East of Eden (1955) Script

Nice fat deposit. You're sure in the right business, Sally Thank you Well, good morning Deposit

Another nice deposit You and Sally are sure in the right business.

I'm in a hurry, please


Hi, Kate


Have you cleaned up the house across the way?

I haven't had time yet You should always do that one first

Anne!

Come here

Did you ever see that kid out there before?

I think maybe he was in the bar last night Send Joe in Joe

Hello, Pretty Boy

-Call me, Kate? Yeah. Take a look out the window There's a kid Who's been following me all the way to the bank and back.


Come here, you young squirt, come here

-You want me? What's the idea of throwing that stone?

Any law against throwing stones?

You're tough? Come here!

What are you hanging around here for anyway?

Would she talk to me? -Kate?

What for? What do you want?

Just wanna talk to her What do you want, you? -Nothing.

You live around here?

In Monterey? -Salinas.

What's your name?

You're not talking? Now, look why are you following Kate around?

What's the idea, squirt?

Any law against following around the town... madam, whatever you call her?

I don't know if there's any law against it but she don't like it.

She owns that house over there, too don't she?

But don't you go hanging around there, squirt. You're too young Now come on. Now beat it Is that her real name?

-Kate. Is that her real name? Sure, as far as I know. Why?

What's her last name?

Nobody's got any last name around here, kid. Why?

You tell her I hate her


I should have gone right on in there Should have gone right on in there and talked to her.


Cal wasn't home all night. Boy, is he gonna catch it from Dad You know what the girls in class call him? -No, what?

The Prowler

-I'll tell him that. You better not, Aron Promise me you won't -Why not?

Please don't. I don't want you Hi, Cal -Hi.

Hello, Cal Excuse me for talking We're going down to see the icehouse that Dad's gonna buy.

Do you want to come? -What icehouse?

The one he's buying to freeze the vegetables with He's been talking about it every night for the last week.

Is Dad gonna be there?

Why sure, he's gonna buy it I'll skip it You're gonna have to see him sometime, Cal

-Come on. Hey, Aron Yeah?

Why don't you ask me where I've been? -Would you tell me?

-No. Then what's the use of my asking?

-Is Dad mad at me? Well, you were out all night He was worried Yeah, I bet

You gonna come or not?

Okay. I'll see you at supper He's coming He's coming

You see, Will, I got the idea from an article I read.

They dug up a mastodon somewhere in Siberia.

Been in the ice for thousands of years and the meat was still good.

Mastodon?

What have you got to say for yourself?

This is my son, Cal When you were his age, I imagine you thought it only right to let your father know before you stayed out all night Or at least to offer some kind of apology when you did come home Well, times change As I was saying, a mastodon is a kind of elephant Hasn't lived on the Earth for a long while And the meat was still fresh? -Sweet as a pork chop.

You're more excited about this than you've been for a long time Now, I seem to be, don't I?

See, Will, I've been sort of in a rut out there in the ranch Sixteen, 17 years, I've kept out of things -I know.

But now I feel that if I could only do something some little thing for, before I die some little thing for progress... for people, maybe. Call it anything you want I might make up for all the years I've been lying fallow.

So, lately I've been reading up all I can about refrigeration.

And I can't get it out of my head that you can keep anything good.

As long as you can get it cold enough Like that mastodon there.

-Good afternoon, Abra. Good afternoon, Mr. Trask Hello, Mr. Hamilton -Hello.

Hello, Son -Hi, Dad.

Now my son, Aron, that is, thinks I may have a good idea here Dad wrapped a head of lettuce in wax paper... and kept it in our icebox for over three Weeks... and it still came out fresh and good Right?

Quite right, Son Dad, is it all right if we look around? -'Course, Aron. Belongs to us now.

Do you know where the biggest market for vegetables is in the winter?

-Where? New York City And they can't raise them there But the railroad had promised me those fruit cars.

Don't you have anything to say to me, Cal?

-Yeah. it's about time. Well?

I read in the Monterey newspaper that if we get into this war there are gonna be some fortunes made But you're gonna make them in beans and corn, and stuff like that You don't need all this ice -You're perfectly right.

Beans are up to 3 cents You wanna make a profit, you plant beans And they keep, too, don't they?

But I'm not particularly interested in making a profit, Cal.

Look here, Will I'm not an inventor nor a scientist but I know I have an idea here I come from a whole family of inventors People full of ideas like this one.

I'm the only one that didn't have an idea and the only one that ever made a dime You wanna make a profit, you plant beans Put out that cigarette! That place is full of sawdust!

Come on, Adam, he's just thoughtless -Thoughtless? He's inconsiderate.

I don't know. I'm at my rope's end with that boy I don't understand him. I never have Aron I've understood since he was a child

Help me up

He doesn't like anybody, does he? -Who, Dad?

No, Cal it's dark in here and spooky Why is he so alone all the time?

-He wants to be. Nobody wants to be alone all the time Dad's made a wonderful buy, hasn't he? We'll freeze vegetables.

It'll really give him something to live for now.

What's the matter, Abra don't you like Cal?

I guess I don't know him very well -I love him.

Well, naturally, he's your brother He's scary.

-Scary? When he looks at you Sort of like an animal I don't know, he scares me Aron, when are we gonna get married?

Just as soon as I get through with that darned school.

I wish it was right now

-So do I. Do you?

Abra

-When we get-- I love you, Aron When we get married, it's going to be perfect Everything about it is going to be perfect


You're gonna make a wonderful mother, Abra I hope so -You are.

A perfect one You don't remember your mother at all do you, Aron?

No, she died right after Cal and I were born Must be hard never to have had a mother

-What's that? Look, what's he doing up there?

