Queen Kelly

[1932 version]

1 -Kronberg- Capital of an ancient Kingdom of Middle Europe - - 2 Hiding behind its gray walls strange secrets - ruled from feudal days by a violent dynasty - the present ruler, a mad Queen - - 3 - Regina V, last of her line - - inheriting their blood mania - - vain, self-indulgent, cruel - - knowing no law but her own desires - - 4 - cherishing a morbid, jealous passion for her betrothed, the young Prince Wolfram - 5 - Prince Wolfram - making the most of his rare escapes from a woman he does not love. 6 "Come on, Wild Wolfram! I've bet my nightie on you!" 7 "Come on, Fritz! She hasn't got a nightie!" 8 The gates of the Royal Palace - dawn - 9 "I'd ask you all to breakfas' - - but you've never been presented to the Queen!" 10 "Call me at twelve - - I'm l-lunching with Her Majesty - -" 11 "His Royal Highness, Prince Wolfram -" 12 "Captain of the Queen's guard - !" 13 "Knight of the Royal Bed!" 14 "- and the Queen thinks I'm safe in my own li'l white bed!" 15 "Her Majesty - - the Queen!" 16 "Really, my dear - you act m-more like a w-wife - !" 17 "- than a f-fiancee!" 18 "- and even that isn't official - yet!" 19 "No? - I have a surprise prepared for you -" 20 "- tonight!" 21 "And to make sure you'll be in condition for my surprise -" 22 "- we order - drill with your squadron - in the hot sun - from eight to five - on the Kambach road - !" 23 - the Kambach road in springtime - - favorite walk of the orphans of the nearby Convent - 24 "Squadron - halt!" 25 - Patricia Kelly's father - a wandering Irish artist - had left her only his charm and his temper - ! 26 "You've lost your er-er-what-nots -" 27 [each line added to title consecutively] "Shameful!" "Wicked girl!" "She must be punished!" "What will His Royal Highness think?" 28 "This is shocking - we must take the girls back to the convent!" 29 "Eyes right!" 30 "Front!" 31 "New-mown hay - let's make a wish!" 32 "Patricia Kelly -" 33 "- what excuse have you to make for your unseemly conduct?" 34 "He laughed in my face -" 35 "And I lost -" 36 "- my temper!" 37 "Reverend Mother - what would you have done - ?" 38 "- if your pants had fallen down?" 39 "You will not leave the convent walls for one month. You will have no supper tonight -" 40 "- instead you will kneel before the cross -" 41 "- and pray to be delivered from all worldly thoughts." 42 "Holy Mother - - forgive me - -" 43 "Please make my wish come true - to see the Prince again!" 44 "Please!" 45 "And now - you are to know what my surprise is." 46 "It must be unpleasant - or you wouldn't be so cheerful." 47 "It is my joyful privilege to announce that the marriage of - -" 48 "Her Majesty - Queen Regina the Fifth -" 49 "- and His Royal Highness, Prince Wolfram von Hohenberg-Falsenheim -" 50 "- which was to have been consummated next autumn - - will take place - -" 51 "- tomorrow." 52 "Long life and a prosperous reign to Queen Regina and her consort!" 53 Midnight. 54 "So wild Wolfram is tamed! After tomorrow the Prince Consort will spend his evenings at home - - and very busy, too!" 55 "Smell the new-mown hay - - for the last time!" 56 "Not the last time! - I can't forget her - she was too lovely -" 57 "- and I'm not going to forget her! I'm going to see her tonight!" 58 "Pardon, but I think your Highness is crazy!" 59 "- bachelors don't visit convents at midnight!" 60 "We'll only call and pay our respects." 61 "But how the devil is Your Highness going to see her?" 62 "I don't know - but come with me - - and you'll find out!" 63 "You'll wake the whole house!" 64 "Now that's an idea!" 65 "Remember if anything happens - - I'm not here!" 66 "Remember - if we're caught - - I wasn't here - -" 67 "Don't forget - this is the Queen's palace!" 68 "I wish I could forget it!" 69 "All the little girls and all the little nuns are safe!" 70 "You're not going to run away - after I've burned down a convent to see you again!" 71 "Don't worry - no one was hurt!" 72 "It was all your fault - I had to see you again - !" 73 "- - I climbed - - very dangerous - might have broken my neck - !" 74 "- - thousands of bedrooms - - my head whirled - !" 75 "- a great idea - smoke without fire - !" 76 "- wasn't that clever of me - ?" 77 "- What will the Reverend Mother say - ?" 78 "She might say it was very naughty of you to faint in my arms -" 79 "You must have a little supper with me -- -- please!" 80 "I'm starving to death - !" 