Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 1 (continued)

Henry and Indy relax for a moment.  The traffic outside the diner’s window causes both of them to gaze out, wistfully.  Angela begins to grow anxious, she looks from one to the other.

                                         ANGELA

Hello?  Am I missing something here?  What’s the secret?

Indy turns to look at Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES (solemnly)

That’s just it, Angela, it is a secret.  No one knows the location of Shangri La, it exists only through legend.

                                         HENRY

No one, that is… until now.

                                         INDIANA JONES

He doesn’t exactly spell it out for us, Dad!

                                         HENRY

But he does give us a clue.  The Dance of Aldebaran.  It just so happens Aldebaran will be very busy in the coming months.  You need to make that trip.

                                         ANGELA

What trip?  Indy, what is this all about?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Back in ’33 a plane full of refugees was escaping from a local revolt in Baskul.  On board was the British statesman, Robert Conway and several others, including Alex.  The plane was apparently diverted from it’s rescue and was last seen heading west into the Himalayas, mostly uncharted territory.

                                         ANGELA

Robert Conway!  It’s been years since I’ve heard that name!

                                         HENRY

Hmm… you and everyone else.  But finding Alex could help us discover what happened to Conway.

                                         INDIANA JONES

And that could create great political clout in the ending of this war, if HE is still alive.

                                         HENRY

Conway was well respected by all the world leaders, a true hero and a diplomatic genius.

                                         ANGELA (to Indy)

What do you propose?  Earlier you said you were at work confirming something?

Indy makes a hasty look at Henry who simply shrugs.

                                         HENRY

She’s in it now.

                                         INDIANA JONES

No thanks to you… okay, here it is.  Last night while we were at the observatory Dad made the remark about something happening “once in a blue moon.”  Aldebaran is on course to line up with the moon later this Spring.  Not just with the moon, but for the first time in a couple of centuries it lines up with the planets Venus and Saturn, making a line pointing down to the Earth.  Alex said to “descend into the Valley…”  I think Aldebaran must point to it in it’s “dance” with the moon and planets.  Follow the line of dissension; you’ll likely descend into the Valley of the Blue Moon.

Angela is momentarily speechless, while Henry is excited.

                                         HENRY

I wish I were going with you two!

                                         ANGELA

Us two?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Dad thought that since you were betrothed to Alex you might like to try to find him with me but I…

                                         ANGELA

Of course I would, that’s marvelous idea!

                                         INDIANA JONES 

But the Himalayas are mountains, it would involve a lot of climbing and cold! very cold!  And then there’s the war…

                                        ANGELA

Oh yes, the war…  Roosevelt says we are winning the war.

                                        HENRY

He does, indeed.

                                         INDIANA JONES

…and the traveling, pretty risky… the terrain is not very hospitable and I’d have difficulty managing to get through in one piece myself, let alone having a woman along!

                                         HENRY

I hear they have re-opened the Orient Express; it goes all the way to Kathmandu… or is it Delhi?

                                         INDIANA JONES

You’re not helping the situation, Dad!

Angela gathers her belongings and rises to leave.

                                         ANGELA

I’ll begin packing, Henry, you make the arrangements.

                                         HENRY (beaming)

Done!

She turns to Indy as if in afterthought.

                                         ANGELA

… and YOU had better think about taking something warm!  You’re no spring chicken, you know!

Angela exits the diner leaving Henry to sheepishly grin at Indy.

                                         HENRY

I still think she likes you.

FADE

EXTERIOR DAY.  A HARBOR ON THE EASTERN SEABOARD.  There is a montage of activity.  Cargo being loaded… people milling about, shaking hands and saying goodbyes.  Confetti.  Music.  Indy and Angela are walking up the gangway to board a Trans Atlantic ocean liner.

                                        INDIANA JONES

I still don’t think this is a good idea!

                                        ANGELA

I hope you get seasick!

MONTAGE: the ship sails.  Seamen work fore and aft.  Passengers mill about.  Later inside the ship.  Indy and Angela find their separate staterooms.  Indy enters his room and falls upon the bed.  Angela enters her room and finds the bathroom mirror, then crosses over and opens the door adjoining their rooms.  She looks in at Indy, who is flat on his back staring up at the ceiling.

