Manhandled

1
The world lets a girl believe
 that its pleasures and 
 luxuries may be hers 
 without cost......that's
 chivalry.
 But if she claims them
 on this basis it sends her
 a bill in full, with no 
 discount ....... that's
 reality.

2
In Thorndyke's
 Department Store
 at the end of
 the day --

[dissolves to:]

3
-- tired feet --

4
-- tired hands --

5
GLORIA SWANSON
      as
 Tessie McGuire,
 one of the mob.

6
The subway.

7
Her station.

8
In the Polar Star
 Garage.

9
Jimmy Hogan --
 mechanic by day,
 taxi-driver by
 night.

10
"This thing'll save
  twenty-five percent
  in gas -- and when
  I sell it to that
  accessories company
  in Detroit, you'll
  all be workin' for
  me."

11
Home -- if you
 could call it that.

12
"Take me out tonight
 -- won't you, Babe?"

13
"You know I gotta
 work!"

14
"I've had this new
   dress ready for three
   weeks -- waiting for
   you to take me some 
   place."

15
"Be reasonable, kid!
 I'm going to make
 a young fortune with
 this thing -- then
 we'll be married, and
 I'll take you out
 every night!"

16
"Being married ain't
  any good -- not for
  folks like us!"

17
"Please take me out 
  tonight, Babe! I'm
  so sick of Thorndyke's
  -- and bargain hunters,
  and pawed-over goods.
  I just got to have 
  some fun!"

18
"Can those blues, kid!
  You won't have to
  wait much longer!"

19
"Tomorrow night I'll get
 the boss to let me
 off, and we'll see a
 good show!"

20
"And that swell Chop
 Suey joint afterwards!
 We can dance there
 till one o'clock!"

21
"Okay!"

22
A quiet morning
 in Thorndyke's
 basement.

23
Pinkie Doran, who
 believes that heaven
 will protect the working
 girl -- and send
 bracelets
 enough to
 keep her
 wrists warm.

24
"Don't buy that! We
 got better stuff."

25
"What do you mean
  telling a customer
  not to buy our 
  goods?"

26
"She was a friend
  of mine."

27
"Chewing gum is against
  the rules."

28
"You broke another
  rule when you cut
  that remnant!"

29
"If I hadn't there'd
  have been a fight!"

30
Chip Thorndyke's father had
 boasted that he knew
 every employee in his
 great store, but Chip's
 personal acquaintance
 was confined
 to a few of
 the girls.

31
"You've seen the whole
  works now. Think
  any of these girls
  would do for your
  heroine?"

32
Paul Garrettson,
 novelist, to whom
 a shop girl was
 a strange but
 interesting
 human being.

33
"I'm afraid my heroine
   wouldn't stick it out.
   She'd never stand
   the impertinence of
   the customers!"

34
"I won't take it off!
  Jimmy -- my friend
  invented it!"

35
"Just a minute! There's
  a little rebel I'd
  like to cultivate!"

36
"You're coming to the
  party at Brandt's
  studio tonight -- why
  not bring that little
  Bolshevik along?"

37
"Oh, I couldn't go!
  I got a date with
  Jimmy!"

38
"Break it!"

39
"You know Jimmy'd
 rather be working!
 Call him up and
 call it off!"

40
"How 'bout tonight, 
  Babe?"

41
"Tonight? Oh, I 
 gotta work! Maybe
 tomorrow night --"

42
"Run over to the Midtown
 Theatre and get a
 coupla good seats for
 tonight's show."

43
"Jimmy forgot all
 about our date!"

44
"You're a sap to waste
  your time on that
  plumber -- he'll never
  get you any place!"

45
At Brandt's, Tessie
 began to learn
 about "ladies."

46
"Have some gum?"

47
"It isn't being done!"

48
"There's Robert Brandt,
  our host -- he's a
  sculptor!"

49
"There's Bippo, the
  cigarette king --
  he's mine!"

50
"And look what
 dropped in from
 the Follies --
 Ann Pennington
 and Brooke Johns!"

51
"Be kind to boobs like
  these and you'll ride
  in a Rolls. But
  don't fall for 'em
  -- always leave 'em
  guessing when you
  say goodnight."

52
"My dear Paul, we have
  entirely different
  conceptions of the
  true teleology of art.
  Pure plasticity is my
  ultimate aim."

53
"Pure plasticity is bosh!
   Form and content
   are indivisible --
   non-representative
   form is absurd."

54
Laughing legs.

55
"Look out for Brandt 
  and Garrettson --
  great fellows, but
  terrible with women!"

56
"Okay!"

57
"Get her to do some
  of her stunts --
  they're a scream!"

58
"Allow me to present
   the Countess
   Offernutski!"

59
"Let's drop into Brandt's
  for a minute. We
  won't stay."

