Kansas City Confidential (1952) Script

Hello, Pete.

You've got the wrong number.

Don't hang up on me again, Pete.

If I was a cop or one of the boys I wouldn't bother calling, I'd just walk in on you.

I'm trying to tell you, you got the wrong...

I'm doing the telling, Pete.

I didn't crack to the clerk.

Your name's not Johnson.

Listen, whoever you are...

I'm your one chance to get out from under.

$300,000 and a clean getaway... out of the country.

Who is this?

If you're interested, come to room 302, Baker Hotel, 10 o'clock tonight.

Hey, wait a minute!


Come in.


No change, eh, Pete?

Still jumpy.

That was a sucker move burning down your boss.

You had him all wrong.

He never crossed you, but you're a guy who shoots first and thinks afterward.

In your spot, I'd almost choose the cops, even if it is a first degree murder rap.

It's lucky I spotted you.

What's so lucky about being dead?

I'm going to take care of the guy.

He's just a little too smart.

Take off the mask.

Come on, take it off!

I don't like games!

What makes a two-bit heel like you think a heater would give him an edge over me?

I ought to ram it down your throat.

What's waiting for you, Harris?

The chair?

The gas chamber?

Or just a rope?

How do I know that line you handed me on the phone's on the level?

Your voice don't even sound the same.

Neither will yours when you put on a mask.

Who else figures in it besides me?

You ask too many questions!

And I'm not getting any answers!

I like to know who I work with, when we make the split, and who I take my orders from!

Get out of here!

All right, I'll get out.

A fat choice you're giving me.

You know the bind I'm in.

Take it or leave it!

You said $300,000 from my end.

At least... free and clear.

Only, you do it my way!

Nobody sees the others without a mask, even when we make the split.

And I decide where and when that takes place.

That makes it all foolproof.

OK, you got yourself a boy.

Now what?

Stay in your room.

Keep out of sight until I call you.

Do a little thinking next time before you use it.

OK.

Don't get any wrong ideas about me.

I don't shove around this easy.

I'll give you a chance to show me how hot you are on the job.


You're a three-time loser, Tony.

Not yet, I ain't.

The police know you drove the getaway car.

This time it's life and no chance of parole.

This time, Tony, you go up for life under the Habitual Criminal Act with no chance of parole.

You don't have to tell me the score.

Then it's a deal?

OK.

But no dames, understand?

No dames.

Look, friend, if you don't like it, don't knock it.

What makes you think I can't go on doing all right?

If I can spot you in back of those trick cheaters, so can the cops.

This job you're talking about... I said I'd listen.

You're a cop killer.

You killed one on that last deal.

I don't like heroes.

You can tell that to the warden when they burn you.

So I'm still listening.


Why don't you watch where you're going?

I'm sorry, lady.

I didn't see you.


Here's the description, mac.

All units stand by... a 117.

Attention all units, a 117.

Here's a description of the suspects involved in the armed robbery of the Southwest Bank.

Three men, masked, wearing identical coveralls.

They are driving a light delivery car belonging to the Western Wholesale Florists.

Use extreme caution.

All are armed.


Pull over!

80K to Control Two.

I'm at 117.

We have the suspect florist truck, 20th and Jackson.

Say, what is this?

Put your hands in the back of your neck and come on out!

Come on.

Get out.

You guys nuts?

Shut up.

You in there... come on out one at a time with your hands in the air!

All right, you, if your pals have any ideas, you'd better start talking.

You're going to open it.

Open what?

There's nothing there but flowers.

Open it!

Where did you drop them off?

Come on, talk!

We must have rolled 300 miles.

The main dropped us by now.

They'll never get us.

When do we make the split?

The split's what I'm going to talk about.

Four Kings, a pat hand... that's just what we're holding.

Hang on to those cards.

I've got everything covered.

But in case something does go wrong and I can't make the payoff myself, the cards will identify you to whoever I send with the money.

Say that again.

We'll cut up the money when I think it's had time enough to cool off.

Right now is good enough for me.

Let's cut this horsing around.

How far do you think you'd get with hot money?

Every cop in the state's out looking for us.

I'll take my chances.

I told you, the mask stays on.

Sure, you told us.

It's a pat hand only because nobody can rat on you.

You can't even rat on each other, because you've never seen each other without those masks.

I made you cop-proof and stool pigeon-proof.

It's going to stay that way.

Talk money.

All right.

I got one of these for each of you.

It's enough money to keep you comfortable while you're waiting, but not enough to get you into trouble.

If the $300,000 is coming to me, I can stand a little trouble.

Make up your mind.

Which way is it going to be?

You'll find tickets for where you're going.

You're each going to a different foreign country.

Stay there until I wire you where and when to come.

And keep those masks.

You'll be wearing them at the payoff.

This is where you get off.

Hit that buzzer.

Open the door.

Jump.

What about me?

I'll tell you when.

It's odd that you'd stop at that florist next to the bank twice in the same morning.

