Alpha Omega M.D. – Episode #312
…The glitz and glamour, the long red carpet and the champagne wishes & caviar dreams, are all there for the taking…
Having endured an evening at the Atlanta Civic ballet, at which Sara Fenwick won the “Newcomer of the Year” award, and a stiff headwind at 10,000 feet, Ford finds Hollywood more to his liking. It’s not like he’s not used to the world of celebrity, he and Lyn being quite well known in several circles, but the nickname, “Tinsel Town”, is once again living up to its name, just as it had for Judith Eastman and Mary Pickford 40 years ago. The glitz and glamour, the long red carpet and the champagne wishes & caviar dreams, are all there for the taking.
As head screenwriter, Carolyn Hanes is involved in all phases of the production. The cameras are rolling on The Day the Earth Stood Still set and she is being treated like the queen of England. The executive producer has visions of his money quadrupling, the producer knows his company has hooked on with a winner, the director takes the script and makes it his own and the actors breathe life into the dialogue. Even the big dumb silver robot that Lyn had created is assembled successfully, almost exactly the way she had envisioned.
“What were your intentions with this line… here?” points the dashing alien from the flying saucer at a line from the script.
“‘You are on the path to self-destruction.’? Well, you have to understand that even though the aliens defend themselves with force, they also are here to warn humans about the danger of nuclear weapons. They will show a scene from the future that will show Earth’s leaders, of an utterly destroyed, smoldering planet. It is what will happen if we do not control who has and who uses the bomb.”
“Yes, I see now. Not so far from the truth, Miss Hanes?” Actor Michael Rennie is old enough to have been affected by WWII and the weapon of mass destruction that ended it.
“None today, the ray gun is in the shop.”
“I love your sense of humor. I think this is going to be fun!”
“Tell me Miss Hanes, you seem to know a lot about flying saucers.”
“Call me, Lyn and it’s actually Mrs. Hanes-Ford.
“Two last names, how nice.”
“Yes, uses more ink, but I like it.” It does and she does. “Let’s just say that writers often draw from their personal experiences.”
“Indeed, that would be one hell of a personal experience.”
“I have a friend who knows far more than me, but unfortunately, she can’t remember a thing.”
“Can we talk about this later? They’re calling me for a scene, thank you for your insight.”
The Day the Earth Stood Still opened in American theaters late in 1954. It frightens some, dazzles others and entertains all. The flying saucer thing is taking off. People will gaze at the heavens in a different way, wondering, looking up.
Alpha Omega M.D.