| Michael Landon Tony Rivers Hot-headed teenager
Yvonne Lime Arlene Logan His girlfriend
Whit Bissell Dr. Alfred Brandon Psycologist and mad scientist
Tony Marshall Jimmy Tony's friend and combatant
Dawn Richard Theresa Jimmy's girlfriend
Barney Phillips Detective Donovan Friendly cop
Ken Miller Vic Teenage friend and bongo player
Cindy Robbins Pearl Vic's girlfriend
Michael Rougas Frank Tony's friend and first victim
Robert Griffin Police Chief Baker Chief of police
Joseph Mell Dr. Hugo Wagner Dr. Brandon's assistant
Malcolm Atterbury Charles Rivers Tony's father
Eddie Marr Doyle Nosey newspaper reporter
Vladimir Sokoloff Pepi Police janitor
Louise Lewis Miss Ferguson Rockdale High principal
John Launer Bill Logan Arlene's father
Guy Williams Chris Stanley Policeman
Dorothy Crehan Mary Logan Arlene's mother
Late afternoon; closeup of Rockdale High School sign overhead;
At the rear of the school, near the athletic field, a fight
between two teenagers breaks out. Crowd of onlookers shouting.
They circle the two teens fighting.
FRANK Come on Tony! Cut it out! Tony!
THERESA Come on Jimmy, hit him again. Hes been begging
ARLENE Please, Tony.
JIMMY You got enough?
TONY How do you spell it?
ARLENE Oh, Tony ....
Tony grabs a spade and swings it wildly. He and Jimmy fight
on after the spade is knocked out of Tony's hands. Tony throws
dirt into Jimmy's eyes. Jimmy manages to trip Tony to the
ground. Police arrive. Someone in crowd yells Police
and the crowd disperses. The policemen manage to separate
Tony and Jimmy.
DONOVAN Whats going on here?
TONY Do I have to draw you a diagram?
DONOVAN Tony, I know you can get fresh. Come on over here.
(They walk over by the fence)
Donovan turns to the policeman who accompanied him.
DONOVAN Wait for me in the car Joe. All right, Jimmy. Go
ahead, you tell me.
JIMMY Well, Sergeant Donovan, I dont like to blow the
whistle on a pal . . . .
TONY A pal yet.
JIMMY Well, you started it!
TONY Look, you started it! You slapped me on the shoulder!
JIMMY It was a friendly tap. I dont know what you got
so excited about!
TONY I dont like that kind of friendship! I dont
like to be hit from behind by anybody, anytime! I dont
like to be touched!
JIMMY Okay! Okay! The way you jumped me, youd think
Id tossed a brick at you! Right off, he challenged me.
I tried to kibitz him out of it.
DONOVAN Im beginning to get the picture.
JIMMY Yeah, and I even told him I was sorry. Thats right.
I apologized. You can ask any of the guys.
DONOVAN Didnt that satisfy him?
JIMMY No, he wanted to fight. I know Im bigger than
DONOVAN But he wanted to fight.
TONY Look, what are you? The referee or in his corner?
DONOVAN No, Tony. Im really in your corner, if I can
just get you to see it. Well, I guess you can pick up your
marbles. Ill try to low key this in the report. But
what your principal wants to do, well thats her business.
(pauses) Now wait a minute. Before you go, I want to see you
two fellows shake hands. Come on! Come on! It will look better
in the report!
TONY Sure, a happy ending, huh?
JIMMY Im sorry, Tony.
TONY Aww, I guess I lost my head. I burn easy.
Tony and Jimmy shake hands. Jimmy walks away. Tony straightens
out his clothes and puts on his school jacket.
DONOVAN You know Tony, you really ought to smile more often.
TONY Sure, win friends and charm snakes, huh?
DONOVAN Thats just what I wanted to talk to you about.
Youre suspicious of everybody. You act like the whole
worlds your enemy, the way you flare up.
TONY Oh, people bug me.
DONOVAN Thats right, hide behind jive talk. People bug
you! Well, people bug me too! But I dont go around clouting
TONY Come on! Finish your beef will ya?
DONOVAN All I know is youve been in trouble a half a
dozen times. You dont have any official record yet,
but youre sure working up to one.
TONY What do you got? A crystal ball, huh?
DONOVAN Ive pulled you out of fights three times myself
in the last month. Youre just lucky there werent
any formal complaints. The time before this, in the supermarket.
TONY It was the checkers mistake!
DONOVAN Yeah, but you didnt even give him a chance to
rectify it! Boom! You threw a carton of milk right at him.
Look, Tony. Im just trying to tell you you need help.
TONY What kind of help?
DONOVAN Well, theres a prominent doctor, Doctor Brandon.
Hes a consulting psychologist out at the aircraft plant.
Hes been working with the police department without
charge trying to help difficult kids adjust.
TONY Whats this adjust kick?
DONOVAN Polish off the rough edges. Adjust.
TONY Adjust to what?
DONOVAN To everything! Teachers, parents, other students.
You know, some kids have a tougher time than others and its
not necessarily their fault. Now this Doctor Brandon, well,
hes modern. He uses hypnosis.
TONY Oh, no. No! No head shrinker for me, thank you. You know,
thats all I need. Thats all I need! Tony, the
flip. No sir, thank you. You keep the man in the white coat
for the goofs. I can take care of myself.
DONOVAN The way you have up to now?
TONY The way I have.
DONOVAN Then you wont let anybody help you?
TONY Not into a straight jacket I wont. Look, uh, you
holding me on any charge?
TONY Then I can go?
DONOVAN Yeah, yeah, you can go. But this is the last warning,
Tony. You get into trouble again, dont expect it to
be a breeze like this. I cant let you off.
TONY Okay. I heard you.
Donovan leaves and Tony Rivers walks over to the bleachers,
where his girlfriend Arlene Logan is waiting.
ARLENE Everything all right, Tony?
TONY Sure it is! (Tony says irritated)
ARLENE What did Officer Donovan say?