Once is all I was there.

Then the woman who identified you is a liar.

No, she's telling the truth.

I did bump into her.

And the other witnesses who swear your truck was the getaway car, they're telling the truth, too?

They're wrong if they say I had anything to do with the robbery.

You want me to believe there was a duplicate truck?

I wouldn't know!

I wasn't there!

You were framed then.

Is that it?

Yeah.

And that year you spent in the pen, did anyone frame you on that rap?

Ask the Captain here.

He was the arresting officer.

A real model citizen.

Look, just because I got in a jam over a gambling bet doesn't make me a bank robber!

Oh, the boy wants pity.

What about the truck?

Heh, if I knew the answer to that, I wouldn't be here now.

How's this for an answer?

There was no other truck!

Listen, I...

Mr. Andrews here, with the insurance company, he's willing to give you a break.

Aren't you, Scott?

He knows we are.

Same questions, same answers... you can save your breath.

It's my job, Joe.

After all, we've got to make good the loss.

In fact, we're willing to pay out as much as 25% of the money as a reward.

That's 300,000 for a lead, Joe.

You're an industrial engineer, aren't you?

I never graduated.

That's right, left school to enlist with the engineers.

Pretty good soldier, too... bronze star, purple heart.

Try and buy a cup of coffee with them.

Came back to resume his studies at night.

Why, I ask myself, would a man with such training want to take a job outside his line?

To set up a touch for over $1,000,000.

That's why!

I got the job through the probation officer.

You can ask him!

Mr. Collins, did I ever give you any trouble when I worked for you?

No, Joe, not at all.

But I'm afraid I've got to let you go now.

Nothing personal, you understand.

It's just that, well, we sell to a lot of very conservative people.

You know how it is.

Yeah, I know how it is.

Uh, Sergeant...

See that Mr. Collins gets back.

Uh, I'll go along with him, some questions I want to ask.

All right, Rolfe, you want it the hard way.

I can fix that, too.

You've got 20 years staring you right in the face.

What do you want me to say, that I did it?

Why don't you go ahead, Mr. Martin?

You got a big day tomorrow.

The boys will help me keep Rolfe company.

What do you think, McBride?

I think if you left him to me and the boys, I'd have his confession on your desk the first thing in the morning.

We'll be back after first thing in the morning.


Extra!

Extra!

Get the latest news on the big bank stickup!

Extra!

Ex-con grilled on a $1,000,000 grab!


OK, we'll take him once more.

You got visitors again, Rolfe.

Come on, move!

McBride, We've got to turn him loose.

The upstate police found the duplicate flowers truck half an hour ago.

It was inside an abandoned moving van.

That still doesn't clear Rolfe in my book.

His part of the job could have been to use his truck as a blind to draw us away from the real getaway car.

It could have been anything.

Just give me a little more time.

I'll sweat it out of him.

Forget it, McBride, I've checked every move he's made.

He's clean.

All right, Rolfe, you can go.

Sorry, we had to detain you.

You're sorry.

These things happen.

Thanks for nothing!

Go on, beat it!

Maybe you didn't hear what I said.

I said for nothing!

Extra!

Extra!

Why don't you read all about the big bank stickup?

Extra!

Get the latest news on the big bank stickup!

Ex-con grilled on a $1,000,000 grab!

Get the latest on the ba... Hey!

That's him!

That's the guy!

You've got to do it, Rick.

You don't understand, Rick.

I know the spot you're in, Rick, but you got to help Joe!

Rick?

Hi, Joe.

Hi, Eddie.

Get you something?

Yeah.

Two things... a cup of coffee and that information you promised me.

It's like I told you, the first one is easy.

Listen, Eddie, I got to know who set me into this little deal.

Did you ask him?

You're leading with your chin, Joe.

So I'm leading with my chin.

What have I got to lose?

Look, Eddie, it's been three weeks... no job, no angle, no nothing!

Hey, OK.

OK.

Take it easy.

I'm on your side I'll get you another cup of coffee.

You come back tonight around closing time.


My kid brother says you're in trouble, Joe.

I've got to find a way to clear myself.

Sometimes it's tough, Joe.

Sometimes it's too tough.

Look, I want to know who framed me.

It wasn't anyone local.

That's for sure.

Any ideas?

Maybe.

It might be why Pete Harris beat it to Mexico.

Pete Harris.

Where in Mexico?

Tijuana.

Look for where the dice is rolled.

He's a real sucker for a crap game.

Anything else?

Kind of dark and real weird eyes.

You won't have any trouble finding him by the cigarettes he smokes.

Just follow the chain.

Much obliged.

Good luck, Joe.

Take it easy, Joe.

Thanks, kid.

So that's the guy that saved your life on Iwo Jima, huh?

I'd buy him.


I have the limo all day, senor.

If you're looking for a good time, I know all the best places in Tijuana.

As long as there's a dice table there.

Oh, but gambling is illegal.

Yeah?

