Over the titles we see SUPERIMPOSED the snow-capped
mountains leading to Shangri-La.
CLOSE-UP of an impressive-looking book. The covers open
and the pages turn. The first page reads:
In these days of wars and rumors of wars - haven't you
ever dreamed of a place where there was peace and security,
where living was not a struggle but a lasting delight?
THE SECOND PAGE READS:
Of course you have. So has every man since Time began.
Always the same dream. Sometimes he calls it Utopia -
sometimes the Fountain of Youth - sometimes merely "that
little chicken farm."
THE THIRD PAGE READS:
One man had such a dream and saw it come true. He was Robert
Conway - England's "Man of the East" - soldier, diplomat,
THE FOURTH PAGE READS:
Our story starts in the war-torn Chinese city of Baskul,
where Robert Conway has been sent to evacuate ninety white
people before they are butchered in a local revolution.
The fifth and final page reads:
Baskul - the night of March 10, 1935.
EXT. BASKUL FLYING FIELD - NIGHT
1. LONG SHOT
The field is aflare with floodlights - on one side is an
office building - on the other are hangars. The whole field
is filled with Chinese refugees running around wildly. An
Army transport is in front of the office building, motors
2. REVERSE SHOT
Showing in the distance, probably several miles away, the
effect of a burning city, which is Baskul. Over the shot
we hear the steady boom-boom of gunfire. In the f.g., we
see the silhouetted figures of Chinese running away from
Baskul and toward the Camera, their personal packs on their
MED. CLOSE SHOT
Toward office building. Conway comes out of the building,
followed by a small group of white people with frightened
faces. They have to fight their way through a horde of
4. MEDIUM SHOT
As Conway and group finally reach the plane where Conway
forces the white people in. In this he is aided by his
brother, George, a young and vigorous Englishman. The pilot
sticks his head out of the cockpit.
Conway, we can't take more than
Conway pulls a passenger out and gives the pilot a signal
All right. I'm sorry. There will
be another plane in a minute. All
right - go on.
5. LONG SHOT
Motors roar, and the plane starts to move, scattering those
of the Chinese who were unfortunately too close to the
ship. Conway and George rush back into the office building.
INT. LARGE OFFICE ROOM