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Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 3 (conclusion)

March 29, 2008

CUT TO:  Indy hurrying down the stairs to the first floor and meeting Angela and Vivian at the bottom.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Vivian, I must find Bryant.  Do you know where he is?

                                         VIVIAN

I believe he is still in the parlor.

                                          ANGELA

Indy, did you meet with the High Lama?

                                         INDIANA JONES

There isn’t time now, Angela.  See if you can locate Shorty and send him to the parlor.  I must see Bryant.

Indy leaves the foyer and heads into the parlor.  CUT TO:  Bryant in the parlor reading by the fire, Indy enters.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Bryant!  You told me about some equipment you had brought in, where is it stored?

                                         BRYANT

Got a project dreamed up all ready, have you?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Boy, I’ll say.

CUT TO:  Indy leaving the parlor and meeting Shorty in the foyer.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty, where’s Bogart and Gable?

                                         SHORT ROUND

They’re still with the dog.  Angela only called for me, should I go and get them?

                                         INDIANA JONES

There isn’t enough time!  You’d better come with me now.

CUT TO:  A storage facility away from the monastery.  Indy forces the door open and raises a lantern.  There are the tools and supplies Bryant had spoken of earlier.  CUT TO:  Shueller wandering into the parlor and finding Bryant still there, appearing somewhat pleased with himself.

                                         SHUELLER

Must be a good book, you seem to be enjoying it immensely.

                                         BRYANT

Naw… read it a dozen times all ready.

                                         SHUELLER

Then what’s with the shit eatin’ grin?

                                         BRYANT

Oh… I think I just inspired someone.

                                         SHUELLER

And who might that be?

                                         BRYANT

Indy… he just came in all excited a few minutes ago and wanted to know where some excavating equipment was.  I think he has a project brewing… thanks to me.

                                         SHUELLER

Excavating equipment…  for what?

                                         BRYANT

Oh… a plumbing project I dreamed up a while back.  I had the porters bring it all in, you know.  (he ponders the same information he had given Indy earlier)  Do you realize the people in the valley still tote their water?  Well, my plan would have changed all of that… had enough dynamite to get me through the rock…

Shueller doesn’t stay to hear the rest, hurriedly he exits.

                                         BRYANT (calling after him)

Might have a job for you, too… if you’re interested.

CUT TO:  THE GAME ROOM.  Kleinschmit and the other Germans are entertaining themselves when Shueller comes in.  He separates them from Kleinschmit and begins talking but they appear reluctant to listen to him.  Kleinschmit maneuvers to get close enough to over hear.  Frustrated, Shueller leaves the game room alone.  CUT TO:  Shueller storms into his room knocking items out of his way as he hurries to his bed and pulls his revolver out from under the pillow.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE GRAND PROMENADE.  DAY.  Indy and Shorty have packed some of the equipment on their backs and are leaving the monastery, heading up towards the crag’s entrance.  Angela meets Indy by the fountain.

                                         ANGELA

Indy, what are you going to do?

Indy directs Shorty to continue his ascent.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I don’t have time to explain now, Angela.  Stromberg and Von Haus could be closing in on this place as we speak.  I’ve got to try to stop them from ever finding the crag’s entrance.

Conway, Sondra and Chang come out of the monasteries entrance and stop at the head of the stairs, Bryant and Vivian are not too far behind them.  Alex and Quie come out from the hanging gardens.  Indy turns to address all of them.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You have a way of life here that mankind has always dreamed of and hoped for.  (he looks at Angela)  Don’t change any of it.

Kleinschmit and the other soldiers come out from the foyer and watch along with the others as Indy kisses Angela then runs to catch up with Shorty, who is halfway up the ascent.  Kleinschmit approaches Bryant.

                                         KLEINSCHMIT

What is happening?

                                         BRYANT

I think Indy is going to try to seal off the entrance.

Kleinschmit looks off to where Indy and Shorty are and smiles.  CUT TO:  Shueller coming out of his room with his revolver in hand.  Bogart and Gable meet him in the corridor and Shueller holds them at bay until he runs out of the foyer.  CUT TO:  Shueller at the monastery entrance running to the stairs and brushing aside several people.  Conway turns and sees him coming then steps forward to intercept him, but Shueller stops and raises his revolver.

                                         CONWAY

Lt. Shueller, you would be doing me a great service if you could put down your weapon and tell me what this urgency is all about?

                                         SHUELLER

I’ll shoot anyone that stands in my way!

Kleinschmit comes up from behind in an attempt to subdue him but Shueller turns, fires once and drops Kleinschmit in front of Bryant and Vivian.  Chang steps in front of Conway and Sondra.  Bryant and Vivian bend down to assist Kleinschmit, the other soldiers back away.  Bogart and Gable come out to the entrance and witness Shueller taking off again until he meets Alex and Quie but he quickly sidesteps them and runs up the ascent.  Indy and Shorty are nowhere to be seen.  CUT TO:  Indy and Shorty at the crag, Indy has dynamite with blasting caps attached and he is climbing the outer rim of The Crest, stringing cable behind him.  He places the explosives behind a large boulder that juts out at the heart of The Crest.  He hurries back down to where Shorty is waiting with the detonator.

                                         INDIANA JONES

This should bring the entire mountainside down!

Both men crouch down as Indy drives the plunger home, but nothing happens.  Indy looks up at The Crest.

                                         INDIANA JONES

The contacts must be corroded.

Indy drives the plunger home again and again, but still nothing happens.  He checks the connections and sees a spark being produced by the detonator.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Maybe there’s a break in the cable, Dr. Jones!  I’ll go check it!

                                         INDIANA JONES

No!  I’ll go!  Just watch for my signal.  Then count to a hundred and push the plunger down.

                                         SHORT ROUND

But what about you, Dr. Jones?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty, count to 100…

                                         SHORT ROUND

1, 2, 5, 10, 25, 30…

                                         INDIANA JONES

No!  Shorty, 1, 2, 3, 4… like that!  Got it?

                                         SHORT ROUND

Okay!  Got it, Dr. Jones!  Like hide ‘n’ seek!   

                                         INDIANA JONES

Wait for my signal! (then under his breath)  olley olley outs and free!

Indy begins examining the cable and retraces his steps back up the ridge.  As Shorty watches him climb higher, Shueller appears with his revolver drawn and pointed at Shorty.

                                         SHUELLER

Get back!  (Shorty steps back with hands raised)  Where’s Dr. Jones?

CUT TO:  Indy in the midst of his climbing, checking the cable periodically for breaks.  CUT TO:  The crag’s entrance to Shangri La.  Shueller sees the detonator, picks it up and rips the wires out of it then hurls it into the crevasse below.  Shueller follows the cable up the ridge with his eyes then smiles.  He turns and strikes Shorty with the butt of his revolver, rendering Shorty unconscious.  Then Shueller begins climbing after Indy.  CUT TO: Indy reaching the place were the dynamite has been placed.  He finds it frayed at the point of attachment and then remakes the cable’s connection. He moves towards the outer rim to look down at the crag’s entrance but does not see Shorty.  CUT TO:  Shueller cautiously making the climb up to intercept Indy.  CUT TO:  Indy making the descent back down and meeting Shueller about halfway.  Shueller raises his revolver and fires at Indy, missing him.  Indy ducks down behind the drifts of snow and rock.  CUT TO:  The lower plateau on the opposite side of the crag’s entrance.  Professor Stromberg and Captain Von Haus along with his soldiers are encamped there  They react to the echo of the shot fire by Shueller.  Von Haus orders sharpshooters position themselves while Stromberg scans the upper ridge behind The Crest with field glasses.  CUT TO:  Shorty lying unconscious on the ground.  A shadow crosses over his face.  CUT TO:  Shueller advancing up the ridge, revolver raised.  Indy is retreating back up to the top.  Shueller calls out to him.

                                         SHUELLER

Dr. Jones, I have destroyed your detonator! Your attempt to conceal the entrance to Shangri La has failed!

CUT TO:  Indy’s reaction to Shueller’s taunting.  He continues backing up the ridge.

                                         SHUELLER

I’m afraid that Shangri La is about to meet it’s new High Lama, the pride of Germany!

                                         INDIANA JONES

What did you do to Shorty?  If you have harmed him…

                                         SHUELLER

Do not worry about your little friend!  He will soon be the happy subject of the Third Reich!

                                         INDIANA JONES

You can’t win!  Germany has all ready been defeated!  Your “High Lama” Adolf just doesn’t know when he’s licked!

                                         SHUELLER

Mere circumstance, Dr. Jones.  Shangri La will preserve his legacy, his dream of a greater Reich the world has never known!  I will see to it personally!  I will be in that parade after all, Dr. Jones!                

                                         INDIANA JONES

That dream of a better world is here, can’t you see that?  Neither Hitler nor anyone else can improve upon it.  You had to feel it, Shueller… you have to know it is true!

Shueller continues to jockey for position up the ridge as Indy backs up towards the summit where the dynamite has been placed.  CUT TO:  Shorty unconscious on the ground.  A man’s hands check to see if Shorty is still breathing.  The hands lift Shorty to a sitting position and leans him up against the crag’s entrance.  CUT TO:  The Germans at the plateau, searching the ridge with their field glasses and spotting Indy at an opening in The Crest.  Von Haus directs his sharpshooters to open fire.  CUT TO:  Indy ducking down as bullets whiz past.  CUT TO:  Shueller advancing up and also looking down at where the shots are being fired from.  CUT TO:  Another set of feet advancing up the ridge, stumbling, regaining control and continually climbing up.  CUT TO:  Shorty coming around, regaining consciousness.  CUT TO:  Indy reaching the point in the ridge near the center of The Crest and the jutting boulder where he has placed the dynamite.  Indy looks back from where he came then looks to the other side of the ridge towards the plateau.  He makes his way past the boulder and looks for an exit on the other side.  There is a sheer slope resembling the side of a glacier several hundred feet long that swirls around past the back side of the plateau.  Indy shudders and retreats back.  CUT TO:  Shueller reaching the peak of the summit, looking for Indy and searching the ground, finally seeing the dynamite.

                                         SHUELLER

It’s no use, Dr. Jones!  I have beaten you!

Indy steps out in full view of Shueller, hands raised.

                                         INDIANA JONES

It’s not too late, Shueller.  A better world for both of us without prejudice lies just inside that entrance.  You and I have seen it, it isn’t just a dream.  We’ve seen it in action, we know it’s real.  A better future for mankind is here!  Mankind’s fate lies in our hands!

                                         SHUELLER

Merely pawns, Dr. Jones.  Contentment for the weak minded and faint of heart.  I’m afraid that does not appeal to me.  (He raises his gun and takes aim)  Over your dead body?  All right.  Goodbye, Dr. Jones. 

In that moment from the boulder over head the sled dog appears and growls.  Shueller turns and fires as the dog leaps at him.  The bullet enters the dog’s shoulder and the momentum of his leap carries him over the opposite edge to the pathway below.  Indy seizes the opportunity and lunges at Shueller.  They begin to wrestle for the gun, Indy strikes Shueller’s wrist and knocks the gun away.  CUT TO:  The dog lying on the pathway below bleeding and hurt badly.  A pair of feet appear and then hands reach out and pick up the dog.  CUT TO:  Shorty still at the entrance, watching for signs of  Indy.  The camera shows the back of the man carrying the sled dog down the pathway towards Shorty.  CUT TO:  Shorty accepting the dog from his rescuer and smiling gratefully to him, still unseen from the camera.  CUT TO:  Indy and Shueller still fighting.  Indy is knocked down by Shueller, who scrambles for the gun.  Indy leaps on top of him and they struggle again.  Shueller raises the weapon and strikes Indy on the head, knocking him down and dazing him.  He points the revolver at Indy and steps back.

                                         SHUELLER

So much for fate… no more intervention, no more hope.  The prize is won!  You lose, Dr. Jones!

Indy looks up and sees Kleinschmit coming up behind Shueller.  He is stumbling and weak from his wound.  Indy groggily looks at Shueller.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Maybe… we both do.

Shueller looks momentarily puzzled and that is just enough time for Kleinschmit to tackle Shueller and wrestle him to the ground.  The revolver is once again thrown clear.  CUT TO:  Shorty holding the dog in his arms.  Shorty looks up at the ridge.

                                         SHORT ROUND (calling out)

Indy!  Are you all right?  Indy! 

CUT TO:  Stromberg with his field glasses zeroing in on the echo of Shorty’s calling out and finds the crag’s entrance.

                                         STROMBERG

Captain!  There it is!

Captain Von Haus trains his eyes to where Stromberg is pointing, then orders his men to advance down the steep trail leading through the chasm.  The sharpshooters fire upon Shorty who ducks down as bullets whiz past.  The remaining German patrol leaves the plateau and makes for the crag.  CUT TO:  Kleinschmit over powering Shueller to the point of exhaustion.  Kleinschmit grabs the revolver and crawls to where the dynamite has been placed.  He points the revolver point blank at the explosives, turns to look at Indy and smiles.

                                         INDIANA JONES

No, Kleinschmit… we’ll use the detonator.

                                         KLEINSCHMIT

There is no time, save yourself and the valley.

Shueller begins to stir and sees Kleinschmit’s intentions.

                                         SHUELLER

Kleinschmit!  Don’t be a fool!  The valley can heal you!

                                         KLEINSCHMIT (turns to face Shueller)

It all ready has!  (turns back to Indy with a smile)  It all ready has!

Shueller rises to his feet cursing, Kleinschmit ignores him.

                                         KLEINSCHMIT (whispering to Indy and nodding towards the crag’s entrance)

Go now, my friend!

                                         INDIANA JONES

You’re saving the dream of mankind…  and saving us from ourselves.

CUT TO:  Indy waves farewell to Kleinschmit while Shueller continues to argue and curse.  Indy reaches the pathway down, but a volley of bullets from the sharpshooters below sends him stumbling back.  He glances down and sees the German patrol inching their way through the chasm.  He races back across the summit past Shueller and Kleinschmit.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Do it, Kleinschmit… before it is too late!  They are coming up the chasm!  Shoot now! 

Indy dashes across and plunges down the slope on the opposite side.  CUT TO:  Shueller’s face as he realizes Kleinschmit is about to fire into the dynamite.  He screams.  CUT TO:  Kleinschmit determinedly firing, causing an explosion that begins to crumble The Crest.  CUT TO:  The avalanche caused by the explosion causing the entire glacier to collapse.  CUT TO:  Indy sliding down the slope as over head The Crest begins to fall down around him.  CUT TO:  Shorty watching as the wall of The Crest begins to cave in.  CUT TO:  The avalanche caused by the explosion burying the Germans on the pathway and the sharpshooters on the plateau.  CUT TO:  Indy continuing to slide down, swirling and pitching with the rumble of the avalanche causing the earth to shake.  CUT TO:  Shorty witnessing the entire side of the ridge crashing down upon him, making any chance of leaving Shangri La impossible.  He backs into the crag carrying the dog just in time to avoid being buried.  CUT TO:  Indy making his way down and finally resting to a stop as the final stages of the avalanche settle into the chasm.  CUT TO:  Indy’s face, realizing he has succeeded in sealing off the entrance to Shangri La but placed himself on the opposite side.  CUT TO:  Tenzin and the porters approaching from behind Indy.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE SIDEWALK OF LONDON.  DAY.  1990’s.  Indy is gradually regaining consciousness.  There is a crowd of people gathered around him.  The three oriental men have crouched around him, one has been trying to revive him.