But uh, like in the states, senor, there are some things the law does not know.

I will show you where is a nice game of chance.

Place your bets, boys.

Place your bets.

Shooter's coming out.

Eight is it!

Number eight!

Seven out!

You know any other spots?

Si, senor, but I lose all my money.

Oh, gracias, senor!

Come on.

Check the card game.

OK, all bets.

Hands off the table.

Come on.

Come on.

Come on, I'm going to let mine run.

Get out there.

Light, mac?

Thanks.

All right, move around everybody.

If you're not shooting, get away from the table.

Let those betters in.

All right, let the dice go.

And he's coming out.

Come on, dice, get hot.

And he went away with a 4-3.

It's not your night, bud.

Next shooter.

Come on, now, give me something on the field.

You can't go wrong with the Big 6 or the Big 8, and don't overlook that ever-loving craps.

It's overdue, men.

$20, you don't hit.

You got a bet, mister.

Coming out!

Ah, ah, the big miss, boxcars!

All right, take the inside, and pay the outside to double up after craps, men.

One good one makes up for all the bad ones.

You might as well be broke as not have enough.

All right, here we go.

Let the piece ride.

I'm still saying you can't do it.

Make him eat those words, mister.

And another $20.

There they go.

And he's got nine for a number.

He makes nine for all the money.

3 to 2 you can't nine.

I'll take 50 to 25 I make it.

No bet.

That's a 3 to 2 wager.

I'll cover that.

All right, boys, come on now, give me something on the field.

And the shooter's coming out on a gravy train.

Uh-oh, that devil jumped up.

He went away with seven.

Take the inside, pay the outside.

You wanted me to tell you when it was 10:30, fella.

All right.

All right, let the dice go.

No more bets.

Oh, and he went away with a 4-3.

Four, three.

And we're coming out with a brand new shooter.

We got a brand new shooter.

Can't go wrong with the big six and the big eight.

Can somebody give me something for that ever-loving craps?

It's overdue, men.

OK, let them go.

Who's that guy who just came in?

I don't know, some tourist.

Why?

I don't know.

He gives me the woolies.

He just don't smell right to me.

So long, Diaz.

Gracias, senor, gracias.

All right, double the craps.

Now we take the inside, pay the outside.

Next shooter coming up.

You can't go wrong with the big six and the big eight...

What's your hurry, fella?

Do you mind?

For a guy who did all right, you seem to be in too much of a hurry.

Is there a law against it?

Maybe.

Who sent you here, fella?

Diaz, the cab driver.

OK, fella.

OK, wiseguy, you found me.

Now what?

What's eating you?

You've been giving me the fish eye all night.

You better see a doctor, mac.

You're in bad shape.

I ain't that sick.

Then stop imagining things.

Get some rest.


Who is it?

There's a man downstairs to see you.

Eh, look, you tell that g...

Now you and I are going to have a little talk.

You a cop?

That's to teach you manners.

I'm the guy that drove a florist truck.

I don't know what you're talking about.

Take a good look, Pete!

You're looking at the patsy who was framed for the kill.

You got the wrong guy.

Lay off, will you?

When you're ready to talk.

You got me wrong!

What did you do with your cut, Pete?

I don't follow you.

You will.

There's no money in there.

You were one of them, weren't you?

I don't know what you're talking about.

Listen, this ain't my bag.

I copped it out of a car.

You're lying.

Give me that!

What's this plane ticket?

This wire?

What's so interesting in Borados?

So we start all over again.

Go ahead.

Go ahead!

But I still don't know what you're talking about!

If I can't open you up, maybe the cops can.

Wait, no cops!

So you were one of the gang.

I... I had other reasons.

I'm interested in this one.

Your plane leaves in 15 minutes, Pete.

You're not going to be on it.

Look, I got to get to Borados.

That wire means $300,000 to me!

Your cut.

Who set it up?

I don't know.

Look, we didn't have nothing against you.

We didn't even know you!

It just fell that way.

Lucky me.

Who else was in on it?

I don't know that either!

We all four of us wore masks.

I thought there were only three!

Three and the big guy!

Look, I'm giving it to you straight.

That's the way it was planned!

We all did business with a mask!

He could know us, but none of us could know him!

Get it?

None of us could squeal that way if one of us didn't get away.

That explains everything but this.

I... I... I won't know what that means until I get there.

All right, partner, we'll find out together.

Partner?

The big man set me in on this, so we split five ways.

You're kidding!

If I don't split five ways, there's going to be no split at all.

OK.

Go ahead, hang yourself!

It will be a pleasure.

All right, so I'm moving blind.

But I got you for a bird dog to point the way as we go along.

You forget, even I don't know the big guy!

So I'm taking a chance.

But remember, I'm taking no chances with you between here and Borados, partner.

Now get ready.

We don't want to miss our plane.

Mexicana de Aviacion announces the departure of this flight...

Where's your cigarettes?

In the machine, senor.