-Crazy guy. He's watching us

-No, he isn't. Yes, he is, too Let's move over here. Aron

-He's not watching us. I feel as if he can still see us

I love you, Aron Really, I do. Really Sure. I love you, too

Cal, stop! Stop that, Cal!

What are you doing? Stop it!

"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven whose sin is covered

"Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity... and in whose spirit there is no guile And you are forgiven, Cal I think there is no iniquity in your actions... only something I do not know Why did you push that ice down?

I don't know Was it Was it vengeance? Anger?

Fear that I would punish you for not coming home last night?

What was it?

I wanted to see it slide down the chute Perhaps you had better read from here on -I'll read it, Dad.

No, it's for Cal to read Start at the fifth verse Verse 5

"I acknowledge my sin unto thee and mine iniquity have I not hid.

I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord...

"and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah Go on

Six And I suggest a little slower, Cal And you don't have to read the verse numbers.

For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee.

And surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him Selah."

Seven Not the numbers, Cal

"Thou art my hiding place, thou shalt preserve me from trouble

"thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah

-Eight. You have no repentance! You're bad!

Through and through, bad Excuse me. I'll go out and wait for Abra

You're right. I am bad. I knew that for along time I didn't mean that, Cal. I spoke in anger Well, it's true Aron's the good one I guess there's just a certain amount of good and bad you get from your parents... and I just got the bad -That's not true.

Cal, listen to me You can make of yourself anything you want.

It's up to you. A man has a choice That's where he's different from an animal

You don't listen. You'll never remember

My mother

she's not dead and gone to heaven is she?

Why do you ask that?

She's not dead at all She's not buried in the East like you said, either.

She's alive What makes you think so? -I heard from a guy.

-Who? I don't know his name He was just passing through How come you told Aron and me she died?

I thought it would save you pain -Pain?

If she was still alive, where do you think she'd be?

I have no idea. She went East How do you know?

When she left the ranch we lived on when you and Aron were born...

I heard she went East What was she like? Was she bad?

I guess she I never really knew what she was like She wasn't like other people.

There was something she seemed to lack Kindness, maybe. Conscience

I never knew what she was after

-How come she left you? I never knew that, either She was so full of hate

-Hate for you? For everything

You won't tell Aron that she didn't die?

No Must not do anything to hurt Aron

Where'd you get that scar you got on your shoulder, Father?

I've told you, Cal it's an old wound I got in the Indian campaigns

-Why do you ask that now? What'd she look like? Was she pretty?

She had the most lovely hands Like ivory She took such good care of them Her mother had arthritis She was always afraid it would come to her in her hands

Talk to me, Father

I got to know who I am. I got to know who I'm like I got to know Where is she?

I'm telling you, truthfully, Cal after she left, I never heard from her

Cal, wait. I want to talk more with you If you leave this room now we may never be able to talk again You coming home tonight, Cal?

What's the difference? You're home. You're the one he wants Good evening, Cal High strung. Very high strung Good evening, Abra. Where is my chess victim?

He's waiting for you, Mr. Albrecht -Good.

What do you suppose he meant by that?

Go on, beat it!

Your wife has called up three times

-My wife's a-- I know she is. Now beat it

Joe!

All right, fella, you've run out of money Mr. Hawks

What do you want? -I want--

What do you want to drink? -Beer.

Hey!

Where's my drink? -All right.

That's not very neat, is it's okay

You'd better get out of here -How come?

You're the one who followed Kate this morning.

It's a free country, isn't it? -it's a free country.

Only, Joe said if I saw you again I was supposed to tell him.

You can tell him if you want to You're just a kid, ain't you?

-I'm older than you are. Yeah, sure, but that isn't

-Hey! All right Kid, please you oughtn't to go around throwing stones and things That isn't nice. And drinking beer

There's Joe Look, kid, please go. You don't want to get yourself hurt You could tell him now, if you want to There's your chance.

You sure have got a nerve, haven't you?

-Do you know Kate? This is Kate's place.

She's treating you okay? -Sure.

I gotta go now, kid Is she nice?

Don't let Joe see you, please She doesn't treat you rough or anything, does she?

Please, kid, I gotta go now It was nice meeting you.

Isn't there anything nice about her at all?

What's the matter, kid?

She had pretty hands. Did you see them? -Hands?

Did you look at them?

No, I don't think I ever saw them She always wears gloves.

Where is she?

You mean now? -Yeah.

Back in her office, probably -Where's that?

Back that way Will you show me?

Look, kid, please don't start any trouble I'm not gonna start any trouble. Come on We .... You can just point the door to me and I'll go there.

No, honest This is a tough place. I can't lose this job I'm not very good at it, anyway -You won't lose it.

If I step out of line Kate will throw me out on my ear Come on, will you?

You can just show me where the door is Come on Be a sport

Come on

There's the door Thank you. You can go back now What are you gonna do?

Please, kid, don't make any trouble I'm not gonna make any trouble. I'm gonna wait till you're gone. Okay?


Will you let me talk to you? Please I gotta talk to you

Joe!

Get out of here! Joe! Tex!

Call the sheriff! Get him out!

Call the sheriff! Get him out of here!

I want to talk to her!

I want to talk to you!

Please, talk to me!

Talk to me, please! Mother!

Is there any law against a guy trying to see his own mother?

No, I guess there isn't Here Put this on your cheek. Here

Drink some coffee How did you find out about Kate, anyway?

That guy I saw you talking to in the bar the other night?

The one they call "Rabbit I thought so. He never was any good I remember when he used to work on your father's ranch Well, he won't be around anymore, Cal He's left town for good.

What do you hang around bars for? -Any law against hanging--

Yes, there is! I'm the law Get that through your head Shut up!

Does Adam know that you roam around over here at night?