                                         STRAW HAT

Dr. Jones!  Indy!  Are you all right?

Indy opens his one good eye and looks at the man cradling Indy’s head in his hands.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Who the hell wants to know?

Straw Hat laughs, as does everyone else in the crowd.

                                        STRAW HAT

Don’t you recognize me, old friend?

Indy squints to get a better look.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hell no!

                                         STRAW HAT

We shared many adventures, you and I!

Indy gives another look, then his eye widens with astonishment and disbelief.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Short Round!  What are you… how did you…?

                                         SHORT ROUND

Shhh… yes!  it’s me!

                                         INDIANA JONES

But I… we destroyed the only entrance…

                                         SHORT ROUND

Only KNOWN entrance, Dr. Jones.  Mr. Bryant… he discovered another one.  Only took him 40 years to dream up another project.

The crowd begins to disperse as Indy is helped to a semi-sitting position.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What project?

                                         SHORT ROUND

A starting point for bungee jumping!  Ha ha!  Life is good in Shangri La, Dr. Jones!

All three of the Orientals begin to laugh and Indy sees that it is Bogart and Gable that has accompanied Shorty.

                                         INDIANA JONES

But… why are you here?  You’ve grown old out here…

                                         SHORT ROUND

We’ve grown old looking for you, my friend.  Old and tired, too!  After we found the second entrance the porters told us that you had survived the avalanche.  Now we’ve found you and we’re going to take you back!

Indy shakes his head.  Wearily he leans back on Shorty while wiping his brow with a handkerchief.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I can’t make it, Shorty.  You’re too late to save me, get back there before it is too late for you.

                                         SHORT ROUND

It’s not too late, Dr. Jones!  Conway says where there is life there is hope!  You are still alive, we still have hope!

                                         INDIANA JONES

No, Shorty… it is my time.  Tell Angela… tell Angela that I love her.  Tell her that I have always loved her.

Indy begins to fade away in Shorty’s arms.  He reaches up to touch Shorty’s face, but his hand drops heavily… lifeless.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Indy!

Shorty shakes Indy trying to revive him.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Indy wait!  Angela needs you!  She sent us to get you!  Don’t go, Indy!  Wake up!

Indy stirs and opens his eye.  Quickly Shorty instructs one of his cousins to open a box he has been carrying.  Inside there are some Parasol flowers in a pot.  Shorty brings them up out of the box.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Indy, look!  Angela asked me to bring these to you!

Indy reaches out to the flowers.  He puts his finger in one of the flowers and wiggles it.

                                         INDIANA JONES (whispers)

Chinamen’s hats… ah so!

Shorty places them below Indy’s face.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Smell them, Indy… smell the flowers that Angela has sent you!

Indy takes a slight whiff and instantly, but only momentarily… his age drops in half.  Indy’s eye widens as he discovers renewed vigor with that effort..  Shorty raises the flowers to his own face  and breathes in deeply.  Indy catches his breath when he sees Shorty shed 30 years in an instant.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Touch the soil, Dr. Jones!

Indy reaches into the pot, pinches a bit of soil between his fingers and returns to a healthy 40 year old in a heart beat.  He raises his hand, pulls up his eye patch and grins.  The cousins help him to his feet and the four men greet each other warmly.  Indy takes a small portion of earth from the pot and closes his palm around it.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well… what are we waiting for?

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE PROMENADE TO SHANGRI LA.  DAY.  Angela runs up to Indy and falls into his arms.  The others are coming up from behind to welcome him back.  Angela and Indy kiss.

                                         CONWAY

Welcome back, Indy!  (he pats him on the back and they shake hands)  Glad you could rejoin us!

The others clamor around as well, hugging Indy and shaking his hand.  The sled dog is barking excitedly.  Indy bends down to pet him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hello, old friend.

                                         ANGELA

Henry, (Indy looks up at her)  the boys named the dog Indiana.

Indy stands with a smile.  Arm in arm Indy and Angela walk towards the monastery with the others close behind.  CUT TO:  A private room in a hospital, an old man has I.V.’s and a heart monitor plugged into him.  He lies there as if he is asleep with one arm stretched out, his hand holding a telegram.  CUT TO:  the message delivered in the telegram reads:  HAVING A LOVELY TIME!  WISH YOU WERE HERE!  JUNIOR.  Henry Jones, Sr. gives a faint smile as the monitor starts to flat line.  CUT TO:  A wedding ceremony being held on the steps to Shangri La’s monastery.  Conway is conducting with Sondra nearby.  In the audience is Chang, Alex, Quie, Bryant, Vivian, Shorty, his cousins and the sled dog, along with the remaining German soldiers plus servants and various people from the Valley of the Blue Moon.  The bride is Angela Santamaria.  The groom is a vibrantly renewed Indiana Jones.  He smiles.

FADE

PLAY THEME SONG. 

ROLL CREDITS. 

                                        

             

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Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 3 (continued)

March 27, 2008

EXTERIOR.  BY A WATERFALL.  DAY.  Indy, Angela, Alex and Quie are sitting on a large quilt having  a picnic.  Angela runs her hand across some flowers growing nearby.  She bends low to smell them.

                                         QUIE

They are called the Parasol Flower.

                                         ANGELA

They are so lovely, Indy.

                                         QUIE

They seem to thrive here in Shangri La.

                                         INDIANA JONES

As does everything else… or so it would appear.

                                         ANGELA

They look like little Chinamen’s hats.  (she hooks one on her finger and wiggles beneath it)  Ah so!  (she smiles at Indy)

                                         ALEX

Indy, there is something I’ve been meaning to tell you.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Why I am here?

                                         ALEX

You are here as my guest, Indy… as I have told you.  I will admit paradise does have it’s limits.  I missed the banter we had between us, especially concerning you, Angela.  I missed our competition, our discoveries together… perhaps I was a little bored.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You Alex?  Never!

                                         ALEX

Yes, you know me too well, my friend.  Angela, I regret the way I left you back in the States, perhaps I was afraid of making the commitment… but I did intend to return.

                                         ANGELA

I know, Alex.  I was a bit afraid myself… but it is in the past.  Things have way of working themselves out.  (she smiles at Indy)

                                         ALEX

Yes, normally I would say you were right.  But this time I fear something must be done and I didn’t know who else to turn to.  So you see, my invitation was not a purely selfish motive. 

                                         ANGELA

Alex, what are you getting at?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I think I know.  I’m here… we’re here, because of the Dance of Aldebaran.  You knew it would point the way to Shangri La’s entrance and you knew that the Germans were outside looking for that entrance.

                                         ALEX

Yes, Indy… but there’s more to it.  The Valley of the Blue Moon has an ore that resembles an amethyst.  The natives used to mine it and make little trinkets; rings and medallions, jewelry… and use it to trade with the porters for goods and services.  Later it was determined that gold was plentiful and far more in demand so the ore was forgotten.  Now it only serves us as a beacon.

                                         ANGELA

Beacon?

                                         INDIANA JONES

The full moon that accompanies the Dance of Aldebaran reflects the light from the valley and emits it through the crag, showing outsiders the way in.

                                         ALEX

I’m afraid that is only partly right, Indy.  Every full moon reflects some portion of the hue from the valley, each month to a greater or lesser degree, sometimes for longer intervals depending on the season.  But all a person need do is look in the right spot.

                                         ANGELA

How is that possible?

                                         INDIANA JONES

The Earth reflects light, much the way the moon does.

                                         ALEX

Yes, and the light reflected from Shangri La is so intense at times, well…  they don’t call it the Valley of the Blue Moon for nothing.  The Earth is 80% water and bounces light like a crystal.  Shangri La contributes to the phenomenon with each full moon.  For that brief moment we are the peak source for the earthlight reflected back into outer space.

                                         INDIANA JONES

So we didn’t leave the Germans out there waiting for another dance to occur two hundred years from now?

                                         ALEX

The Dance of Aldebaran points the way to the plateau at the foot of The Crest.  From there a person only need wait a maximum of one lunar cycle to witness Shangri La’s aura.

                                         INDIANA JONES

With my charts from the Roof of the World they’ll eventually reach the plateau and there is nothing we can do about them finding this place if the moon is right?

                                         ALEX

I’m afraid not.  Two hundred years ago Father Perrault, our first High Lama, was lost in the mountains and would have died if not for a villager he met near here.  The villager was from the tribe we now refer to as “porters.”  He actually saw the beacon from the crag and brought Father Perrault here.  As Father Perrault’s strength returned, he realized the powers of rejuvenation this place had.  He built the monastery with the help of this one man and of the people from the valley below.  Father Perrault has since died and a new High Lama has taken his place.  But the man that found the valley is still with us.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Chang!

                                         ALEX

Yes, Indy.  He looks 90 but has the fortitude of a man scarcely 40.

                                         ANGELA

But Alex, over two hundred years old?

                                         QUIE

Age is one of the barriers you Europeans place before your minds.

                                         ALEX

Chang was about Shorty’s age when he came here and has shown no signs of slowing down.  Here in Shangri La, the age process as we know it seems to be normal until about age 30.  Then it goes into low gear, to where a man’s appearance could go perceptively unchanged for decades.  It also appears that outsiders regress in age, as you have seen in me.  Bryant is around 60 and appears to be my younger brother.  Vivian was a silent screen star over 20 years ago but looks the same as her last films image.  Conway arrived here in his mid-forties but has polished up like a shiny, new penny.  Sondra has been here since she was a child.

                                         INDIANA JONES

No wonder the Germans are so interested in finding this place.  They want to hole up Hitler and some of his top brass until the war blows over.  He figures he can outlast his enemies here, that they couldn’t pass through the generations and confront him.

                                         ALEX

That is precisely their plan.  Once they reach the plateau it’ll only be  matter of time before the next full moon lights the pathway here.

                                         INDIANA JONES

If they wait on the plateau.  We’ve been here around 3 weeks or so, I doubt they’ll just be camped outside waiting for the next full moon.

                                         ALEX

Why would you doubt that, Indy?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Why would they?  My calculations will lead them to the plateau which will seemingly be a dead end.  They’d have no more reason to camp there and wait then the Man in the Moon…

                                         ANGELA

Unless they knew in advance about the beacon, Indy.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Naw… the only way they could know is if… (he looks at Alex for several seconds and realizes…)  You?  You told them about the aura and the light through the crag?

                                         ANGELA

Oh, Alex… why?

Alex is silent for a moment. He reaches out to touch Quie’s hand, then with the other hand he reaches for Angela’s.

                                         ALEX

Love, Angela… love makes a man do strange things.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Love, Alex?  For whom?  Adolf Hitler?

                                         ALEX

Love for a cause, my friend… for an ideal.  Nazism did not begin to be the monster it is now.  In the beginning my relationship with Stromberg was vested in our mutual belief of a better world through the Third Reich.  Years ago I thought only by man’s hand could paradise be achieved.  Coming here I found how much I had been mistaken.  But I realized it too late.  I’d all ready made contact before the full benefits of Shangri La had claimed me.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Professor Stromberg!  No wonder he was so sure of finding this place!  You sent him that ring he wears!  All he needed was to find the threshold, he all ready had the key.

                                         ALEX

Yes, Indy.  Finding the plateau… that is what has thwarted past attempts.  The Dance of Aldebaran points to the apparent spot where one can “Descend into the Valley of the Blue Moon.”  A dance that occurs once every two hundred years.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well… you can bet they are out there by now.  The moon will be full in a few days and they’ll be watching for that reflection.

                                         ALEX

That would be my guess.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Have you told the High Lama?

                                         ALEX

He has declared it to me.

                                         ANGELA

He knows they are there waiting?

                                         ALEX

Yes, Angela… the High Lama is aware of everything concerning these mountains and this monastery.

                                         INDIANA JONES

But… what is to be done, Alex?  Hitler will ruin this place, his intention of building a Third Reich will flourish within the confines of these mountains.

                                         ALEX

I struggle with the knowledge that I paved the way for it to happen, Indy.  My only hope was that I could somehow counter act what I have done and restore balance to Shangri La once again.  Stromberg will find this place… unless somebody stops him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You mean me…

                                         ALEX

Yes, Indy, I mean you.  I didn’t intend for Angela to be even requested that she make the trip.  I wouldn’t have risked her welfare… or yours.  But you were the only person I could think of that couldn’t resist the chance to solve the mystery of the whereabouts of Shangri La. 

                                         INDIANA JONES

And charge in to the rescue?  I led them here, Alex!

                                         ALEX

No Indy, Aldebaran’s dance led them here, as it led you.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What of the High Lama?  If he has known about this impending disaster, why didn’t he take steps to avoid it?

                                         QUIE

Shangri La has always been open to everyone.  There are no strangers here, only guests.  So it has been for over two hundred years.

                                         ALEX

It has been the belief of the people that Shangri La can change everyone for the good, given enough time.  The people here won’t put up even passive resistance.  They rely on these mountains, this valley and this monastery to provide an Ambassador of good will that will disarm even the most hostile invader.  It is not in them to fight.

Indy stands up and helps Angela to her feet.  He brushes himself off and stands looking down at Alex and Quie.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex, you know that is a bunch of malarkey.  There are things that any man if pushed hard enough will defend.

                                         ALEX

I’m sorry to have gotten you into this, my friend.  Your choosings are contrary to our beliefs.

                                         QUIE

Violence is not the way of my people.

                                         INDIANA JONES

There are some things that are just worth fighting for!

 Indy takes hold of Angela and they head back towards the monastery.

                                         ALEX

Where are you going, Indy?

                                         INDIANA JONES (over his shoulder)

To see your royal Highness!

                                         ALEX

But He only grants an audience when HE feels the need to do so…

                                         INDIANA JONES (stops and turns)

He’ll feel the need, trust me.

FADE

INTERIOR.  THE MONASTERY.  DAY.  Indy comes across Chang in the foyer.

                                         CHANG

Good afternoon, Dr. Jones.

                                        INDIANA JONES

Chang, I need to find Conway right away!

                                         CHANG

That is most interesting, Dr. Jones.  He has asked me to locate you!  Please accompany me.

They head off towards a staircase leading to the next level and find Conway waiting at the top.

                                         CONWAY

Good afternoon, Indy.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Conway, it is imperative that I meet the High Lama at once!  I have an urgent matter to discuss with him that will not wait another minute!

                                         CONWAY

Yes, of course, Indy.  I’ll be pleased to accompany you and make the introduction.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You will…?  Fine, fine… then let’s go.