Passengers kindly board your plane to the local gateway.

Flight 589 now loading.

Flight 589 now loading.

I want a ticket to Borados.

Yes, sir.

You just have time.

You make connections for Borados in Mexico City... -30 AM.

Round trip?

One way.

It will be $92, please.

Hey, Barney, look who's here over by the cigarette machine.

Familiar?

That's Pete Harris.

So it is.

Go ahead, brace him.

Don't worry about this boy.

You stay here.

Cops!

I don't get it.

This man reached for a gun and he's clean.

Don't worry, senor, this man's wanted for murder.

This is a laugh.

All that dough...

What's that he's trying to say about dough?

What dough, Pete?

You haven't got a chance, Pete.

But you can go out clean.

He's right, Pete, tell us about the dough.

Who's down here with you?

What are you doing in Mexico?

Where were you going?

Got anything you want to tell us?

You haven't got a chance.

Is he trying to tell us that somebody's down here with him?

Sounds like it.

Maybe there is.

The ambulance will be here at once.

It's... it's a laugh... all that dough.

What... what dough?

What dough, Pete?

Ask who, Pete?

Come on, Pete, time's running out.

Tell us who!

Ask...

Pete!

Senor... you forgot your claim check, senor.

Your baggage is aboard the plane.

Thanks.

Muchisimas gracias.

Buen viaje.

Attention, will Mr. Pete Harris please board the plane.

Flight 589 now leaving.

Buenos dias, senores.

Ah, good morning, my customers.

Good morning.

It looks like maybe today it's going to rain finally.

I hope so.

At least it will cool off.

Then everyone can go outside and play.

Buen dia, Senor Kane.

Well now, Senor Romano, I see you have found something you want.

Perhaps you will like this one?

Yeah, but...

Don't you want to buy it?

It's not bad for a bottle.

How much?

Only 11 American dollars.

$11.00.

But, of course, Senor, if you're looking for something cheap...

I get nothing but the best.

Then shall I wrap it into a nice package for you?

Don't bother.

I bought it for a nice package.

But Senor, you're... you're too generous.

That will be 11 American dollars.

Charge it with the rest.

Si, senor.

Gracias.

That Teresa, she's a jewel.

The smartest girl that ever worked for me.

That's the 12th time she has sold that same bottle of perfume.

And that kind of business, I can afford to give her 50% commission.

Who is that?

He came here yesterday.

You mean to tell me you've been here two hours and not met Tony Romano?

Come, I'll introduce you.

Don't bother.

Say, Tomaso, why doesn't it rain if it's going to?

The one thing I have no control over... the rain.

Yeah.

The minute I get outside, though, it will start coming down like... cats and dogs.

Morning.

Ah, Senor Foster.

Good morning, Tomaso.

What's everybody so gloomy about?

The weather, Senor.

She's so uncertain.

Up in the states, they're having blizzards.

Ah, if something like that would only happen here.

But no, nothing but sunshine and people catching fish.

If just once, a fish would catch a man.

That's possible, Tomaso.

All depends on the bait.

Ah, Senor Foster, Senor Kane.

How do you do, Mr. Kane?

You look right at home here.

Should be, been coming down here every season for a good many years.

Senor Foster, I have your tobacco for you.

Oh, good, Teresa.

I was almost out.

Mm-hm.

Good fishing.

Thank you.

Um, when are you going to try your hand at some of this fishing, Mr. Romano?

In this heat?

Uh-uh.

I got a better sport.

How about some cards again, tonight?

I'll give you a chance to get even.

Come early and bring a lot of money.


Hi, Tim.

Glad to see you, Scott.

Well, you're certainly looking in the pink.

That little girl of yours... how is she?

Oh, she's a big girl now.

She's home preparing for her bar exams.

She'll be a lawyer any day.

It's been years since anyone's seen you around the old haunts.

Yeah, two years, one month, and eight days since I got my walking papers.

Still bitter, Tim?

You spend 20 years of your life being a cop and then get thrown out.

What am I supposed to do?

Stand up and cheer?

Well, maybe it was time to get out.

It was beginning to affect your health.

Uh, call it "forced retirement."

All right, Scott, forced retirement.

"You backed the wrong party, Captain Foster, so now we've got ourselves a new boy."

I call it a frame.

Well, whatever it was, you've been through it.

It will only stir up old memories.

How about that urgent telegram to meet you here?

How far did you ever get on that Southwest Bank job?

Exactly nowhere.

You must be hearing plenty from the front office on that one.

You don't know the half of it.

Every bank in the country is on the alert to spot the serial number of those bills.

And up to now, not one of them has turned up.

How would you like to crack that job?

How would I like to find oil in my backyard?

I don't know, but I might be able to deliver that gang to you.

You wouldn't fool an old friend, Tim?

Might no be anything.

And then again, it could be just what you're looking for.

I've been watching a couple of strange characters drift in here one at a time.

Name Boyd Kane mean anything to you?

