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ccb
SS Quizmaster Emeritus

3799 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2005 :  22:56:51  Show Profile
Undaunted by last week’s tepid response, I charge onward into area of similarities and differences between draft shooting scripts and finished episodes. Maybe I’m a minority of one, but I enjoy observing the creative process between what scriptwriters first imagined and what producers and directors finally filmed.

In an attempt lure more of you into the tent, I’m departing, however, from my original plan for this weekend and am pairing this quiz with couldron’s current episode under review: “The Night of the Assassin”—so far a fan favorite. Your task, once again, is to identify the correct answer from among the alternatives offered.

1. The original title of this episode was

a. “The Night of the Assassin.”
b. “The Night of the Conspirators.”
c. “The Night of the Dead-Eyed Padre.”
d. None of the above.

2. In the shooting script by Robert Dennis and Earl Barret (hereafter, D & B), American Ambassador Griswold is given a first name that never made it into this episode’s dialogue or titles. That given name is

a. Philip
b. Henry
c. Simon
d. Daniel

3. As originally conceived by D & B, West startles Juarez's ceremonial carriage by

a. Sliding down from Don Thomas’s balcony on his portable trolley.
b. Firing from his sleeve-derringer a squib that explodes in front of the horses’ hooves.
c. Calling to his partner, “Artie! Throw me the bottle!”—then flinging the bottle downward.
d. Calling to his partner, “Artie! A bottle of beer for Mr. Dooley!”—then flinging the bottle downward.

4. As D & B originally ended their teaser,

a. West, using his portable telescope, spots a sniper in the church tower.
b. West and Artemus watch in horror as Juarez is wounded by sniper fire.
c. West is dangling from a tiled rooftop, as a henchman moves in for the kill.
d. Artemus is slugged inside the church tower, as a henchman moves in for the kill.

5. Throughout D & B’s original script, West makes use of

a. The chemical leech, last seen in “The Glowing Corpse.”
b. A projectile piton, line, and trolley, with which he sails over a sentry's head.
c. A projectile bullet, whose noisemaking distracts an approaching night patrol.
d. All of the above.

6. In the script, … is found on Calico Jack’s leg, which leads the agents to …

a. … Flour … a bakery.
b. … Grape–stains … winery.
c. … Bitumen pitch … a coal–mine.
d. … Potter’s clay … a pottery workshop.

7. The name D & B gave to their hired American assassin is

a. Speck.
b. Carlson.
c. Haggard.
d. Halvorsen.

8. D & B originally ended Act I

a. With West and Lupita locked in an embrace, passionately kissing.
b. With West chased by the Mexican guard into a blind alley, with no way out.
c. With the pursuing Mexican lieutenant staring into the storeroom where West is hiding.
d. With West’s face frozen in surprise while a woman screams, spying him and his quarry.

9. After West escapes capture for breaking curfew,

a. Lupita follows her kiss by slapping West hard in the face.
b. He is nearly captured another time before returning safely to his train.
c. Another savior, Angelito, invites him to linger for the evening in her casa.
d. Lupita follows her kiss by clutching West’s lapels and kissing him more passionately.

10. As scripted, the scene in West’s varnish (Act II)

a. Lacks Gordon’s appearance as a Mexican soldier.
b. Elaborates Griswold’s outrage over the agents’ disobedience of his orders.
c. Is nearly identical in staging and dialogue to what we see in the finished episode.
d. Concludes with Gordon, not West, requesting from Griswold (and Juarez) a prison pass to visit the jailed American assassin.

11. As scripted, Barbossa terrifies his American prisoner, not only with a nutcracker, but also with

a. A scalpel, used to flay the skin of a peach.
b. A thumbscrew, into which the American’s little finger is inserted.
c. A whip, which separates the bound prisoner’s sleeve at the shoulder.
d. A red-hot poker, drawn from a forge and poised before the captive’s face.

12. The line, “Even Barbossa can’t torture a sleeping man,” was

a. Written by Dennis and Barret.
b. Evidently ad-libbed by Ross Martin.
c. Originally said by West to Griswold, while explaining the agents’ plan in the varnish.
d. Originally spoken by the prisoner to Gordon, when he realizes what the agent has given him.