                                         CONWAY

Please excuse us, Chang.

Chang bows and exits back down the stairs.  Conway and Indy walk down the hallway.

                                         INDIANA JONES

This place is in danger; all of you are in grave danger!  The High Lama must be reasoned with before it is too late!

                                         CONWAY

The High Lama is always reasonable, Indy.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Let’s hope so.

CUT TO:  An interior room, dimly lit with an oversized chair.  Indy and Conway walk in and Indy looks around.  He turns to Conway.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Conway, there isn’t much time, please have the High Lama meet with me now.

                                         CONWAY

Indy, when you meet the High Lama… will you listen to Him?

                                         INDIANA JONES

It is he that must listen, Conway!  There are powers at work here that he must be prepared for!

Conway walks to the chair and strokes it’s back for a moment.  He turns and looks at Indy.

                                         CONWAY

The High Lama will grant you an audience, Indy.

Then Conway takes a seat on the chair and gazes at Indy.  Indy is silent for a moment, then realizes he is in the presence of the High Lama.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You!

Conway/the High Lama bows from his seat.

                                         CONWAY

How may I help you, my son?

                                         INDIANA JONES

You’re the High Lama?  Why did you keep it secret from me?  … from all of us?

                                         CONWAY

There are no secrets, Indy, only the truths we do not know.  I find it easier to read men’s hearts when they are relaxed and free of apprehension.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Have you read my heart?

                                         CONWAY

I have found you to be a good man, Indy.  A man dedicated to the fine fight; trustworthy and honorable, a man whose friendship I value greatly.  A man worthy of these surroundings.  Shangri La has benefited greatly from your being here.

Indy moves to Conway/the High Lama and sits at his feet.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You know of the trouble that approaches your community?

                                         CONWAY

I have sensed it for a long time.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Won’t you warn your people of the impending danger?

                                         CONWAY

There are forces at work that are beyond our powers to comprehend, at present.

                                         INDIANA JONES

There are forces at work that seek to destroy your way of life and yet you will do nothing to stop it?

                                         CONWAY

Events were set into motion that must run their course.  Shangri La and it’s people have endured for centuries by conducting themselves to one simple rule… to be kind.  Kindness will overpower all adversity, Indy.  It has been that way since the founding of the Earth.

Conway/the High Lama leans forward and places his hand on Indy’s shoulder and smiles.

                                         CONWAY

Do you recall the various emotions that accompanied your group when you arrived here just a few short weeks ago?  Animosity, anxiety, fear and suspicion?  Have you not noticed the tranquility amongst your fellow travellers?  Even your dog has taken to eating straw.  In Shangri La, “the Lion has lied down with the Lamb.”

                                        INDIANA JONES

You are the reader of hearts.  Doesn’t a person need to be inclined towards goodness before he can be persuaded to succumb to it?

Conway/the High Lama sits back and nods thoughtfully.

                                         CONWAY

You are a wise man, Indy.  It is true that not all souls are receptive to the benefits of Shangri La.  It is an oddity that still defies logic.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Some people are just plain crazy.

Indy stands before Conway/the High Lama, he thinks for a moment then backs away.

                                         INDIANA JONES

There are times when kind must be returned in kind.  There are times when you have to fight to do what’s right, and times when it is right to fight.  I respect your valley, it’s people, it’s beliefs and ethics… but there comes a time when things like these must be protected… fought for, if necessary.

                                         CONWAY

And we respect your convictions, Indy.  But if you take to using the sword… Shangri La will neither assist or hamper you.  If it is your choice, I’m afraid you must go alone.  Violence is not our way… it only begets more violence.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Sometimes… it is the only way, the only thing that your enemies understand because kindness begets advantage… advantage to the aggressor!  I would rather the world gather at your feet and sing Koom-Bi-Ya but I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

                                         CONWAY

So you are determined to go your own way in this, my son?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Every fiber of my being tells me I must try to stop this madness…

Indy bows and then exits.

                                         CONWAY

Go in peace, my son.

Chang re-appears in the doorway.

                                         CHANG

This one is as difficult as your brother was.

                                         CONWAY

With the exception that this ones motivations are pure, Chang.  Self sacrifice is the noblest of all virtues.

                                         CHANG

Will he return?

                                         CONWAY

He has a helper, and one he has not counted on.  I see his heart will remain with us, he will spend a lifetime seeking to regain it.

(to be continued with the conclusion of Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran) 

                                      

Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 3 (continued)

March 24, 2008

CUT TO:  A small banquet room.  One large table with seating for all.  Shueller and his men line up on one side; Indy, Angela, Shorty and his cousins sit opposite.  Alex enters with his wife, QUIE.

                                         CONWAY (standing at the head of the table)

Welcome, Alex!  Fashionably late as usual?

                                         ALEX

It is never too late for good fashion, Conway.    Everyone!  (the guests give their attention)  Please allow me to introduce my lovely wife, Quie.  (Vivian and Bryant provide polite applause, Quie nods towards them with modesty)

                                         QUIE

Oh, thank you… you are too kind!

Alex pulls out a chair for her, she sits down.  He then pulls out the chair next to her.

                                         INDIANA JONES (to Angela)

Now that’s what I call the royal treatment.

                                         ANGELA (to Indy)

Hmm… I could use some of that myself.

Indy raises an eyebrow.  Alex takes his seat as the commotion dies down.  After Conway introduces the guests and residents he sits down.  Chang enters with several servers, some that Shorty and his cousins recognize from earlier.  The Germans are stiff and methodical, Vivian and Bryant have paired off like two teenagers, Alex dotes over Quie, leaving Indy and Angela to converse with Conway and Sondra as the portions are served.

                                         CONWAY

How are your accommodations, Dr. Jones?  Miss Santamaria, is there anything that you might require?

                                         ANGELA

Oh no, Mr. Conway, it couldn’t be more perfect!  And please, call me Angela.

She glances over at Kleinschmit who then turns his eyes from her.

                                         CONWAY

I am pleased to hear that, Angela… and for you, sir?  Everything to your liking?  Anything we might be able to do to make you more comfortable?

                                         INDIANA JONES

No,  everything is fine…

                                         SONDRA (smiling)

I recognize that tone!  Everything is fine with the exception of… 

                                         INDIANA JONES

Understanding how this all came about?  This place, your being here and the rest of us being the guest of someone else.  Who pays for it all and where did this come from?  (holds up a gravy boat)

                                         SHORT ROUND (chiming in)

… and the High Lama, when do we get to meet him?

                                         CONWAY

All in good time, Shorty!  The High Lama is anxious to meet all of you, but first… enjoy the hospitality of Shangri La.  Understanding comes simply, from the heart… not from the hamperings of one’s mind.  Meet her people and share in her tranquility.  And remember, you are our guests.

                                         SHUELLER

More like your prisoners!  There are some of us who would like to get back to civilization as quickly as possible!

                                         CHANG (hovering nearby)

Excuse me, Lieutenant, but are you certain that you are that far from it?

                                         SHUELLER (ignores Chang)

We are soldiers, Mr. Conway… our duty is to the Fatherland. (several soldiers murmur their agreement)

                                         QUIE

It is the custom of my people to allow a guest seven days of rest and relaxation before any business discussions are entertained.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and quite an honorable one at that!

                                         SONDRA (raising a glass)

Here, here!

                                         CONWAY

Given time, Lieutenant… Dr. Jones, all of your questions will be answered.  (addressing Shueller)  Surely the war will rage on fine without you for a little while longer? (Shueller sulks and says nothing)  Now I must insist!  Let us enjoy our dinner together, tomorrow will start a whole new perspective of your surroundings…  I guarantee it!

The guests continue to enjoy the evening meal as Angela squeezes Indy’s hand under the table.  FADE TO MONTAGE:  Indy awakening the next morning, sitting up in bed and stretching.  He goes to rub his neck and then realizes it doesn’t bother him, he shrugs and gets up.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela walking hand in hand accompanied by Alex and Quie through the hanging gardens.  CUT TO:  Shorty and his cousins helping the young servant girls with their chores.  CUT TO:  Shueller and his men in the village below; inspecting the architecture, watching the natives tending their livestock, seeing the children in open air classrooms with Alex conducting and the women doing laundry in a nearby stream.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela watching a fiery sunset from over the mountain range while horseback riding.  CUT TO: Shorty and his cousins receiving tips on proper etiquette from Sondra to the amusement of the young servant girls.  CUT TO:  Shueller and his men at a piano in the music room singing songs of the Fatherland.  CUT TO:  An open field where Shorty, Bogart and Gable are with their young female friends playing a form of tag football.  The sled dog is chasing the ball carrier and barking excitedly.  Indy and Angela appear on the scene.

                                         BOGART

Indy!  (he pitches the ball to him)

                                         INDIANA JONES (catching the ball and immediately passing a lateral to Shorty who runs with it)

Oh no!  not me!  that’s a younger man’s game!

After handing the ball off Indy works his shoulder then smiles, surprised at how good it feels.

                                         ANGELA

And who says you’re not a younger man?

Indy shrugs and grins.  The sled dog runs up to Indy and he bends down to pet him.

                                         GABLE

Have you named him yet, Dr. Jones?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hmm… I haven’t thought about it.  I usually wait until I see a clear personality before I choose a name.  (he stands)  Why don’t you guys come up with something?

                                         GABLE

O. K. Dr. Jones… we will!  (he runs back to join the others)

Indy turns to Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES

It’s only been a week and yet I feel like I belong here.  Being with you like this… (Indy takes Angela in his arms)  I don’t ever want to leave.

                                         ANGELA

We don’t have to.  (they kiss)

They walk back towards the monastery.  CUT TO:  Indy alone in a massive library.  CUT TO:  Angela with Vivian and Sondra playing gin rummy.  CUT TO:  Conway in a discussion with Shueller and his men at the fountain.  CUT TO:  Shorty and his cousins swimming in a nearby pond with the sled dog.  CUT TO:  Indy in the parlor, watching the fireplace and deep in thought.  Bryant enters.

                                         BRYANT

Excuse me, Indy, but have you seen Viv?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Off with Angela… not sure where, they’ve been practically inseparable these past few days.  Men can know each other for years and not get as close as women can with a single meeting.

                                        BRYANT

They call it sisterhood.  (he smiles)  Left you to your own devices, eh?

                                         INDIANA JONES

In a manner of speaking.  Say… maybe you could answer a few questions for me?

                                         BRYANT

Of course!  Well, that is… if I am able.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Some subjects taboo here in paradise?

                                         BRYANT

Oh, no… not at all!  just limited knowledge on my part.  Merely a plumber, you know.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well, let’s begin there.  What do you do for entertainment around here?  What work do you do?  What is the purpose of all of this? (Indy lifts his arms to encompass the enormity of his question)

                                         BRYANT

Entertainment?  A pleasant diversion, perhaps?  Well, I guess I have no need for recreation since my life is so full with the surroundings afforded me here.   There is no need to escape on my part.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What about work, a sense of purpose… making a contribution to the community?

                                         BRYANT

A sense of purpose?  Ah yes, the need for work.  Well, I like to think I do my part, when needed.  I fix things occasionally, arrange things somewhat.  Once I had an idea to add plumbing throughout the lower village.  The natives still tote water, you see.  I even had the porters bring in some tools and equipment.  Had enough dynamite to get me through the rock.  I even had it all drawn up to scale.  But you know, the natives have been carrying water for generations here.  They do it in such a ritualistic fashion that… well, it seemed a shame to disrupt it.  So I decided they didn’t require my meddling and adjusted myself to their custom.

                                         INDIANA JONES

So what about progress?  Shangri La’s people shouldn’t move forward with the advances of human achievement?

                                         BRYANT

Progress?  My friend, I have progressed by leaps and bounds over my former self.  And it is all up here.  (he points to his head)  Shangri La doesn’t need us, we need it!  (he pauses and looks around)  Viv’s got to be around here somewhere.  Well,  good chatting with you Indy… I hope you find it!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Find what?

                                         BRYANT

Why… your purpose in the midst of all this chaos!

Bryant exits leaving Indy to ponder what he has told him.

FADE

INTERIOR.  INDY’S BEDROOM.  NIGHT.  The room is dark, Indy is awake in bed.  The sled dog is resting at the foot of the bed.  A shadow crosses the light shining in under the door.  The dog begins a low growl.  Indy swings his legs over and sits up on the edge of the bed.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Easy boy, I see it.

Indy gets up, walks softly to the door and opens it a crack.  He sees the back of someone slipping outside to the terrace.  Donning a robe, Indy soothes the dog and then quietly exits his room.  Closing the door behind him, he heads towards the terrace.  Entering the terrace, he sees Lt. Shueller standing at the rail smoking a cigarette and looking up at the stars.  Shueller hears Indy approaching and begins to turn towards him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Those things’ll kill you, ya know… not that I mind.

Shueller completely turns and leans against the rail, facing Indy.  Indy walks up to the rail nearby.  Shueller draws deeply and exhales, then looks at the cigarette thoughtfully.

                                         SHUELLER

You mean this?  Non-tobacco Dr. Jones.  An herb grown in the valley that is enjoyed by it’s natives on occasion.  Non-addictive, harmless really.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Next you’ll say it has powers to enlighten.

                                         SHUELLER

Let’s just say it relaxes me.

                                          INDIANA JONES

You must be tossin’ ‘n’ turnin’ a lot these days.

                                         SHUELLER

You think so?  And why is that, Dr. Jones?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Because your cohorts have been left out in the cold!  They missed their chance at Nazi glory!  The Dance of Aldebaran has passed and the entrance to Shangri La remains concealed.  Doesn’t look like you’ll be seeing that parade in front of the Fuhrer after all.

                                         SHUELLER

Absteigen in das tal des blauen mondes, Herr Jones.  Descend into the Valley of the Blue Moon.  I am here, others will follow.

                                         INDIANA JONES

The entrance is nearly 500 meters from the plateau, we couldn’t see it standing ten feet in front of it.  Stromberg and his goons will run out of supplies, freeze to death and not even know how close they were.

Shueller seems amused, he turns back towards the stars and smiles.

                                         SHUELLER

We are not so different, you and I.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’m sorry you think so.

                                         SHUELLER

Do you really think there is a difference here in Shangri La?  One group holding a position over another, one in privilege the other group in servitude?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I would expect a Nazi to see things that way.

                                         SHUELLER

How would you describe this hierarchy, Dr. Jones?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Peaceful co-existence, something your Fuhrer will never understand.

                                         SHUELLER

Perhaps he will, given the proper setting.

Shueller looks about him, taking in the terrace and all of it’s surroundings.  He smiles again, goes to take another drag off his cigarette but Indy reaches out and grabs his wrist, preventing him.  Indy takes the cigarette and drops it to the ground , ceremoniously grinding it beneath his foot.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Over my dead body.

Indy shakes a fist in Shueller’s face, then returns to the monastery.  Shueller turns back to looking out at the stars… sighing.