Kane?

Well, yeah, I want him for a jewelry store holdup.

I knew that when I sent you the wire.

Who else?

A prize package by the name of Tony Romano.

He should fit into a touch like that bank job.

They're playing it like they don't know each other, but it's an old act any cop could spot, so I listened.

Yeah, but there's supposed to be three of them.

That's where it begins to make sense.

The third one's due to arrive.

That ties in.

Anything else?

The talk is about a money split... big money... the kind that could have come out of that Southwest Bank job.

What a sweet break.

They get together for a split and put their necks right into a noose.

How do we handle it, Tim?

Keep out of sight until I call you.

You better line up the police.

Where can I reach you?

El Nacional.

Thanks, Tim.

Good.

You uh... any idea how much reward this will bring in?

Well, it should be plenty.

25% of what the insurance companies stand to lose, and that's over a quarter of a million.

That's a lot of money.

And you're the cop they said was played out.

Welcome, senorita, senor.

Gracias.

Do you like it?

Ah, Senorita Helen, but what a surprise!

We did not expect you.

How are you, Tomaso?

Good, love, good.

And you?

Very well.

Ah!

Oh uh, take care of your guest, amigo.

But, of course, if the senor wants to sign the register.

Thanks.

You are from Tijuana, Mexico, Senor.

I have a married sister living there.

You have?

Tomaso,.

Come with me, Senor.

I will show you which bungalow is yours.

Follow me.

I'll see you later.

Thanks for the company.

My pleasure.


Not bad at all.

I am Teresa.

I sell souvenirs.

You are here for fishing?

I'm here for a vacation.

That is good.

Then you have come to the right place.

Tell me, that fella playing pool, who's he?

Oh, he's... wouldn't you like to buy something?

You know, presents, souvenirs, things to send back home.

Mm, maybe.

Very special lady's perfume?

How about the fella at the pool table?

Ah, that is Senor Kane.

He arrived this morning, but he's not very sociable.

All the time, he's chewing bubble gum.

And the other fellow?

Ah, you mean Senor Romano?

Now that one, he is very sociable.

Gracias, Senor.

Oh, Senor, you won't forget about the souvenir?

What's a vacation without souvenirs?


Hi, fisherman.

What luck.

Helen.

For a minute, I thought you weren't glad to see me.

You know I'm always glad to see you, Pumpkin, but you come barging in here... what are you doing here?

You... I thought you had a lot of studying to do.

I've got news, Dad... important news.

There's nothing more important than your law exams.

Sure there is.

You are.

That's why I'm here.

You know, being a law student has its advantages.

I set up a brief and brought it to the mayor myself.

Well, you sound just like a lawyer.

Let's have the facts.

All right, Dad, facts.

I got the commissioner to reopen your case.

Well, don't you understand, Dad?

It's a chance for you to get back on the force.

Forget it.

It's too late.

I don't want to get back on the force.

Oh, now look, Dad, this is your daughter, Helen.

Don't fool me.

I know what it's meant to you being forced into retirement through politics.

This is your chance to come back.

You're not going to let pride get in the way.

All right, Pumpkin, thanks.

And now you're going to turn right around and go home to those law books.

Uh-uh.

I'm taking a week's vacation with study.

Besides, I kind of like a young man who just checked in.

His name is Pete Harris.

Our husbands... fishing all day and sleeping all night.

This is supposed to be our vacation.

If they'd only stay awake.

I wouldn't even mind if they played poker.

Remember, Olsen?

The biggest sailfish I ever latched onto.

Must have weighed 140 if he weighed a pound.

Up $10.

Just when I had him softened up, ready to land, the...

Look, fella, right now we're playing stud, remember?

The man just boosted a $10.

Oh, sorry.

Beats me.

Go ahead, deal.

Trying to outdraw me, huh?

Maybe.

Your high, bet your Queens.

Check to you.

Check.

$25.

To see you.

Jack and Jill.

Three fours.

How do you like that guy?

Souvenir, senor?

Ah, Senor Harris, Come on over and take a hand.

Sit down, and I give you a stack of chips.

Shall I deal you in?

Looks like you're doing all right without me.

Senor Harris, meet Senor Foster.

He wins all the time.

Senor Romano, he lose all the time.

Senor Morelli worries more about fishing.

Glad to know you, gentlemen.

I'm warning you, don't let the Boy Scout look of Foster's fool you.

He's had me on the hook ever since I've been here.

He's dynamite.

His daughter warned me about him.

I promised to be careful.

He hasn't learned a man should never press bad luck.

Yeah.

Expect to be around this tank awhile?

Oh, I don't know.

A while, maybe.

Where you from?

Kansas City, originally.

Used to know a girl there... swell cook.

Are you going to bet that Ace of yours?

Uh, yeah.

Five skins just to bring in the suckers.

I'm in.

Out.

Let's make it $10 to keep them out.

See what I mean?

I'll call.

Looks like you've got yourself a pigeon.

