Dream Street

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  "DREAM STREET"

Copyright 1921, by
  D. W. GRIFFITH

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      Suggested by
 THOMAS BURKE'S STORIES
   "GINA OF CHINATOWN"
           and
  "THE SIGN OF THE LAMP"

Arranged for the Screen by
       ROY SINCLAIR

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Thanks are due to offic-
ials of Scotland Yard
and the London police
for details of English
Police and Inquest
procedure.

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           CAST OF CHARACTERS

Gypsy Fair . . . . . . . . . . Miss Carol Dempster

James "Spike" McFadden . . . Ralph Graves

Billie McFadden . . . . . . . . Charles Mack

The Minister of Good Words . . . Tyrone Power 

Sway Wan . . . . . . . . . . Edward Peil 

The Evil Influence . . . . . . Morgan Wallace

Samuel Jones . . . . . . . . . . Porter Strong

Gypsy's father . . . . . . . . W. J. Ferguson

The Police Inspector . . . . . Charles Slattery

Tom Chudder . . . . . . . . . George Neville

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Dream Street -- Some may 
say London -- Limehouse,
Poplar or High Street --
but we do not claim any 
of these. Our people are 
dream people who look
from wistful windows or
walk with visions on the
   Street of Dreams.

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There are two influences in the 
play, the force of GOOD which is
merely CONSCIENCE, represented 
by a preacher of the streets.
The opposing force - TEMPTA-
TION to EVIL - which is
represented by a violin player - a 
Trickster of the streets.

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Between these two struggle our
little characters in the play -
above them the Evening Star -
symbol of Eternal Love.

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James ("Spike") McFadden,
 having conquered the 
 males with his fists and 
 the females with his 
 voice, reigns undisputed 
 king of the district.

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Billie, a devoted brother,
 whose one great ambition
 is to let the world hear
 the unwritten song flam-
 ing within him.

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Although Spike works
 at the docks, a suspicion
 of unlawful deeds has
 fallen upon the brothers
 -- whether just or unjust
 we are unable to state.

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Since their orphaned
 childhood their great-
 est virtue has been their
 devotion to one another.

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"I'm taking care of him --
 I promised Mamma
 the last thing ---"

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Gypsy Fair, a member 
 of a minor dancing team --
 her father's pride and
 pupil -- the support
 of the family.

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It is said Gypsy was
 gentle, brave and gay,
 swift and restless as
 a bird, vivid with an
 heritage of southern
 blood.

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She humors father by
 letting him play at work.

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Gypsy loves the streets,
 the glamour of the diamond
 dusk, the dirt and the perfume.

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Everywhere she builds romances --
 on the docks she dreams she is 
 an Egyptian princess -- sometimes --

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There are holidays when
 for moments it seems
 almost as though
 dreams come true.

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Ever since Samuel Jones
 arrived on a mule ship
 he has been trying to
 get home to Georgia.

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Old Tom Chudder -- from
 his counter an underground
passage leads to the docks and
through it strange merchandise
travels hidden from the watch-
ful police.

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The old pawnbroker - -
 often a friend in need
 to Gypsy.

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Her few treasures
 again her own.

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Gypsy aware of his secret
 tunnel -- a very delicate
 matter to the old pawnbroker.

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His humiliation - - a
 police informer - - a
 "stool-pigeon." Poverty
 has put Gypsy's father
 under the thumb of the
 Inspector of Police.

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The symbol of Conscience --
 the preacher of the streets.

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The Voice of the Evening Star
perhaps speaks through a
Sayer of the Old Truths:
"Faith, Hope and Love -
but the greatest of these
is LOVE".

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For may it not be true
 that the far, paternal,
God-like voice still
may be heard in every
corner and by-way by
those that have ears?

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"The men, Gypsy - -
 watch -- you'll have to
 fight your battles."

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Sway Wan's gambling house,
 concerning the whereabouts
 of which the police have
 been kept baffled.

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One Sway Wan of Shanghai,
 a renegade from a noble
 family in China. Forgot-
 ten the plum bloom of
 his youth -- evil dreams
 now about him.

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The Evil Influence --
 a trickster whose music
 stirs the heart with
 strangely evil thoughts.

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In the mystery of life
 what influences are
around us? Is it not
true now as of old, that
Satan, Prince of the Pit
of Evil Thoughts still
whispers?