                                         SHUELLER

As you wish, Dr. Jones.

FADE

INTERIOR. MONASTERY FOYER. DAY.  Angela enters with Viv just as Shueller, Kleinschmit and the other soldiers are leaving.  Kleinschmit hesitates and Shueller turns to see what he is up to.  Just then from down the main corridor come Shorty and his cousins.  Realizing there is a confrontation developing between Angela and Kleinschmit, Shorty races up and jumps between them, his cousins right behind him.  Seeing this as a test of wills, Shueller waves his men back and the 5 Germans face off with Shorty and his cousins.

                                         ANGELA

Vivian, find Indy… quickly.

                                         VIVIAN

No, I’m not…

                                         ANGELA

Vivian… now, please hurry!  (Vivian exits)

Shueller steps up beside Shorty and Kleinschmit with a smile.

                                         SHUELLER

No club this time, little man?  Kleinschmit remember this one?

Kleinschmit nods and shifts a little in his stance, Shorty eyes him with grim determination.  His cousins watch the others, one on either side of Shorty.

                                         SHUELLER

You are a brave one.  We should be allies, you and your cousins with us.

Shorty says nothing, his eyes do not waiver from Kleinschmit’s.

                                         ANGELA

Shorty, please don’t… there are too many of them.  Just leave with me now.

Shorty shakes his head slightly but keeps his eyes fixed.  Shueller grows impatient, he gives Kleinschmit a little shove.

                                         SHUELLER

Pulverize this little runt.

Kleinschmit does not budge.  Shueller raises his hand to press him again, but Kleinschmit’s face turns purple with rage at Shueller as his arm shoots up to block it away so fast it makes Shorty jump back in a defensive stance, his cousins react, too.  Kleinschmit holds Shueller’s arm and twists it, even as Shueller tries to fend him off.  Gradually Shueller is brought down to his knees with the pain.  The other soldiers stare at Kleinschmit in disbelief.  Even Shorty and Angela look on a bit confused.  Kleinschmit turns from his glaring at Shueller to a softer, humbler look at Angela.

                                         KLEINSCHMIT (softly)

Miss Santamaria?

                                         ANGELA

Yes?

                                         KLEINSCHMIT (clearing his throat)

Miss Santamaria… I’d like to, I want to… apologize for my behavior… earlier, at the camp.

Angela looks in slight disbelief.  Shorty is wary but relaxes a little.

                                         KLEINSCHMIT

I have a wife… and a son, what I did was a disgrace to them… and myself.  I’m sorry.

Kleinschmit turns away, releasing Shueller from his grip.  He walks past the other soldiers and out the entrance just as Indy, Alex and Conway come up the main corridor with Vivian and Sondra.  Indy approaches Angela while Conway and the soldiers help Shueller to his feet.

                                         CONWAY

Angela, are you all right?  Lt. Shueller… here let me help you!

But Shueller brushes himself off then marches outside with his men on his heels.  Indy turns to Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What was that all about?  Are you sure you are all right?

                                         ANGELA

Yes, yes… I’m fine.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty, what happened here?

Shorty looks at Angela who slightly shakes her head.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Beats me, Dr. Jones… I guess he slipped!

He and his cousins laugh and then leave by way of the opposite corridor.

                                         ALEX

Are you sure you are all right, Angela?

                                         ANGELA

Yes, of course I’m sure, why does everyone keep asking me that?  C’mon Viv… let them sort it out.

Angela and Vivian exit with Sondra.  Conway, Alex and Indy are left looking at each other.

                                         ALEX

It would appear that Kleinschmit has met with the High Lama.

                                         CONWAY

So it would.

They all three stand bewildered for a moment until Conway finally lets out a laugh.  He pats each man on the shoulder and guides them towards the parlor.

                                         CONWAY

And in here we have a lovely bottle of brandy, class of ’33, I believe…

They exit and FADE.

(to be continued)

Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 3

March 16, 2008

INTERIOR.  THE TEMPLE FOYER.  DAY.  Conway and Chang lead their guests inside and begin directing servants to accompany each one to his individual room.  Indy pauses with Angela a bit awkwardly.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Er… Chang, Angela and I was expecting to find Alex here…

                                         CHANG

Oh yes.  He would be in the valley conducting class for the children of the village.  But he will return in time for lunch, you can meet him then… if you like.

                                         CONWAY

Alexander and Mrs. Lovett will be thrilled upon hearing of your arrival.  Your hosts have been very anxious to see you, Indy.

Indy and Angela look at each other.

                                         ANGELA

Mrs. Lovett?

CUT TO:  Shueller and his men being assigned individual rooms.  Shueller enters and quickly surveys his accommodations, going to the window and throwing open the shutters, noticing there are no bars.  The view over the valley is a sharp drop of over a thousand feet.  He studies the village below.  Then Shueller reaches inside his coat and pulls out a revolver.  Hesitating for a moment, he walks over to the bed and sticks it under the pillow.  He then begins to undress.  CUT TO:  Shorty and his cousins passing by a banquet hall and noticing several attractive young women arranging place settings.  They smile at Shorty and his cousins, who then reciprocate.  Passing on a few feet they begin whooping it up until they reach their rooms.

                                         SHORT ROUND (imitating Chang)

Welcome to Shangri La… ooo la la LA!

They all laugh.

FADE

INTERIOR.  INDY’S ROOM.  DAY.  Indy does a slight inventory of his room, admiring artwork, the furniture and pottery.  He walks to a large, bay window and looks out at the lush gardens, then beyond to the snow capped mountains that surround the valley.  He walks to the desk and thumbs through a book, then begins to disrobe.  Outside his room he hears faint footsteps growing louder as they approach his door.  There is a rapid knocking and then a man bursts in.  Indy looks up, startled.  It is his old friend, ALEX.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex?  Alex!

                                          ALEX

Henry!  It is you!

Alex strides in and gives Indy a hearty handshake and pat on the back.  Indy follows suit then pulls back to look him over, both men are all smiles.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex, you haven’t changed a bit!

Alex beams a little sheepishly.

                                         INDIANA JONES

No, I mean it.  Alex… you haven’t changed a bit!  How is that possible?

                                         ALEX

Haven’t I?  C’mon man, it’s been over a dozen years, everyone changes.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Everyone but you!  Al, what’s going on here?  I mean, pinch me ’cause I must be dreamin’.  Where the hell am I?

                                         ALEX

You mean where the hell aren’t you!  Come now, Henry, you didn’t travel half way around the world to discuss my appearance and such.  How are you?  What’s new at the University and the big, bold, beautiful world?

Indy motions for Alex to sit down and both men find chairs near the bay window.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well, you know… of course, that there’s a war going on?

                                         ALEX

There is?  Against whom, who started it and what for?

Indy begins to feel uncomfortable and begins searching for a way to begin until Alex bursts into laughter.

                                         ALEX

Cri-men-netly, Henry… we ain’t completely in the dark in these here parts, ya know!

Indy laughs nervously.  Alex reaches out and puts a hand on his shoulder.

                                         ALEX

It is going to be great having you here… like old times!

                                         INDIANA JONES

More than you realize.

                                         ALEX

How do you mean, my good man?

Indy takes a deep breath.  Alex removes his hand and sits back in his chair.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Al, … Angela is with me.

Alex sits up, surprised… and then sits back, relaxed and begins to chuckle.

                                         ALEX

Oh, you nearly had me there, old chum!  Yessir, nearly had me good!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex, I’m not joking… Angela is here… with me.

Alex sits back in a slump, his face full of wonder.

                                         ALEX

You don’t say, really?  Oh, well!  Nothings changed with you, I can see.  The minute I turn my back, there you are… making a move on my girl!  Some friend you turned out to be!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex!  It’s been 12 years!  We thought… we thought you were… well, dead!  No one’s heard from you and then, poof! out of the blue… “Having a lovely time… wish you were here!”

                                         ALEX

Oh yes, that.  You got that, right?  Right!  Otherwise you wouldn’t be here.  Ha ha!  She’s here?  Oh Henry, you sure got me there.  It’s going to be like old times!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Alex, you must understand.  It wasn’t like that, it was never like that.  Angela took her betrothal to you very seriously.  For years she held on to the hope that you’d come back.

                                         ALEX

And you two accidentally came together on this trip and the rest is history?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Bringing her was Dad’s idea.

                                          ALEX

Henry, Sr.?  How is the old man?  Still searching for the grail?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Found the grail, now he’s president of the University.

Alex’s mouth drops.

                                         ALEX

I don’t know which sounds more preposterous!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Believe me, Al… it’s all true.

                                         ALEX

I have been away too long!

Indy leans forward on his chair closer to Alex and lowers his tone.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You mean, you’re ready to come back?

Alex throws his head back and lets out a hearty laugh.

                                         ALEX

Oh good heavens no!  Henry, that is just a figure of speech!  I’m perfectly content here… have a wife, you know.

                                         INDIANA JONES

So I heard.  Now who had their back turned?

Both men begin laughing and Alex slaps his knee.

                                         ALEX

Good one, Henry!  You are sharp as a tack, my friend.  How I’ve missed you and these little banters!

                                         INDIANA JONES (seriously)

So tell me about your wife and your time here.  12 years, Al… long time no hear from.  What happened?  Why did it take you so long to get in touch with us?  and what about Angela?

Alex slaps his knee again and stands up, walking over to the window and looking up at the mountain peaks.  His mood turns somber.

                                         ALEX

You always were one who didn’t beat around the bush, Henry.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and you were always the one that set fire to it!

Alex chuckles, then leans on the window ledge and faces Indy.

                                         ALEX

We were kidnapped, really.  Conway and myself, a few others.  Held against our will at first.  Guests of Chang, it was said.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’m not quite sure of all his guests, but go on.

                                         ALEX

Well, this placed changed us… it will change you, if you’ll let it.  Not brainwashed, mind you.  But, well… reborn, sort of like a renewed sense of purpose.  Like a caretaker relationship with the Earth and all it’s creation.  The outside world just grew less and less important, and with that… any desire I’ve had to leave here.  Later on… I met my wife, she’s a native of the valley.  The years, Indy, literally flew by.  We hear news of the world; reports of wars and such, but time stands still in Shangri La.  I’ve never known such harmony.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Why, then… am I here?

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE MONASTERY ENTRANCE.  DAY.  Conway is standing at the top of the staircase looking out at the promenade’s hanging gardens and main fountain.  Chang comes out from inside and joins him.

                                         CONWAY

How many souls today, Chang, ten?

                                         CHANG

Yes, Mr. Conway… and the dog, of course.

                                         CONWAY

Ah yes!  (he laughs) We mustn’t forget him!  Man’s best friend!  (he returns to being solemn)  We haven’t seen that many all at once since…

                                         CHANG

Since your arrival, Mr. Conway.

Conway smiles and nods in agreement.

                                         CONWAY

All bedded down, right?  Room enough for everyone, I presume?

                                         CHANG

This monastery contains 29 individual rooms for guests, Mr. Conway, more than adequate accommodations, I might add.

                                         CONWAY

Oh yes, quite.  Thank you, Chang.

                                         CHANG

Will the High Lama be making arrangements to interview the new arrivals soon, Mr. Conway?

Conway turns to Chang, places a hand on his shoulder and smiles.

                                         CONWAY

We’ll allow Shangri La’s ambiances to soften their hearts a little while first.

Chang bows and exits.  Conway turns to look out at the grand spectacle of the mountains surrounding him.

                                         CONWAY

Could anything touch a man’s heart more convincingly?

FADE

INTERIOR.  A LARGE STEAM BATH.  DAY.  Angela enters attended to by two young women.  She steps into the pool and relaxes on one side.  After a few moments, Shueller, Kleinschmit and the rest of the German men enter and step inside the pool at the opposite side.  Kleinschmit is nearest to Shueller and he looks over at Angela.  Shueller speaks incoherently and the others laugh, but Kleinschmit remains silent.  Angela nervously gathers up the courage to get up and exit the pool as Kleinschmit is watching her every move.  She hears the laughter of the men as she hurries away.  CUT TO:  Angela’s room, she enters from the steam bath.  Closing the door, she props herself behind it and breathes a sigh of relief.  Looking over towards her bed, there is a note left there.  She walks over, picks it up and begins to read:  “I’LL BE IN THE GARDEN BY SIX.  INDY.”  A slow smile crosses her face as she holds the note to her breast.

FADE

INTERIOR.  THE MAIN CORRIDOR.  DAY.  Angela leaves her room and makes for the Foyer when Alex steps out of a nearby doorway.  She stops and catches her breath.

                                         ANGELA

Alex!

                                         ALEX (rushing up and taking her by the hands)

Angela!  How wonderful to see you!  (they embrace)

                                         ANGELA

Oh Alex, how have you been?  This is incredible!  This whole place is so incredible and you…

                                         ALEX

… look incredible, too?  (they laugh)  Angela, you are absolutely radiant.  (they embrace again)

                                         ANGELA

You must tell me everything!  What happened to you and how did you come to be here?

                                         ALEX

Oh not now, darling… just let me look at you!

Angela’s mood shifts slightly.

                                         ANGELA

Alex, it has been so long… and Henry and I… well…

                                         ALEX

Angela, I know all about it!  It’s wonderful!  You and Henry after all this time!

                                         ANGELA

And you, I understand you’ve married?

                                         ALEX

Yes, to a lovely native girl… you’ll adore her.  I’ll introduce you tonight at dinner.

                                         ANGELA

Alex, walk with me to the gardens, we’ll talk…

                                         ALEX

… and talk and talk and talk some more!  I’d be delighted!

They exit and FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE HANGING GARDENS NEAR THE PROMENADE.  DAY.  Indy is sitting on a stone bench as Angela appears.  He rises up to meet her, they kiss and embrace.  Hand in hand they walk the garden area, taking in the wild life and scenery.  Rounding a corner they happen upon Bryant and Vivian relaxing under a shade tree.  They turn to see Angela and Indy, then rise to their feet to greet them.

                                         ANGELA

Oh please, don’t get up.  We didn’t mean to disturb you.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Yes, excuse us.  We are just sort of wandering around…

They both smile.

                                         BRYANT

Easy enough to do, grand place to get lost in.  Welcome to Shangri La.

                                         INDIANA JONES

We are delighted to be here.

                                         BRYANT

Please join us, won’t you?

                                         ANGELA

We don’t want to intrude…

                                          VIVIAN

We’ll have none of that, join in with us.  We’ll attend dinner together.

They all sit below the tree.  Angela admires the landscape.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I couldn’t have imagined it more beautiful.

                                         BRYANT

Precisely how we felt, eh Viv?

                                         VIVIAN

It never ceases to amaze me, I discover more each time I walk in the gardens.

                                         ANGELA

How long have you been here in Shangri La?

Bryant looks at Vivian. 

                                         BRYANT

What say you , Viv… about 12 years or so?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Then you arrived about the time Conway and Alex did?