60
Arno Riccardi, owner
 of a fashionable
 gown shop, lived
 across the
 hall.

61
"Your face is strangely
  familiar. Haven't we
  met before?"

62
"In Petrograd?"

63
"St. Moritz?"

64
"Oh, I know --
  Coney Island!"

65
"I thought you were
  in a hurry!"

66
"How would you like
  to pose for me?"

67
"How much do you
  earn now?"

68
"Eighteen per."

69
"I'll pay you sixty
  -- per!"

70
"I'm not sure that I
  approve this scheme
  of yours! She's my
  discovery, you know."

71
With a healthy
 man, love's only
 rival --
 sleep.

72
"Who was that guy?"

73
"They're for tonight!
  Why didn't you
  tell me?"

74
"I've got a better job
  -- I'm going to pose
  for an artist!"

75
"Don't you see, Kid,
  you can't play with
  fire? You don't
  know how!"

76
"Did Chip Thorndyke
  bring you home?"

77
"I'm going to Detroit
  tonight, Kid --"

78
So Tessie climbed out
 of Thorndyke's basement,
 happy in the thought
 that she was keeping
 pace with Jimmy
 in his struggle
 to rise in the
 world.

79

"It's the most insincere
   piece of work I
   ever turned out --
   a bricklayer could
   do better! And it's
   all your fault!"

80
"Women always inspire
  our masterpieces --
  and prevent our
  achieving them."

81
"My heroine has been
  confirming an old
  theory of mine --
  all women love to
  skate on thin ice."

82
"It's lucky for me
  you dropped in to 
  see Mr. Brandt!"

83
"I didn't come to see
  Brandt -- I came
  to find you. Step
  into my place just
  a moment and I'll
  tell you why."

84
"I certainly didn't
  expect a man like
  Mr. Brandt would
  get fresh......now
  I s'pose I'll have
  to go back to
  Thorndyke's!"

85
"Not necessarily.
  That's what I want
  to talk to you
  about."

86
"I've been thinking of
   your impersonation
   that night at Brandt's
   party. I'm sure you
   could get away with
   it in real life."

87
"You know how rich
  American women
  worship titles. Now
  if I had a Russian
  countess to pour tea
  in my shop every
  afternoon --"

88
"How much will you
  pay?"

89
"Seventy-five a week
  to start."

90
"No more clothes like 
  these! I'll provide
  your gowns, for you
  must look the part
  on the street, in
  restaurants - wherever
  you go!"

91
"Okay! I'll take the 
  job!"

92
Within a week, Riccardi's
 shop boasted real Romanoff
 nobility -- and in spite
 of her mishap at Brandt's
 Tessie felt that
 her feet were
 now firmly set
 on the ladder
 of fortune.

93
"It's Pinkie!"

94

95
"Please -- please don't
  speak of Russia!
  Any reference to her
  unhappy country
  causes the Countess
  untold sorrow!"

96
"You're doing splendidly,
  Countess, but you
  must see a little
  more of life - you
  must let me take
  you out occasionally."

97
"If you really think 
  I ought to go out
  more, Mr. Thorndyke
  often asks me. He
  knows everybody and 
  gives wonderful parties."

98
"I don't know .......
  Thorndyke's a great
  fellow, but terrible
  with women!"

99
"Mr. Thorndyke warned
  me against Mr. Brandt
  and Mr. Garrettson -
  Mr. Garrettson warned
  me against you - now
  you warn me against
  Thorndyke!"

100
"You must all be
   members of the
   same club!"

101
"If the road tests
  are satisfactory, your
  fortune is made."

102
There was no day 
 which Tessie did
 not end by an
 affectionate 
 pilgrimage to
"Babe's room."

103
At Riccardi's party
 Tessie realized for
 the first time that
 Jimmy was right --
 she couldn't
 play with fire.

104
"Step aside, madam
  - I'm a millionaire!"

105
"Isn't it pretty late
  in the game to be 
  getting so particular?
  After Garrettson --
  and Brandt -- and
  Riccardi?"

106
"What did you do it
  for, Kid? All the
  time I was putting
  the deal across in
  Detroit I was thinking
  of you -- doing it
  all for you!"

107
"Why Babe, these clothes
  don't belong to me
  -- they're Riccardi's
  -- they're part of
  my job!"

108
"I suppose these finger
  marks are part of
  your job, too!"

109
"You're like the goods
  you hated to sell in
  Thorndyke's basement
  - rumpled - soiled -
  pawed over -"

110
"-- Manhandled!!"

111
"Don't you love me
  any more, Babe?"

112
"Then it's -- all over?"

113
"Dear God, show him
  the truth! Bring
  him back to me
  ......I don't want
  anything but him!"

114
"That's for tomorrow."

115
"You're manhandling
   me!"

116
"Okay!"

The End


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