.

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.


Mine's Joan.


Hello, Joan.


Hello, Dan.

They shake hands like old friends.


May we, er, drink to our meeting?


We should.

(raises her glass)

Here's... Here's "hail and farewell."

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Wilson Mizner

Wilson Mizner (May 19, 1876 – April 3, 1933) was an American playwright, raconteur, and entrepreneur. His best-known plays are The Deep Purple, produced in 1910, and The Greyhound, produced in 1912. He was manager and co-owner of The Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, California, and was affiliated with his brother, Addison Mizner, in a series of scams and picaresque misadventures that inspired Stephen Sondheim's musical Road Show (alternately known as Wise Guys, Gold! and Bounce). more…

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