Always room for one more, Tony.

Well, you can cash me in.

I think I owe you about $10.

You're not quitting so early?

Sure.

I thought I'd take a walk through the village before I turn in.

Don't walk too fast.

You'll be out of town without even seeing it.

And that is right, Senor Harris.

Come back some more.

We need loser player.

My good luck piece... a souvenir of the biggest pot I ever sat in on.

Don't let me break up the game.


What's the idea, tossing my joint?

I didn't mean nothing.

I figured you meant to give me the office when you dropped that card on the table.

What's with you, chum?

Look, I had to be sure before I cracked.

Go on.

It don't take no big thinking to figure a couple of guys like us ain't in this Bananaville on a vacation!

Here... I'm just going for my wallet.

My calling card.

You must have been one of the guys in the van.

Yeah.

You were outside doing the driving.

I'm uh, sorry I had to rough you up.

No hard feelings.

I would have done the same in your spot.

One will get you 10.

I got the other guy uncovered, too.

Who?

Could be.

Two more days, and we'll be living it up.

Just think, over 300,000 smackers.

If we get it.

What do you mean, "if"?

Let's not kid ourselves.

We don't even know who he is.

We wouldn't know where to find him if he didn't show up.

But why would he bring us here if he ain't level?

Search me.

But I don't like working for someone I don't know, especially if he can recognize me and I can't recognize him.

Neither do I.

How about this guy Kane Could he be Mr. Big?

Are you kidding?

That gum-chewing character?

Could be an act.

Yeah.

Could be.

You know, I think I'll get myself some gum.

Yeah.

Got you.

See you.


Hi.

Hi.

How did you make out?

A few more hands, and your father would break me.

Well, don't say I didn't warn you.

It's all right, I'll get even tomorrow night.

Now that's one thing I don't understand about men.

What's that?

Well, you work hard all year and do nothing but talk about your vacation.

Then when it comes, you sit indoors and play cards.

Yeah, doesn't figure, does it?

A lot of things don't figure.

Like, for instance?

Well, for instance, what do you do all year?

I save up to play cards.

I guess I should have brought along a deck of cards instead of a swimming suit.

Oh, I'd say you did the right thing.

You can swim, too?

Like you play cards.

Tell you what, I'll meet you at the pool tomorrow morning.

You teach me and I'll teach you.

That's a deal.


Senor Foster, telegram for you.

Thanks.

De nada.


Good morning.

Good morning.

Do you always bring a book along when you have a date?

Well, it depends on the date.

Let's see.

"Civil Code of the State of Missouri Rules and Procedure."

Translation?

Oh, I'm cramming for the bar exams.

No cracks, please.

Don't tell me you're opposed to the higher education of the female.

No it's uh, just that you don't look like a lawyer to me.

Well, I found that people rarely look like what they are.

Now take yourself, for instance.

To look at you, I'd say you were probably um, a fisherman.

Instead, you're probably a salesman?

Would you like it if I were a salesman?

Oh, look, I'm the one that's supposed to get the answers by cross-examination.

I've always heard that the best witnesses are the ones who... who want to answer.

Well, thanks for the advice.

I got some more for you and for free, too.

Always arrange to have your cases tried in front of all-male juries.

You can't lose, kid.

Hey, you're beginning to sound promising again.

I left my cigarettes up at the cabin.

I'll be right back.

Oh, Mr. Harris, milk man?

Ice man?


Morning, Mr. Foster.

Oh, hello.

How about some cards tonight?

Oh, I can't.

I got a dinner date with a lawyer.

She may never get to be one if she's kept from her studies.

Well, she has to eat sometime.

Why don't you join us?

I'd like to.

I'll see you then.


Get up.

You hear what he said, palsy?

Smart Boy didn't hear you.

What's the matter, palsy, weird stuff?

I think he hears you now.

See?

He's cooperating.

Ain't you, palsy?

What is this?

Smart Boy here wants to know what is this.

What's your line, mister?

He knows.

You read me for a sucker, palsy?

I don't like that.

You're crazy!

I'll pinpoint it for you, chum.

Pete Harris and me did a deuce together at Joliet.

That makes you a phony.

Now we're going to take a nice quiet walk.

And when we get to the right place, you're going to tell us the story of your life.

I don't move.

Yeah, make a noise.

I'll bring the cops in on you.

Smart Boy wants it done quietly.

Come in.

Oh, pardon me.

I didn't know you had visitors.

It's all right.

Come on in.

Miss Foster, you know Mr. Romano and Mr. Kane.

I've seen Mr. Romano around.

How do you do, Mr. Kane?

Hello.

They were trying to talk me into taking a walk with them.

I explained we had a date.

Oh, I don't mind.

I told them you wouldn't.

Just a couple of nature lovers.

We were chatting about it when you knocked.

Well, it must have been a very warm discussion.

Oh uh, well, I just dropped in to return this to you.

Thanks I hardly missed it.