81 "- I was sent to bed without any supper -" 82 "- I was punished -" 83 "For - for throwing - things - at you!" 84 "I was helping you burn down the convent!" 85 "To - the luckiest man alive - myself!" 86 "- it's like - drinking fireworks - !" 87 "Do you realize - I don't even know your name." 88 "Kelly!" 89 "Kelly! What a charming name!" 90 "Do you know mine?" 91 "Prince Wolfram!" 92 "Wild Wolfram!" 93 "Lots of girls have your picture postcard under their pillows!" 94 "Have you one?" 95 "Certainly not!" 96 [small text] "- I have two!" 97 "I never thought - - I'd be having supper with the Prince - a nobody like me!" 98 "Let's pretend - just for tonight - that you are the Queen." 99 "Queen Kelly!" 100 "I'm getting warm!" 101 "You have too many clothes on -" 102 "Holy Mother of Patrick! I'm in my night-shirt!" 103 "My clothes! I had them with me - !" 104 "Have you ever loved anyone, Kelly?" 105 "My beautiful wish will soon be over -" 106 "- and I'll never see you again -" 107 "I can't let you go, Kelly -" 108 "This morning I made a wish to see you again - and now I want to see you - forever -" 109 "I love you - tell me that you love me -" 110 "I love you." 111 With my head upon your heart, Hold me close and never wake me. Sing me dead and kiss me dead. Heart and soul and body - take me! 112 "You dare raise your hand - against your Queen!" 113 "Bringing this - woman - here - - " 114 "- The night before our marriage!" 115 "He's going - to marry - you?" 116 "I am going to marry him!" 117 "I'm sorry - " 118 "Your Majesty - may I go now?" 119 "You will wait for me in the outer hall!" 120 "Kelly!" 121 "Stand where you are - " 122 "- or that girl will not leave the palace alive!" 123 "Kelly, I can't help you now - - but you must believe me - - I love you." 124 "I warn you - - don't attempt to leave this room." 125 "His Highness is not to leave - - post guards around his apartment!" 126 "You think you can share the Queen's bed - - " 127 "I'll share him with no one!" 128 "He's mine - I tell you - mine!" 129 MINE - [wipe to:] MINE - [wipe to:] MINE! 130 "Her Majesty, the Queen - and the Grand Marshal!" 131 "I have come for your apology - " 132 "- and your promise that this ridiculous affair will not interfere with our marriage tomorrow." 133 "But Your Majesty - I love Kelly. I want to marry her!" 134 "You'll change your mind - - in solitary confinement - in the military prison!" 135 The next morning. 136 "You can't be serious! You never saw her - till yesterday!" 137 "Sometimes a whole life is lived in a day -" 138 "And if I can't have Kelly - I've nothing to live for!" 139 "Reverend Mother, I have come for Miss Kelly." 140 "With my head upon your heart, Hold me close and never wake me," 141 "Sing me dead and kiss me dead," 142 "Heart and soul and body - take me! THE END

[1985 reconstructed version]

1 -Kronberg- Capital of an ancient Kingdom of Middle Europe - - 2 Hiding behind its gray walls strange secrets - ruled from feudal days by a violent dynasty - the present ruler, a mad Queen - - 3 - Regina V, last of her line - - inheriting their blood mania - - vain, self-indulgent, cruel - - knowing no law but her own desires - - 4 - cherishing a morbid, jealous passion for her betrothed, the young Prince Wolfram - 5 - Prince Wolfram - making the most of his rare escapes from a woman he does not love. 6 "Come on, Wild Wolfram! I've bet my nightie on you!" 7 "Come on, Fritz! She hasn't got a nightie!" 8 The gates of the Royal Palace - dawn - 9 "I'd ask you all to breakfas' - - but you've never been presented to the Queen!" 10 "Call me at twelve - - I'm l-lunching with Her Majesty - -" 11 "His Royal Highness, Prince Wolfram -" 12 "Captain of the Queen's guard - !" 13 "Knight of the Royal Bed!" 14 "- and the Queen thinks I'm safe in my own li'l white bed!" 15 "Her Majesty - - the Queen!" 16 "Really, my dear - you act m-more like a w-wife - !" 17 "- than a f-fiancee!" 18 "- and even that isn't official - yet!" 19 "No? - I have a surprise prepared for you -" 20 "- tonight!" 21 "And to make sure you'll be in condition for my surprise -" 22 "- we order - drill with your squadron - in the hot sun - from eight to five - on the Kambach road - !" 23 - the Kambach road in springtime - - favorite walk of the orphans of the nearby Convent - 24 "Squadron - halt!" 25 - Patricia Kelly's father - a wandering Irish artist - had left her only his charm and his temper - ! 