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GROUP SCENES

  • EXT. / MAIN STREET – ‘The Pinch’ – Dusk

    • Townspeople strolling toward the Idle Hour Cinema

  • INT. / IDLE HOUR CINEMA – Night

    • Townspeople jostling for seats.

    • Enjoying newsreels of Houdini’s exploits.

    • Reacting to news of Houdini’s death.

  • INT. / IDLE HOUR CINEMA – Night

    • Audience assembled for Amateur Hour

  • INT. / IDLE HOUR CINEMA – Night

    • Hyman’s second attempt at the Amateur Hour

  • EXT. / MARKET SQUARE – Day

    • Packed with curiosity seekers – Scene of Hyman’s third disaster

  • EXT. / BLOCKMAN’S SALVAGE YARD - Day

    • Cordelle & Rufus collecting one thin dime from each audience member                           for Hyman’s Fourth Escape

  • EXT. / HARAHAN BRIDGE – Night

    • Scene of Hyman’s fifth disaster

  • INT. / HOSPITAL – Charity Ward

    • Miriam & Stuart, Aunt Frieda & Uncle Sharkey come to visit

  • INT. / Synogogue

    • Stuart’s lackluster Bar Mitzvah

    • Miriam’s Wedding

    • Flashback: Mrs. Pinsky expiring

    • Entire congregation, including those from the other side, dancing a                               joyous wedding hora.

EXTERIORS: DAY

  • North Main Street - ‘The Pinch’ – Memphis, Tennessee ca 1926

    • everyone in town walking toward the Idle Hour Cinema
    • Hyman & Stuart walking along
    • Hyman being shunned by Shopkeepers
    • Stuart following Hyman to Market Square
    • Hyman looking around, lost at a street corner
  •   Idle Hour Cinema

    • Hyman & Stuart emerge 

    • Sign outside Box Office announcing “Idle Hour Amateur Show” 

    • Sign outside Box Office announcing “The Tortures of the Procrusteon Bed”

  • Back of Nussbaum’s Emporium

    • Hyman working on the ‘Procrusteon Bed’ w/ Stuart

  • Front of Rosen’s Deli​

    • Bernie Saperstein approaches

  • Market Square

    • Hyman putting up sign for the “Universal Symbol of Liberation”

  • Blockman’s Salvage

  • Auction Street

    • Stuart finds Hyman on the cart w/ Cordelle & Rufus being drawn                                       by Queen Esther

  • Cochran Hotel

EXTERIORS: NIGHT

  • Miriam’s bedroom window

  • Mickey Graber reciting sonnet

  • Mickey Graber reciting sonnet on stilts

  • Mr. Klotwog’s house

  • Hyman getting straightjacket

  • North Main Street – ‘The Pinch’ – Memphis, Tennessee ca 1926

    • Hyman in Queen Esther’s cart w/ Cordelle & Rufus distributing flyers

    • Hyman & Stuart walking toward the Catfish Bayou

    • Hyman leaving Catfish Bayou, trailed by Stuart

  • Deck of the Enchanted Isle – Miriam & Bernie dancing

  • Harahan Bridge

  • Hyman being rescued by crew members of the Enchanted Isle

  • Miriam’s Roof

    • Miriam confiding in Stuart

  • Stuart’s House

    • Stuart wearing a skeleton costume trying to sneak                                                                  out of his house on Halloween Eve

  • Catfish Bayou Cemetery

    • Hyman & Stuart preparing for the trick: “Buried Alive”

    • Shanties and old cemetery

INTERIORS: DAY

  • Hyman’s Bedroom over Nussbaum’s Emporium

    • Hyman cutting out clippings

    • Stuart & Miriam have come to visit the injured Hyman

  • Rosen’s Deli

    • Miriam waiting tables

    • establishing Miriam's friend Rachel and her sister Clara

    • Herman with his pet snake

    • Hyman arrives

    • Hyman & Stuart walk to back corner booth

    • Miriam & Hyman exchange glances

    • Back corner booth w/ Hyman & Stuart

    • Stuart bussing tables

    • Bernie courting Miriam

    • Kitchen – Miriam & Stuart

  • Rosen’s Deli – storage room

    • Miriam confronted by her mother

  • Nussbaum’s Dry Goods Emporium

    • Hyman inattentive to customer

    • Aunt Frieda & Uncle Sharkey observe and comment                                                        on Hyman’s shortcomings

    • Hyman, Stuart & Miriam at the fabric counter

    • Hyman arranging bolts of fabric, trying to sing                                                            Jerome Kern’s “They Didn’t Believe Me”

    • Hyman waiting on Mrs. Altfelder

    • Hyman being visited by Miriam & Stuart

    • Uncle Sharkey banishes Hyman from Nussbaum’s

  • Idle Hour Cinema

    • Mr. Forbitz’ Office

  • Rabbi Fein’s Study

    • Stuart studying for his Bar Miztvah w/ Rabbi

    • Miriam & Bernie premaritial counseling w/ Rabbi

  • Blockman’s Salvage

    • Mr. Blockman takes in Hyman

    • Hyman sorting junk with Cordelle & Rufus Loft

  • Hotel Peabody

    • Hyman & Stuart check out the “lavish” lobby

  • Cochran Hotel

    • Stuart visits Hyman in his room

  • Hospital Charity Ward

    • Hyman visited by Miriam & Stuart, Aunt Frieda & Uncle Sharkey

INTERIORS:  NIGHT

  • Rosen’s Deli 

    • Bernie waiting to take Miriam for a walk

  • Dreamland Gardens

    • Bernie dancing with Miriam

  • Idle Hour Cinema (Houdini Clips)

  • Idle Hour Cinema – Stage - Amateur Hour Acts

  • Blockman’s Salvage

    • Hyman talking with Stuart

    • Hyman working on “Escape from the Milk Can”

    • Cordelle & Rufus in the Loft

FILM CLIPS:

  1. Newsreel footage of Houdini

  2. Houdini’s cliff-hanger “The Master Mystery”

  3. Houdini’s “The Man from Beyond”

  4. John Barrymore’s “The Beloved Rogue”

                  Locations Breakdown

  •      SYNAGOGUE - Dobbs Ferry, NY

  •      IDLE HOUR CINEMA - Port Chester, NY

  •      ROSEN'S DELI - Middlesex, NY

  •      NUSSBAUMS'S EMPORIUM - Middletown, NY

  •      MARKET SQUARE - Yonkers, NY

  •      CATFISH BAYOU - Yonkers, NY

  •      INTERIORS - Yonkers, NY

  •      EXTERIORS - NORTH MAIN, 'THE PINCH'  (tbd)

  •      ENCHANTED ISLE - Lake George, NY

  •      DREAMLAND GARDENS - (tbd)

  •      HOTEL PEABODY - Saratoga, NY

  •      COCHRAN HOTEL - (tbd)

  •      HARAHAN BRIDGE - Middlesex, NY

 

All locations contingent upon funding, agreements, and scheduling.

     

                                                                                Screenplay(c) Written by Barbara Glasser 
                                                                              Registered: Writer’s Guild of America East 
                                                                     Based on the novella  “Hyman the Magnificent,” 
                                                                         from A PLAGUE OF DREAMERS (Scribner) 
                                                                                 with permission of the author Steve Stern

Script Breakdown 

 

Son of Houdini