13. As originally scripted, Act II ends

a. With Lupita flicking her knife against “Paw”’s throat.
b. With West and Artemus jailed under suspicion of conspiracy.
c. With West and Artemus being quietly ambushed in the Calle de Artesano.
d. With Barbossa murderously glaring out his window at the departing agents.

14. In the shooting script, when the agents discover the unsigned letter to the hired gunman,

a. West says, “Hah!"
b. Artemus cries, “Eureka!”
c. Artemus exclaims, “Tim–m–mber!”
d. It has been pasted inside the single breakable not destroyed in the fight.

15. As originally scripted, Act III ends with

a. West discovering Artemus, bound and gagged inside a coffin.
b. Barbossa, unable to cry out, watching West escape from Los Abalos.
c. Barbossa discovering West’s attempt to release the American prisoner.
d. Artemus watching anxiously as the prison guards prepare to inspect the getaway coffin before permitting his wagon to leave.

16. In the last act, D & B originally unmasked the true mastermind behind the conspiracy to assassinate Juarez as

a. Lupita.
b. Griswold.
c. Barbossa.
d. Don Thomas.

17. Small business, written by D & B, yet never filmed:

a. The fake padre decks the church sexton with a set of brass knuckles (the teaser).
b. West consults a map, sketched by Artemus, to lead him to the prisoner’s cell (Act III).
c. Artemus’s encouragement to their rescued prisoner to climb into a coffin: “Come, come … faint heart ne’re won fair lady … “ (Act IV).
d. All of the above.

18. The tag, scripted by D & B to end this episode,

a. Is identical to what we saw filmed and broadcast.
b. Reunited the agents with the Spanish lovelies we first saw in the teaser.
c. Revealed the American gunslinger being extradited on West’s train, to stand trial north of the border.
d. Does not exist. The episode ended with Lupita’s comment, “We do our own housecleaning, Mr. West.”

Enjoy!

Stash
SS spy school graduate

64 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2005 :  08:52:40  Show Profile
Again, I shall participate in the no stress quiz… I’m hoping better my last weeks score….

1. c. “The Night of the Dead-Eyed Padre.” – I really like this title
2. b. Henry Griswold– has a nice ring to it.
3. a. Sliding down from Don Thomas’s balcony on his portable trolley – love that portable trolley
4. a. West, using his portable telescope, spots a sniper in the church tower – sounds like the better teaser
5. d. All of the above. – I couldn’t decide
6. a. … Flour … a bakery. – love bakeries. Could go for a nice hot roll right now!
7. b. Carlson. – a nice all-American boy
8. b. With West chased by the Mexican guard into a blind alley, with no way out. – seemingly no way out
9. a. Lupita follows her kiss by slapping West hard in the face.
10. c. Is nearly identical in staging and dialogue to what we see in the finished episode.
11. d. A red-hot poker, drawn from a forge and poised before the captive’s face. – I figured if he lit a cigarette with it, it would be like using the nutcracker.
12. b. Evidently ad-libbed by Ross Martin. – sounds like something he’d come up with
13. d. With Barbossa murderously glaring out his window at the departing agents. – Barbossa seems to be a good glarer
14. b. Artemus cries, “Eureka!” – West is too cool to say “Hah!”. Artie crying “Eureka!” sounds right.
15. d. Artemus watching anxiously as the prison guards prepare to inspect the getaway coffin before permitting his wagon to leave. – more suspenseful
16. a. Lupita. – a good twist
17. d. All of the above. – again, just couldn’t decide.
18. b. Reunited the agents with the Spanish lovelies we first saw in the teaser. – since Lupita was the heavy (my answer to #16), I figured she couldn’t be in the tag, at least that one is out.

And yes, I did Enjoy!

Stash
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couldron
SS novice field agent

1438 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2005 :  10:17:12  Show Profile
1. a.
2. b.
3. c.
4. c.
5. d.
6. d.
7. d.
8. b.
9. b.
10. d.
11. d
12. b.
13. a.
14. d.
15. a.
16. c.
17. d.
18. d.
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ccb
SS Quizmaster Emeritus

3799 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2005 :  19:48:05  Show Profile
For those interested in the correct answers to last weekend's quiz:

1. The original title of this episode was

a. “The Night of the Assassin.”

