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Walter Crane, a hard-boiled “fixer” in the golden age of Hollywood, makes his living
hiding the scandals of tinseltowns elite. Tonights not so glamorous task raises the usual
stakes as Walter labors to drag a deadweight body through the rainy Californian wilderness
to its eventual resting place. As he begins to shovel dirt onto the mysterious body, he reflects
on the events that led him to this moment, and we’re transported back to the event which
started it all.
Nora Sullivan, a beautiful starlet, sits across from Walter and his partner Marty
McCloud. With all the waterworks of a leading lady, she confesses to the murder of her
husband. She wants Walter and Marty to hide the body. A tipsy and withdrawn Crane downs
his whiskey and agrees. Nora slides Walter the address of the motel where they will find the
body. After she leaves, Marty expresses suspicion and concern with Walters passive
demeanour. They normally get their jobs from one man - Hollywood executive Richard North
- maybe he knows something. Marty heads out to check out the body, Walter heads to
Richards office. In the present day - Walter continues to dig a grave while the rain intensifies
around him, fog rolls in as we are transported to the smoky office of Richard North.
With a cigar hanging from his lips, plump and smug Richard North grins at the
graphic poster for the upcoming film “Killed By A Dame” starring Humphrey Bogart & Nora
Sullivan, Walter knocks. Revealing himself, Richard scrambles to hide the poster. Walter
rifles through Richards whiskey collection as he attempts to read Richard. Realizing they
may have been set up, he confronts Richard, finding the poster for “Killed By A Dame”, and
uncovering the connection between Richard and Nora. In the present day, Walter digs
harder to the violent crescendo of thunder and lightning. We are transported to The Motel.
Walter puts his ear up to the door, overhearing an exchange between Nora and
Marty before two gunshots ring out from inside. Walter kicks in the door to find Marty gut
shot and dead on the floor while Nora escapes from the bathroom window. Walter kneels
down beside Marty, defeated. Lightning illuminates Marty’s lifeless face as we are
transported back to the present day.
Marty’s face is illuminated in the grave Walter has been digging all along. Walter
shovels the last bit of dirt onto his corpse and stares down into the grave, sorrowful and
pensive. A gunshot rings out as Walters eyes widen and lead penetrates his back. He
collapses onto his knees as Nora approaches, nudging a weak Walter into the grave as she
begins to bury him beside his partner.
February 26th, 28th, 29th and March 1st
Character 1 Description:
Hollywood’s hard boiled “fixer” in the 1940’s. Walter makes a living
hiding the scandals of tinseltowns elite. Once a strict private eye who lived by a code, he’s
now immersed himself in a world of imitators, actors and phonies. Somewhere along the
way, he lost his moral compass. A shadow of his former self, Walter bears the weight of his
newly adopted persona. Although he’d never show it - deep down he yearns for the virtues
he held his youth.
Character 2 Description:
A budding starlet in the 1940’s from New York City. Femme Fatale
Nora suddenly finds herself in Hollywood, signed to a 6 picture deal with Columbia Pictures -
soon to star opposite Humphrey Bogart in his next big noir “Killed by a Dame”. Eager to
become the next big thing, Nora is willing to do whatever it takes to get her name onto the
silver screen and find the stardom she has yearned for ever since childhood.
Character 3 Description:
- Private eye at Crane and McCloud in Hollywood in the 1940’s.
Having gone overseas to aid in the American effort in WWII, Marty returned home to find his
business partner and life long friend Walter Crane dejected and severely alcoholic.
Attempting to keep childhood friend Walter from spiraling, Marty does everything he can to
keep their business, and his partner, above ground - even if that means betraying his own
Character 4 Description:
Hollywood executive at “Big Five” studio Columbia Pictures in the
1940’s. Richard rose through the ranks quickly with a reputation for cleaning up Hollywood.
Widely supported by the US government, his Patriotism and Censorship campaign made
him a powerful public figure and representative religious values in the movie business. In
private, Richard embodies everything he fights against - a personification of gluttony and
greed, he’ll do anything he can to gain more power.