I only carry it in case of snakes.

We'll be seeing you, Harris.

Yeah.

Hey, Tony, I know a sure cure for a nosebleed... a cold knife in the middle of the back.

Nice guys... playful.

Don't bother making up any stories for me.

I thought the law said a man was innocent until proven guilty?

That's right.

Considering the circumstantial evidence, if you were my attorney, how would you advise me to answer?

I'd tell you not to answer at all, unless you could answer honestly.

It might incriminate you.

Now you're giving me some good advice.

Thanks.

And for free.


La cucaracha, la cucaracha Oh, Senor Kane, I have been looking for you.

I have a letter for you.

She smells like a business one.

La cucaracha, la cucaracha, la cucaracha, Buenas tardes, my customers, buenas tardes.

Ah, Senor Romano, a letter for you.

This one, she also smells like a business one.

A letter for you, Senor Harris.

Oh?

You're very welcome.

Excuse me.

Mail from home.

It will wait.

I expect you to get in some solid study tonight.

Well, isn't that nice of you?

How's that Mr. Foster?

Thanks for that and the dinner.

Don't forget, I may ask questions tomorrow.

Well, I'll look forward to it.

Goodnight.

Tony, you're not even looking at how pretty they are and only 11 American dollars.

Everything around here's $11.00.

Tony, you like?

Charge it with the rest.

Gracias.

Tony?

See you later.

I see you got your invitation, Tony.

Yeah.

How about your friend out there?

He get his, too?

Let's go ask him.

Pumpkin, it isn't often I butt into your affairs, but I'm going to make like a father.

You sound serious.

Where you're concerned, I'm always serious.

I want you to forget that fellow.

But you don't know anything about him, Dad.

Neither do you.

Right in there... Ugh!

Aaugh!

Drop the gun in the well, Kane.

Do as he tells you!

In the well!

Do it!

The gun, Kane.

D... don't, don't!

How I get...

Go on, drop it!

Drop it.

Ugh!

Oh.

Don't shoot!

Drop it in the well.

Do what he tells you.

Don't shoot!

In the well.

Do it.

Agh.

All right, you two knuckleheads.

Now you're going to listen to me unless you want to join the guns in the well.

I got my invitation to the party.

I take Pete Harris' share.

You gave Harris the double shuffle.

You got it wrong, pal.

The cops paid him off in full.

Like gambling... a man puts up his bet, he's entitled to be paid off if he wins.

Harris lost.

What did you put up?

A possible 20 years in the stir.

You're looking at the guy who was framed for the job.

That's why I'm cutting myself in whether you like it or not.

You're smart, you'll play along with me.

You're not, it goes rough on everybody.

You talk awfully green for a smart guy.

What happens when Mr. Big sees you?

Let's wait until we get to that, huh?

Now you two boys make like friends.

Go to sleep.

Go on!

And in case you get any ideas about visiting me later, forget it!

I sleep light.


What are you doing here?

Simple, I came looking for you.

It's a matter of principle, Mr. Harris.

I just don't like anybody running out on me twice in the same day.

Oh, I see.

Well, you see, after I got the letter...

I told you you didn't have to make up any stories for me.

That's right, you did.

Look, Pete, I know I may be butting into something I shouldn't, but that's the way I am.

Even when I was a kid, I was always the one asking questions.

Bet you even cross-examined your nurse, huh?

You know, if I were smart, I'd find myself another date and forget all about you.

Only I can't help feeling you're in trouble.

I liked it better this afternoon when you stopped asking questions.

I'm no fool, Pete.

I've been around cops long enough to pick up a few tricks of the trade.

Those playmates of yours are pretty obvious.

What have they got on you?

One question at a time.

The specialty in cops, where did you pick that up?

Well, my father's a retired captain of police.

Oh, I see.

That explains your being a lawyer.

Papa nails them, and you free them.

Oh, what's that got to do with it?

Look, you're a nice girl.

But in case you're thinking of mothering me, forget it.

I'm no stray dog you can pick up, and I like my neck without a collar.

Now get lost.

Now I'm supposed to be hurt, maybe even cry.

But I won't.

I think you're in trouble, and I'm going to help you.

Listen, sister, forget it.

Mind your own business!


Then you move in.

You got it now, Scott?

Yeah.

Let me check back.

They meet out on the boat tomorrow at dawn for the split.

I wait out on the police boat for your light signal.

Then I move in.

And you answer my signal first.

Right.

Scott?

Yeah?

Don't miss.

Don't worry, I won't.

Good luck.


Well, Pumpkin, I thought you'd be asleep by this time.

I've been waiting for you, Dad.

Have a little problem?

Yeah.

You used to have them pretty often when you were younger, but I always knew when something was troubling you.

Matter of fact, I kind of miss it.

Were they very tough problems I used to bring to you, Dad?

Oh, very tough.

Some new trinket you wanted and money for the movies.

That time you got into your first formal, and your beau came down with the measles.

