The Lost Weekend script
Synopsis: The Lost Weekend is a 1945 American film noir directed by Billy Wilder and starring Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. The film was based on Charles R. Jackson's 1944 novel of the same name about an alcoholic writer. The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). In 2011, The Lost Weekend was added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."


What for?



To write. To write there. I'm going

to get started on my novel.


You really feel up to writing?


Why not?


I mean, after what you've been



I haven't touched the stuff for ten

days now.


I know you haven't. Where's the



In the living room closet, kind of

towards the back.

Bent forward tensely, he watches Wick go into the living

room. Left alone, he acts with lightning rapidity. He takes

the sweater, goes over to the window, pulls up the whiskey

bottle, wraps the sweater around it so that only the top

with the string around it shows. He tries to loosen the noose

but he's nervous and loses a precious second.

From the living room has been coming the sound of Wick opening

the closet door and ransacking. Now comes:


You sure it's in the closet? I can't

find it.


(Working desperately)

Look by the big chair.


(Approaching fast)

Isn't it under your bed?

Don sees he can't loosen the string in time. In the last

fraction of a second before Wick enters, he manages to lower

the bottle back down the wall. With what nonchalance he can

muster he bends down and looks under the bed just as Wick

enters, a sheaf of white paper in his hand.


Of course. Here it is.

He pulls out a Remington portable, 1930 model.


Here's some paper.

He puts it in Don's suitcase.


We'll fix a table on the south porch.

Nobody to disturb you -- I'll see to

it. Except maybe Saturday night we'll

go over to the Country Club.


I'm not going near that Country Club.


Why not?


Because they're a bunch of hypocrites

and I don't like to be whispered

Look who's here from New York.

The Birnam brothers -- or rather the

nurse and the invalid.

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Charles Brackett

Charles William Brackett (November 26, 1892 – March 9, 1969) was an American novelist, screenwriter, and film producer, best known for his long collaboration with Billy Wilder. more…

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