Adam's an old friend of mine you know, Cal, from...

Way back in his ranch days I was afraid when you moved here last year... that you might find out something about Kate.

But then she was over here on the Bay and you were way over on the other side of the mountains in Salinas.

-So I figured it'd be all right. You think he'll ever find out about her?

He'd never come over here

Here. You might as well look at this now it's a picture of your father and your mother on their wedding day You're the first person I've ever showed it to.

I knew it

I knew it was true

When that old guy told me in the bar I knew it.

How did you know it was true?

Cause she ain't no good and I ain't no good.

I knew there was a reason why I wasn't

I hate her And I hate him, too Come on, I'll take you home

-You don't have to drive me home! I know I don't have to take you home!

Here A little bit of the hair of the dog that bit you Come on now

How did Dad meet her?

Where did she come from?

Nobody ever knew where she come from, really There were a lot of drifters in those days Of all the people

How come he married her?

You have no idea how pretty she was, Cal Young and full of spirit And your father hadn't been off the ranch much, you know He's not a worldly man

Did she shoot him? -Yes, she did.

How com e?

I don't know

Did he do something to her?

Did he hurt her? -No.

It wasn't in him to hurt her After she left him, he died. He walked around, but he died

He must have done something to hurt her No. No, sir He gave her everything that any woman could ask for

You see, your father has more kindness and more conscience than any man that I've ever known

He's a good man, Cal. Don't sell him short, boy


it's going to work If only I can keep them cold enough long enough

it's going to work

All right, there she is. Let's try it Step back, girls.

All right, bring her on. Come on

Now do you think it'll Work?


Good morning, Mr. Trask -Good morning.

Somebody swiped our coal chute right off the wagon.

Dear, dear. Times are getting pretty lawless it's this war in Europe There's a wave of lawlessness spreading through the country Anyway, somebody swiped our chute Is that where you're loading? -Yes.

We'll move on, then. Good day, Mr. Trask it's this war in Europe

Do you know where Aron is?

He's out in the fields. He's checking Can I do something for you?

No. There were just some matters I want to talk over with him.

What have you got there?

I figured it would save some time. Sol it's very ingenious, Cal. Very ingenious Did you think of it?

Yep I'm very pleased with the way you're taking hold and are working so Well, Cal Thanks. Thanks, Dad

Think you better have your lunch now it's time.

Hi, Cal

Aron's out in the field -I brought his lunch.

Okay, I'll take it to him -Cal.

Lydia, vamoose

He'll be herein a minute I've been fixing Aron's lunch. I'll fix yours, too, if you like, after this No, thanks

Would you be eating with her if I weren't here?

Who?

No, I didn't ask her to come up here

Girls follow you around, don't they?

-Does she bother you? She doesn't bother me Who is she?

I never saw her before in my life I'll bet

You're really working at this lettuce business, aren't you, Cal?

Do you think it'll turn out all right?

Your father will lose quite a lot of money if it doesn't.

Just about all he's got I like your father Do you?

I threw away about $3,000 once Yeah?

-When I was 13. You threw it away?

It was a diamond ring worth about that At least, my father told me that's what he paid for it.

I threw it in the river. Made Dad terribly angry

I reckon it would But I forgave him. And it's been all right ever since You forgave him? -Yes.

You forgave him 'cause you threw a ring of his worth $3,000 into the river?

-That's right. And you forgave him?

That's right Is there an egg in this basket?

You see, I thought he didn't love me That made me feel awful.

Girls love their fathers terribly Do they?

My mother died when I was 13 and Dad got married again soon after that Did you know that?

No, I didn't know that Are you interested in hearing about me?

Yeah

When Dad got married again it made me sick.

I just hated everybody I used to sit and just glare at people or I wouldn't even answer when they spoke to me.

Why you telling me all this? -I want to.

I was that way for months I just hated everybody.

I thought nobody in the world loved me And it was awful

Then I found this ring that Dad gave my new mother so I took it and threw it in the river -Good.

I thought you'd like that Did he ever find it? -Never.

They tried What'd they do to you?

Dad punished me. Not badly, I guess But I felt he shouldn't have punished me at all I felt he should have loved me more because I did it.

But he didn't isn't it funny?

I'm grown up now but I still understand kids better than I do grownups.

You're not so grown-up

-I'm very grown-up. That's a matter of opinion I'm very grown-up More so than Dad, because I forgave him for not understanding.

And the minute I forgave him in my mind I felt better

Now we get along fine We love each other. Not like we did when I was 13 but enough so we can live together till I get married.

He's just my father now Nothing to rave about.

I still don't like her much but then, she's a woman

My, that girl just hates me, doesn't she?

You better tell her I'm your brother's girl I don't have to explain anything to anybody.

I'll go now and leave the field to her

My, your hair's in a mess

Dad, what's that?

That's something Cal rigged up it's a good idea.

Aron! I brought your lunch Looks like a coal chute Coal chute?

Okay, woman, where's the beans?

Cal!

What makes you think you have the right to come and take something like this?

You probably lost those men their jobs Now, you take it back.

He's praising Cal and Cal is lapping it up Aron! Look, have one of those made of wood.

It'll save a lot of time -Yes, sir!

Good waste of time and money -And lettuce.

-What'd you say? I said, it's a good idea if it works it's gonna work, 'cause it's gotta Work it's gotta work, 'cause I said so If it don't work, it ain't that kid's fault I never saw anybody work so hard in my life.

Let's go, Pete. Now, Leonard!

Good luck, Adam


Do you know the principle of the internal combustion engine?

No, I'm afraid not. Will, I'll never be able to Sure you will. You just listen to Roy He's been to the automobile school in Chicago.

Mr. Trask has just revolutionized the entire vegetable market.

