Sunday, May 14, 2017

boots: carson jackie 1 final dialogue

Carson and Jackie on a bench in a park alongside the Rio Grande. Picacho Peak beyond.




Carson looks out at the river, Jackie has her eyes on Carson. Faint sound of traffic over the bridge. Bird chip. A man and woman, 30ish, approach on the path pushing a stroller.


MAN: Good afternoon.


JACKIE: Good afternoon.


CARSON: Hello.


WOMAN: Have a good day.


CARSON/JACKIE: You too.


MAN/WOMAN: Thanks.


The sound of the stroller wheels fading then finally silenced.


JACKIE: You never really told me how they met.


CARSON: No? I thought I had.


JACKIE: Well, you did say they were on the set, your mother worked in wardrobe and that Tom was a stuntman. Unless it's something you don't want to talk about.


CARSON: Not at all. He's here, good a time as any. So.


She suddenly kisses his cheek. He smiles.


JACKIE: Sorry, interrupted.


Carson kisses her cheek. 


CARSON: Well. It wasn't exactly a love affair.


JACKIE: Where was the set?


CARSON: Nevada. Outside a place called Stagecoach, southeast of Reno.


JACKIE: What was the name of the movie?


CARSON: The Rose of the Rodeo.


JACKIE: Never heard of it.


CARSON: Never released. Ran out of money. I do have a few photographs she took, and a copy of the script.


JACKIE: Pictures of Tom?


CARSON: A few.


JACKIE: I'd love to see them.


CARSON: Sure.


JACKIE: So.


CARSON: So.


JACKIE: Not exactly a love affair.


CARSON: Not so much.


JACKIE: How old was Tom?


CARSON: Twenty-two, same as my mom.


JACKIE: A stuntman.


CARSON: Yeah.


JACKIE: Like getting shot and falling off clock towers?


CARSON: Mostly riding horses. Posse chases and such. He was a cowboy, rodeo guy, came out from Texas with a friend who knew somebody who was a wrangler for one of the studios. Got 'em jobs pretty quick. Anyway, Tom was doing some body double work for the rodeo scenes. And my mom, like I said, was working in wardrobe. Tom came in for a fit. They had lunch that day. Things progressed rapidly, the movie wrapped, They went to Lake Tahoe, stopped in Carson City on the way and spent the night.


JACKIE: Carson...City.


CARSON: Yep. Get it?


JACKIE: Okay.


CARSON: They stayed at a place called The Pony Express Hotel. Now it's The Saint Charles, which is what it was called when it was built way back when, eighteen-sixty something.


JACKIE: I've heard of it.


CARSON: My mother used a diaphragm. Ninety-four percent success rate. When I played baseball in high school I asked for number six. My mom cried when I told her why. Anyway. They went to Lake Tahoe, made plans to stay the night there, drive back to Los Angeles the next day.


JACKIE: Tom lived there too?


CARSON: An old house in Burbank he shared with a couple other stuntmen, to quote my mom quoting Tom. In Tahoe they went to a bar and both drank too much. There was an argument. An exchange of unpleasantries, quoting mom again. She decided to go home with a friend who had done makeup for the movie and was in Tahoe on her way home, too. Apparently their parting conversation - Tom's and my mom's, I mean - was loud enough to almost get the police involved.


Carson pauses to wait for an approaching jogger to go by. 


CARSON (CONT'D): A few weeks later she finds out she's pregnant. Doesn't have Tom's number or address. When she finally tracks down the fellow with whom Tom had come out from Texas, a Billy Brewster, he tells her the last time he'd seen Tom was two weeks previously and that Tom had told him he was headed to Mexico.


JACKIE: Did she tell Billy Brewster that she was pregnant?


CARSON: No.


JACKIE: And no way to track family down?


CARSON: Carson and Ruth were orphans. Twins, by the way.


JACKIE: Really.


CARSON: Ruth was older by eighteen minutes. The couple that adopted and raised them died in a car crash a few months before Tom had gone to Los Angeles. Ruth went to Europe. And that is pretty much the extent of the his history Tom passed onto my mom.


JACKIE: Then?


CARSON: Then my mom went home to Denver, moved back in with my grandparents, had me. Et cetera. Most of the rest from there you're familiar with.


JACKIE: Does Tom know she's dead?


CARSON: Yes. But I haven't asked him how he found out.


JACKIE: So he'll leave tomorrow?


CARSON: Yes. 


JACKIE: And not stay to meet Chloe?


Carson looks at her, smiles, shakes his head.


JACKIE(CONT'D): Does she know he's here?


CARSON: No. Not yet.


She puts her arm around him. He puts his around her, pulls her close.


JACKIE: Your father's in your life.


CARSON: 'Twould seem so.


JACKIE: Wow.


CARSON: Yeah.




CUT TO TOM'S SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF CARSON'S HOUSE









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