EXT. RUIDOSO DOWNS - DAY
AN ANGLE establishing the race track, Ruidoso Downs
(pronounced Ree-oh-do-so), set among the beautiful mountains
of New Mexico's Lincoln National Forest, as a white Chrysler
turns in with a stream of cars moving toward the parking
AN ANGLE through the open driver-side window of the Chrysler
at LILLY DILLON, 39 but looking younger, beautiful but cold
WIDE SHOT, track in b.g. as Lilly parks the Chrysler, gets
out, locks the car. As she walks toward the track, WIPE
RIGHT, as SCENE TWO WIPES IN from the left. SCENE ONE CAMERA
FOLLOWS Lilly as she walks across the large parking area.
EXT. SIDE STREET - DAY
Downtown Los Angeles, near the courts and the business
section. ROY DILLON, 25, handsome and charming but self
indulgent, parks his orange Honda convertible, gets out,
picks up a large ledger book from the back seat, goes around
to open the trunk.
AN ANGLE on the trunk, establishing the tools of the
salesman's trade: catalogs, samples, ledgers full of manuals
and product sheets. Roy adds the ledger from the back seat,
shuts the trunk, walks away.
EXT. 6TH STREET - DAY
Roy walks around the corner near a bar/restaurant. As he
approaches it, WIPE LEFT, the two half-width scenes
contracting to one-third each as SCENE THREE WIPES IN from
Lilly approaches the track's entrance doors.
Roy approaches the bar.
EXT. SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD - DAY
A baby blue Cadillac parks in front of a jeweler.
AN ANGLE on the driver's door as MYRA LANGTRY, 36, beautiful
in an impersonal calculating way, gets out, carrying a small
jewelry care, and locks the car. At first glance, Myra looks
rather like Lilly. (Myra always wears large dangly earrings,
and usually wears big-lensed dark sunglasses.)
Lilly enters the track.
Roy enters the bar.
Myra enters the jeweler's.
WIPE RIGHT AND LEFT, as SCENE TWO takes FULL SCREEN.
INT. BAR - DAY
AN ANGLE on a hurried bartender in a full bar, crowded with a
NOISY lunchtime crowd. In b.g., Roy slithers his way to the
bar, waving a bill in the air to attract the bartender's
AN ANGLE on Roy as the bartender comes to him. Roy puts the
bill on the bar, holding it down with one finger, as he
SHOUTS his order. The bartender looks down.
BARTENDER'S POV: Roy's finger holds down a twenty dollar
AN ANGLE steep over Roy's shoulder, the twenty visible, as
the bartender hurries away to get the drink. Roy's hand makes
a fist, swallowing the twenty, opens, pushing a ten out onto
the bar, holding it there with one finger.
AN ANGLE on the bartender returning with a draft beer,
nodding to other ORDERS shouted to him along the way, putting
the beer down, grabbing the bill without looking at it,
AN ANGLE on Roy, content, smiling, sipping his beer.
AN ANGLE on the bartender, hurrying by, slapping Roy's change
down, moving on, Roy nodding acknowledgement, reaching out.
CU, the change, a ten dollar bill on top. Roy's hand closes
EXT. TOTE BOARD - DAY
WIDE SHOT, the tote board at the track, showing the shifting
odds on the horses for the next race, the amounts bet.
CLOSE SHOT, number 3. Not much bet, odds 70-1.
EXT. RUIDOSO DOWNS - DAY
AN ANGLE on Lilly, frowning at the tote board. She carries a
large heavy shoulder-bag, which she opens, looking in it as
though it were a file drawer.
AN ANGLE on Lilly studying the contents of her bag, the track
beyond her, the mountains visible out beyond the track wall.