                                         BRYANT

Came in with them.  Our plane crashed into a mountain and we were rescued together.

                                         ANGELA

It must have been terrible!

                                         VIVIAN

Not really, wouldn’t have met Bryant if not for that trip.

                                         BRYANT

And that put me about a million miles from my former self, let me tell you.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What were you before?

                                         BRYANT

Ever hear of Chalmers Bryant before the stock market crash in ’29?  I’m him, dear and glorious plumber… that was me!  That was another crash I was able to walk away from!  Only cost me everything.  (hugs Vivian)  Worth every penny, though… eh, Viv?  (they laugh)

                                         ANGELA

So you actually didn’t meet until you arrived here?

                                         VIVIAN

Didn’t like him at first, but he grows on you!

                                         BRYANT

Blame it on the climate, me love.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hold on a minute!  Chalmers Bryant came on the market about 30 years ago during the First World War… you must have started out very young!

Just then a gong is heard.  Bryant and Vivian begin to get up with Indy and Angela following.

                                         BRYANT

Saved by the bell!  One thing they like you to be is prompt about here and that’s chow time.  Kinda like the Army in that respect.

Bryant puts his arm around Vivian and they stroll back towards the monastery with Indy and Angela behind them.  Indy is scratching his head and shrugging his shoulders while Angela hushes him.

(to be continued)

Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 2 (continued)

March 13, 2008

INTERIOR.  LARGE CAVE.  NIGHT.  Indy, Shueller and the two soldiers are seated, hands and feet bound with hoods over their heads.  An off camera voice addresses Indy.

                                         V.O.

So… we meet again, Dr. Jones!

Indy’s hood is removed.  He struggles to adjust to the light but then recognizes Shorty and Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty!  Where did… how did…?  (looking at Angela)  Are you all right?

                                         ANGELA

Yes, thanks to Shorty and his cousins.

                                         SHORT ROUND

No thanks to me, thanks to porters!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Porters?

Indy looks around the cave.  Dozens of Mongolian looking men and women are working at stacking boxes and crates, separating items and loading packs on sleds.  Shorty works at untying Indy while Angela explains.

                                         ANGELA

Porters, a whole tribe of them!  Shorty and his cousins met them after I was injured.  Apparently they deliver shipments to the people of Shangri La.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shipments?

                                         ANGELA

Supplies, books… even artwork and furniture!  It’s like an entire department store here!

                                         SHORTY (pointing to the others)

And they don’t like Germans!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hmm… I like them already.  (to Angela)  But how did you get away from the base camp?

                                         ANGELA

Shorty rescued me, thumped that one with a chunk of firewood!  (points to Kleinschmit who is hooded along with the others.)

Freed from his bonds, Indy stands.  He hugs Angela and shakes Shorty’s hand.  The sled dog comes up and barks.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Where did you get the dog, Dr. Jones?

Indy stoops down and ruffles the dog’s ears.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Why, we’re old friends!  aren’t we, pal?  And I didn’t get him, he got me!

                                         SHORT ROUND

Can we keep him?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well, I dunno… who’s in charge here?  I’d like to thank him for his hospitality and our good fortune.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Fortune smiled, yes… but they were looking for us, Dr. Jones!  They’d all most given up, say you way over base!

                                         INDIANA JONES (wryly)

Off base, Shorty… way off base.  How were they looking for us?  Who sent them?  No one knew we were…

A commanding voice is spoken off camera from behind Indy.

                                         V.O.

The High Lama sends his greetings to you, Dr. Jones.

Indy turns to see a man standing behind him.  There are several others with him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

The High Lama?  Who is he… and how did he know we were coming?

                                         SHORT ROUND

This is Tenzin, the tribal elder.  The High Lama is who they work for.

                                         TENZIN

… and the High Lama knows everything that goes on in these mountains, Dr. Jones.  He is anxious to meet you.

Tenzin bows out of respect, as do his followers.  Indy follows suit.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and I am anxious to meet him!  Where is the High Lama?

                                         TENZIN

My people will have the pleasure of accompanying you to our meeting place… it is not far from the entrance to the Valley of the Blue Moon.

Indy motions to the Germans still held captive.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What becomes of them?

                                         TENZIN

They will be turned over to the High Lama, these mountains are under His protection.

Indy shakes hands with Tenzin and bows to the group accompanying him.  He places his arm around Angela and tussles Shorty’s hair.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Of course we’ll keep the dog!

FADE

EXTERIOR.  OUTSIDE THE CAVE ENTRANCE.  DAY.  The large party begins their climb.  MONTAGE:  Indy and Angela climbing together.  Shorty and his cousins climbing together.  The German prisoners, still hooded and bound, being assisted up the slope by several porters.  The sleds being pulled by the men.  The entire assembly making it’s way down a gully.  Indy pauses to admire the grand spectacle of the mountain range.  Tenzin leading the entourage to a small plateau.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela stopping together and marvelling at the sight ahead of them.  The pathway drops down a ravine but on the left side the rim of the mountain advances higher and makes a majestic curve that is shielded over head by a canopy of snow and ice several hundred feet high.  On the right side of the narrow walk the cliff drops off into a steep crevasse that they cannot see the bottom of.  The sheer wall of the mountainside capped off with the crown of snow resembles a crashing wave caught frozen in time and space.  What looks slightly more than a stones throw away across from the plateau they see the pathway slopes up, turns and disappears from view.  Tenzin leaves the front of the line and comes back to where Indy and Angela are standing.  They gaze up at the breath taking arch.

                                        TENZIN

The Europeans from the Valley of the Blue Moon call it The Crest.  It has enveloped and guarded the only known entrance to Shangri La since the world’s beginning.

                                         ANGELA

It’s magnificent!

                                         INDIANA JONES

The only known entrance?  I don’t see anything!

                                         TENZIN

Looked for, the entrance cannot be seen.  One must know where it is.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Thus the only “known” entrance?  I presume you know where it is, when do we climb over?

                                         TENZIN

My tribe has served the High Lama for over two hundred years, the people of Shangri La never venture out beyond this point, and we shall go no further.  Their lookout will inform Him of our arrival.  We will camp here.  It is not very far, but the path is indeed treacherous… only with the aid of a skilled guide would the inexperienced one make it across.

                                         ANGELA

But I thought you said we were expected?

                                         TENZIN

My people never breach the valley of The Crest; it is considered a natural buffer to the people of Shangri La, a last defense against a hostile world.  Our services end here on the plateau, so it has been for two hundred years.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What about the Europeans?

                                         TENZIN

They are considered guests of the High Lama.

                                         INDIANA JONES (to Angela)

That explains Alex’s invitation.  (to Tenzin)  Why not scale The Crest?  Must be some way over it.

                                         TENZIN

No one from this side has ever attempted it.  The path through the ravine is dangerous in itself, but to climb The Crest from this vantage point would be impossible, it is shear ice and snow.  One false step and you would surely slide down to your death. 

As the porters work to make camp, a horn is blown until another horn is heard in the distance.  The sky becomes dark.  The night sky is blanketed with stars  A full moon comes into view.  Higher and higher it rises until across the ravine a blueish hue from a slight crag shines through directly across from the plateau.  The Crest begins shimmering from behind with the aqua blue reflection emitted from the Valley of the Blue Moon.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE PLATEAU.  DAY.  The entire ensemble has slept out beneath the stars and the dawn causes much commotion.  Across the valley of The Crest, a line of men are coming down from the direction of the crag and heading towards the plateau.  At the beginning, two men are blowing horns and one of the porters answer their call.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela awakened by all the activity.  Shorty and is cousins are already up and excitedly preparing to meet the group from across the valley.

                                        SHORT ROUND (pointing towards the approaching group)

It’s the High Lama!  I can see him up front!

Everyone clamors to the edge of the plateau.  They watch as the men continue to advance along the narrow pathway.  Finally they come up from the trail in the shadow of The Crest, march up the slope and stand at the threshold.  There is an elderly looking man in the lead, but he does not appear to be frail.  He is tall, upright and regal in appearance.  He steps forward while the others remain behind.  Tenzin approaches the stops and the two men give each other a slight bow.

                                         TENZIN

Chang!  How good to see you, my friend!  It has been too long!  Please, you and your people make yourselves comfortable and we’ll serve up refreshments!

Chang smiles.  He motions to his followers to move closer then he slowly looks trough the crowd of porters until he spots Indy standing nearby.  He bows to him.

                                         CHANG

Tenzin.  The mounains have not been too much for you to bear on this journey, I presume?

Tenzin gives a hearty laugh.  His tribe all laugh in unison.  Indy, Angela, Shorty and his cousins all join in the laughter.

                                         TENZIN

These mountains cuddle my people like we are babes in it’s arms.  When we walk, it is like we are walking on clouds and when we sleep it is if we lay on a bed of duck down. Praise be to the High Lama for guarding them and continuing to bless all of those in His care.

Chang smiles and nods then again looks towards Indy.

                                         CHANG

You have brought guests to Shangri La.

Chang moves forward and the porters surrounding Indy fan out in either direction until Chang stands before him.

                                         CHANG

Dr. Jones, I presume?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Henry Jones, at your service, sir.

                                         CHANG

Alex has told us so many stories about you, it is a pleasure to finally meet you!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Tales told at my expense, no doubt.

Chang is pleased, he looks at Angela.

                                         INDIANA JONES

And may I present Miss Angela Santamaria…

                                         ANGELA

It is such a pleasure to finally meet the High Lama of Shangri La!

The porters and the men from the valley all mildly chuckle, Chang is slightly amused.

                                         CHANG

Oh my dear child; I am not the High Lama, merely His servant, as we all are!  But I am sure you will meet him in due time. 

                                         ANGELA

Forgive me, I didn’t mean to… well, your followers seem to revere you so that I just assumed…

                                         CHANG

Please, Miss Santamaria, no apologies… we are very informal at Shangri La.  You may call me Chang.  (He bows)  …and I’m afraid any reverence is a custom due to age, as I am the oldest of our party, it is my privilege to lead… but all are equal under the eyes of the High Lama.

 CUT TO: Indy and Angela introducing Shorty and his cousins while the rest of the porters begin helping the servants load packs and ready sleds to make the trek back across the valley.  Chang bends low to shake “hands” with the sled dog.  CUT TO:  Tenzin and Chang briefly talk and move back to where the Germans are.  CUT TO:  After a few more words with Chang, Tenzin removes the hoods from the German’s heads.  Then producing a knife, Tenzin cuts the ropes in order to free them.  CUT TO:  Chang speaks to Shueller and then turns to rejoin his group.  Shueller and his men look about and then resign themselves to following the servants.  CUT TO:  Chang and Tenzin embrace, Tenzin gestures towards a fire with a steaming kettle, Chang holds up a hand and shakes his head with a smile.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela gathering their packs, Shorty and his cousins joining them.  CUT TO:  The entire entourage with Chang in the lead, descending down the pathway into the ravine.  CUT TO:  Tenzin and his tribe of porters waving goodbye as they gradually make their way across, some turn and wave back.  CUT TO: A walk through the narrow passage, Indy looking up at the canopy of snow and ice that is The Crest, hundreds of feet above them.  CUT TO:  the far side of the ravine,  Chang standing at the crag’s entrance as the other servants enter.  Indy and Angela blend in with them until they are at the entrance.  CUT TO:  Indy reaching Chang.

                                         CHANG

Welcome to Shangri La, Dr. Jones.

They pass through the mountain wall and look down into the Valley of the Blue Moon.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE PROMENADE LEADING TO THE TEMPLE.  DAY.  Chang is followed by his guests towards the temple of the High Lama.  The servants carrying their supplies follow behind.  The guests are held in awe by the beauty and peacefulness of their surroundings.  CUT TO:  The top of the temple staircase, two European looking men and two women are standing there awaiting the group.  CUT TO:  Chang and the guests advancing up the staircase, the guests still enthralled by the serenity and grandeur of the temple and it’s surroundings.  They stop just short of the top of the stairs.  The servants pass from behind and advance inside of the temple doors.  One of the men steps forward to greet Chang.

                                         CHANG (turning to the group)

May I present Mr. Conway; he will oversee your stay here in Shangri La.  Any questions you might have should be directed to him. 

                                         CONWAY

Welcome! May Shangri La prove to be an invigorating retreat for all of you!

                                         INDIANA JONES (extending his hand and Conway shaking it)

You are Robert Conway, England’s “Man of the East?”  I expected a much older man.

                                         CONWAY (beaming)

Good Heaven’s, man, I haven’t been bestowed that title in years!  But I am flattered.  You my call me Robert, but I prefer Conway or Mr. Conway, if you must formalize it.  And you sir, may I presume you are Dr. Henry Jones?  I’ve heard a great deal about you!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Merely a fraction compared to what I have heard of you, sir!  … and my friends call me, Indy.  Allow me to introduce Miss Angela Santamaria.  Angela, Mr. Conway.

                                         CONWAY

I am charmed, Miss Santamaria, welcome to Shangri La!

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and also… Shorty, along with his cousins Bogart and Gable.

                                         CONWAY

Devotees of the silver screen, no doubt?  Gentlemen!  Shangri La is at your disposal!

The sled dog barks for attention.

                                         CONWAY

And who do we have here?  A stowaway?

                                         INDIANA JONES

More like a life saver.

Indy ignores the German soldiers, but Conway will have none of it.  He steps down to extend his hand to Shueller.

                                         CONWAY

Welcome!  Welcome all of you!

                                         SHUELLER

Lieutenant Heinz Shueller.  (stiff bow)  My men and I are not here of our own free will, Herr Conway.  We were forced at gunpoint.  I’d like to make arrangements for our departure as soon as possible.

                                         CONWAY

Forced?  at gunpoint?

Conway laughs and returns back to the top of the staircase.  He puts his arm around one of the women.

                                         CONWAY

This is my wife, Sondra.  (turning to the others)  This is my good friend, Bryant and his wife, Vivian.  (they nod and smile)

                                         CHANG

I’ve invited Lieutenant Shueller and his men to be my guests, Mr. Conway. 

                                         CONWAY

And so they shall be, Chang!  Everyone!  We should not remain on the staircase landing at the entrance to the temple when it is so much more pleasant inside!  Come!  Refresh yourselves and rest from your journey.  I have made the sojourn below The Crest to the plateau many times and I know it certainly can make one weary.  Please, I beg you.  Come inside and enjoy our unparalleled hospitality!

The group follows Conway and Sondra leaving Bryant and Vivian to look at each other and smile.  The camera pulls back to take in the grand spectacle of the monastery, the hanging gardens and the fountain.

FADE

(end of Part 2)

Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 2 (continued)

March 10, 2008

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN LEDGE.  DAY.  Shorty and his cousins are looking over the edge down at the German base camp below them.  Shorty turns around in surprise when the muzzle of a rifle taps him on his shoulder.  The others turn and instinctively raise their hands.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  One of the soldiers is feeding the sled dogs, acting particularly fond of one of them.  CUT TO:

INTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Professor Stromberg is growing restless and tired of Indy’s defiance.  He nods to Shueller who moves towards Indy and back hands the coffee cup off of the table.  Then he grabs Indy by the lapels and raises him up off of the chair.