Wait till those cars get to New York -Don't you worry.

It's about time he owned his own automobile... and about time he learned to drive it Now don't you think so, Roy? -I'll do my best.

Now pay strict attention, boys Don't touch that!

Wait till it's explained to you No, now for heaven's sake, don't touch anything, anybody The power of the explosion is exerted on a piston... and through connecting rod and crankshaft... through transmission thence to rear wheels

-Got that so far? Sure, he's got that Now, we go on to the operation of the automobile This here's the ignition key Would you mind putting out that cigarette, please.

Turn this doohickey here to the left That puts her on battery.

See where it says "bat"? -Yes.

-Bat, short for battery. That's right. Good boy Thank you. Thank you very much First you gotta retard the spark If you don't retard the spark, she'll probably kick your blasted arm off Now remember that This here is the spark You push her way up. Listen This here's the gas. You push her -Down.

You had lessons before No, I just saw you do it You're a pretty smart old buzzard -Thank you very much.

Keep your eyes open, don't you? -Try to.

Now, this here is the crank See this wire sticking out of the radiator? That's the choke.

Now watch careful. Grab hold of the crank like this Push in till she catches See how my thumb is turned down?

I noticed that. Why do you do that?

If you put her around this way with my thumb around her... she'd probably knock my blasted thumb off Dear, dear. First you lose your blasted arm and then you lose your blasted thumb.

That's kind of Wrong way around -How's that?

He made a joke. I never did see him so happy You pull out this choke turn her around to suck gas in Then you give her a hard spin She caught, first time! -Caught on what?

Advance the spark and retard the gas Reach over real quick and switch to mag. That's magneto.

So, there you are isn't that wonderful?

Of course, it isn't exactly going anywhere, is it?

That's the easy part

-Adam. I want you all to repeat after me Spark up, gas down Switch to bat Crank to compression, thumb down You get that? Let's have it again Spark up, gas down What's the matter? -Big snow slide.

Closed the pass and stopped the cars about 100 miles out.

Can see water running out of the cars

it's still a good idea. Cold can preserve things Someday, somebody'll prove it It was your idea -No!

It was presumptuous of me to think it would be I.

Guess we bit off more lettuce than we could chew.

What do you know about that? I thought he'd really be hurt.

You don't understand him

-You can't go in there. I gotta see Will Hamilton He won't be through for an hour They just started.

-Let me see him. There's a war in Europe These boys are trying to get themselves in shape. So beat it Right, left

Now, deep knee bends, follow me

-What's that? That's the fire bell We better have a look

-It may be the Germans. Fire, Germans, who cares? I surrender Howdy, Mr. Albrecht -Hello, Cal.

-Mr. Hamilton. There's a fire somewhere No. I rang the bell -You rang it?

Yeah. I had to see you You know, you're crazy You're really crazy.

I knew it when you pushed that ice down the chute.

Let's get out of here before they start up that piano again There must be some easier way to stop the Germans than this, anyway You see, I gotta make some money -Sure, everybody's got to.

Remember, you said that if you wanna make money.

You ought to raise beans?

Yeah, beans are up 3.5 cents now Now, the way I figure it, it's like you said The country's gonna get into war, isn't it?

I don't see any way out War's good for business -The best there is.

See, that's why I wanna go into beans See, I gotta get enough money to give my father back what he lost I see You think you can make all that money back?

I gotta You know, you're crazy Look, Cal, don't you know that you gotta have money in order to make money?

I'll get some money -How?

I'll get it Look, don't get so near to me. I don't wanna get all hot again How much money could you get? -What do you think I need?

If you had $5,000

$5,000?

It's a little different when you start putting it into figures, isn't it?

I know you wanna help your father but a kid your age can't be expected to put his hands on $5,000.

Maybe if you could raise $100 or so we could let you have a little share I don't want a little share I want the whole thing.

-I'll get $5,000. Maybe if you and Aron Went in together Aron ain't got nothing to do with this This is my deal.

I'll get the $5,000 What're you gonna do, borrow it?

Yeah All right. If you can borrow $5,000 I know a farmer who's got over 800 acres

-it's under cultivation. All right. What do we do?

If we can guarantee him 5 cents a pound and make him a seed loan he'll plant beans.

So will a lot of other farmers Why, we can contract all the bean acreage you want That's it. That's great. When do we start?

How do you know the price will go above 5, though?

Did you read the newspapers this morning?

We're apt to be in war any minute You know I got a contract with the British Purchasing Agency and I got a friend in the Quartermaster Corps Do you know that we could sell all the dry beans that we can find at 10 cents a pound or more?

That's what I want. That's it. See?

-How much will I make? Enough for what you want


What does Cal stand for? -Caleb.

It's in the Bible

What's your brother's name? -Aron.

That's in the Bible, too

What's he like?

He looks like you

Is he like me?

No. He's good

I'm more like you

How's Adam?

How's your father?

I don't wanna talk about him

You don't? -No.

I didn't know who you were when you were here before.

I knew you didn't

Aren't you afraid to come around here again?

Yeah, I am. No. Well, kind of

What do you want?

Just to look at me?

I want $5,000

All right, come on in. Sit down Come in Try that chair

You got your father's eyes That's all I can see of him You're a nice looking boy -Yes, ma'am.

I was very beautiful once -Yes, ma'am.

Caleb and Aron Your father still thinks he's living in the Bible, huh?

Them's just names Joe says that you go to school in Salinas Are you good in your studies?

I get by with them Does Aron get by with them?

He's bright What are you gonna do when you finish? You're going to college?

Maybe Or back to some ranch?

No, I don't like the ranch You take after me Makes me mad just to think about a ranch Sit down

Thanks

What do you want with $5,000?