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"Eat and drink for tomorrow
     out goes the light;
 Sin is as important as
      goodly might;
 For tell me Neighbor, with-
       out WRONG,
 How could there be RIGHT?"

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From out the Pit
 of Evil Thoughts.

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As though these evil
 voices speak through
 the strings of his violin.

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Selfishness -- father of
 Brutality, Hatred, War.

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The mystery of the mask
 intrigues his little public.
 It also hides -- the sensually
 beautiful mask of Evil --
 but if one could see behind --

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While on Earth's big and little,
  absurd and sublime,
looks down the Evening Star,
the Star of Eternal Hope
the Star of Divine Love.

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"Life is not what it seems;
 It's but a thing made out
          of dreams,
 So make pure and sweet
         the dreams."

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The thoughtlessness of
 exultant youth.

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The music hall near the docks,
 where ships bring peoples from
 the distant corners of the globe.

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The stage entrance.

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Gypsy, leader of the
Casino Dancing Girls.

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Sway Wan also attends.

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"Hurry up! Get your
  clothes on!"

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"Get on the stage ---
 give 'em a song -- Something!
 It's a panic!"

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"I'll try it."

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"Guard the aisles!
 They'll get trampled
 to death."

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"Sit down! I'm the
  only fire here!"

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Quieted by her
 brave example.

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In each of the brothers'
 hearts is born a love for
 Gypsy that is to blaze
 into a troubling flame.

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"Kid, you're booked
  for six months!"

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Booked at three pounds
 six a week -- she thinks
 she is in heaven.

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Quite unsuspected, from
 his window he can look
 into the room of the
 desirable Gypsy -- even listen
 with delight to her
 voice.

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 A wailing Malayan chanty:

"Love is kind to the least of men --
    Eee -- awa! Eee -- awa!"

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The next night --
 Sway Wan at the
 stage entrance.

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Quite forgetting caution
 in his madness he begs
 her to visit his hidden
 gambling house.

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Provided the tip about
 Sway Wan is good enough,
 the Inspector agrees to free
 her father from further
 humiliation.

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The raid.

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Sway Wan paying his
 fine the next morning.

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"After this you let
  white girls alone."

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Sunday night -- by the
 river's side.

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And then he sings.

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It chances that a great
 theatrical producer,
 searching for local
 color ---

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"Listen!"

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"Wonderful! A supreme baritone!"

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"I wrote that song."

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"Oh, yes, he wrote it --
 just ask him to sing it."

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Had he been able to
 find the singer a dif-
 ferent story might be told.

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Sway Wan sets himself
to vengeance against
Gypsy and all pertain-
ing to her.

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Allying himself with
 an old feudal enemy
 of Spike's - - -

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Billy's shy advances.

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"The song my brother
 sings, I wrote -- about
 you. It's got love in it --
 and everything."

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But Spike is a man
 of action.

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But the way of a
man with a maid --

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"Oh, God, please! What's
 wrong with me? The
 men don't love me right!"

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The proceeds from the
 first song he sells put
 away in a little bank of
 his own --- for Gypsy.

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"Help me guard her!
 If any man touches her
 I'll kill - I'll KILL!"

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Shadows.

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"Saving money for her!
 Stool pigeon daughter
 of a stool pigeon father!"

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"I'm much better."

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"Your new dance -- please
 -- please can't I see it?"

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When the doctor comes.

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"He can't be dead -- why --"

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While above all earth's shadows
 shines the Star of Eternal Love.

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Several months later.
Billie now an usher at
the theatre -- to be near
Gypsy.

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"Don't bother me -- I
  don't want any songs."

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A new admirer.

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"No thank you -- no
 wine parties for me!"

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"Do these kind of men
 bother you much, Gypsy?"

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"No - well, yes, there's one
 that's just terrible."

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"I'll kill anybody that
  bothers you, Gypsy."

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Maddened with love and
 jealousy -- not dreaming
 that Gypsy's persecutor
 is his own brother.

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The great producer's
 kindly interest in
 promising talent.

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But his hot dreams 
 picture the menacing
 villain.

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"Come on, Gypsy, we're
 going to have a little
 party. Eats and drinks --
 and everything."

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"Open the door!"

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"When young lips and
 young kisses meet,
 I love -- I love you --
 my own, my Sweet."

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For Gypsy

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"I'm going to stay
 and make you like it."

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"Come here and sit down!"

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"Your Feet --- they're
 not mates."

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But the Evil Voice ---

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"I swore to God I'd croak
 the man that touched her."