                                         SHUELLER

Too many men…  too many good men have died searching for something that does not exist.  If it takes you dying a slow death to convince certain people that this is a futile exercise… then so be it!

He throws Indy back into his chair.  Stromberg is amused.

                                         STROMBERG

You’ll have to excuse Lieutenant Shueller’s bitterness, Dr. Jones.  He imagined himself a hero of the Reich before finding himself isolated in these mountains, far from the glories of war.  He is anxious to return and prove himself.

                                         SHUELLER

My loyalty is to the Fatherland… not to some illusion of immortality that old men grasp at like so much hot air.

                                         STROMBERG

Still… it is to me you have been assigned and my cause has become your cause.  (He looks at Indy feigning sympathy)  You could have accompanied us on the greatest discovery mankind has ever known.  Good bye, Dr. Jones.  Kleinschmit!

The guard, Kleinschmit approaches menacingly but then the sound of barking dogs and men approaching is heard.  The front door bursts open,  Captain Von Haus and his patrol enter, bringing Angela with them.  She falls to the floor writhing in pain from her twisted ankle.  She looks at Indy with recognition, though he shakes his head to dissuade her.  Strombeg sees the connection between them and smiles.  Von Haus removes his gear and looks at Shueller, then Indy.

                                         VON HAUS

These mountains are strange.  Just when you think they will reveal nothing…

                                         SHUELLER

He was captured at the North end of the camp.

                                         VON HAUS

She was found abandoned inside the cave south of here.  (He turns to Indy)  Are there any more like you?

                                         INDIANA JONES

No.

                                         STROMBERG

He has the invitation, some calculations and a chart… this is Dr. Henry Jones of Mid-Western University in the United States.  (turning to Angela)  But you, lovely one… who are you and why are you here in this desolate place?

Angela cowers back and says nothing, rubbing her ankle.

                                         VON HAUS

It is late.  We’ll set out in the morning.  Tie the two of them together.

Kleinschmit grabs Angela roughly and stands her up, briefly pausing to bring his face close to hers and sniffing her hair.  She winces and cries out in pain.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Stromberg, call off your goon.  I’ll take you where you want to go, just leave her out of this.

                                         VON HAUS

I am afraid it was you, Dr. Jones, who should have left her out of this.  Now she is very much in the middle…

                                         INDIANA JONES

Stromberg, those readings may be deciphered eventually but I can take you where you want to go… to the Valley of the Blue Moon.

Kleinschmit is still holding Angela close to himself, enjoying her discomfort and helplessness.  He looks at Stromberg who nods.  Kleinschmit leads Angela carefully to the table and backs a chair up to Indy’s, preparing to tie them together.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Leave her loose, will ya?  Can’t you see she’s been hurt?

Von Haus moves to one of the bunks, throws a mattress down on the floor by the table and directs her to it.

                                         VON HAUS

Remain in full sight, please.

Kleinschmit allows Angela to drop to the mattress at Indy’s feet then offers a scowl.  Indy glares back.

                                         STROMBERG

Tomorrow we set out to find a great treasure for the Reich!

                                         INDIANA JONES (under his breath)

Or die trying…

FADE

INTERIOR. THE BASE CAMP.  THE NEXT DAY.  The men are set to exit the cabin with full gear, leaving one sentry at the door and Kleinschmit inside with Angela.  CUT TO:  EXTERIOR OF CABIN.  Indy’s hands are being tied to the sled with a leader of rope.  One of the sled dogs comes near and Indy stoops low to pet him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Looks like both of us are being forced into servitude, eh boy?

The dog is led away by his feeder.  The sled dogs are harnessed to the sled, which is loaded with equipment.  Indy is in tow behind.  The dog feeder is in the sled, cracking a whip and hollering commands.  They head out of the compound travelling up the wooded slope towards the spot Indy had reached before being captured.  MONTAGE:  the men and dogs working up through the woods.  Indy being led by the sled.  The group making it’s way to the top, a shot from the heights above where the base camp is clearly seen from below.  As the sun climbs higher in the morning sky it becomes warmer, icicles are seen dripping water.  Finally they reach a point where a snow bridge connects two ledges  The group begins to cross one man at a time, beginning with a soldier who is tied off .  Once he reaches the other side another soldier crosses holding onto the rope, joins the first and they both brace themselves holding the rope taut for the others to use as they cross.  Next is Von Haus, then Stromberg, followed by the remainder of the patrol.  Indy and Shueller are at the rear as one of the last men to cross notices a shifting of the snow bridge.

                                         STROMBERG

The bridge will not sustain the weight of the loaded sled, we must carry the packs over one at a time!

                                         VON HAUS (to Shueller on the opposite side)

Empty the sled!  Carry the equipment over!

                                         SHUELLER

The sled is useless!  Shoot the dogs!

The dog feeder protests as another soldier hoists a pack over his shoulders and begins heading across, guided by the rope.  Indy crouches next to the lead dog and ruffles his fur.

                                         INDIANA JONES

They’ll never do it, pal.

The soldier on the snow bridge inches his way across but the combined weight of his equipment and the additional pack is too much.  The bridge collapses, sending the soldier below to his death and separating the group, with Indy, Shueller and five soldiers left on one side.  As the bridge collapses, Shueller’s feet lose their footing and he drops off the edge to a small ledge several feet below, unharmed but out of reach.  The remaining soldiers try to help Shueller while Indy seizes the moment and makes a break for the camp.  He leaps into the sled, grabs the whip with both hands and expertly cracks it over the heads of the sled dogs. 

                                         INDIANA JONES

eeyah! yah!

The sled lurches away as the soldiers on the other side of the ravine raise their rifles to shoot but Stromberg stops them.

                                        STROMBERG

Hold your fire! You’ll bring an avalanche down on top of us!

The sled takes off like a shot with Indy frantically trying to untie his hands and hang on.  The soldiers work to get to Shueller.

                                         STROMBERG

Hold your fire!  He can’t get too far!  Lieutenant!  He’ll head back to the camp, you return there.  We’ll move on!

                                         VON HAUS

But we’ll need him to read the chart!

                                         STROMBERG

No more delays!  I shall interpret it, Captain!  We are too close to wait any further!

They leave the ledge and proceed away from the men on the opposite side.  The soldiers have a rope on Shueller and begin assisting him back to the edge.  CUT TO:  Indy making his way back down the path, reaching the point where the base camp compound is visible below. 

FADE

INTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Kleinschmit is inside looking out the window and then turns to face Angela.  She is sitting up on the mattress by the table.  He gives her a slow look over, smiles and then approaches, removing his hat and ammo belt.  Angela begins to move away, protesting as Kleinschmit lunges for her.  He falls on top of her and sprawls her out on the floor.  He begins to paw and tear at her clothing, all the while kissing her mouth with so much pressure as to muffle her screams.  CUT TO:  The sentry outside, hearing the scuffling from inside the cabin he tries the door.  CUT TO:  Shueller successfully being pulled up the side by two of the soldiers.

                                         SHUELLER (to the other three)

Don’t wait for me!  Get after him and bring him back!

The other three get into their snow skis, take off individually as each is ready and begin THE CHASE.  CUT TO:  Indy on the dog sled racing down the mountain still working at freeing his hands and trying to guide the sled.  Occasionally looking over his shoulder he finally works his hands free.  CUT TO:  The soldiers are in single file, each separated from the other by a short distance and in hot pursuit.  CUT TO:  As the first soldier appears to be gaining Indy flings out remaining gear at him knocking him to the ground.  CUT TO:  Down the slope and approaching the wooded area the next soldier pulls out his rifle and begins firing.  CUT TO:  Indy begins weaving the sled, slaloming between the trees.  One turn is too sharp and the sled tips over, smashes against a tree, sending the dogs and Indy tumbling.  CUT TO:  The second soldier lowering his rifle, not seeing where the sled is.  Suddenly he is knocked off his feet by the rope Indy has placed in his path.  Indy quickly subdues the soldier then works at freeing the dogs from their harness.  CUT TO:  The third soldier now reaching the wooded slope, pulling out rifle.  CUT TO:  Indy freeing the dogs, all but the lead dog run off, he hesitates.  Indy reaches down to him with a pat on the head.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Go on, boy!  Before they shoot both of us!

The lead dog scampers off.  Indy rummages through the sled debris and pulls out the lead runner. He sees the soldier’s rifle several yards away in a thicket but opts to flee instead.  Dropping the runner he jumps on “snow board” style and continues to plunge down the mountain.  CUT TO:  The third soldier gaining on Indy and firing his rifle.  CUT TO:  Bullets whizzing past Indy and chipping into the trees around him.  Indy finally loses his balance and once again is sent sprawling.  CUT TO:  The third soldier pulls up just short of Indy and brings up his rifle.  Indy raises his hands to surrender but the soldier grimly takes aim.  CUT TO:  The lead dog leaping out of nowhere at the soldier, biting down on his arm and knocking him to the ground.  The two briefly scuffle in the snow until Indy can knock the soldier unconscious with the rifle butt.  Indy puts the rifle down and hugs the dog.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Atta boy!

The dog licks at Indy’s face, then turns and runs off.  Indy smiles behind him.  CUT TO:  Shueller finally pulled up to the edge and gathering himself together.  He puts on his skis and gestures to the other soldiers to follow him.

                                         SHUELLER

He can’t have gone far, let’s go!

CUT TO:  Indy making his way back to the clearing of the compound on skis and skidding up to the cabin.  CUT TO:  The open door of the cabin,  Indy rushes inside but it is empty.  He runs out of the cabin and searches in all directions, but here is no one in sight.  He drops to his knees and searches the ground for footprints.

                                         INDIANA JONES (whispering)

Angela!

Sobbing in the snow for several moments Indy is over come with emotion.  Soon Shueller and his soldiers come up from behind Indy and bring him to his feet.

FADE

INTERIOR. THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Indy is sitting at the table, hands tied behind his back.  Shueller is pacing in front of him.

                                         SHUELLER

They’ll reach the valley without us!  I’ve come so close to finding it and now we are left behind… for what?  To wait for their return?  Ha!

                                         INDIANA JONES

I thought you didn’t believe it existed.

Shueller stops, grabs Indy and pulls him up off the chair, then smiles and releases him, letting him drop back to his seat.

                                         SHUELLER

You think you will find the girl… but I think not.  She must have tried to escape, but my men are excellent shots.  They will either re-capture her or shoot her, then bury her in a snow drift.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I can show you the way.

Shueller’s interest is piqued, but he is wary.

                                         SHUELLER

You’ve lost your equipment, they’ve taken your readings, your notes and chart.  You are just buying time, Dr. Jones.

                                         INDIANA JONES

We can just sit here and wait… but what if I’m right?  We might even reach it before they do.

                                         SHUELLER

And why should I trust you?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Because you have no choice… and neither do I.

Shueller ponders for a moment, this time Indy smiles.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Now is your chance for some of that Nazi glory, Shueller, are you just going to stay here and let someone else take it from you?  Stromberg will have trouble reading that chart.  I’ve got it all right here!  (points to his head)

                                         SHUELLER

I will have you shot if you try to escape.

                                         INDIANA JONES

If I escape out there… I’m dead anyway.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY Indy, Shueller and the two remaining soldiers head in a new direction.  They travel in single file with Indy leading.  Indy looks along the ground as he walks, as if looking for clues.  They begin climbing.  CUT TO:  Angela with a hood being removed from her head.  Kleinschmit and the sentry are close by, all three are bound and gagged.  She trys to adjust her eyes to the fire light but can only make out shadows.  CUT TO:  Von Haus, Stromberg and the group of soldiers struggling up a narrow pathway, from behind and at a safe distance several figures are watching them.   CUT TO:  Indy rounding a corner and reaching a dead end,  Shueller and the two soldiers come up from behind.  Indy shrugs and they begin to double back.  CUT TO:  They reach another dead end.  CUT TO:  Another dead end.  Shueller containing Indy with a drawn pistol, the soldiers behind him with their rifles lowered.

                                         SHUELLER

This is it, Dr. Jones, no more wild goose chase… no more dead ends.

Indy is backed into a corner.

                                         INDIANA JONES

You won’t find the valley without me.

                                         SHUELLER

It appears we won’t find it with you, either.

Indy looks up above their shoulders and raises his hands slowly.

                                         INDIANA JONES (indicating they should look behind them)

I’d say somebody doesn’t want any of us to.

Shueller skeptically glances behind him to see half a dozen men pointing weapons at them.  At their feet is the lead sled dog.  Shueller and his men lower their guns.

FADE

(to be continued)

Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 2 (continued)

March 7, 2008

EXTERIOR.  OUTSIDE THE TRAIN PULLING INTO THE STATION.  NIGHT.  The light from the locomotive shines on a sign:  KATHMANDU

CUT TO:  INTERIOR.  PASSENGER CAR.  NIGHT.  Conductor makes his way through the car.

                                         CONDUCTOR

Kathmandu, folks… end of the line.

The passengers begin stirring.  The conductor moves on to the next car.  Indy and Angela gather their belongings.  Indy rises and feels the sway with the train as it comes to a stop.

                                         ANGELA

Finally!  I could use some fresh air!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Plenty of that here… now, if we can make our connection…

                                         ANGELA

It is so exciting!  We’ve reached our destination and all in one piece, too!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Hmm…  trip’s not over yet…

                                         ANGELA

Always the optimist.

CUT TO:  EXTERIOR OF THE TRAIN.  NIGHT.  Indy and Angela disembark and look around the platform.  He seems disoriented.

                                         ANGELA

Who are we meeting?

                                         INDIANA JONES

A young friend… I haven’t seen him in a few years. 

                                         ANGELA

How many years?

                                        INDIANA JONES

Well, not THAT many… we’ll find him. 

                                        ANGELA (under her breath)

Or he’ll find us…

They walk up to the depot and enter.  Indy looks for a friendly face.  Three young oriental men notice them enter and watch them walk up to the ticket counter.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Umm… Hello?  Speak English?

The man behind the counter gives Indy a blank look.  Then calls to another man.  He walks over and begins talking to the first man.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’m an American,  arrived on train… ?

                                         V.O.

Dr. Jones?

Indy turns to see one of the three young men approaching him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Short Round?

The young man laughs.  It is SHORT ROUND, now a young man of nearly 20.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Not so short anymore, Dr. Jones!

He motions for his companions to join them.  He then strides up to shake  hands with Indy.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Shorty!  All grown up!  Glad you’re here… I was beginning to worry.

                                         SHORT ROUND (admiring Angela’s beauty)

You didn’t say you’d be traveling with any one… it threw us out, Dr. Jones!

Indy pulls Angela close to him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

It threw you a curve, Shorty.  Angela meet my good friend, Shorty.