26 "You've lost your er-er-what-nots -" 27 [each line added to title consecutively] "Shameful!" "Wicked girl!" "She must be punished!" "What will His Royal Highness think?" 28 "This is shocking - we must take the girls back to the convent!" 29 "Eyes right!" 30 "Front!" 31 "New-mown hay - let's make a wish!" 32 "Patricia Kelly -" 33 "- what excuse have you to make for your unseemly conduct?" 34 "He laughed in my face -" 35 "And I lost -" 36 "- my temper!" 37 "Reverend Mother - what would you have done - ?" 38 "- if your pants had fallen down?" 39 "You will not leave the convent walls for one month. You will have no supper tonight -" 40 "- instead you will kneel before the cross -" 41 "- and pray to be delivered from all worldly thoughts." 42 "Holy Mother - - forgive me - -" 43 "Please make my wish come true - to see the Prince again!" 44 "Please!" 45 "And now - you are to know what my surprise is." 46 "It must be unpleasant - or you wouldn't be so cheerful." 47 "It is my joyful privilege to announce that the marriage of - -" 48 "Her Majesty - Queen Regina the Fifth -" 49 "- and His Royal Highness, Prince Wolfram von Hohenberg-Falsenheim -" 50 "- which was to have been consummated next autumn - - will take place - -" 51 "- tomorrow." 52 "Long life and a prosperous reign to Queen Regina and her consort!" 53 Midnight. 54 "So wild Wolfram is tamed! After tomorrow the Prince Consort will spend his evenings at home - - and very busy, too!" 55 "Smell the new-mown hay - - for the last time!" 56 "Not the last time! - I can't forget her - she was too lovely -" 57 "- and I'm not going to forget her! I'm going to see her tonight!" 58 "Pardon, but I think your Highness is crazy!" 59 "- bachelors don't visit convents at midnight!" 60 "We'll only call and pay our respects." 61 "But how the devil is Your Highness going to see her?" 62 "I don't know - but come with me - - and you'll find out!" 63 "You'll wake the whole house!" 64 "Now that's an idea!" 65 "Remember if anything happens - - I'm not here!" 66 "Remember - if we're caught - - I wasn't here - -" 67 "Don't forget - this is the Queen's palace!" 68 "I wish I could forget it!" 69 "All the little girls and all the little nuns are safe!" 70 "You're not going to run away - after I've burned down a convent to see you again!" 71 "Don't worry - no one was hurt!" 72 "It was all your fault - I had to see you again - !" 73 "- - I climbed - - very dangerous - might have broken my neck - !" 74 "- - thousands of bedrooms - - my head whirled - !" 75 "- a great idea - smoke without fire - !" 76 "- wasn't that clever of me - ?" 77 "- What will the Reverend Mother say - ?" 78 "She might say it was very naughty of you to faint in my arms -" 79 "You must have a little supper with me -- -- please!" 80 "I'm starving to death - !" 81 "- I was sent to bed without any supper -" 82 "- I was punished -" 83 "For - for throwing - things - at you!" 84 "I was helping you burn down the convent!" 85 "To - the luckiest man alive - myself!" 86 "- it's like - drinking fireworks - !" 87 "Do you realize - I don't even know your name." 88 "Kelly!" 89 "Kelly! What a charming name!" 90 "Do you know mine?" 91 "Prince Wolfram!" 92 "Wild Wolfram!" 93 "Lots of girls have your picture postcard under their pillows!" 94 "Have you one?" 95 "Certainly not!" 96 [small text] "- I have two!" 97 "I never thought - - I'd be having supper with the Prince - a nobody like me!" 98 "Let's pretend - just for tonight - that you are the Queen." 99 "Queen Kelly!" 100 "I'm getting warm!" 101 "You have too many clothes on -" 102 "Holy Mother of Patrick! I'm in my night-shirt!" 103 "My clothes! I had them with me - !" 104 "Have you ever loved anyone, Kelly?" 105 "My beautiful wish will soon be over -" 106 "- and I'll never see you again -" 107 "I can't let you go, Kelly -" 108 "This morning I made a wish to see you again - and now I want to see you - forever -" 109 "I love you - tell me that you love me -" 110 "I love you." 111 With my head upon your heart, Hold me close and never wake me. Sing me dead and kiss me dead. Heart and soul and body - take me! 112 "You dare raise your hand - against your Queen!" 113 "Bringing this - woman - here - - " 114 "- The night before our marriage!" 115 "He's going - to marry - you?" 116 "I am going to marry him!" 117 "I'm sorry - " 118 "Your Majesty - may I go now?" 119 "You will wait for me in the outer hall!" 120 "Kelly!" 