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Matt
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I have a small handful of vintage soap scripts in my collection. One of my prized ones is this script for the Friday, January 30, 1970, episode of AS THE WORLD TURNS.

According to the cover sheet --

CAST:
Claire
Judge Lowell
Don
Tom
Ed (Prisoner)
Paul
Liz
Amanda
Bob
David
Miss Thompson

Agency: Young & Rubicam, Inc.
Writers: Irna Phillips, Warren Swanson, & John Boruff
Producer: Mary Harris
Associate Producer: Joe Rothenberger
Director: Cort Steen & Paul Lammers
Production Assistant: Diane Griffin
Costume Designer: Edythe Gilfond
Set Designer: Steven O. Saxe
Music Director: Charles Paul
Announcer: Dan McCullough
Make Up Artist: June Gosset

And now, for the next 30 minutes...




ACT I

CASSEN DEN. MORNING. AT OPENING, JUDGE LOWELL IS TALKING ON THE PHONE. HE HOLDS AN OPENED NEWSPAPER. CLAIRE, LOOKING VERY ANXIOUS, IS STANDING NEAR HIM.

JUDGE
(INTO PHONE) ...Oh? When did Mr. Hughes get my message? I see. Fine. Thank you. (HANGS UP, TURNS TO CLAIRE) Don left his apartment (hotel?) half an hour ago, he's on his way here.

CLAIRE
(INDICATES THE NEWSPAPER) Good. I hope he can tell us more about Tom and the murder than that confusing story in the newspaper.

JUDGE
I presume he can tell us a great deal more. He and Chris have been the attorneys on the case almost from the moment the boy was arrested. (LOOKS AT NEWSPAPER, SHAKES HIS HEAD) "Stepson Held for Doctor's Murder". Incredible, absolutely incredible.

CLAIRE
That someone decided to murder Michael Shea? No, Father Lowell, it isn't incredible at all. He was a cruel, hateful man. I'm surprised that someone didn't do it long before this.

JUDGE
Now, now, Claire, you're predjudiced -- you can't judge Michael Shea fairly.

CLAIRE
After the wretched experiences I went through with him, I -- yes, you're right, I can't judge him fairly. I feel nothing but contempt at the very mention of his name.

JUDGE
However, I did not mean that it is incredible that someone murdered him -- I meant that it is incredible that Tom Hughes is the one the police are convinced is the murderer.

CLAIRE
But he's not. Father Lowell. Nothing has been proven... the police only have suspicions.

JUDGE
Claire, I am one hundred percent behind Tom -- our law firm will conduct his defense to the utmost of our ability -- but we must be aware that those police suspicions are based on very solid evidence.

CLAIRE
Solid evidence?

JUDGE
(INDICATES PAPER AGAIN) Tom's record with drugs -- his incriminating confession letter -- the janitor's clear and precise description of the murderer. Yes, I'm afraid they have a most substantial case -- and we will have to put up the fight of our lives if we're going to get the boy cleared.

CLAIRE
(LOOKS AT WATCH, IMPATIENTLY) Where on earth is Don? Maybe he's found something that will make Tom's case look a little more hopeful.

JUDGE
While we're waiting, I could call Chris. He and Don have been working together on this.

CLAIRE
Oh, yes, Father Lowell, call him -- please. Maybe he -- no, wait -- you'd better not. He's sure to be home with Nancy -- and I can imagine how she must feel right now.

JUDGE
Why not call Lisa?

CLAIRE
She won't be home. I'm sure she and her mother are down at the police station to see Tom. They -- (THE DOORBELL RINGS, FROM THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE) Oh, there's Don. _____ (NAME OF MADE, IF ESTABLISHED) will let him in. Father Lowell, you said that Don has been working with his father on Tom's defense. Does that mean he's decided to come back into the firm?

JUDGE
No. Chris and Nancy have been trying to persuade him to do it, but he's just going to be with us on this one case -- and that's only because of his personal interest in his nephew. Then he'll go back to his own -- (BRING IN DON. HE IS WEARING A COAT AND CARRYING A BRIEF CASE)

CLAIRE
Good morning, Don.

JUDGE
Hello, Don.

DON
(REMOVING THE COAT, PLACING THE BRIEF CASE ON A TABLE) Morning, Claire -- Judge Lowell. Sorry it took me so long to get here -- I stopped by the County Jail to make sure Tom had everything he needed. (FROWNS) It was hardly the most cheerful way to start a day.

JUDGE
(SURPRISED) Tom is in the the County Jail? So soon?

DON
(NODDING) They moved him from Central Police Station first thing this morning. Along with nine other prisoners, in one of those ugly black trucks. It looked like a hearse.

CLAIRE
Oh, the poor boy. How was he?

DON
Quiet. Very quiet. (BEAT) On the outside. (BEAT) Inside, he's just scared to death.

JUDGE
A pity --

DON
I've known him all his life -- he couldn't hide it from me.

JUDGE
I suggest that we get started, counselor -- we have work to do. And we face a serious problem.

DON
A serious problem?

JUDGE
(INDICATING THE NEWSPAPER AND DON'S BRIEF CASE) The mass of evidence against Thomas Christopher Hughes.

DON
We have a far more serious problem than that.

JUDGE
Oh? What?

DON
(BEAT) Thomas Christopher Hughes himself.

(TAKE DON, MORE DEEPLY CONCERNED THAN WE HAVE SEEN HIM BEFORE. TAKE CLAIRE. TAKE JUDGE LOWELL. AND TAKE THEM OUT.)

MUSIC: BRIDGE




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