Angela extends her hand and Shorty shakes it enthusiastically.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Welcome to Kathmandu!  These are my cousins, Bogart and Gable.  My uncle sends his greetings, Dr. Jones!

Shorty speaks to the men behind the counter in Chinese and they all laugh.  The cousins  help with the baggage.  They all head for the exit.

                                         INDIANA JONES

What did you say to them?

                                         SHORT ROUND

I tell them you my Uncle, no family resemblance… ugly duckling, ha ha!  Life is good in Kathmandu, Dr. Jones! 

                                         INDIANA JONES

Well… it sure feels good to be on solid ground again.

They make their way out of the depot.  FADE

INTERIOR.  SHORT ROUND’S HOME.  NIGHT.  The quarters are sparse but the family is in good spirits.  Angela has settled in for the evening.  Indy is filling Shorty in on the detail up until their arrival.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… so we were able to ditch our tail a few hundred miles back, we should be clear to leave for the plateau before the end of the week.

                                         SHORT ROUND

The moon will not be full for weeks, Dr. Jones, why do we leave so soon?

                                         INDIANA JONES

We’ll need to get there before the quarter moon, Shorty.  The alignment must be seen clearly in the night sky.  It is critical that we know exactly which mountain range we head towards.  With a view from the Roof of the World, we should easily follow the descent to the Valley of the Blue Moon.

                                         SHORT ROUND

I’ve missed our adventures, Dr. Jones!  My cousins are anxious to get started!

                                         INDIANA JONES

I have much to thank your Uncle for, Shorty… when he returns.  This war will end soon, fortunately Tibet has managed to remain neutral.

Indy steps out into the night with Shorty and they gaze up into the star filled sky.

                                         INDIANA JONES

So close…  all we need to know is where to look.  Next stop:  The Roof of the World.

FADE

MONTAGE:  Several climbing shots of five figures hiking into the rugged terrain of the mountains.  spectacular views of snow capped mountains, of various wildlife and soaring birds, of sunrises and sunsets.  Finally they reach THE ROOF OF THE WORLD, a plateau that gives an unrestricted view of the many mountain ranges of the Himalayas.  They make camp and await nightfall.  CUT TO:  Indy busying himself with setting up his sextant.  He looks out over the vast horizon just as the sun begins it’s descent.  CUT TO:  Angela joining Indy and they both look from the west to the east for the arrival of night fall.  Shorty and his cousins gather as well.  The setting sun blazes behind them.  One by one the stars begin to shine as Indy is pointing them out.  CUT TO:  The planets and a slight crescent moon set Indy to work at his sextant and jotting down notes.  He stops at one point, smiles and presses against the eyepiece.

                                        INDIANA JONES

There it is!

The others anxiously await their turn to look through the instrument.  Indy continues to write down notes.  He turns to look at Angela.  The camera draws back to their silhouette and the magnificent sky behind them.  They embrace.   

FADE

INTERIOR.  BACK IN SHORT ROUND’S HOME.  NIGHT.  Indy and Angela are off by themselves having a heated discussion.

                                         INDIANA JONES

It was dangerous before, but it is TOO dangerous now.  I’d feel better if you remained here… safe until I get back.

                                         ANGELA

If you think I’m going to let you dump me here while you go off to find the greatest discovery the world has ever known, you are sadly mistaken!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Angela, the Germans have been looking for Shangri La for years, Hitler has been obsessed with finding it.  We have a snowball’s chance in hell…

                                         ANGELA

But the Dance of Aldebaran has pointed the way, you know where to look when they could only have guessed.  There are dozens of mountain ranges out there, but you have narrowed it down to one.  Besides… who will I stay behind with?  Shorty or one of his cousins?  They’d be heartbroken to miss the opportunity to share this one last adventure with you!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Last?

                                         ANGELA

Henry told me, Indy… you’ll be wanting to stay home after this.

Indy rubs his neck in memory of the Philippines.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Oh, that…

                                         ANGELA

I won’t be in the way, I won’t get tired and I won’t complain!

                                         INDIANA JONES

The climb to the plateau only took a few days, this trip could take weeks…

                                         ANGELA

I’ll be with you… there is no one I’d feel safer with, and so it is done!

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’ll remember the no complaining!

                                         ANGELA

And I’ll remember the ship, and the train, and the plateau…

They kiss.

FADE

EXTERIOR. OUTSIDE KATHMANDU.  DAY.  The expedition begins.  Indy, Angela, Shorty, Bogart and Gable head up a slope.  MONTAGE:  The group climbs and makes their way up and down narrow pathways.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN LEDGE.  NIGHT.  Two tents have been pitched with lanterns burning inside displaying the shadows of the occupants.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN PATHWAY.  DAY.  Sunrise on the mountain range with the climbers breaking camp.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN PATHWAY.  DAY.  The climate is colder and the climbers are wrapped in snow gear.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  MOUNTAIN PATHWAY.  DAY.  Snow flurries, howling winds, difficult terrain.  CUT TO:

EXTERIOR.  CAVE. NIGHT.  Light from a small fire dances off of cave walls.  Snow and wind.  CUT TO:

INTERIOR OF CAVE.  NIGHT.  The group has taken refuge from the storm.  Shorty and his cousins have nodded off to sleep.  Indy and Angela are sitting cozily by the fire.

                                         ANGELA

What I wouldn’t give for a hot bath right about now.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… and a warm bed.

                                         ANGELA

Hmm… and some chicken soup.

                                         INDIANA JONES

… or hot cocoa, with marshmallows… of course.

                                         ANGELA

ooo… my feet could use a …

She stops short and looks at Indy, who is giving her a knowing “I told you so” smile.

                                         ANGELA

But who’s complaining?

They are silent for a moment.

                                         ANGELA

How much farther do you think it is?  I mean… how many more days?

                                         INDIANA JONES

In terms of miles, I’m not so sure… in terms of days,  two or three?  possibly more…

                                          ANGELA

Why is this place so difficult to find?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I guess if it was easy it wouldn’t be paradise.

                                         ANGELA

Is that what you hope we’ll find?

                                         INDIANA JONES

So goes the legend, people living hundreds of years in perfect health in a paradise on earth.  Sounds pretty good to me.

                                         ANGELA

But you also expect to find danger?

                                         INDIANA JONES

The Germans have been searching for this place for a long time.  Hitler is convinced Shangri La will preserve his Third Reich for a thousand years.  Even much more so now that he’s losing the war.  Rumor is they hope to fill it with his key players until the whole thing blows over.  Adolf thinks he can escape the generations that are bent on destroying him and return at later time to complete his conquest.

                                         ANGELA

But surely that would not be possible!

                                         INDIANA JONES

Mein Kempf… my struggle.  A perfect race preserved in a perfect place… if such a thing exists.

                                         ANGELA

We wouldn’t be here if you didn’t think it did.

                                         INDIANA JONES

We wouldn’t be here if Alex hadn’t sent his invitation.  The rest is hearsay.

They cuddle by the fire.  Outside the wind howls.  The shadows dance on the cave walls.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  OUTSIDE THE CAVE.  DAY.  The group starts out over the mountain.  The wind has died down and it has stopped snowing.  The sun shines warm upon them.  They make their way to the top, only to see more peaks and valleys before them.  In one clearing they come across the German’s base camp with it’s flag proudly flying from a make shift pole.  They duck back and peer at it from far off, hiding behind the rocks.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I was afraid of this.  I had hoped they wouldn’t be up this high.  We must be getting close.

                                         SHORT ROUND

What do we do now, Dr. Jones?

Indy looks back the way they came from and then looks at the group he has traveled with.

                                        INDIANA JONES

We’ve gone too far to turn back now, there has to be a way to get around the camp without being seen.  Wait for me here, I’ll scout ahead.

Indy sheds his back pack, leaves the group and heads towards the German camp.  The compound is situated near the center of the clearing with the upward slope of a wooded terrain on the opposite side.  Indy picks his way around to the back side of the camp.  He makes out a pen of dogs and takes note of a solitary dog sled..  Checking to see if he is up wind of them he continues on.  Finally, he is satisfied that he can successfully circumference the camp without being seen.  As he heads back to where he has left the others, he is intercepted by a German sentry.  Weighing his chances of getting away, he gives up without a struggle.  The soldier escorts Indy to the base camp, in full view of Angela and the others.  They shrink back in horror and despair.

                                         ANGELA

How could this happen!  Shorty!  What will we do now?

                                         SHORT ROUND

Don’t worry, Angela.  Dr. Jones is all right, he’ll think of something!

                                         ANGELA

But we can’t just sit here and do nothing!

                                         SHORT ROUND

We must make a plan, all right… but not here, it’s too risky.  We need to go back to the cave and think.

The four of them head back the way they came.  As they are approaching the cave’s entrance, Angela slips and falls, twisting her ankle.  Shorty and Bogart assist her inside the cave, Gable stays by the entrance.

                                         ANGELA

Shorty!  You and your cousins need to go for help, or else we all may be caught.

                                         SHORT ROUND

We can’t go and leave you here, not like this!  Indy wouldn’t like that!

                                         ANGELA

We know there is a way around the camp, Indy found it.  If you don’t leave soon we’ll all be caught anyway.  It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Indy was not traveling alone.

She motions towards the gear that Indy had left behind and Shorty nods in agreement.

                                         ANGELA

You’ll have to find help… find Alex and the others.  We are too far from home now to go back.  Find Alex and bring him here, Shorty.

                                         SHORT ROUND

Find Shangri La without Dr. Jones?

                                         ANGELA

Yes, Shorty!  Find it!  Indy had faith in you and so do I!  It has to be nearby here, otherwise the Germans wouldn’t be this high up!  Indy said so, remember?

Shorty hesitates but Angela is insistent.

                                         ANGELA

Shorty, there is no time!  They’ll be out looking for us…  go now!  before it is too late!

Shorty and Bogart go to the entrance where Gable is waiting.  Shorty turns to face Angela.

                                         ANGELA

Go Shorty, please… save your friend before it is too late.

They exit the cave.

 FADE

INTERIOR.  THE BASE CAMP CABIN.  DAY.  Indy is sitting at a table with his hands tied behind his back.  Except for Professor Stromberg, who sits across from him, there is only one guard and Lieutenant Shueller.

                                         STROMBERG

What news do you have from the outside world, Dr. Jones?

Indy looks at Stromberg with mild interest.

                                         STROMBERG

It is… Dr. Jones, is it not?  We have been expecting you.  But this comes as no surprise?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’ve seen your pigeons… on both sides of the Atlantic!

                                         SHUELLER

Kleinschmit!

Shueller motions to the guard who steps up and punches Indy in the stomach.

                                         SHUELLER

Answer the question, American swine!

Stromberg raises his hand to stave off any further action by Shueller or Kleinschmit.

                                         STROMBERG

That’s enough, Lieutenant!  His fists and your prejudice are not needed here, …. not yet, anyway.  You will kindly leave this interrogation to me.  (turning to Indy)  Kleinschmit was a sparring partner of Max Schmeling before the war.  A mistake perhaps, that he wasn’t allowed to face your Joe Louis in he end, eh?

Shueller backs off.  Indy catches his breath.  Indy then gives a smile and a wink at Kleinschmit who responds with an icy glare.

                                        STROMBERG

I apologize for what I must term as Lieutenant Shueller’s over zealous behavior.  There are those of us who feel the Reich would be better suited to use more subtle methods.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Who’s more subtle methods?

                                         STROMBERG

Allow me to introduce myself… I am Professor Stromberg from the German University in Berlin.  My colleagues and I search for a certain… shall we say artifacts?  and then research their authenticity.

He displays the ring on his finger and briefly admires it.

                                         INDIANA JONES

The infamous Professor Stromberg… sure, I’ve heard of you!  more like a grave robber than a scientist!

Stromberg nods to Kleinschmit who moves forward and happily punches Indy in the stomach again.

                                         INDIANA JONES (gasping for air)

You call that subtle?

                                         STROMBERG (amused)

I’m sorry, Dr. Jones… the grave robber comment must have momentarily undone my civility.  You ARE Dr. Jones… yes?

                                         INDIANA JONES (recovering)

I’m Jones… what do you want?

Stromberg rises from the table waving off Kleinschmit.  He walks to the stove and pours himself a cup of coffee, then offers Indy one, who shrugs.  Stromberg pours a second cup and brings it over to Indy, holding it steaming in front of Indy’s face.  Kleinschmit smiles sadistically but Stromberg sits it down in front of Indy then pulls his chair around to be next to him.  Reaching inside of Indy’s coat pocket Stromberg removes several papers, including the notes from the Roof of the World and Alex’s invitation.  Shueller looks on with faint interest.

                                         STROMBERG

You have figured out the location of the Valley of the Blue Moon?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Is that what this is all about?  That fairy tale and this trinket you are wearing?  Hmmpf!  You’d find more credible jewelry at the five and dime.

 Kleinschmit moves forward again but Stromberg raises his hand.  He sips from his coffee cup, then offers Indy a drink from the cup set before him.  Indy refuses it.  Stromberg allows a few drops to hit Indy’s chin then gets up, walks back to the stove and opens it so that the flames are visible.  He then holds his hand to where the ring glistens from the light of the fire, a blueish hue that radiates as the flames flicker.

                                         STROMBERG

Would simple cut glass produce such a hue, Dr. Jones?  I think not… but at the risk of sounding cliche’ (he moves closer to where Indy is sitting)… we have ways of making you talk.

Shueller steps to the forefront but Stromberg gently presses him back.

                                         STROMBERG

Not yet!  Let him ponder his fate a while longer.

CUT TO: Angela left alone in the cave.  Small fire crackling but sounds stirring her attention.  Shadows increasing up behind her until she turns to face an intruder and muffles a cry with her fist.

FADE

(to be continued)

                                          

   

                                     

Indiana Jones and the Dance of Aldebaran, Part 2

March 1, 2008

INTERIOR OF SHIP.  NIGHT. LATER THAT SAME EVENING.  Back in Angela’s stateroom.  She has slipped into something more comfortable.  She stands at the threshold of the doorway separating the two rooms and waits for Indy to notice her.  He is working at a table and does not look up.

                                         ANGELA

Indy?

                                         INDIANA JONES (not bothering to look at her)

Yes?

                                          ANGELA

Who was that man?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’m not sure… but he WAS following us.

                                         ANGELA

What could he have wanted?

                                         INDIANA JONES

He wants what he thinks we have, if my guess is right…  a location.

Angela finally enters his room after unsuccessfully trying to get Indy to notice her and falls onto the bed.  Indy does turn to look at her.  She smiles.  Indy goes back to his work.  She frowns.

                                         ANGELA

What location,  you mean finding Alex?  What’s so important that can’t wait until tomorrow?

                                         INDIANA JONES

It’s not Alex they are interested in; it’s where they think he is… Shangri La.  The Germans have been searching for it for years… but so far, no la-luck!

                                         ANGELA

If they can’t find it, how can you be so sure that we will?