I want to go into business You're a little young for that, aren't you? -I'm old enough.

Yeah, I guess you're right. I guess you are What business do you wanna go into? -Beans.

Beans are up to 3.5 cents now And if we get into war, they're gonna go up to 10, 12

-If we get into the war. That's a gamble you have to take Will Hamilton says that -Will?

You going into business with Will Hamilton?

You see my father, he lost about all he had in Yeah, I know. I heard about that I wanna make enough to pay him back What's the matter with him? Can't he make any money?

Yeah

Only Only he's too good to bother with money

Okay

What makes you think I'd give you $5,000?

I don't know who else to ask

You got a lot of nerve coming to me Why? I didn't do anything to you

it's a good business venture

I'll pay you back. I'll give you interest You're a business woman, ain't you?

One of the best, Son You know, Sam told me that you think I ought to be run out of town.

You're afraid that your father and Aron might find out about me, is that it?

This $5,000, now That wouldn't be any kind of blackmail, would it?

I never thought about that But now that you do, it's a good idea, huh?

I guess, maybe -it's not.

Anyway, I'm not gonna hurt your precious father or your brother Do they know anything about me? -No.

Father thinks you're in the East and Aron thinks you're dead Then, there's no reason to think that they ever will find out about me We don't exactly move in the same circles

What are you staring at?

How come you did it?

Did what?

Shot my father?

Did he tell you that?

How come you ran away from all of us? How come you shot him?

Ran away and did all that kind of stuff? -None of your business.

I shot him because he tried to stop me I could have killed him if I'd wanted to but I didn't.

I just wanted him to let me go

-Why? Because he tried to hold me He wanted to tie me down He wanted to keep me on a stinking little ranch away from everybody. Keep me all to himself Nobody holds me But he loved you -Love.

He wanted to own me He wanted to bring me up like a snot-nosed kid... and tell me what to do. Nobody tells me what to do Always so right himself Knowing everything.

Reading the Bible at me What are you grinning at? -Nothing.

Maybe you know what I'm talking about?

Always so right himself?

Yeah Yeah Maybe like you said out there maybe you are more like me.

Yeah, you got sense Maybe you don't fall for that slop any more than I do.

Maybe you know what people are really like. What they want I got the toughest house on the coast and the finest clientele

Half the stinking city hall go there They sneak in at night and I walk in this front door in the daytime, see.

And I built it up from nothing Now you want $5,000 of my money to go into business to pay your father back what he lost You know, that's funny I don't think he'll know where I got it No, but it's funny just the same Your father He's the purest man there is, isn't he?

He thought he had me all tied up with his purity.

And now I give you $5,000 of the money that I made..

To save him his purity If you don't think that's funny you'd better not go to college

Okay

Tell Will Hamilton to come and see me

He's a good businessman

How'd he ever happen to let you go into this bean business, anyway?

I don't know I do. Maybe he likes you Maybe

You're a likable kid

You give this to him If he wants to gamble that we get into the war it's okay with me

You're a likable kid

Go on, get out of here

Go on, get out. I'm running a business


Them Germans can't fight -No.


Hi, partner Every day in every way, we're getting richer and richer

Kaiser All we have to do is call his bluff He'll come to heel like a dog.

We'll be there to clean up this mess for those foreigners in a couple of weeks

Cal, stop it

There's Cal

Hi, boy. Hey, want some? -Hello, Cal.

Thanks

Your own Woodrow Wilson said you gotta make the country safe for democracy.

Didn't he say that? -Yes, he said that.

Will you go?

I think the war will be over. I don't think If you believe in all this, why don't you? If you really think it's right.

I didn't say it was right, Aron No, I guess you didn't

Why don't you go back and join the parade?

Nothing'll ever make me go. Nothing I just don't believe it's right

Did you water them good? -Sure, lots of water.

Not too much, though -No, just right.

Marty Hopps got a telegram today His boy was killed.

I remember the day we sent him off

A lot of troop ships have sunk they don't tell us about.

-it's gonna be along war. Those Germans got an army They're a military nation Go back Where you came from, German!

Go on home, German!

This is just the start That rock through the window is just the beginning.

The German people don't want this war And the stories they tell of what the Germans are doing it simply is not true. Not the good ones I've been wondering lately if we shouldn't all go back to the ranch You can't get away from it there, Dad I don't know, somehow, on a ranch I don't know ....

War seems to be city people's business somehow Farmers. What's a farmer got to do with war?

You tired, Dad?

My eyes, I guess. I work too hard at the Draft Board Better have my glasses looked at see if they're all right.

I had a look at the bank account the other day... not much left after my great fiasco

Let's not worry about money, Dad Let's not worry about money, Dad

Let's don't worry about money

Hey, Rantani!

Ain't this some sight?

Beans!

Yeah, boy, some beans You come here everyday, boy what do you think... you gonna make them grow quicker?

He's crazy

Hey, where have you been?

Come on We're gonna have lots of fun tonight

You won another cigar -Wait a minute.

You wanna try one? No?

Pick up my cigar I'm waiting for somebody -You're waiting for me.

No, I'm not Why don't you let me take you for a nice ride?

If you don't stop bothering me I'll have to call someone.

-Hello, Cal. What's the matter?

I was trying to tell this gentleman that I was waiting for somebody.

This is a lousy place to keep your girlfriend waiting for you Sir, it won't happen again -I hope not.

Lots of lousy characters around here Sorry, miss.

Here I am, lady That's the first time that ever happened to me What're you doing out here? -I'm meeting Aron.

I thought I'd come out early and look around.

You never been out here before? -Not at night, no.

What time you gonna meet him? -At 8:00.

Thought I'd try and cheer him up He's been so depressed lately.

