INT. ANTEROOM CLOSE SHOT SWITCHBOARD
Two telephone operators sit at switchboard busy plugging in
and out answering calls.
This is the Morning Post... The City
Room? Just a moment, I'll connect
(plugs in call)
Morning Post... Sports Department?
Just a moment --
(plugs in call)
CAMERA PULLS BACK to disclose the rest of the anteroom. To
Camera left are the elevators -- at back wall directly behind
switchboard are chairs and a table for visitors. Next to
switchboard are stairs leading downward to the next floor. A
waist-high iron grill with a gate in it separates the
switchboard from the anteroom, a similar grill separating it
again from the city room which stretches on beyond
switchboard. At a table in the switchboard enclosure sits an
office boy, about fifteen, doing a crossword puzzle. The big
clock on the back wall shows that it is nearly one o'clock.
CLOSE SHOT OFFICE BOY
as he bends over paper. We catch a glimpse of the squares of
a crossword puzzle.
as a reporter comes out of the City Room, clanging gate to
behind him. The office boy looks up.
What's a seven-letter word for --?
Don't ask me! If I knew any seven-
letter words, I'd be something better
than a reporter!
He catches a glimpse of the far elevator going down.
Hey! Down! Down!
MED. SHOT ELEVATORS
as reporter runs in to the closed elevator door and pounds
on it. It comes back, the door opens, and he gets in. The
door closes, as elevator goes down. The near elevator comes
up and discharges Hildy Johnson and Bruce Baldwin. Bruce
carries an umbrella and wears a raincoat.
MED. CLOSE SHOT TABLE
office boy looking over his puzzle as Hildy and Bruce come
into the scene.
(with a smile)
Hello, Skinny. Remember me?
(looks up; then a
CLOSE SHOT SWITCHBOARD
Hildy approaches the switchboard.
The first operator looks up.
Hello -- Hildy! You coming back?
No, just visiting. Tell me, is the
lord of the universe in today?
He is -- and in a very bad humor. I
think somebody stole one of his crown
jewels. Shall I announce you?