O. Henry's Full House

Synopsis: "O. Henry's Full House" is a film divided in five segments telling five tales in the beginning of the Twentieth Century. 1) "The Cop and the Anthem": the winter is coming and the homeless drifter Soapy wants to go to jail for three months to get shelter and food. His partner Horace suggests they look for shelter with the Salvation Army, but Soapy refuses. He forces many situations to be arrested but he is always forgiven. When he goes to the church, there is a miracle and Soapy decides to seek a job position. Will he succeed? 2) "The Clarion Call": when a thief kills a man, the police investigators do not have any lead to follow. Police Sergeant Barney Woods sees a pen that was found in the crime scene and he seeks out a man called Johnny Kernan. He finds Johnny that invites Barney to drink with him and they go to his hotel room. Johnny recalls their youth, when they were friends but Barney tells that he must arrest him since he recognized the pen that belonged to Johnny. However the c
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Hey, Charlie. Your lawyer's here

with the bail money.

Tell him I ain't in.

You're what?

You heard me.

Tell him I ain't in.

That man with the pencil

is the real star of this picture.

He was a writer-

many kinds of a writer:

A social critic, a humorist

and a technician.

His name was

William Sidney Porter...

but you'll remember him

by his pen name.

That's part of our language now-

O. Henry...

I'm a writer too.

My name is John Steinbeck.

I've always believed that

a writer should be read, not seen.

But O. Henry's dead.

He can't speak for himself.

I wonder if he would

if he could.

Remember O. Henry.'s safecracker,

Jimmy Valentine?

Little boys still want to grow up to be like

the Cisco Kid, the Robin Hood of the West.

Our folklore is full of O. Henry. -

his courage and his gaiety and his people.

He wrote so many good stories,

it's hard to choose.

- Here's one in point.

- "The Cop and the Anthem." You wanna hear it?

"When wild geese

honk high of nights...

and ladies without fur coats

grow kind to their husbands...

then you may know

that winter is near at hand...

and that the time has come to resolve oneself

into a Committee of Ways and Means...

to provide against

the coming rigors.

Lf, in addition, one is a denizen

of the city's parks...

like our good friend

Soapy here...

the need is not only great, but a state

of real emergency may be said to exist. "

Yes, Officer. Certainly.

At once.

Good morning,

Mr. Throckmortonl

Ah, good morning,


- Kind of chilly, ain't it?

- Bracing, my boy. Bracing.

Have you made any plans

for the winter yet, Mr. Throckmorton?

- You may call me Soapy, Horace.

- Thank you, sir. Have you?

- Naturally.

- You ain't thinkin' of going to jail again, are ya?

- And why not?

- Because jails ain't what they used to be.

They're lettin' 'em

run down something awful.

They say almost anybody

can get in 'em nowadays.

My dear fellow, you must not listen

to every rumor you hear.

From long experience,

l can assure you that our fair city boasts...

of no finer institution

than its penal system.

What is more to the point, I am a man

of simple, if discriminating, tastes.

Three months in jail,

safe from wind and snow...

and the bludgeons

of the blue-coated minions of the law.

Good morning, Officer.

Three months, I say...

uh, of assured bed, board

and congenial company...

at the city's expense

are all that I ask of life.

I don't know, Soapy.

To me, jail's jail.

##[Small Band,

People Singing]

I'm, uh, considering

Florida myself.

Florida, that crass, unspeakable place,

the Coney Island of the tropics?

Fit only for millionaires and reluctant

witnesses? No, my friend.

For 15 years now,

a hospitable, luxurious...

well-heated cell has been

my winter quarters.

I would not swap one night

of it for a full season at Palm Beach.

A fellow was telling me

that these people run...

some nice places downtown

for dependents like us.

Charity? No, thank you. I'll take

the law over philanthropy any day.

For every benefit received

at the hands of charity, one must pay-

If not in coin, at least in humiliation

of spirit.

For every bed,

there is the toll of a bath.

Nor, may I add,

does the law insist on prayer...

morning, noon and night.

How are you going

to work it this year, Soapy?

Oh, there are devious ways,

my friend.

Wait here.

- Say, look here! That's my umbrella!

- Oh, it is, is it?

- Yes, l-

- Suppose you call a policeman and tell him that.

Go on. Call him.

There's one

at the corner.

Why don't you call him

and tell him I took your umbrella?

- If you don't, I will. Officer-

- I'm sorry, but you know how these things happen.

I picked it up in a restaurant this morning,

by mistake, of course.

If you recognize it as your umbrella,

l hope you'll excuse me.

Dirty crook.

There are other ways, my friend, one of these

being first to satisfy the inner man.

Shall we go?

No, no, no. Ah.

What are you gonna order,


How 'bout some, uh, roast mallard duck

to begin with...

accompanied by a bottle of Chablis wine,

provided the year and vintage are right.

- Duck for breakfast?

- Breakfast, by all means.

After which, perhaps, uh, a Camembert,

coffee and, unquestionably, a cigar.

Under the circumstances, I would think

a dollar cigar would be just about right.

A whole dollar

for one cigar?

My dear fellow, upon such occasions as this,

one cannot afford to be niggardly.

Wait for me there

on the curb.

- Yes, sir?

- Cigar, please.

- Yes, sir. Any particular brand, sir?

- Your best.

Yes, sir.

- Enjoy your breakfast, sir?

- The duck was slightly overdone.

I do suggest you speak

to your chef about that.

- Oh, yes, sir. Certainly, sir.

- It's inferior. Is this your choice brand?

- Yes, sir.

- It is?

- Allow me, sir.

- Will there be anything else, sir?

- Just my check, please.

- Yes, sir. The check.

Yes, sir.

Check coming up.

It may interest you

to know, my good man...

that I and the minutest

coin of the realm are total strangers.

- Uh, how's that?

- I said I was broke.

Don't just stand there with your adenoids

showing. Go and call a cop.

- What's the matter?

- He says he isn't going to pay for it.

- He hasn't got any money.

- No money?

No money.

- Come on, you-

- Come on, you thief!

- What do you think, coming in here-

Oh! What are you

doing to that man?

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Lamar Trotti

Lamar Jefferson Trotti (October 18, 1900 – August 28, 1952) was an American screenwriter, producer, and motion picture executive. more…

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