That was a tough one.

I finally had to take you out myself that night.

Once you even wanted to know when we would get you a new ma to look after you.

Oh, that was a real tough one.

Most of them, though, we were able to work out.

You were right about Harris, Dad.

He's in a jam.

Oh?

I forgot to tell you.

You used to take my advice.

In those days, you wouldn't have gone running after him if I'd asked you not to.

I want you to help him, Dad.

That way, you'll be helping me.

Why?

Professional interest?

Oh, I don't really know, Dad.

Something's happened.

Oh, I know it sounds crazy and illogical, but that's the way it is.

He's out of bounds for you, Helen... way out of bounds.

You said that before.

Isn't it enough that I tell you?

Not this time.

All right.

He's an ex-con.

I just didn't want to hit you over the head with it.

What else do you know about him?

Isn't that enough?

No, it's not.

There's got to be more.

You wouldn't be so positive if there weren't something... what else have you got against him?

You're going home tonight, young lady.

Is that the way you solved my problems when I was a kid?

This is for your own good.

Is it?

Believe me.

Believe me, Pumpkin, go home and forget him.

You... you can start the ball rolling on that re-hearing, and I'll be... Helen!


Good morning, palsies.

Hold it!

You'll never learn, will you?

Good morning.

Don't tell me you boys are going fishing, too.

Yeah.

We see you get such a kick out of it.

We decided to give it a try.

Great sport.

I'm on my way to the pier.

Can I give you a lift?

You got yourself a passenger.

Might as well take us all, seeing as the three of us are going fishing.

Oh, did you rent a boat?

Yeah, we got us a boat called the "Manana."


I understand you're an ex-captain of police, Mr. Foster.

Oh, that was a long time ago.

Hey, we'll be able to match fish stories tonight, huh?

Sure I'll bring pictures.


Quite a boat.

With any kind of luck, we all ought to do pretty good.

Coming, Harris?

Good luck.


Hold it.


Freeze.

I'll go see if he's still there.

What's the matter, palsy, run out of talk?

Not quite.

I've got a proposition.

I know where the money is.

Right here on the boat.

I'll show you.

All right, look for yourself.

Right in the cupboard there.

Go ahead, look.

$1,200,000, Tony.

Think of it, a million two for you and me.

Why cut the take four ways, when we only have to cut it in two?

That's over a half a million a piece... over half a million.

Why split with Kane?

OK, Tony...

Why a two-way split?

A guy living big all the time like me needs dough.

So long, sucker!

Drop it, Tony!

Right in front of you!

Kick it over here.

Move back.

Back up!

I don't get it.

You will.

Let's just take it easy until the police get here.

A little falling out over the split?

You get around a lot for a fisherman.

Part of my job.

Ex-cop!

Making out like he knows from nothing.

It all depends on what the assignment calls for.

You never had a chance.

We had the big guy from the beginning Don't let that bother you, Tony, it was all marked anyway.

We should have figured that.

That's right, Joe.

The name is Pete.

Ah, like in Pete Harris who was shot and killed in Tijuana?

Something bothering you, Joe?

Yeah.

The only person who would know Pete Harris was in Tijuana would be the one who sent him there to hide out and wait for a wire.

You're a boy with a lot of ideas.

Sure.

Like only a cop would know you couldn't use a $1,200,000 in hot cash, but you could trade it in for a nice clean reward.

Got it all figured out?

Uh-huh.

Three little patsies... one down, two to go.

Your being there to give us a lift, the money on a platter.

Honey for the bees, huh, Captain Foster?

Stay where you are!

Sure, sure, we'll wait until the cops arrive, try my story on for size.

If I'm wrong, I'll apologize.


Ugh!

Forget it.

My luck had to give out sometime.

I wouldn't mind so much, Joe, if Helen didn't have to find out.

You're not part of this.

You got a break coming.

Tim, what's happened.

Are you hurt?

What's Rolfe doing here?

I've been saving him, surprise for you.

It was his lead turned the trick, only it didn't come off the way we planned it, did it, Joe?

No.

No, it didn't.

Third guy was Pete Harris, burned down in Tijuana.

Scott, if anybody deserves a reward it's him.

Let's get him to a doctor.

No.

Give her my love, Joe.

I know it's just talk now, Helen, but I feel the loss of your father as keenly as you do.

I owe him a lot for what he did.

If there's anything that you ever need, will you call on me?

Thanks, Mr. Andrews.

Oh, and one other thing about Joe Rolfe... he's a fine boy.

That scrape he got into a long time ago, he's more than made up for it.

And the way I feel, my company will underwrite him any time.

I tried so hard to make Dad understand.

You did, Helen.

The last thing he said was for Joe to give you his love.

How is she taking it, Mr. Andrews?

Pretty good, Joe.

She's had time to get over the shock.

But a hero's medal isn't enough when you're alone.

She and her dad were pretty close, hm?

I told her about you.

What did she say?

Why don't you ask her?