TONY I dont want to talk about it! Ive had enough
yakity yak to last me til the end of the term. (pauses) Look,
Im sorry, Arlene. I say things, I do things, I dont
know why. I try to control them, its too late, I..Ive
gone too far. I dont know . . . I . . .I . . . I get
a certain feeling, I have to . . . I dont know. I just
ARLENE Tony, you must try.
TONY Yeah, Ill try. But not Donovans way.
ARLENE Whats his way?
TONY He wants me to go to this ...this head shrinker, Doctor
Brandon. Like I was a flip or something.
ARLENE Is that the way he said it?
TONY No, he sprinkled a little sugar on it. But Im not
having any, thank you.
ARLENE Oh, Tony . . . .
TONY Okay, okay, Ill try. But my way. Come on. Ill
take you home.
Tony drives Arlene home in his car and then proceeds home.
Tony's father, Charles Rivers, is gathering food for his lunchbox
when his son enters.
TONY Hi, Dad.
CHARLES Hi. (looks at Tony's face) Who was it today?
TONY Whats the difference?
CHARLES Your principal called. Said it was your fault.
TONY Why does she bother you?
CHARLES Cause Im your father. She said Im
supposed to discipline you. I told her at home you never needed
discipline. Not even when your mother was alive.
TONY I dont know why she has to drag you into it.
CHARLES Look, boy, you miss the point.
TONY Well if you know, tell me.
CHARLES Sometimes you just have to do things the way people
want em done. That makes them happy and they leave you
alone. I used to have a foreman like that. Everytime I assembled
a motor my way, he beefed. But when I assembled it his way
. . . .
TONY Dad, I dont like to be pushed around!
CHARLES Tony, sometimes you just have to do it the other fellows
way. Well, I gotta be going. Sorry I cant eat
with you. Night shift again. Oh, theres a couple of
lamb chops in the ice box. I seasoned em the way you
like. Just set em in the pan.
TONY Dad, I can cook a chop.
CHARLES And be sure you cook em. Dont eat em
raw like you did the hamburger yesterday. Tony, think over
what I said, would ya? I mean about not being so stubborn?
Just might make things a lot easier all around.
TONY Okay, Dad.
Tony's father leaves. Tony takes milk and chops out of refrigerator,
kicks the door closed gently, pauses, throws milk bottle in
anger. Cut to Arlenes house at night. Tony honks horn
outside. Arlene is on the phone. (Her folks, Bill and Mary
Logan are also in the living room)
ARLENE (On the phone) I gotta go! Bye. (hangs up) Its
Tony and hes not even late.
MARY Maybe youre beginning to train him.
BILL Thats no way to call for a date. When I courted
your mother . . .
ARLENE Things were different then.
BILL I still want my daughter treated with respect.
MARY Your fathers right, Arlene. Listen to him.
ARLENE Oh, Dad. Its got nothing to do with respect.
Thats the way all the kids do it.
MARY But I still cant understand why you only date him.
Oh, not that I have anything specific against Tony. But theres
Steve Harmon, the druggists son and theres Willie
Blake, and theres . . .
ARLENE Oh look Mother, I date Tony because I like him. In
fact, I like him a lot.
BILL Then you just ask him to come in, Arlene.
MARY Go ahead. We wont bite him.
ARLENE Oh, All right. (Goes to door.) Tony? Would you come
in for a minute?
Tony walks in the front door.
TONY Good evening.
BILL Tony. I like things formal once in a while. We just wanted
to look at you before you take our daughter out to a party.
You dont have any objections?
TONY No, I dont.
BILL Then why dont you call for her properly? In her
ARLENE Now, Dad.
BILL No, no, no. A little man to man talk wont hurt
TONY Well, I would, only you dont look to pleased. No,
really. You know, sometimes when I walk in that door, I think
you are going to swat me with a baseball bat or something.
MARY Oh, Im sure thats just your imagination.
BILL It must be. Unless you feel guilty about something.
ARLENE Now, Dad. You promised.
BILL Just the same. The parents of a young girl and especially
a pretty one like Arlene like to feel proud of the young man
that takes her out. A young man who keeps busy with the right
kind of things.
TONY Like sprinkle a lawn, take out a paper route, haul boxes
in the market?
BILL Wheres the opener, Mary?
MARY On the sink, dear. Any job. That keeps a teenager out
of mischief and builds a good reputation.
TONY Yeah, like our bank cashier, you know, the one thats
missing? The guy that ran off and lost it all at the track?
BILL Now being a smart aleck wont do it. Youve
got to bow to authority.
TONY Everybodys on my back today.
ARLENE Oh, Daddy, its Halloween and well have
MARY Yes, we dont want them to miss any fun.
BILL Okay, okay. Ive said my piece.
TONY Of one thing you can be sure of, Mr. Logan. At least
Ill protect your daughter.
BILL All right, kids. Have a good time. Remember now, I want
you home by twelve. No excuses, now. Twelve.
MARY You heard what Dad said. Not after midnight.
Tony and Arlene go to his car.
TONY Hey, what got into your Dad?
ARLENE He heard about the fight.
TONY So? Its over.
ARLENE But I heard more.
ARLENE Oh, Tony dont flare up. And please, let me say
it through once. I...I asked about this Doctor Brandon. Now
if he could really help you it would be wonderful for both
of us. And it would make things easier, both at school and
here at home. Dont forget about the four years of waiting.
College and all. Please, Tony?
TONY Arlene, get this straight and get it final. Im
not going to any doctor like Doctor Brandon.
ARLENE Not even if you have to?
TONY But I dont have to! Now come on, forget it.
Cut to party at the old abandoned "haunted house."
Tony and Arlene arrive. Teenagers are dancing to music and
Vic is playing the bongos. A few teenagers are making out.
Tony takes Arlene's coat off.
TONY Frank, how are you?
FRANK Hey, what do you say, Tony?
VIC Tony, hey, Tony hear this? Hear this.
PEARL I thought this was going to be a costume party.
TONY Hey, man, you really got those things trained.
VIC I slap em silly, boy.
PEARL Vic? If youre going to play the bongos all night,
who am I going to dance with?
VIC Latch on to Frank, hes got no date.
PEARL But I came with you.
VIC Look, how square can you get? You came with me so you
dance with him.
PEARL Doesnt make sense.