121 "Stand where you are - " 122 "- or that girl will not leave the palace alive!" 123 "Kelly, I can't help you now - - but you must believe me - - I love you." 124 "I warn you - - don't attempt to leave this room." 125 "His Highness is not to leave - - post guards around his apartment!" 126 "You think you can share the Queen's bed - - " 127 "I'll share him with no one!" 128 "He's mine - I tell you - mine!" 129 MINE - [wipe to:] MINE - [wipe to:] MINE! 130 "Her Majesty, the Queen - and the Grand Marshal!" 131 "I have come for your apology - " 132 "- and your promise that this ridiculous affair will not interfere with our marriage tomorrow." 133 "But Your Majesty - I love Kelly. I want to marry her!" 134 "You'll change your mind - - in solitary confinement - in the military prison!" 135 [interpolated explanatory title] Retrieved from the river, Kelly is brought back to the convent. There, a telegram waits for her. 136 The next morning. 137 "You can't be serious! You never saw her - till yesterday!" 138 "Sometimes a whole life is lived in a day -" 139 "And if I can't have Kelly - I've nothing to live for!" ******* [140 - 150: reconstructed and explanatory titles] 140 HIS BELONGINGS BROUGHT TO TO HIM IN HIS CELL, THE PRINCE FINDS KELLY'S BLACK DRESS - 141 - A SERENADE - 142 Kelly is brought to the ship bound for Dar-es-Salaam, German East Africa - 143 On her arrival, she is met by Kali Sana, her aunt's cook. Kali takes Kelly to her new home - 144 "Home" - Poto-Poto Gasse #69 145 "This heah's the bestest place which is" - 146 Coughdrops. Another employee of the establishment - 147 - An unkempt and slaternly blonde in a kimono, unmistakably a lady of the horizontal profession - 148 "How is my aunt?" 149 "She's gettin' worse every minute! - Just sent for the sky pilot!" - 150 Kelly is taken to her aunt. ******* 151 "- well - Jan -" 152 "- you old crocodile - you sure musta smelled it! -" 153 "- that you ever left your stinkin' swamp! -" 154 "- why - what's up? -" 155 "- is the old buzzard dead? -" 156 "- but it won't be long now! -" 157 "- but your little 'Innocence' jest blew in! -" 158 "- still got the convent togs on! -" 159 "- sweet and clean - as the day she was born! -" 160 "- I take a schooner o' lysol without chaser on that! -" 161 "- Here's to crime! -" 162 "- and many of 'em! -" 163 "- Accipe soror viaticum corporis domini nostri Jesu Christi -" 164 "- My dear friends -" 165 "- You are about to enter into a union which is most sacred -" 166 "- And most serious! -" 167 "- Patricia Kelly - wilt thou take Jan Vryheid - here present - - for thy lawful husband? -" 168 "- According to the rite of our Holy Mother - - The Church? -" 169 "- I just remind you - to wait for me - - my lady of the orchids - - wait for me! -" 170 "- Wilt thou? -" 171 "- Wilt thou? -" 172 "- Jan Vryheid - wilt thou take Patricia Kelly - here present - - for thy lawful wife? - -" 173 "- According to the rite of our Holy Mother - - The Church? -" 174 "- Ego conjungo vos in matrimonium in nomine patrist et fili et spiritus sancti Amen -" ******* 175 [175 - 179: reconstructed and explanatory titles] EPILOGUE 176 After the death of her aunt, Kitty refuses to live with Jan. Promising anything else, she is presented to the clientele - 177 FOLKS - MEET THE NEW MADAME AN' DON'T LAUGH. LISTEN PUNKS! AN' McGIMPS - FROM NOW ON YOU TAKE YOUR ORDERS FROM HER! 178 SHE'LL DEAL OUT THE BOOZE! COUNT THE TOWELS! TAKE IN THE DOUGH! AN' EVERYTHIN'! 179 On his release from the prison, the prince returns to the convent looking for Kitty. ******* 180 "Reverend Mother, I have come for Miss Kelly." ******* 181 [181 - 185: reconstructed and explanatory titles] Deciding he must see Kitty once again, Wolfram has himself transferred to the Imperial Schutztruppe. The unit, aboard the battleship "Panther," is bound for German East Africa. 182 Arriving in Dar-es-Salaam, he finds Kitty as the madam of the now prosperously lavish bordello. For her regal bearing, her customers have named her "Queen Kelly." 183 In a barroom fight over Kitty's attention, Jan is killed. The prince comes back and promises to marry her. 184 It is announced that Queen Regina has been assassinated and Wolfram is called back to Cobourg-Nassau to be its king. At the coronation- wedding, Kitty exclaims - 185 "Majesty - me foot! Just plain Queen Kelly." THE END *******
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