                                         INDIANA JONES

Because we have this!  (produces the note from Alex) and this! (points to his head)  Now we just have to put the pieces together.

                                         ANGELA

But couldn’t they have just read the note before you got it?  Intercepted it prior to delivery then just passed it on and no one the wiser?  It would have been much simpler.

Indy thinks for a moment.  Then it dawns on him.

                                         INDIANA JONES

They ARE following us!  They want me to lead them to it!  I’ll just march right up to the front gate, open it and let them pass on through!  Of all the moronic… simple minded…

                                         ANGELA

Or they KNOW where the gate is and just want you to get them the KEY.

Indy turns to look at Angela as if he has just realized that she is there.  He rises from the table and slips beside her on the bed.  They kiss.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Say… you’re pretty smart for one so good lookin’… how’d that happen?

                                         ANGELA

You talk too much… 

They kiss again. 

FADE

EXTERIOR.  SUN DECK.  DAY  Indy and Angela are eating breakfast.  There is a montage of activity and eager anticipation amongst the passengers as today they will arrive in port.  Zelle is at a table not far from them reading a newspaper.  Indy ignores him and is engaged in conversation with Angela.  A pair of sailors is also seen, and as they notice Angela, she smiles at them.  Indy looks up at Zelle.  ZELLE sees Angela smiling at the sailors while Indy is looking over at him staring menacingly.  Zelle is uncomfortable and immediately stands  then quickly exits.  Indy smiles to himself.

FADE

EXTERIOR.  LOWER DECK.  DAY.  Indy and Angela with suitcases in hand, moving along with other passengers toward the gangway in order to exit the ship.  Zelle is amongst them but keeping a safe distance back.  CUT TO: Indy and Angela walking down the gang way surrounded by the ship’s passengers who are also exiting.  A voice is heard calling out from off camera.

                                         V.O.

Indy!

Indy looks for a face in the crowd.

                                         V.O. (louder than before)

Indy!

CUT TO:  the dock and the onrush of passengers meeting the ones on land.  Coming through the crowd of passengers and greeters is SALLAH, Indy’s friend from Cairo.  CUT TO:  Indy waving back.  Indy leads Angela off the gang way and onto the dock.  He shakes hands with Sallah and introduces Angela.

                                        

                                         INDIANA JONES

Angela Santamaria… Sallah.

                                         ANGELA

SO pleased to finally meet you, Mr. Sallah!

                                         SALLAH

The beautiful Miss Santamaria!  Please, no formalities here!  Welcome to my country and please accept the hospitality of my humble family. 

Sallah summons a young boy to join them.

                                         SALLAH

My grandson, Abdul, please… allow us.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Grandson?

                                         SALLAH

Yes, from my first born… a chip off the rock, eh?

They pick up Indy and Angela’s luggage.  Sallah leads the way as the others follow.  Sallah begins chattering away.

                                         SALLAH

How was your trip…?  Without incident, I trust?

                                         ANGELA

Since when is a trip with Indy without incident?

They laugh and melt into the crowd.  Zelle comes up from behind, looking for them in vain.  He mutters beneath his breath and then sniffs the air… his face contorts with displeasure.  Finally looking down at his feet, he finds he is standing in cattle dung.  FADE.

INTERIOR.  THE MAIN ROOM OF SALLAH’S HOME.  NIGHT.  The household has quieted down.  Indy is relaxing with Sallah.  Sallah is smoking his pipe, satisfied with himself and the fire from the fireplace.

                                         INDIANA JONES

So,… a grandfather?  How proud you must be!

                                         SALLAH

Oh yes!  Easiest thing I have ever done!  One of the most rewarding, too… I might add.

                                         INDIANA JONES

How the time flies.  Last time I went to Nepal I was on my way here to Cairo.  Now I’m in Cairo on my way to Nepal.  The world turns strangely sometimes, Sallah.

                                         SALLAH

It is good to have you back again, my friend, …if only for a little while.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I’m afraid our journey has just begun.  (PAUSE)  I think we are being followed.

                                         SALLAH

When you are not certain of where it is you are going?

                                          INDIANA JONES

Yes, I discovered him on board ship tailing us.  Some guy going by the name of Horace Zelle.  He certainly isn’t very subtle, remains out in the open… almost taunting me.

                                         SALLAH

Hmm… yes, a Nazi tactic.  Shows confidence in their ability… remaining out in the open.  They’ll become even less subtle once you have discovered your way.

                                         INDIANA JONES

I was more certain of finding my way when I left, now I’m not so sure…

Angela joins them as Sallah reaches into his pocket and pulls out a telegram.  He holds it out to Indy.

                                         SALLAH

Perhaps this will help you, it’s from your Father.  I thought it best to give it to you when we were not being seen.

Indy takes the telegram and opens it.  Angela slips behind him.  After briefly scanning Indy clutches the telegram in his hand.

                                         SALLAH

Helpful?

                                          INDIANA JONES

It’s only a paper moon.

                                          SALLAH

I’m sorry?

Indy tosses the telegram into the fireplace and watches it burn up.

                                         INDIANA JONES

The message… Dad’s a big Benny Goodman fan.

Sallah looks perplexed as Indy thinks for a moment.

                                         INDIANA JONES

There’s more to this, Dad must have realized it.  Probably figures I’m being followed, too.  He couldn’t risk spilling the beans by telling me anything out right.

                                         SALLAH

Your Father is a crafty old fox.  What do you think it means?

                                         INDIANA JONES

I don’t know, exactly.  We’re traveling to the edge of the world under the assumption that at some point the full moon can help guide us.

                                         SALLAH

If you are right about being followed, some one else may have tried before and failed.  It appears that they think you may succeed.

                                         INDIANA JONES (singing softly to Angela, who smiles)

“It’s only a paper moon…”

IN A FLASHBACK:  The camera pans Henry, Sr. and a parlor full of guests singing at a piano with drinks in hand.  Several magazine sized books of sheet music are scattered about with “Paper Moon” being one of them.  The camera provides a close up of the cover showing a young girl on a swing suspended from a crescent moon.  Laughter,  glasses tinkling, singing and piano playing… FADE.

MONTAGE.  A caravan of camels making it’s way across the sands with Indy, Angela and Sallah each riding their own beast.  NEXT:  A convoy of trucks rolling over rough terrain with glimpses of Indy, Angela and Sallah riding individually as passengers with other strangers.  NEXT:  A broken down bus with passengers, several farm animals and Indy, Angela and Sallah standing about waiting.  NEXT:  Just as persistent is Zelle, making the same journey separately.  NEXT:  Finally, a railway station.  The Orient Express set to head East with Indy and Angela saying goodbye to Sallah.  Indy and Sallah are shaking hands.

                                         SALLAH

I wish I could go all the way with you, my friend!

                                         INDIANA JONES

You’ve done enough, Sallah, seeing us this far.  Get back to your family… take care of that Grandson…

Angela hugs Sallah.

                                        ANGELA

Goodbye, Sallah… I shall miss you!

                                         SALLAH

And I you… (points to Indy)  Keep your eyes on that one!

Indy and Angela board the train and leave Sallah at the platform.  They wave goodbye.  The train starts off and picks up speed. Sallah watches it pull away.  FADE.

MONTAGE OF THE ORIENT EXPRESS.  Seen streaking through the countryside from the front, side and rear of the train’s exterior moving through different backdrops as the terrain changes with the miles.  Indy and Angela are engaged in several activities; eating, reading, sleeping in the berths and card playing to show the passage of time.  Zelle is ever present in the background, keeping his distance.  Interior shots of Dining car and Kitchen, the Lounge and general seating cars.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela in the general seating section.  Angela is looking out the window as Indy naps.  A few seats behind them is Zelle.

                                         ANGELA

Are you asleep?

Angela gently shakes Indy and he stirs awake.

                                         INDIANA JONES (muttering)

Not anymore!

                                         ANGELA

I was thinking of that song.

                                         INDIANA JONES (groggily)

What song?

                                         ANGELA

Paper Moon, what other song could there be?

                                         INDIANA JONES

A lullaby?  (pause)  What about it?

                                         ANGELA

We’ve always been thinking the moon that aligns with Aldebaran will have to be a blue moon or a full moon.  Maybe Henry was trying to tell us that the moon will not be the type we originally thought it would be.

Indy sits up, fully awake.  He contemplates what Angela has just said and finally smiles as he grasps the intent of Henry Jones’ telegram.

                                        INDIANA JONES

Of course!  That’s it!  A full moon would illuminate too brightly and block out Aldebaran and the planets, or at least, make it more difficult to see.  Maybe the full moon has more to do with the actual location than the direction to it.  The best way to get our bearings would be with a quarter moon… or a crescent!  Dad must have realized that but didn’t want to risk telling us for fear his telegram might get intercepted.  Sallah is right, he IS a crafty old fox.

                                         ANGELA

So what does it all mean?

                                         INDIANA JONES

It means our time table is going to be moved up…  AND we need to rid ourselves of some excess baggage.

                                         ANGELA

…rid ourselves of excess baggage?  

                                         INDIANA JONES

Yeah, like tossed off the train!

Indy uses his thumb to point behind him in the direction of Zelle.  Angela looks puzzled for a moment but then her eyes widen.

                                         ANGELA

Oh, Indy, you wouldn’t…

                                         INDIANA JONES

Angela, there are times when having you along puts a major cramp in my style.

Angela thinks for a moment.

                                        ANGELA

I might have an idea.

She whispers in Indy’s ear and he nods.  The CONDUCTOR enters through from the exit to the club car and slowly works his way down the isle.  Indy stops him as he approaches.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Excuse me, when do we reach the next station?

The conductor pulls out his watch and looks at it.

                                        CONDUCTOR

Just outside of two hours.

He snaps the watch closed and passes by.  Indy pulls his hat  down low over his eyes.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Wake me in two hours.  FADE.

INTERIOR. PASSENGER CAR. DAY

Indy gets up and heads towards the front of the car, a sign indicates that the next car is the club car.  Indy turns to give a slight tip of his hat towards Angela and then exits.  Angela waits a brief moment then rises and makes her way towards the rear of the car then stops alongside Zelle.

                                         ANGELA

Excuse me, sir…  but I was wondering if I might ask your assistance?

Zelle looks up at Angela, who is smiling down at him.

                                         ZELLE

I beg your pardon?

                                         ANGELA

You’re that man from the ship, aren’t you? (pause)  I was hoping I might impose upon you to help me.

                                         ZELLE

Madam, your fiancee’ attacked me for mistakenly thinking I was acting improperly towards you.  I don’t think I can be of any help nor am I willing to risk his further anger.

Angela takes the seat next to him.

                                         ANGELA

Oh, please accept my apologies for his behavior!  I don’t know what drives him to act so insanely jealous, but I assure you I need your help in the most desperate of ways.

Angela works the distress angle to perfection.  Zelle looks up over the top of the seats, but Indy is nowhere in sight.  He looks back at Angela and raises an eyebrow.

                                         ZELLE

What kind of help?

Angela inches closer and whispers.  Inside Zelle’s coat she can see the handle of a gun.  Zelle reacts to a whiff of her perfume and is enjoying the closeness of one so beautiful.  He smiles.                             

                                         ANGELA

Please, sir… it concerns my very honor!

Zelle pulls back in feigned surprise.  He looks about the car again but the door leading to the club car has remained closed.

                                         ZELLE

Madam, how do you mean?

                                         ANGELA

An indiscreet rendezvous… harmless really.  Please, sir… must I go on?

Zelle is slightly amused and drawn by the sultry Angela.  He nudges closer to her.

                                         ZELLE

Oh, I’m afraid I must insist!

                                         ANGELA

One of the sailors on board… an innocent young man looking for a little comfort from home? …has left me a token to remember him by but now I fear I must get rid of it or it will spoil everything.  You understand, don’t you?  How a woman can be confused and… (she delicately begins sniffling) make a dreadful mistake! 

Zelle comforts her carefully, one eye watching the front of the car.

                                         ZELLE

There, there, Madam… take heart!  What can I do?  Your beau has already marked me as some scoundrel.  I dare not…

                                         ANGELA

Oh, please sir!  But for a little distraction Ihave been faithful to Henry, but I fear if he finds my memento all will be lost.

Angela’s use of “Henry” brings a ring of truth to what she is saying and lends credibility to her claim.  Zelle is intrigued and enamored with the beautiful Angela.

                                         ZELLE

What is it you would ask of me?

Angela composes herself and smiles.

                                         ANGELA

One of my suitcases in the baggage car has his bandanna and a note folded up inside of it.  Understand… it was only a brief encounter and the memento only something to use to recall the romantic passages of our journey?  It would crush Henry to discover it!  You must find and dispose of it!  Burn or… throw it from the train!

Zelle pulls back warily.  He looks her up and down, pleased at her beauty but still suspicious.

                                         ZELLE

Madam, why come to me?  Retrieve the offensive item and rid of it yourself!

                                         ANGELA

Oh, if I could!  Henry watches me constantly, he has just left for the club car for a smoke and will return before I could get halfway there.  (now with allure) But you , sir… you move about freely on this train.  With much confidence, I might add.  I believe there is more to you than the timid person I witnessed on board ship… yes?

She reaches in Zelle’s lapel and strokes it softly, then coyly fingers the butt of his pistol.  Zelle stiffens slightly then relaxes.  He smiles.

                                         ZELLE

How will I know which is your luggage?  There are so many…

                                         ANGELA

It is a rose print valise, with ribbons.  My name: A. Santamaria is engraved across the catches.

                                         ZELLE

Of course. (pause)  And if I were to do this thing, find the offensive bandanna and discard the note, what would it mean for me? 

Angela’s hand drops to Zelle’s lap and squeezes his thigh.  He nearly jumps from his seat but she calms him.

                                         ANGELA

Please, sir… before he returns?

Zelle looks towards the front of the car and the door leading to the club car once more.  With a sigh he nods his head.  Then Zelle rises and looks down at Angela, who gestures with her head for him to hurry.  Zelle exits by the rear door, passing between the cars to the next and the next, looking over his shoulder occasionally but gaining confidence with each car.  Zelle reaches the baggage car and stops for a moment.  He draws his revolver and cautiously enters the baggage car.  Carefully looking it over he finds it un-occupied.  Zelle begins to casually search amongst the racks.  He lifts and separates several pieces.  Finally Zelle notices the valise tucked away.  He returns the revolver to it’s holster and reaches for the valise.  A hand taps his shoulder from behind.  Zelle turns to see Indy smiling.

                                         INDIANA JONES

Who are you and why are you following us?

Zelle makes a grab for his revolver but is not quick enough.  Indy strikes Zelle squarely on the jaw, rendering him unconscious.  CUT TO:  Indy and Angela joined together at the window from their seat and looking out at a depot platform as the train is pulling away.  A large trunk is on a cart and a muffled thumping is being drowned out by the train’s departure. 

FADE.

(to be continued)