VIC Ill clarify it for you. Hey, Frank!
FRANK You want me?
VIC Be my guest. (Nudges Pearl toward Frank.)
JIMMY Boy, this sure beats the youth center.
THERESA Supervised entertainment, 8 to 10.
JIMMY Square dances and waltzes and a cigarette is a crime.
JIMMY Scooby doo!
TEENAGE GIRL Well! (Slaps her date's face.)
TEENAGER Whatd I do? Whatd I do?
VIC Either too much or too little.
PEARL You know, I thought this was going to be a costume party.
JIMMY Boy this pad sure is crazy.
FRANK And dont forget it was Tony who found it. And
got permission to use it.
PEARL But is it really haunted?
PEARL Oh! Stop scaring me!
VIC Is this a haunted house? Do I have to call all the signals
PEARL Well you dont have to scare me to death. Sometimes
I wonder why I date you.
VIC Because you dig me and I dig you.
PEARL You know, Vic, sometimes I dont understand you
VIC The understatement of the year.
TEENAGER Hear this! Hear this! Vics going to sing this
new crazy record for us, right now.
Vic jumps up on platform to sing his song.
"Eeny Meeny Miney Mo,
I want a gal with a lot of dough.
When I find her were gonnaswing
Up to the preacher with a wedding ring.
Tell me where she is cause I dont know.
So Eeny Meeny Miney Mo.
Ive been looking all over town,
But so far she aint been around.
Someday Ill meet her and then Ill say,
Shoobie Doobie baby, were on our way.
Hurry up now and follow me,
But dont forget to bring your dough, re, mi.
Pearl and Vic do a dance routine.
Any time youre feeling sad or blue,
You just call me baby, and Ill run to you.
But if you ever leave me, youre gonna pay,
Fifty dollars alimony everyday.
So Ill be your husband this day on,
But only till your moneys gone.
Rich girls sure are hard to find,
But Ill keep a lookin till I lose my mind.
Shes bound to show up eventually,
Then Ill be rollin in security.
But where shes hidin I dont know.
So Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo.
Crowd sings along : Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo... Eeny, Meey,
Clapping and congratulations to Vic. Tony whispers something
in Jimmy's ear.
JIMMY Hey, Pearl. Weve got a nice present for Vic in
that closet. You know hes always the life of the party.
Knocks himself out to entertain us. Well, the kids got together
to get him this present. Go on, you give it to him. Youre
PEARL Oh, Id be glad to!
Pearl opens door. Boy with knife in his back falls to the
floor. Pearl and the other girls scream.
PEARL Some joke. Maybe you think its funny. But I dont!
And anyway, why does everybody pick on me?
VIC Youre right, baby. And from now on, anybody picks
on yous gonna have to fight me. Now for that,
Ill collect a kiss in advance.
(Vic is wearing a scary mask.)
ARLENE Oh, Tony. Ill bet you had a lot to do with all
ARLENE Yes, you.
THERESA And Ill bet youre not so innocent either.
JIMMY Why do they always pick on us?
TONY It isnt fair.
JIMMY Ill say it isnt. Just when I was gonna
give her a nice present.
TONY Thats women for you. No appreciation.
THERESA What present?
JIMMY This one.
THERESA Oh, ......oh, candy!
ARLENE I wonder what it is.
THERESA How sweet.
Theresa opens box and fake snakes spring out, girls scream
and there is laughter.
TONY Hey, Arlene, hold it. I want to see Vic a minute. Hey,
Vic! Can you play the big drums like you do the bongos?
VIC Just lead me to em! Can I play the big drums? Better
than the bongos!
TONY Great man! Theyre in there. And give me a real
long blast will you?
VIC Sure, sure.
Vic opens door and water falls from a pail above and drenches
him. There is more laughter and screams.
VIC Thanks. I believe in sharing.
JIMMY All right now, okay, lets have some food. Okay? Come
on gang, lets eat. At least there are no gags in the
THERESA The partys really percolating.
ARLENE Ive never had so much fun.
Vic sneaks up on Tony and blows a horn in Tonys ear.
Tony instinctively punches Vic, who ends up on a nearby couch;
Tony punches Vic twice more and when Arlene gets in the way,
knocks her down. Tony stops when he realizes what he has done.
Everyone stares at him.
Cut to Doctor Brandons office where he is taking Tonys
DR BRANDON Everything normal, my boy. Physical examination
is a formality, but a necessary one. Before we enter the mind,
we must know the condition of the body. Tony, youre
a perfectly normal human being. Theres no reason in
the world why you cant have a full, wonderful life.
TONY Yeah, if. If I adjust, huh, Doc?
DR BRANDON Its the if were going to
work on, son. Well work on it together. Okay, Tony?
TONY Youre the doctor. Thats why Im here.
DR BRANDON All right, Doctor Wagner. Tony, will you just sit
down over here? Thank you.
TONY What is it?
DR BRANDON Just a mild seditive.
TONY It, uh, wont make me dopey or anything will it?
I have to drive home.
DR BRANDON No, its simply to relax you. Drink it down.
Ill be back in a minute.
Goes to lab in the back room where Dr. Wagner is working.
DR BRANDON Hugo, prepare the scapolomine.
Dr. Brandon goes over to a small, locked refrigerator and
removes a small container. He opens it and takes out the serum
and mixes it with the scapolomine.
WAGNER What are you doing?
DR BRANDON Im going to mix the serum with the scapolomine.
WAGNER Alfred, do you realize the possible consequences?
DR BRANDON I realize one thing. That at last after years of
searching, Ive found a suitable person for my experiment.
His record at school, what the school principal told me, and
what I learned from Detective Sergeant Donovan, gives him
the proper disturbed emotional background I need. And with
what Ive found out from the physical examination, this
boy is my perfect subject. There were certain tell tale marks
on his body only I would recognize.
WAGNER But you know what might happen.
DR BRANDON Might? In science, one must be sure. Im going
to take this out of the realm of possibilities and into the
world of exact science. If Im sucessful, then I can
WAGNER But youre sacificing a human life.
DR BRANDON Do you cry over a guinea pig? This boy is a free
police case. We are probably saving him from the gas chamber.
WAGNER But hes so young and the transformation horrible.
DR BRANDON You call yourself a scientist. Thats why
youve never been more than an assistant. But if you
if you say one word . . .
WAGNER No, no, no, Alfred. You can trust me.
DR BRANDON Yes, I know that. Youve been more than an
assistant on other occasions. Accomplice would be a better
WAGNER What is the plan?
DR BRANDON Through hypnosis, Im going to regress this
boy back. Back into the primitive past that lurks within him.
Im going to transform him. And unleash the savage instincts
that lie hidden within.
WAGNER And then?
DR BRANDON Then Ill be judged a benefactor. Mankind
is on the verge of destroying itself. The only hope for the
human race is to hurl it back into its primitive dawn, to
start all over again. Whats one life compared to such
Brandon goes back to his office where Tony is lying on a
DR BRANDON Now youll only feel a scratch, believe me.
(injects a needle into Tony's arm). This makes the hypnosis
more comfortable and prepares the way for analysis. (turns
to Dr. Wagner) Now remember, I dont want to be disturbed.
(Wagner leaves the room).
DR BRANDON Tony, you must think of this as a trip, a sort
of voyage of discovery. On the way, well find out many
fascinating things about you. And in the end, you will no
longer be disturbed or troubled because you will be . . .
you. Youve placed yourself in my hands. Im the
pilot, you the passenger. But instead of going forward into
space, were going backwards in time. Begin at 100 and
count backwards; well start together.
(Brandon says the number and Tony repeats it)
"100, 99, 98,"....(camera fade)... "73, 72."
DR BRANDON Quickly, tell me, where are you?
TONY On a beach.
DR BRANDON How old are you?
TONY Twelve, I think.
DR BRANDON Go on.
TONY Im playing with some kids. One of the older boys
tries to take one of our toys. He grabs it and runs away.
DR BRANDON And what do you do?
TONY I run after him. I jump him. I scratch him, choke him.
Hes older than I am, but he begins to cry. Some people
gather around us, uh....
DR BRANDON That will be all for today. You may wake up. Wake
You okay, Tony? Ill see you day after tomorrow at the
same time. Dont worry, my boy. Soon youll be yourself,
your true self.
Cut to next appointment at Dr Brandons office. The
count resumes with "15, 14, 13, 12, 11"...)
DR BRANDON Where are you now, Tony? Where are you?
TONY Very small.
DR BRANDON Tell me what you are doing.
TONY I dont know . . .
They count down to one.
DR BRANDON Now where are you, Tony? Concentrate. Where are
TONY I dont know. I dont know. Its dark.
DR BRANDON Where? Where?
TONY You, tell me? Please, tell me?
DR BRANDON Ill help you because Im your friend.
It will all become clear to you.
TONY Tell me, tell me, tell me....
DR BRANDON Remember how it felt to run over the hills in the
moonlight? To hide by the stream, to wait in silence until
. . .
DR BRANDON Remember how wonderful it was when you sprang suddenly,
dug in with your fangs, a soft throat, the gush of warm blood?
TONY No! NO!
DR BRANDON Yes, I want you to remember. You must remember!
Tony stares, frightened, into the distance.
Cut to the teenage hangout, Vic is playing the bongos.
JIMMY You know Vic, youre good enough to sign up with
PEARL Hes had lots of offers.
VIC Oh, get off my back will ya?
PEARL Isnt that what you told me?
FRANK Tony, you can tell me to shut up if you want, but youre
not with it tonight.
TONY No, Im not.
FRANK Like youre not yourself.
TONY Guess Im not myself. I think Ill take Arlene
Tony walks over to Arlene carrying her coat with him.
TONY Come on, honey. Lets cut out.
JIMMY (walks over to Theresa) Thats right. I promised
your folks Id have you home by midnight.
TONY Give you a lift, Frank?
FRANK And interfere with you love birds? No, thanks.
TONY Everybody else is pairing up. Howre you gonna
FRANK How will I get home? I'll get home on my feet... Ill
walk. Ill take that short cut through the woods. Brings
me right out by the power works.
THERESA Why dont you two join us at Rubys Drive-In?
TONY No, were going right home.
JIMMY Go on, Tony. Well lock up.
THERESA Oh, so youve joined the exclusive set?
TONY No. You just talk too much, thats all. Im
for peace and quiet.
ARLENE Oh, Come on, Tony. Lets go.
Tony, Frank and Arlene go outside the hangout. Its
FRANK Good night, Arlene. See you tomorrow, Tony.
Frank starts walking. Cut to Tony and Arlene pulling up in
front of her house in the car.
ARLENE Dont forget math first thing in the morning,
TONY Sure, Ill sack in right away.
Arlene gets out of Tony's car and Tony drives away. Arlene
looks toward Tony as he drives off.
Cut to Frank walking in dark woods, whistling. Hears someone
or something following him.
FRANK Hello? (bird noises) Whos there?!
Runs, falls down. Whos there?!! Runs scared through
woods, looking right and left. Is cornered, and screams "No!
No! Get away, GET AWAY!!!" as scene cuts away to police
station the next day.
MAN IN SUIT Here are the photos, Chris.
CHRIS Thanks. Carries prints to the chief.
BAKER These the official pictures?
CHRIS Yes, Chief.
BAKER Strange. Who found the body?
DONOVAN Art Logan, the auditor out at the power works. Takes
that short cut through the woods every morning. Says its
the only exercise he gets.
BAKER Um humm. Any idea how long the boy has been dead?
DONOVAN No. Maybe the PM will show. The coroner has the body.
BAKER Strange. A slash on each side of his throat. Got any
DONOVAN No. The boy had no enemies.
CHRIS There werent any gang fights in Rockdale.
BAKER Are there any bruises . . . scratches on his face? Clothing
BAKER Well then, how was the boy killed? Got any theories?
DONOVAN Not a shiv.
CHRIS Not hands.
BAKER Fangs? There are no wild animals around here.
CHRIS Ive walked these woods since I was knee high to
a duck. Ive never seen any thing wilder than a tom cat.
DONOVAN I know. Thats what makes it so hard to believe.
But I still say fangs.
BAKER Maybe if the boy had a chance to fight, his fingernails
will show something.
DONOVAN Lets hope so.
BAKER In the meantime, lets keep the lid clamped down
on this until the official reports come through. Maybe even
after that. Whatever it is, weve got to be sure.
DONOVAN Ive told Art Logan not to say a word.
BAKER Good. Keep these locked in our files.
CHRIS Yes, Chief.
BAKER Just one rumor about fangs and the newspapers will have
a field day. Not just the local papers, but reporters from
all over the
country will have on the spot coverage, photographers . .
. Theyll have a field day all right. But here in Rockdale,
well have a panic.
DONOVAN Yeah, I know. But Im more worried about the
teenagers at the school.
BAKER And check the surrounding towns. See if a carnival,
circus or county fair has been setting up their tents. Also,
see if anybody has a private menagerie. Maybe a big cat got
loose some way. If I were you, Id talk to the farmers
in the surrounding areas. Sometimes they keep a wild dog for
protection. What ever it is, weve got to be sure. Facts
first. And dont encourage any rumors.
BAKER Well, now Ive got to go and see the mayor.
Cut to shot showing Chris at a desk and a hallway. Pepi, the
janitor, is in the hall.
DONOVAN Hi, Pepi. Im going down to the lab. Youd
better get those pictures locked up in the file. (hands the
official photos to Chris and leaves.)
CHRIS Pepi, how are you?
PEPI Oh, Chris. Do you mind if I take a look at that picture?
CHRIS You knew the boy?
PEPI Once in a while I played pinochle with his father. Very
small stakes. Yes, I knew the boy. But perhaps I have a better
reason. Let me see the picture.
CHRIS Youre not to say anything about this to anyone.
PEPI Its going on twelve years that Im working
here. Have I ever said a word?
Pepi looks at the picture.
CHRIS Whats the matter? You see something we missed?
PEPI That poor boy. Poor boy.
CHRIS Pepi, I dont blame you for being upset. Imagine
how his family feels.
PEPI I know what killed him.
CHRIS You do?
PEPI He was killed by a .... by a werewolf.
CHRIS A what!?
PEPI In the old country, in my little village, in the Carpathian
mountains, there was a story passed down from generation to
generation. Some say it was a legend, but I know it was the
truth. Ill tell you what werewolf is. Its a human
being possessed by a wolf. When the evil eye is on you, the
savage beast somehow gets inside and controls you.
Makes you look and act like a wolf. Makes you hunt down your
victim and kill it like a wolf. Yes, kill you with fangs,
like a wolf.
CHRIS Why, youre crazy. Youd better not let anyone
hear you talk like that, Pepi. Youll wind up in a booby
hatch. Werewolf. Come on!
PEPI Yes, thats what I said the first time it was told
to me. But later, what I saw, what I heard, convinced me.
CHRIS Im gonna put these away and lock the file.
You just forget I ever showed em to you.
PEPI Yes, I will be glad to forget this. If I can.
Cut to teenage group looking at a newspaper.
ARLENE Oh, how awful.
THERESA Poor Frank.
Cut to paper in Dr Brandons hands in his office.
DR BRANDON Well, hello Tony my boy. Come on in. Youre
a little early, but welcome.
TONY Thanks, Dr. Brandon. Well, the reason I came early is
. . .
DR BRANDON You dont have to tell me why. Let me be the
one to interpret the symptoms. After all, you have placed
yourself in my hands, so to speak. Tony, punctuality is a
phase of adjustment. Sometimes a patient leans backward to
be prompt, comes in even before his appointment. Is that clear?
TONY No, Doctor. Thats not why Im here. I wanted
to tell you about something that...
DR BRANDON Now you dont have to tell me now. Ill
hear it all under hypnosis. Ill get the injection ready.
Dr Brandon goes to the back room.
DR BRANDON Is the scapolomine ready?
WAGNER Yes. Alfred, you read the paper. You know what happened.
DR BRANDON Theres a difference between a newspaper story
and a scientific report. I have to be sure. Even in a minor
experiment, you know how many guinea pigs are used up before
the trail blazers ready to announce a new discovery
to the scientific world? Surely you know how skeptical scientists
are. Indeed, have to be.
WAGNER But you realize the consequences?
DR BRANDON I realize that I have an old woman for an assistant.
WAGNER If you mean I have a heart, I dont consider that
DR BRANDON I mean that you are standing in the way of progress.
WAGNER Progress? You call it progress to hurl back the human
race to its savage beginnings?
DR BRANDON It may prove to be the only road to progress.
Brandon goes back to the room where Tony is waiting
DR BRANDON Go ahead, my boy.
TONY Dr. Brandon, there's something I have to tell you. I
. . . I dont know if it really happened. Its more
like a nightmare. I ....I..
DR BRANDON Now, Tony. Very often in psychotherapy, strange
things seem to happen. Sometimes when we light up the dark
corners of the human mind . . .
TONY Doctor! Doctor, please help me!
DR BRANDON Then do exactly as I say. All I can tell you is
your progress is excellent. Ive even told the principal
of your school that. Yes. Im extremely pleased at the
progress youve been making. And soon, Tony, very soon,
youll be your true self again. Come on.
Cut to syringe approaching Tonys arm. Cut to the police
department wall map.
BAKER Now this is a map of the area. Well start with
the abandoned house.
DONOVAN Teenagers call it the haunted house.
BAKER Youve questioned them?
DONOVAN Yeah, just informally. They had a party after the
football game and went home. They all drove, except Frank
who walked through the woods.
BAKER How about his parents?
DONOVAN His mothers in a state of shock. His father
wants to know just one thing. What are the police doing
BAKER Well, thats it. Theyll all be down on us
unless we find the killer.
BAKER Chief Baker. Oh....... (Hands the phone to Detective
DONOVAN Donovan. Yeah. Okay, thanks. Picked up a couple of
vagrants out at the freight yard.
BAKER Well, go ahead. Ill be right in.
CHRIS Well, I checked the neighboring towns. There arent
any circuses, carnivals, or county fairs. If they come at
all, they come in the spring.
BAKER How about farms?
CHRIS I checked those too. Theyre mostly truck. Very
little livestock. A few pigs, penned up , some horses. Theres
a mink farm about three miles north of here. But theyre
all baby minks. First thing they do is cut off their teeth.
BAKER Oh oh, thats no good. Everything seems to lead
to a dead end.
Cut to school gym. Theresa is working on the parallel bars
with her teacher looking on.
MRS DAUPHIN Very good, Theresa. Your form is improving.
THERESA Thank you, Mrs. Dauphin.
MRS DAUPHIN But I must repeat, were judged on points
and Linwood High has won the gymnastic events three years
in a row.
THERESA Oh, I certainly hope we win this time.
MRS DAUPHIN So do I. Have you had enough for today? Ive
got to go.
THERESA Oh, gee. Id like to practice about another half
MRS DAUPHIN Well you dont need me. Just remember the
other pointers I gave you. Ive got some shopping to
THERESA You go right ahead. Anyway, you make me very self
conscious breathing down my neck all the time and picking
on all my mistakes. I just want to try it a few more times.
MRS DAUPHIN Thats the spirit. Good night.
Cut to principals office. Tony is waiting outside on
MISS FERGUSON Will you come in, Tony? I hope you didnt
mind waiting? I had some reports to finish.
TONY Well, uh, you wanted to see me?
MISS FERGUSON Yes, I wanted to have a little chat with you.
And for heavens sakes, Tony, dont look so glum
or so suspicious. For once we meet on a friendlier basis.
TONY Oh, Youre not going to chew me out then?
MISS FERGUSON As you say, Im not going to chew you out.
Sit down, Tony.
TONY Thank you.
MISS FERGUSON I have a report here from Dr. Brandon. Naturally,
all this is kept strictly confidential. Its a report
of progress which I am happy to confirm.
TONY You mean he says Im adjusting.
MISS FERGUSON Very much so. Your grades are about the same,
but then your grades were always high. However, your conduct
is very much improved. Tony, youre coming along just
TONY Thanks. Im glad.
MISS FERGUSON And as a reward, I want you to know that if
you continue this way, youll earn an honor certificate.
Yes, Tony. Ill recommend you to the state college. Your
grades will be high and your deportment will match.
TONY This means so much to me, Miss Ferguson.
MISS FERGUSON So far, every pupil Ive recommended has
reflected great credit on Rockdale High. And I know you will.
So keep it up till graduation. Then youll be off to
your real career.
TONY Thanks a lot.
MISS FERGUSON I always knew that if somehow we could just
break through to you, I mean, really get inside of you, youd
be a credit to your father and to your school.
TONY Thank you.
MISS FERGUSON Youre welcome. Dismissed.
Tony leaves, walks down the school hallway with lockers on
both side, banging his hand on one or two of them and stops
at the gym door. Looks in. Theresa is still working out. Tony
wanders into the gym and stops between the school bell and
a fire extinguisher, where he watches Theresa work out. School
bell goes off right beside him. Tony is startled. Transforms.
Theresa sees him upside down from the parallel bars and screams.
Tony-Werewolf chases her around the gym, trips over some folded
chairs, rises. Theresa runs to the back door...it is locked...she
trips trying to get away from him near the piano; she is unable
to escape. Tony-werewolf hits the piano keys and then knocks
over the wooden dividers as he corners her. Miss Ferguson
comes in. Many screams. Other kids come running. Tony-Werewolf
rises from Theresas body, growls, runs past the incoming
teenagers and Miss Ferguson, knocking a few kids aside and
flees through the school yard, climbs the fence and runs into
the woods nearby.
MISS FERGUSON Did you see him?
JIMMY Yes, I saw.
MISS FERGUSON Did you recognize him? Ill call the police....Ill
call the police!
Cut to attendants carrying out Theresas shrouded body.
DONOVAN Miss Ferguson, I...I know this is difficult, but
anything you can do to help us . . . .
MISS FERGUSON He, . . . it came running out of the gymnasium.
I recognized the jacket, the trousers.
DONOVAN They were the same?
MISS FERGUSON The same. But the face, the eyes, the hands
like claws . . .
Cut to interview with Jimmy.
JIMMY I never saw anything like it before.
DONOVAN But you recognized him?
JIMMY It was Tony all right. It was his jacket.
DONOVAN Anybody chase him?
JIMMY No, it all happened too fast. Besides, we were paralyzed,
man, just too paralyzed.
DONOVAN And then he disappeared?
JIMMY Yeah, like an animal. He jumped the fence and ran for
Cut to Tony-Werewolf running through the woods.
Cut to police department. Baker is meeting with reporters.
BAKER The whole area has been blocked off. An all points bulletin
has gone out. There is no way he can possibly escape.
BAKER Well, he, it, call it what you will.
DOYLE Seems to me werewolf would be more appropriate.
BAKER Very well then. I realize it makes a better story. Werewolf.
DOYLE In the meantime, what protection are you giving the
people, especially the teenagers?
BAKER The very best we possibly can. The parents have been
warned to keep their children at home. Theaters, recreation
halls, bowling alleys have all been shut down.
DOYLE What about the werewolf?
BAKER A posse has been formed. Theyre going to start
DOYLE But in the meantime the werewolf is at large.
BAKER But not for long.
DOYLE You hope. Youll find this is different than tracking
down the ordinary criminal. Youre dealing with the cunning,
the ruthlessness of something that is supernatural.
BAKER Oh, come, now. Lets dont add to the panic
that already exists.
DOYLE The people are entitled to know everything and my papers
going to see that they get it. Maybe if you hadnt kept
the first murder so secret . . .
BAKER Dont try to place the blame for this! We did everything
that was reasonable in the interest of public protection and
DOYLE All right. May we see the official pictures?
BAKER No, they are locked in our files.
DOYLE You cant keep this a secret, Chief! The second
murder has blown the lid off. A TV truck is on its way out
right now. Teenagers are going to be interviewed. Parents.
Teachers. A psychologist was involved too, wasnt he?
BAKER You cant pry into that. Just what are you trying
to do? Add to the grief of the families already involved?
DOYLE Dont make this a personal issue, Chief Baker.
You have your work cut out, we have ours.
BAKER In that case, gentlemen,, youll understand that
we are ....very busy.
DOYLE Well, there is one thing you can be sure of, we will
be with you every step of the hunt from now on.
BAKER Oh, Im sure of that, Mr. Doyle.
(The reporters leave.)
Cut to Doctor Brandons office.
DONOVAN Doctor, whats your opinion?
DR BRANDON Im sorry, Sergeant. But I cant be swayed
by mass hysteria.
DONOVAN But there were eyewitnesses who swear they saw him.
DR BRANDON Hallucinations. Id have to see this so called
...beast with my own eyes. After all, a scientist
needs a platform of concrete facts before venturing an opinion.
And overwhelming proof before stating a conclusion.
DONOVAN Doctor, this is hardly the time for a lecture. You
had Tony under your professional care. You were with him time
and again. You were supposed to help him.
DR BRANDON As far as I know, I did. His behavior after I took
the case proves that.
DONOVAN Did you come across any hint, a clue? Did he reveal
DR BRANDON I keep careful case histories of all my patients,
but I dont need to tell you thats a matter of
strict confidence between doctor and patient.
DONOVAN Yes, Im aware of that. However, we hoped youd
cooperate, help us.
DR BRANDON Dont you think youre wasting a lot
of valuable time interrogating me? After all, your duty is
to try and find this, uh, ....this young man.
DONOVAN Why do you shy away from the word? Everyones
using it. Werewolf.
DR BRANDON I do not subscribe to old wives tales. Its
my belief that these legends or myths passed out with the
invention of electricity. After all, this is America, modern
America, not a hamlet in the Carpathian mountains.
DONOVAN What do the Carpathian mountains have to do with us?
DR BRANDON Thats where the legend was born. The people
there believe in werewolves. When the shadows of night creep
over their gloomy hills and the hungry dogs howl in the moonlight,
the peasants cross themselves and hide in their huts. Any
canine they see with sharp, white teeth and glittering eyes,
they call a werewolf.
DONOVAN Doctor, you seem to know a great deal about these
DR BRANDON I amuse myself with fantasy. I live by facts.
Cut to darkened police department. Chris is typing.
CHRIS Hi, Pepi. Youre in late tonight.
PEPI Oh, Chris, uh, was this teenage girl killed the same
CHRIS Yeah. Same way.
PEPI I told you. I knew. A werewolf.
CHRIS Tell me something, Pepi. In the old country did they
ever..uh..catch a werewolf?
PEPI Never! Never!
Cut to Tony-werewolf running through the woods. Cut to Arlenes
DOYLE Did your boyfriend ever give you any indications....
ARLENE Never! Never!
DOYLE Do you realize that if this thing had come over him
when he was with you...
BILL : Now, there is no use upsetting our girl any more than
she is now. Sorry I let you talk to her in the first place.
MARY Yes, I think thats enough. Shes been crying
ever since this thing happened. She must get more rest.
DOYLE Well, uh, just one more picture. Now youre not
gonna let her go to school?
BILL : No, schools closed until this thing is over.
Anyway, well protect her right here in her own home.
Cut to Tonys home, later. His father is talking to
Doyle, the reporter.
DOYLE You dont really believe that your son is....
CHARLES No, no, I cant believe.
DOYLE What kind of a boy was Tony, . . . .is Tony?
CHARLES He was always on the quiet side. Kept pretty much
to himself. Maybe I should have remarried. A good woman around
the house. The affection of a mother. A boy needs that. Especially
when hes growing up. Not that Tony ever complained.
I even asked him. Does he miss...should I...? He said, No,
Dad. Well get along all right. Just the two of us.
As if he knew no woman could ever replace his mother in my
heart or in his.
DOYLE What I mean is, uh, ....did he always obey you?
CHARLES Yes. Only you had to know how to ask him. Ask him
the right way and hed do anything. Tonys a good
boy. I dont care what they say. Tonys a good boy.
DOYLE Yet he hasnt come home or you havent heard
from him since he left for school early this morning. Now
certainly he must know how worried you are? Of course, you
know what the principal and his teenage friends are saying
about the terror? How it looked? Now wouldnt this indicate
to you that perhaps Tony is ...
CHARLES Leave me alone, will ya? Leave me alone.
Cut to Tony-werewolf in the woods. Cut to the police department.
Chief Baker is resting on the couch.
DONOVAN Pat, the men are all ready.
BAKER Oh, thanks. It may seem like a long shot, Donovan, but
if we can capture it before morning it will save the community
a lot of trouble and panic.
DONOVAN We can try. But at night in the woods is gonna
BAKER One thing in our favor, it cant go very far, it
can only travel on foot. Also, its got to stop to rest
and eat. Lets go.
Cut to woods at night. The Chief, Donovan and various police
and civilians gather to form a posse.
BAKER All right now. Well move in stagger fashion.
Well circle the outer edges first, then keep going round
and round until we meet in the center. If you run across it
or even if you see any suspicious tracks, notify me immediately
on the walkie talkie. Now, dont fire unless you are
attacked. I want to try to bring this thing in alive if possible.
Now, another thing. When we get further into the woods, I
want you to light the torches. Animals are afraid of fire,
maybe werewolves are too. Now lets go. Come on, Donovan.
The posse starts combing the woods.
Tony-werewolf watches them from the bushes.
BAKER All right, men close up. Were going to light
the torches. Now, Ed, Charlie, take a couple of torches and
go on up the hill there. Donovan, will you take a man and
beat up this ravine?
BAKER All right, you go ahead.
The group disperses. Two men walk toward Tony-werewolf, hiding
in the bushes. One of them with a torch in his hand gets very
close to Tony-werewolf when...
SEARCHER Hey, Mike. Come over here.
The men move away and Tony-werewolf leaves in the opposite
direction. Suddenly Tony-werewolf stops, senses something
behind him and turns. A german shepherd dog growls at him
and then attacks; there is a brief struggle and then he kills
the dog; Tony-werewolf hears the posse approaching and runs
off. Donovan discovers the dead animal. A minute later he
meets up with Chief Baker and the posse.
BAKER Hold it. Well, Donovan, did you see anything?
DONOVAN Theres a dog back up there he killed.
BAKER Oh? Then hes got to be in here someplace. No sense
looking for him in this light, though. Look, Donovan. Post
guards so he cant possibly escape. Weve got to
Tony-werewolf hides and watches the men walking through the
woods. He hides in some bushes so the posse doesn't find him.
Cut back to Tonys house where a policeman waits with
Tonys father. Phone rings.
POLICEMAN Go ahead, answer it. Just tell him to give himself
up. Tell him its the best way. Advise him as his father
CHARLES Hello? Thanks. Thanks. Its only the foreman.
Im not being docked for staying home tonight. As if
that matters. As if anything can matter. If I only knew for
sure hes still alive. If I only knew.
Morning comes. Tony wakes in the woods, back to normal.
We notice his jacket is torn. From the bushes he watches one
of the searchers run up to another man.
SEARCHER 2 Look what Ive found. A piece of cloth ripped
SEARCHER 3 How do you know its his?
SEARCHER 2 It fits the description. He wore a jacket like
SEARCHER 3 How do you know its part of his jacket? I
think wed better call headquarters.
Tony runs off. Cut to Dr. Brandons lab.
WAGNER Alfred, ...
DR BRANDON Dont interrupt, Hugo.
WAGNER Alfred, arent you wasting your time? Or do you
have a second victim in view?
DR BRANDON Im not wasting my time and I dont like
to hear the subject of a world shaking experiment referred
to as a victim.
WAGNER Call it what you like, but hes being hunted down
like a dangerous animal. And after hes captured....
DR BRANDON Im no so sure he will be captured. Transformation
into a werewolf is all not on the minus side. It also gives
the subject the cunning of an animal.
WAGNER Then you think somehow he will come here?
DR BRANDON All I have to do is wait. He must come here. Im
the only link he has left. Im his last hope.
Tony is walking down a street in town. He looks in a store
window and touches the cuts on his face; a man looks at Tony,
who then moves on. He tries to hide when he hears a siren.
A cop pulls a car over. Tony tries to walk unobserved across
the street to use a phone booth on the other side.
MOTORCYCLE COP ' Hey you! Next time use the cross walk. To
car driver: Its a wonder more people arent killed.
Tony makes a call. Cut to Arlenes living room. Phone
rings. Arlene's father starts to rise from the couch to answer,
but the policeman sitting near the phone has him stop.
POLICEMAN Let her answer it. All right, Miss. You answer
it. Remember now, hold him long enough so we can trace the
TONY (on phone) Hello?
A bystander walks up to the phone booth and stares at Tony
talking on the phone. Tony gets nervous and hangs up. He leaves
the phone booth; the bystander walks on.
ARLENE Hello? Hangs up. Whoever he was, he...he hung up.
POLICEMAN Did you recognize his voice?
ARLENE I....I couldnt be sure.
POLICEMAN Look, Miss. If youre trying to protect him
by holding back anything, youre wrong. His best bet
is to give himself up.
ARLENE Well, I only heard the word hello. How
could I be sure?
Cut to police department, Donovans desk. Phone rings.
DONOVAN Sergeant Donovan. Where? Tenth and Hudson. (Donovan
writes down the address) Thank you. Tenth and Hudson.
CHRIS What came in?
DONOVAN Somebody just caught sight of him.
DONOVAN Makes sense. No trace of him in the woods and all
the roads are blocked. Lets go, Chris.
Cut to Dr. Brandons office. He is dictating. Tony walks
up toward the front door.
DR BRANDON The results of the case of Mrs. Banks indicate
that... I was expecting you. Come on in, Tony.
TONY Doctor Brandon, I know what I am! What I become. Help
me, Doctor, please! I know theyre going to catch me,
but dont let anyone see me like that! Please, Doctor,
help me! Please, help me!!!
DR BRANDON Of course, Tony. Of course. Come on over here.
Puts Tony on the couch. Cut to lab.
WAGNER Alfred, I beg you. Its too late to bring the
dead back to life. But at least you can help him. Help correct
a terrible mistake.
DR BRANDON Mistake? You dare call a scientific triumph a mistake?
WAGNER What are you going to do now?
DR BRANDON He must make the voyage back once more. I must
see with my own eyes and record with my own camera. Here.
Youll be the witness. Well have it all on film.
From the time I first give him the injection through the transformation.
And then no one will doubt my word. Even the most exacting,
the most skeptical of scientists will be convinced that I
have penetrated the deepest secrets of creation. That I have
achieved the first perfect case of regression.
Cut to Dr Brandons office. Wagner is filming Tony on
the couch. The transformation happens.
DR BRANDON Good.
Phone rings. Tony-werewolf snaps out of the hypnotic trance,
growls in anger.
WAGNER Alfred, stop him!
Tony-werewolf attacks Wagner, killing the assistant. Tony-werewolf
also knocks the camera over onto the floor; the camera opens
and exposes the film. Dr Brandon runs for the lab. Brandon
unlocks the refrigerator and takes out a needle.
Tony-Werewolf stalks Dr Brandon now. He enters the lab; he
is rabid; Tony-Werewolf trashing everything within his reach
as he approaches Dr Brandon. The flasks and ingredients of
the serum are destroyed forever.
DR BRANDON Tony! Tony, Im your friend. Im the
only friend youve got! Tony! Tony! No, Tony!! Tony,
Tony-werewolf attacks and kills Dr Brandon. Donovan and Chris
arrive in time to witness.
They both shoot Tony-Werewolf repeatedly.
DONOVAN There was no other way out. Nothing else we could
CHRIS We had to.
DONOVAN Yeah. Did you see his face? I mean, before?
CHRIS Ill never forget it.
Tony, in death, has returned to normal.
DONOVAN At least theyll see him this way now.
CHRIS What about him? (Referring to Dr Brandon.)
DONOVAN I dont know. My hunch is the score was evened.
CHRIS Boy, the newspapers will just eat this up.
DONOVAN Yeah. But after theyve had their field day,
one thing will be clear.
Its not for man to interfere in the ways of God.