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    Danny And Bang Bang ( Part 5: Danny Puts On A Movie)


    After they have finished arguing about who really killed Marys husband. Danny suggests they put on a western.

    DANNY
    When you two are done arguing, can we throw on a movie or something?

    BANG-BANG
    Aye that’s a good idea.

    PAJO
    What is?

    BANG-BANG
    Do you fancy throwing on a movie?

    PAJO
    Sure may as well. Nothing much else to do.

    (Bang-Bang wanders over to the shelf of video tapes)

    BANG-BANG
    How about something with John Wayne in it?

    PAJO
    What’s the one where he play’s a cowboy?

    BANG-BANG
    John Wayne?

    PAJO
    Yeah, he plays a cowboy in one of them doesn’t he?

    BANG-BANG
    Get out.

    PAJO
    What? What did I do now?

    BANG-BANG
    Go on, I’m not putting up with you today.

    PAJO
    I can’t open my mouth in this place without getting kicked out.

    BANG-BANG
    Well, stop saying stupid things and I’ll stop kicking you out. (Pause) How about “The Quiet Man”?

    PAJO
    Can I stay and watch? Okay, but no talking.

    (Bang-Bang puts on the movie and retakes his seat. Both men stare silently at the screen for a bit. Danny finally notices they have begun watching the movie and runs over.)

    DANNY
    Would you not have waited for me? You know I love “The Quiet Man”

    BANG-BANG
    Quiet!

    PAJO
    I didn’t say anything.

    BANG-BANG
    Well don’t.

    (All stare a while more at the screen, Danny is on the ground in front of the T.V. Bang-Bang and Pajo are still sitting at the table, heads leaning on their hands.)

    BANG-BANG
    You know I went out with her for while.

    PAJO
    Who?

    BANG-BANG
    Maureen O’Hara.

    PAJO
    You did in my arse.

    BANG-BANG
    I did, honestly.

    PAJO
    When?

    BANG-BANG
    In the forties sometime. I was working on the set of the movie “Rio Bravo”.

    PAJO
    Every day you tell me a story about how you and John Wayne were great buddies and all this time you never once mentioned Maureen O’Hara.

    BANG-BANG
    Ah I suppose it’s all the talk of love that reminded me.

    PAJO
    You were in love with her?

    BANG-BANG
    Well. I suppose that’s what you could call it yeah.

    PAJO
    And what happened?

    BANG-BANG
    What happened with what?

    PAJO
    With Maureen Fecking O’Hara.

    BANG-BANG
    Oh right. Ah it was just a short lived romance really. I was working as an extra on the movie “Rio Bravo”. Did I ever tell you that?

    PAJO
    About five hundred times. You met The Duke, you were great pals blah blah blah. Get to Maureen.

    BANG-BANG
    She was pretty homesick I think, being away from home so much. So John set us up on a kind of a date. I suppose he thought it would cheer her up to talk to another Irish person. (Pause) We hit it off right away. Talking about the old country and our family and that.

    PAJO
    Were you two an item?

    BANG-BANG
    I don’t know if we were ever really an item. We would just go for long walks and chats and all that. We were more like good friends than anything.

    PAJO
    You mean, you were in love with her and she just wanted to be friends.

    BANG-BANG
    Basically yeah. (Pause) She was stunning though.

    PAJO
    She was to be fair.

    BANG-BANG
    I was madly in love with her so I was. No matter what I tried. She just wouldn’t go for me.

    PAJO
    Well you’re not exactly what I’d call a charmer.

    BANG-BANG
    I am too a charmer. Haven’t you been watching me charm Annie these last few days.

    PAJO
    My point exactly. You couldn’t charm a rabbit out of a fox hole.

    BANG-BANG
    We’ll see tonight at O’Sheas.

    PAJO
    That should be some sight. Casanova Bang-Bang on the prowl. (Pause) Annie seems like a bit of a step down from Maureen O’Hara though.

    BANG-BANG
    Not at all. Annie is every bit as pretty as Maureen.

    PAJO
    Ah she's not really though is she?

    BANG-BANG
    No, not really. But she does have a nice little bum on her all the same.

    PAJO
    Tis a nice little wiggle on her alright. Not like my Mary. She has an arse like a bookshelf.

    BANG-BANG
    I've always thought it an odd shape alright.

    PAJO
    Hey, you keep your eyes off my Mary’s bottom.

    BANG-BANG
    Well it’s kind of hard to miss.

    PAJO
    True.

    (Both men return to watching the movie a while longer.)

    PAJO
    You know I've just realised I've seen this. (Beat) Pile of shite it was.

    (Pajo gets up to leave)

    BANG-BANG
    Here, takes those biscuits with you.

    PAJO
    Sure what would I want with those horrible yolks. Only brought them over to free up some room in me cupboard.

    (Pajo leaves, silence takes over as Danny and Bang-Bang watch)

    DANNY
    Why did you tell him that Maureen never loved you?

    BANG-BANG
    I suppose it’s an easier story to tell than the real one.

    DANNY
    You really loved each other didn’t you?

    BANG-BANG
    We did.

    DANNY
    I really thought she was the one for us.

    BANG-BANG
    So did I Danny. So did I.

    (Both stare a while longer at the screen)

    BLACKOUT
    END OF SCENE
    END OF ACT 1

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  • Comments

    1. B. Robertson

      A sparkling read, bringing an easy smile. Love “he plays a cowboy in one of them...” I look forward to reading more.


      Posted 7 months ago


    1. Señor Spielbergo

      If you click on my profile you can see the rest of them.


      Posted 7 months ago


    1. The Brother Grim

      Thanks for the comments gents and ladies.


      Posted 7 months ago