                                        ANGELA

Do we need to keep this locked?

                                        INDIANA JONES

From which side?

Angela slams the door, then bows her head in afterthought.  Soon there comes a light knock.  She backs away silently, picks up a suitcase, throws it on the bed and hurriedly begins unpacking it.

                                         ANGELA (sweetly)

Yes?

The door opens and Indy peeks in.  Angela keeps her back turned away.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Look, I’ve been thinking… maybe we should call a truce.  Obviously we are going to be travelling together for quite awhile… we might as well try and get along.

                                         ANGELA (pleased at first, but turning with a passive face)

Yes, of course.  You are right.  A truce then!  (pause, more pleasantly)  Won’t you come in?

                                         INDIANA JONES (remaining at the door)

No, not right now… thanks, I have some un-packing to do myself.  But what say later on we take a stroll up on deck, maybe a little dinner?

                                        ANGELA (smiling)

I’d like that, Indy.

                                        INDIANA JONES

Shall we make it about seven?

                                        ANGELA

Seven.

Indy closes the door briefly then slightly knocks and opens it again.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’m glad you’re here.

The door closes.  Angela sits down at the corner of her bed and smiles to herself. 

EXTERIOR OF THE SHIP.  LATER THAT NIGHT.  OUT ON DECK.  Dressed in evening attire Indy and Angela are strolling the outer deck, passing other couples and taking in the night air.  Indy greets one man standing alone as they walk past.  A few feet later they stop at the rail and look out at the water shimmering in the moonlight.  It is a cool night, they walk arm in arm.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You look radiant.

                                         ANGELA

Thank you, kind sir.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Have you given any thought to what will happen when we find Alex?  There must be a million things you’ll want to tell him.

                                         ANGELA

No, I haven’t… I don’t think it has totally sunken in yet.

Indy gives a look of mild surprise, which amuses Angela.

                                         ANGELA

I mean, I’ll be glad to see him, of course.  But a lot can happen in 12 years.  People change.  I don’t expect he’ll be the same person he was, no more than I am now…  given the time and the war and all… well, things do change, don’t they?

Indy says nothing, he looks out at the moon’s reflecting in the water.

                                        ANGELA

What about you?  you were friends, have things changed?

Indy looks at Angela.

                                        INDIANA JONES

Some things never change.

They begin to walk again, slowly.

                                         ANGELA

I mean, we grow… sometimes we grow apart… we want other things… 

Indy turns to Angela and takes her in his arms.  They kiss.

                                        INDIANA JONES

Some things never change… I didn’t want you to go on this trip because I didn’t want things to change back to where they were before Alex left.  With him being gone at least I had a chance… I could hope that some day… given enough time…

                                         ANGELA

Indy, it’s been 12 years!  What took you so long?

                                        INDIANA JONES

I didn’t want to rush you.

They kiss again.  Indy looks lovingly into Angela’s face.

                                        INDIANA JONES

You haven’t changed a bit, Alex will see that right off.

                                        ANGELA

Oh, but I have… and he WILL see that right off.

                                        INDIANA JONES

No, you’re more beautiful than ever.  Tonight you could out shine the moon.

                                         ANGELA (giggling)

Or maybe you’ve had a little too much moonshine.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You intoxicate me.

They move to embrace but Indy stops short.  A funny look comes to his face.  He moves away to the ship’s rail and looks out at the bright, full moon.

                                         ANGELA

Still not enough time has past?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I guess I can’t stop thinking about how it was with Alex and you.

Angela moves closer to Indy.

                                         ANGELA

I stopped thinking of it a long time ago.

