American Madness script
Synopsis: During the Depression, the bank owned by generous Dickson (Walter Huston) is barely staying afloat, and things get worse when $100,000 is lifted from the vault. Fingers are pointed at reformed crook Matt (Pat O'Brien), who got a job and a fresh start from Dickson. The innocent Matt can clear his name by admitting that on the night of the robbery he was breaking up a tryst between Dickson's wife and another teller. But this revelation may crush Dickson, and Matt's conscience plays tug-of-war.

FADE IN:

EXT. BUILDING - DAY - LONG SHOT

Of a large, impressive-looking building on the corner of a

busy, New York business street.

LAP DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. BUILDING - DAY - CLOSE SHOT

A dignified brass plate sign on the side of the building,

reading:
UNION NATIONAL BANK.

LAP DISSOLVE TO:

INT. FOYER OF BUILDING - MED. SHOT

Lower portion of high bronze doors, one side of which is

partly opened. Sitting in front of the closed side is a

uniformed officer, greeting, ad lib, the various employees

as they enter.

LAP DISSOLVE TO:

INT. OF BANK - CLOSEUP

Of a cover being yanked off an adding machine.

CUT TO:

CLOSE SHOT AT SWITCHBOARD

A telephone operator, busily plugging in wires.

OPERATOR:

(mechanically sweet

voice)

Good morning . . . Union National

Bank . . . Just a minute—

LAP DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ENTRANCE ROOM TO VAULTS - MED. SHOT

Of the inside of a massive vault door, made impressive by

the shining, finely cut steel bolts and the many other

intricate-looking instruments which adorn it.

CAMERA PANS UP to a clock overhead which registers 9:03.

A group of young men, paying tellers, are impatiently

watching a teller struggle with the lock that will admit

them to the vault.

TELLER:

Come on, come on, Oscar, what are

we waiting for?

2ND TELLER

What's the matter? Can't you find

it?

3RD TELLER

Sneak up on it, boy!

4TH TELLER

Oscar, come on!

CHARLIE:

Say, if it had lipstick on it,

he'd find it!

They all laugh, as Oscar finds the combination.

OSCAR:

Almonds to you![1] Almonds!

TELLERS:

Now, now, Oscar - not almonds!

The CAMERA MOVES WITH THEM as they pass through the first

portal.

CHARLIE:

Nine o'clock and all is lousy!

1ST TELLER

Yes, I spend half of my life waiting

for these time clocks to open.

Say, where's Matt?

CHARLIE:

Probably upstairs thinking up that

daily joke.

2ND TELLER

That guy kills me with his

wisecracks.

3RD TELLER

Say, when he comes in, let's put

on a frozen face. Let's not smile.

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Robert Riskin

Robert Riskin (March 30, 1897 – September 20, 1955) was an American Academy Award-winning screenwriter and playwright, best known for his collaborations with director-producer Frank Capra. more…

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