Yeah, I know I'm so glad you happened to be here

8:00?

You got a half hour?

How are you, Cal? We never see you around anymore I'm around I've been over to the house several times, but you were never there.

-I never go home anymore. Aron says he hardly ever sees you I feel awfully sorry for him

You're terrible That's the first time that ever happened to me, too Wonder if we can see Aron from here I feel awfully sorry for him He's right, you know.

I mean, it's awful, the war and people killing each other.

Why feel sorry for Aron? Feel sorry for the people.

But it just seems to affect him so personally.

I'll agree with that He's right He's always right And he has always been right Now let's talk about something else All right

8:00 We got a lot to see Will we be back in time for Aron?

All right. I'd love to

Easy


Here's your cigar, and where have you been hiding?

Who was that? -Who?

-That girl. I don't see nobody She was standing right .... Girls follow you around, don't they?

What are girls like that like?

All right, never mind These Huns have been the aggressors in every war in Europe... since the time of Julius Caesar I couldn't attempt to describe to you the horrors committed by the Germans Look Would we have time?

After the Germans had been through

-the women of the town... That German's here again It is not true. It is lies, all lies Come on, Cal. Is it scary?

Here we go

It is lies, all lies I'd like to give that guy a piece of my mind.

See over there. That's Castroville Everything looks so small down there Higher and higher and higher and higher What?

Growing and growing and growing and growing What are you talking about? -I'll tell you sometime.

Does Aron really love me?

I seem to have sort of lost him I mean, we're going to be married someday, but Well, if he does love me, he doesn't I can't tell anymore

Cal, can I ask you something?

Yeah, go ahead These girls that you always go around with.

You know, remember there was that little Mexican girl once.

What are girls like that like?

You don't really love them, do you?

Why do you go out with them? Is it because you're bad?

You're not angry, are you?

Well, why do you, then? Are you bad? -Do you think I'm bad?

I don't know I guess I don't know what is good and what's bad I mean, Aron is so good and I'm not Not good enough for Aron, anyway Because sometimes when I'm with Aron Aron likes to talk about our being in love and think about it and that's all right, but These girls that you go out with, do you Maybe I don't know what love is, exactly I know love is good the way Aron says

but it's more than that, it's got to be

I shouldn't talk to you this way but I don't know who else to talk to Sometimes I think I'm really bad Sometimes I don't know what to think

Aron'll knock that out of you -Will he?

He's got to The way I figure it out Aron never having had a mother he's made her everything good that he can think of... and that's what he thinks I am That's who he's in love with it's not me at all.

Cause I'm not a bit like that made-up one Not a bit.

I don't mean I think I'm really bad

Look at that star It must be a planet, it's so bright Probably

I bet that girl's waiting for you down there somewhere.

She can just wait She was pretty

You've been awfully nice, Cal taking care of me.


I love Aron. I do, really I do

do

To give these fiends a lesson that Have you seen Abra, Mr. Albrecht?

Lies. All lies What's the matter with you tonight, Gus?

Gus, come on There's Aron You're a good Shoemaker

There's Aron, down there Major, why don't you stay out of politics?

Mr. Albrecht They're pushing him around What are they doing?

That'd kill Dad if he knew that Hey, operator, when does this thing move again Hey!

Cal, don't!

Watch yourself, get back!

Please. Somebody pull him back Don't bother me!

Come on

Gus, come on, have a drink -No, Charlie, no drink.

What are you waiting for?

Mr. Albrecht, calm down They're not bad fellows.

Aron, you are a child

All I tried to do was buy him a drink Gustav Silence You all loved him a few Weeks ago what's gotten into you?

I'm sick of him sticking up for the Germans.

You a friend of the Germans? -I'm a friend of this German.

There are rose plants in that border there Please be careful where you step.

We liked him. He made us laugh because of his funny German accent Let him read this in his funny German accent

-What is it? Let him come down and read it He doesn't have to read anything -I will read it.

Here, give it to me

The Government, with deep regret informs...

that your son was killed in action 15th of April.

He died a hero and an American

I'm sorry, Mrs. Hopps. I did not You're not sorry enough I don't think he's sorry -He's not sorry at all.

Listen, why don't we all go on home -You're not sorry enough.

Why aren't you in the war?

This will make you sorry


Hello, Charlie Danny, what are you fellows doing here, anyway?

Get up Loretta, I didn't expect to find you here Evening, Rose Looks like they messed up your rose garden a little here, Gus Somebody owes you an apology

How about you folks all going home now?

I think this'll do for tonight

Good evening, Mrs. Albrecht

-May I? Come in

This place will be fixed up just like it was before.

-I'm gonna see to it. -Ja. He will see to it

Where were you?

Where did you get his coat?

You all right?

You had to start slugging, didn't you? Were you showing off for her?

You had to start slugging I was trying to help you -I don't need your help.

If you want to slug people, do it for yourself and not for me And don't lie to me about trying to -Aron, I tried to help you!

Great big Aron -You finished?

-No! Cal, stop it! Don't

-Don't. Don't do that

-Don't. Abra, don't do that!

Wait here


I was trying to help him

Who am I kidding?

I tried to kill him

Mike, give me a drink

Don't drink any more -Why?

No, please. it's not good for you -it's good for me.

No, you're gonna get drunk -Yeah, I'm gonna get drunk.

Please forget it, what happened up on the ferris wheel.

It didn't mean anything, really Please, forget it. It didn't mean anything Say it didn't. Please, say it didn't

Someday he's gonna know who his real son is.

What?

Someday he's gonna know

I don't understand you. You scare me

I know. I scare myself -Abra.

Fix me another drink

I want that money. Now you give it to me -You know I haven't any money here.