Indy and Angela leave the railing and begin their walk again.  After a few steps Indy looks over his shoulder, but says nothing.  A short while later they round a corner and come upon a group of sailors having a smoke.  Indy greets the men and then approaches one, pulling him off to the side leaving Angela with the other sailors.  CUT TO:  The shadow of another man, a STALKER, is coming up from around the corner that Indy and Angela had just turned.  Entering into the light he sees Indy and Angela standing towards the bow with their backs turned towards him.  Just as he steps back so as not to be noticed, a pair of hands reach out and grab him by the lapels, pulling him around the corner and into the light.  The hands slam the man against the wall, in full view of the sailors.  It is Indy, wearing a sailor’s pea-coat.  Angela and the sailor Indy approached both turn away from the rail and face the others.

                                         INDIANA JONES (shouting)

Why are you following us?

The man is obviously confused and startled, he lets out a yelp.

                                         INDIANA JONES (drawing back his fist and preparing to strike the man)

Who are you and why are you following us?

                                         STALKER

I wasn’t following anyone!

The sailors and Angela rush up to restrain Indy and separate the two men.  The OFFICER OF THE DAY appears.

                                         O.D.

Here now!  What’s the meaning of all this?

                                         STALKER

My name is Horace Zelle.  This man tried to assault me!

                                         INDIANA JONES (freeing Zelle with a brush off)

He’s been following us up and down the deck, I wanted to know why.

                                         O.D.

Did you strike this man?

                                         INDIANA JONES

No!  I was trying…

                                         ZELLE

He grabbed me!  He would have struck me if these men hadn’t intervened!  I want him arrested!

                                         O.D.

Hold on you… (to the sailors)  What’s the story here, men?

                                         ANGELA (interrupting)

Please sir!  Let me explain!  I’m afraid my fiancee’ is extremely jealous!  He imagines every man is following me.  (she smiles provocatively)  Though I can’t imagine why…

The sailors begin to whoop it up.  The Officer of the Day looks her up and down then turns to Indy, who smiles sheepishly and shrugs.

                                         O.D. (wryly)

No, I can’t imagine why…

                                         INDIANA JONES

Nor can I…

The Officer of the Day turns to Zelle, who is not amused.

                                         O.D.

How about you, Mister… no harm done, hey?

He begins brushing Zelle off with his hand while one of the sailors hands him his hat.

                                         ZELLE

No harm done, indeed!  I’m going to notify the Captain about this!  I want that man kept away from me!

                                         O.D.

I’ll make out a report in the morning sir, you can swear out your complaint then.  Meanwhile, let’s break it up here, boys.  Get back to your posts, there’s a war going on!  And Miss, take your lover boy here back to his room before he starts any more trouble.

                                         ANGELA

Oh, thank you, officer!  I promise he won’t be any more trouble tonight.  (she winks) G’night!

                                         INDIANA JONES (smiling to all)

No more trouble… g’night!

They turn to leave, the sailor that posed as Indy taps him on the shoulder to exchange their coats.  Then he tips his hat to Angela in full view of the Officer of the Day and Zelle.

                                         SAILOR

It was a real pleasure, ma’am.

                                         ANGELA

Oh, how sweet!

Indy gives the sailor a double take, feigns jealousy then smiles broadly as they turn and walk back towards their cabins.  The sailors head off in the opposite direction, exchanging barbs with the one that posed as Indy.  The Officer of the Day hangs back with Zelle until all have passed from sight.

                                         O.D.

That was close, be more careful next time.

                                         ZELLE (not as timid sounding as before, but sinister)

The next time he touches me, I will kill him.

                                         O.D.

Stay out of sight and don’t be an idiot!  He won’t lead us anywhere if he knows you are following.  After we learn what we need to know… THEN you can kill him.

                                         ZELLE

It will be my pleasure!  (wiping his mouth with anticipation)  As will she!

FADE INTO NIGHT.

END OF PART ONE. 

                                        

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2 Responses to “Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 1 (continued)”

  1. Number One Fan Says:

    Oooooo….the plot thickens…..
    This is good stuff.

  2. Cyndi Says:

    Is this the exact same screenplay that you wrote before? If it is I’ve read it and have a hard copy of it so haven’t been reading it now, but if it is different or has been embellished on, let me know so I can read it. I really liked it before–there must be some way to get George Lucas to read it!

    Love, Cyndi

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