2. In the shooting script by Robert Dennis and Earl Barret (hereafter, D & B), American Ambassador Griswold is given a first name that never made it into this episode’s dialogue or titles. That given name is

a. Philip

3. As originally conceived by D & B, West startles Juarez's ceremonial carriage by

d. Calling to his partner, “Artie! A bottle of beer for Mr. Dooley!”—then flinging the bottle downward. (Listen carefully: You can tell from the sound quality that Bob Conrad looped in the simpler line.)

4. As D & B originally ended their teaser,

c. West is dangling from a tiled rooftop, as a henchman moves in for the kill.

5. Throughout D & B’s original script, West makes use of

d. All of the above.

6. In the script, … is found on Calico Jack’s leg, which leads the agents to …

d. … Potter’s clay … a pottery workshop.

7. The name D & B gave to their hired American assassin is

d. Halvorsen.

8. D & B originally ended Act I

c. With the pursuing Mexican lieutenant staring into the storeroom where West is hiding.

9. After West escapes capture for breaking curfew,

a. Lupita follows her kiss by slapping West hard in the face.

10. As scripted, the scene in West’s varnish (Act II)

c. Is nearly identical in staging and dialogue to what we see in the finished episode.

11. As scripted, Barbossa terrifies his American prisoner, not only with a nutcracker, but also with

a. A scalpel, used to flay the skin of a peach.

12. The line, “Even Barbossa can’t torture a sleeping man,” was

a. Written by Dennis and Barret.

13. As originally scripted, Act II ends

c. With West and Artemus being quietly ambushed in the Calle de Artesano.

14. In the shooting script, when the agents discover the unsigned letter to the hired gunman,

c. Artemus exclaims, “Tim–m–mber!” (No, I'm not kidding. I agree with Stash that "Eureka!" sounds more like Artemus—and nobody knew that better than Ross Martin.)

15. As originally scripted, Act III ends with

b. Barbossa, unable to cry out, watching West escape from Los Abalos.

16. In the last act, D & B originally unmasked the true mastermind behind the conspiracy to assassinate Juarez as

c. Barbossa.

17. Small business, written by D & B, yet never filmed:

d. All of the above.

18. The tag, scripted by D & B to end this episode,

a. Is identical to what we saw filmed and broadcast.

To me, the most surprising thing is how little Dennis and Barret's script was changed in its filming. The most consistent changes are in cut-offs to the teaser and two of the four acts.

Oh—the Feathers:

With four correct, Stash gets a Beauteous Henry;
With six correct, couldron snags the winning Anabella;
With still only two players, your Quizmaster still scratches his head in puzzlement.
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couldron
SS novice field agent

1438 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2005 :  20:45:11  Show Profile
quote:
With still only two players, your Quizmaster still scratches his head in puzzlement.


me too

Thanks ccb for a quiz that had me thinking about what each of the answers would have made of this episode.
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Redhead1617
SS novice field agent

USA
1393 Posts

Posted - 10/26/2005 :  21:23:13  Show Profile  Visit Redhead1617's Homepage
*grins* once again too slow on the trigger here on the ones I knew, guess I'll just have to actually get up at the crack of dawn on the east coast here in hopes of getting an answer in next time

congrats stash & couldron

~Red

*sigh...where's MY Ross Martin?
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lleroy
SS 1st assignment - desk job

USA
261 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2005 :  06:45:04  Show Profile
d. Calling to his partner, “Artie! A bottle of beer for Mr. Dooley!”—then flinging the bottle downward.

I'm missing the reference here. Who's Mr. Dooley?

Leslie
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couldron
SS novice field agent

1438 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2005 :  15:03:25  Show Profile
quote:
Originally posted by lleroy

d. Calling to his partner, “Artie! A bottle of beer for Mr. Dooley!”—then flinging the bottle downward.

I'm missing the reference here. Who's Mr. Dooley?

Leslie



My guess is that this was a code to alert Artie to danger.
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ccb
SS Quizmaster Emeritus

3799 Posts

Posted - 10/27/2005 :  20:37:15  Show Profile
The only "Mr. Dooley" I know was created by humorist Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936)—a bit late for our boys.

In D & B's script, there is is this stage direction, which confirms couldron's hunch: "[Artemus's] reaction is so instantaneous that is should suggest beyond any doubt that this is a Standard Operation Procedure bit that he and West have used before."
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