Oh, I think so--
The MAN fumbles in his pocket, finds a pack and drops it in
his nervousness. The FIGURES wait until he picks it up. He
offers one to BUZZ.
You smoke it. Smoke it, Dad.
Smiling uncertainly, the MAN puts the cigarette in his mouth.
BUZZ, still smiling, takes out a packet of wooden matches.
I'll light it for you, Dad.
BUZZ ignites a match and holds it near the Man's face for a
second, searching it. Then he ignites the whole box under
his nose. The MAN shrieks, and his packages fall. BUZZ
slaps him sharply, his smile gone.
The camera pans away as the figures enclose him, and holds
on a small mechanical monkey which has dropped from its
wrappings. It begins to dance madly on the pavement, then
The feet of the figures scatter past the unmoving monkey.
Then camera rises to show that the man has disappeared.
There is a moment of awful stillness, then we see a boy
coming down the street alone. He is quite drunk, and he
slips once. This is JIM, a good-looking kid of seventeen
with a crew-cut and wearing a good suit. The spilled
packages on the pavement stop him. He bends down to see
what they are and picks up the mechanical monkey from the
wreckage. He smiles and winds it up. He sets it on the
sidewalk and sits down. He watches it dance for a moment,
happily. A siren is heard distantly, growing louder. JIM
pays no attention to it as he winds the monkey again and
releases it for its dance.
SUPERIMPOSE TITLE: "REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE" STARRING ____ as
siren rises piercingly close, and JIM looks up, we: