Below Zero

Synopsis: In the dead of winter, street musicians Stanley and Oliver aren't getting much business in a run-down neighborhood, and then their instruments are smashed in a run-in with a formidable woman. Their luck seems to turn when they find a wallet full of money, but are about to lose it to a thief when a passing policeman chases the thug off. The boys treat the officer to a meal, but when Stanley pulls out the wallet to pay, the cop recognizes it as his own. Rather than running them in as pickpockets, he pays his own tab and leaves Stanley and Oliver at the mercy of the gruff headwaiter.
Genre: Comedy, Short
Director(s): James Parrott
20 min

(# In The Good OId Summer Time | on organ and doubIe bass)

We've been pIaying here for two hours | and haven't made a dime.

I think we'd better find a better spot.

(Stan whistIes)

Let's orchestrate here, it's nice and warm.

That's a very good idea. | Reminds me quite a bit of FIorida.

SmeIIs Iike a barbecue, doesn't it?

A barbecue! Come on, Iet's pIay.

(# In The Good OId Summer Time)

Yoo-hoo! Oh, Mr Whiteman.

Yes, ma'am?

About how much money | do you boys average a street?

Er, Iet's see.

Now that's, er...


I wouId say about 50 cents a street.

There's a doIIar. | Move down a coupIe of streets.


(# In The Good OId Summer Time)

# She hoIds your hand and you hoId hers

# And that's a very good sign

# She's your tootsy-wootsy in

(Both) # The good oId summer

# Tiii... #

Ha! ''In the good oId summer time''!

Ignore him.

Just one of the Iower eIements.

(# In The Good OId Summer Time)

(Music stops)

(# In The Good OId Summer Time)

(Crashing chord)

(Approaching vehicIe)

(Organ shrieks and groans)


What's the big idea?

He tried to steaI our money.

Oh, he did, eh?

Get out of here! Beat it!

You've got to be carefuI around here.

This neighbourhood | is fuII of thugs and pickpockets.

They'II cut your throat for a dime.

Officer, we appreciate | what you've done for us.

- Oh, that's aII right. | - I wish we couId repay you.

Say, how about something to eat | before we get our throats cut?

A spIendid idea!

- Maybe the officer wouId Iike to join us. | - I don't care if I do.

- Pardon me just a moment. | - Sure.


- (ChuckIes) Right this way, Officer. | - Thanks.

- I know a great spot. | - No fooIing?

- Yeah. | - You just Iead the way, we're right with you.

Pete, I want you to meet a coupIe of friends.

- Mr Hardy's the name. | - Mr Hardy.

- This is Mr LaureI. | - Mr LaureI.

- How's everything been, Frank? | - Not too bad, Pete.

- Seen BiII IateIy? | - Yeah, saw him this morning.

Now, what are you boys gonna have?

- What about a Iarge juicy steak, Officer? | - That sounds good to me.

Three great big steaks, | smothered in onions.

- (Pete) Yes, sir. | - Don't forget, pIenty of onions.

Yes, sir!

- Oh, garcon? | - Yes, sir?

- Bring me a parfait. | - Yes, sir.

Put one on my steak too.

You don't put parfaits on steaks.

- Just canceI the parfaits. | - Yes, sir.

- But bring me a smaII demitasse. | - Yes, sir.

- Oh, Gaston? | - Yes, sir?

Bring me one too, in a big cup.

''A big cup''!

Where we you brung up?

Pass the hors d'oeuvre.

You'II pardon my friend's ignorance.

I'm awfuIIy gIad we met you, Officer.

Where are you going | to spend your vacation this summer?


The best steak I ever ate.

It's undoubtedIy the best I've ever had.

(Indistinct shouting and cIattering)


What seems to be the troubIe?

Oh, just a bozo that couIdn't pay his check.


Imagine being in a predicament of that kind.

- It must be very embarrassing. | - Very.


- Yes, gentIemen? | - Our check, pIease.

CertainIy, sir.

Thank you very much.

- Ah-ah-ah! | - Oh, wait a minute.

- I'd feeI a Iot better if I paid this check. | - I shouId say not.

You're our guest. Our honoured guest.

- I know but... | - AbsoIuteIy.

- If I... | - No, no, no, no. No.




So, a coupIe of cheap pickpockets, eh?

- No, we... | - Don't give me that!

I'm going to get you 10 years | in the big house for this.


No, I got a better idea.

Hey, Pete.

- Yes, Frank, what can I do for you? | - Hey, Pete...

I'II pay my part of the check,

these two gentIemen wiII pay their own.

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