Okay

-When will you get it? In the morning, I suppose Okay. I'll sleep here Come on. You've gotta go home If you still feel the same way in the morning... you come back, we'll go to the bank and I'll see that you get everything that's coming to you.

I'll buy out your share. I'll go on and make a fortune with it Okay. That seems fair to me, Will


Abra

What?

Who is it? -Cal.

-Cal? Yeah What on earth are you doing here? -I want to see you.

Wait till I put something on

I gotta tell you something Can you keep a secret?

Yes. What is it?

What's the matter? You look terrible

I got it -What?

Remember that money? Dad lost?

On that lettuce business?

-I got it. You mean you earned it all back?

I've earned every cent -That's wonderful, Cal.

You got any time off tomorrow from the hospital?

I get an hour at lunchtime. Why?

Thursday's Dad's birthday

And I'm gonna give a party for him

And I Want you and me you and Aron and me... to be there

I'm gonna give him that money just like it was a birthday present You could come and help me get some junk and we could decorate the house -Sure.

And we'll get balloons

and all that kid stuff, birthday stuff -We can go to the five and 10.

Will you do it? -I'd like to.

I'm sort of

Why did I hit Aron?

Why did I hit him so hard?

Will you help me?

Will you really help me?

I'll help you, Cal

Be careful

How'd I get up here?

Is your father coming? -Yeah.

-Cal, don't get nervous. I think it looks beautiful Don't you? I love the way it looks It looks festive, doesn't it? -Yes, it does.

Yes, Cal, it looks very pretty Do you think this is childish? -Not a bit.

The room looks lovely. Your father's going to love it How's the turkey? it's a good turkey.

Smells ready -it'll be ready.

Aron didn't get him anything? He told me he had something.

-What? He didn't tell me what it was

It won't stack up against mine, will it? -No.

Do you wanna see mine? -I'd like to.

I got it wrapped up -Show it to me.

Wanna see it? -Yes.

Okay

You like it? -it's pretty.

You think it's pretty?

Don't drink any more wine

Did Aron tell you what the present was? -No.

-You sure? Honestly, he didn't I'd tell you if he did. Honestly, I would Now everything's gonna go off fine. Here The brooms Don't you do anything to give me away -I wouldn't.

We'll let him come in and let the house speak for itself We'll act like it was any other old day -Yes. Wait, Cal.

Cal

You look wonderful Thanks

But I need my son It isn't that he doesn't want to fight for his country. He does I need him to work the farm Things can't be as bad as you say Mr. Piscora.

You must be making plenty of money out of your crops.

No money. I sold this year's crop for 5 cents before I even planted it Everything cost so much now And now I got to sell next year crop Sol need my boy.

I can do nothing about it, Mr. Piscora In all conscience, I cannot excuse your son Come on, Poppa -I don't like it.

I'm telling you. I don't like it

Hello, Abra. Nice to see you

-Gonna stay to dinner? Yes, I am. Is something the matter?

No, nothing. I guess I shouldn't have taken that job in the Draft Board Did you notice the snow on Mount Toro? -Yes, I saw it.

Say, that means we got a good year coming in.

We could use it -Let's go in.


-Happy birthday, Dad. Happy birthday, Mr. Trask Is it possible? I'm very touched

-Are you surprised? I had no idea. I'd forgotten completely

-We knew you had, didn't we? Completely. I don't know what to say

We got turkey

-And champagne. Champagne, and we got all the things

We got the trimmings here -isn't that pretty?

Got something for you Presents, too. isn't that nice. Look

Ain't you gonna open it up? -Yes.

Dad, Abra and I have one for you, too only we can't exactly give it to you.

I didn't tell Abra I was going to do this but we're engaged.

I couldn't have wished for anything nicer A lovely birthday present You have my blessings -Thank you, Dad.

But you haven't opened Cal's present yet -No.

But I can't imagine having anything better than this.

Excuse me Course I suspected it right along But, Cal, coming on my birthday.

What's this?

What is this?

I made it. And it's for you. it's all the money you lost on the lettuce You made it? But how?

Go on

-Beans Beans?

Yes, we bought futures at 5 cents and the war came along and the price Went sky-high So, that's for you it's all the money you lost in the lettuce business.

It's for you

-I made it for you. You will have to give it back

No, I made it for you, Dad I want you to have it.

You will have to give it back -Who? I can't give it--

-To the people you got it from. No, the British Purchasing Agency?

-I can't give it back. Give it to the farmers you robbed We didn't rob anybody, Dad We paid 2 cents a pound, 2 cents over market for that stuff I sign my name and boys go out and some die and some live helpless without arms and legs.

Not one will come back untorn Do you think I could take a profit from that?

I don't want the money, Cal! I couldn't take it!

I thank you for the thought, but -I'll keep it for you.

I'll wrap it up and we'll just keep it in here I'll never take it!

Son, I'd be happy if you'd give me something like your brother's given me Something honest and human and good Don't be angry, Son.

If you want to give me a present give me a good life.

That's something I could value


I hate you!

What are you doing?

He doesn't want anything from me Cal, don't

Please, don't

Abra!


Don't you ever touch her again

I don't trust you

You're no good You're mean and vicious and wild And you always have been.

You know it, too, don't you?

Father and I have put up with every vicious thing..

You could think of since you were a child And we've always forgiven you.

But now I don't want you to go near Abra I don't want you to talk with her Just stay away from her!


You want to go some place with me? -Why should I?

I got something to show you Think you'll find it very interesting -What are you talking about?

Maybe our mother didn't die and go to heaven after all, Aron What do you mean by that? -Maybe she didn't.

Maybe she's alive someplace

What are you up to now?

Remember when we were kids, we used to make up stories about her?

You said she must have looked like heaven's youngest angel, remember?