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"Don't ever pull a gun
  on me again."

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Their feet walk the dim streets
   yet perhaps their faces
   may be lifted to the Star.

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Perhaps as did our
 first father of man
in that first Garden of
Eden battle between Good
and Evil -- so struggles --

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So the good man's words
 drift through the window
 upon an already troubled
 heart.

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"Cut the preaching!"

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But from the wild den
 across the street.

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"Sin, -- golden, laughing,
 Hold, eat, -- drink of it,
 For tomorrow out goes the light."

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"That's the music for me!"

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"-- and so make pure
 and sweet the dreams."

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Evil's sensually beautiful mask --
 but a glimpse behind.

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"Help me! -- Help me!"

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"Say, if I told you what
 I think of you! Me --
 carrying on about a jane
 like you!"

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Then breaks the stubborn
 spirit before the flood
 of a new light.

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"I'm not fit -- for you --
 to Touch me, Gypsy."

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The first battle won --
 the pure flame at last.

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He allows his disappointment to
fill his heart with bitterness and
the evil thoughts sow for a
bitter harvest.

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"With their suspicions 
 on us they'd railroad
 me, Spike -- to the gallows."

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"It wasn't my fault ---"

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"I'm the only one that's
  been in this room."

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So through the 
 gathering fog.

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Good news for
   Sway Wan.

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"It was Spike McFadden
 that done it."

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Unaware of Sway Wan's
secret enmity -- a message
to Gypsy.

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"They're after me
 for a killing ---"

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"But I didn't do it --
 you Believe -- me?"

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"The coppers got every
 street watched -- Get my
 pay to your house -- and --"

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He warns her that one
 word out of the window
 will bring the detective
 for her lover.

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He makes himself out a
 prince in his own country --
 paints beautiful pictures
 of her as his bride.

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"You wouldn't do
 that, Chinky."

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"If you go -- I'll
 call detective."

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"Paymaster's gone."

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"They're after your brother
  for a killing."

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But the weakling.

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Her little savings.

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"Where's Spike?"

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"You know that Spike
  croaked a guy?"

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"Cut the kidding, Gypsy."

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"He'll come to you --
 when he does you're
 going to tip me off."

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"It's worth five
 pounds, Gypsy."

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Fearing any moment will
bring her lover -- she --

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"I'll be across the street --
 when he comes just raise
 this shade. Get his gun
 first -- you can find a way."

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"Old Chudder will do
 anything for you -- If
 he'll let me get away
 through that tunnel --"

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And again he sobs soft
 things to her beauty
 and her faithfulness.

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"Where's Mr. Chudder?"

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"I -- I can't do it -- Gypsy."

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"I got your signal, Gypsy."

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"You sold me -- YOU --"

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"I didn't do it!"

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"Love is kind to the
 least of men,
 Eee-awa, Eee-awa."

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Dim now seems
 the Eternal Star.

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The Inquest Court.

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"The truth -- the whole
 truth -- and nothing
 but the truth -- so help
 you, God."

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"As the investigation shows,
 once before -- in the hall-
 way -- this prisoner sav-
 agely attacked the un-
 fortunate victim -- and --"

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Believing -- by all
 betrayed.

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The next witness.

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"I saw him drop the
 gun on the table."

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"They won't get me."

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"How do you know
 he didn't do it?"

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"Because he told me
 so himself."

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Sway Wan, to make friends
 with the Inspector, tells
 how he helped.

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"Gypsy -- can you forgive --"

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"Find the prisoner's
  brother."

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"Wait -- my brother's
  out of this."

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"I'll tell you
  about it."

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"You admit you shot
 this man?"

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"Greater love hath no
  man than this --
 that he lays down his
 life for his friends."

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"I was the only one
  in the room."

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"I -- I did it."

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"He came to rob me --
 I had to do it -- for --"

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Sometimes dreams do come 
true. Not by accident their 
dark path emerges into the 
light, for dreams are of our 
inner selves and perhaps all 
would come true if we but dream 
aright.

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"This offers opportunity
 for your art and your voice
 to give beauty to the world."

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The precious wedding gift as
 important as their big contract.

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After an atonement --
 the King's pardon.

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Dream Street's
sweetest dream.

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From his sorrows is born a
great composition - to the
Eternal Star, bringing the
thrill of Hope - Love, to the
hearts of men.

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Uncle Billie's
best audience.


THE END


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