Remember that time I shot that rabbit?

You cried and you said that she would have cried, too, cause she was so tenderhearted And you said I was bad you remember that?

I just want to show you something it's not gonna take very long.

What's the matter, you afraid?

I'm not afraid to look at anything you could show me.

Can you look at the truth, just once?

Come on, you can look at the truth just once. Can't you?

Come on I want to show you something It won't take very long.


Oh, Cal

Hello


Mother, this is your other son, Aron

Aron is everything that's good, Mother

Say hello to your mother

Say hello to your mother, Aron!

Joe!

Play another song! -Quiet!

Five!

"I'm thinking of the lilac trees that shook their purple plumes

"I'm thinking of the rivulet with its cool and silvery flow Of the old gray rock that shadowed it and the peppermint below"

-Where is Aron? I don't know. I'm not my brother's keeper Where did you go? -For a ride.

What did you quarrel about? -You.

You're angry about the money -No, I'm not angry.

I like it. I think it's great I'm gonna go away and take that money with me I think I'll start me a little business Just like my mother did.

What do you know about your mother? -I know where she is and what she is.

And I know why she left you Couldn't stand it.

You didn't really love her any more than you do me Because of your goodness, your rightness You never gave either one of us an inch, ever... from what you thought was right You kept on forgiving us, but you never really loved us I know why you didn't love me Because I'm like my mother and you never forgave yourself for having loved her.

I'm not gonna forgive him. I'm never gonna forgive him

-Where is Aron? He's with her, with his mother She's over there in Monterey if you want to know.

She owns one of them houses I took Aron there tonight because I was jealous.

I've been jealous all my life. Jealous, I couldn't even stand it

Tonight, I even tried to buy your love

But now I don't want it anymore

-I can't use it anymore. Don't talk to your father like that

I don't want any kind of love anymore It doesn't pay off No future in it

Let him go if he wants to

No, I won't

You hate me, too, don't you?

I'm afraid of you

What you did to Aron tonight, I don't know what it will do to him

I feel like I'm to blame, too

-Adam! Here. What is it?

Drunk and had a couple of fights He's gone kind of crazy.

He's at the station now. Wait, I'll drive you down in my car Cal!

What happened between you and Aron? -Why?

He's gone kind of crazy. He's drunk and had a couple of fights and seemed determined to get himself hurt.

He's leaving on that troop train tonight and says he's gonna enlist tomorrow at King City.

Adam's on his way down there now to talk to him before the train leaves I think you better get down there

-Yeah. My car's downstairs


Do you know what a stroke is, exactly?

This one is a leakage of blood in the brain caused by shock.

There have been earlier, smaller leakages The left side is paralyzed and the right side partly.

In other words, your father is nearly helpless

-Will he die? He might live a week or a year He might die tonight

-Will he know me? You'll have to find that out for yourself

Good day

Good day, Doctor. Good day, Sam Cain rose up against his brother Abel and slew him.

"And Cain went away and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden

Now why don't you go away some place?

He's right -No.

Yes, he is. He's right. That's what I'll do

Who's gonna wash these things for me?

Thank you

There you are -How is he?

He's fine. He's my darling Washed his face, combed his hair Can I go in there now?

Just for a minute. I want him to rest Gotta get lots of sleep.

-How is he, really? Haven't I seen you at the hospital?

Not part of the family, are you? -No.

I didn't think so I can tell you, I won't have this job for long That's my luck. Always seem to get them when they're old and ready to die off.

Now doesn't he look nice? He's going to be a darling patient Even tried to smile at me didn't you, my dear?

I don't want you to tire my patient -Please go.

Now listen, miss, don't you try to order me about I'll report you to the doctor Will you go out of the room and shut the door?


Father

Can you hear me?

I did an awful thing

I'm sorry


Mr. Trask, can you hear me?

Is it just Cal you won't answer?

Can you answer?

I think you can understand me, though I think behind your eyes you're just as alert as ever You understand everything I say only you can't show it.

Excuse me, Mr. Trask, for daring to speak to you this way but it's awful not to beloved. it's the worst thing in the world

Don't ask me how I know that I just know it.

It makes you mean and violent and cruel And that's the way Cal has always felt, all his life I know you didn't mean it to be that way but it's true.

You never gave him your love You never asked him for his.

You never asked him for one thing Cal is going away, Mr. Trask But before he goes ....

He did something very bad, and I'm not asking you to forgive him You have to give him some sign that you love him... or else he'll never be a man He'll just keep on feeling guilty and alone, unless you release him Please, help him I love Cal, Mr. Trask, and I want him to be whole and strong and you're the only one who can do it So try, please try If you could ask him for something Let him help you so that he knows that you love him.

Let him do for you

Excuse me, Mr. Trask, for daring to speak to you this way, but I just had to

You've tired my patient and I most certainly shall report it to the doctor in the morning.

You don't know that he accuses you. You don't know what he's thinking about Stop it, Cal. You gonna cry for the rest of your life?

-No. Then stop it Goin' there and talk to him before it's too late.

-I can't. Please try Get it straight Get through to him, somehow. Please try, Cal, before it's too late

Is there any coffee around here? -I'll get you some in a minute.

Try Is there anything to read around here?

What would you like?

Something to get my mind off my feet -There's something in there.

I tried to believe it was born in me and that I couldn't help it but that's not so.

A man has a choice You used to say that was where he was different from an animal.

You see, I remember A man has a choice, and the choice is what makes him a man

You see, I do remember Look, I can't find any coffee -Get out!

Look

Do something

for me Yes

That woman the nurse, can't stand her

Get me another

I can't stand her, either


What did he say?

He said, "Don't get anybody else He said, "You stay with me and you take care of me