Screenplay: Dawn’s Hwy








 

Hello Doors Examiner Archives readers and Doors fans! Here’s the first two scenes of the screenplay “Dawn’s Hwy” I’ve made one of my Patreon page premiums. I know people may not have had a chance to read them on Patreon so I want to bring them to you!

“Dawn’s Hwy” takes place in January of 1966 when Jim Morrison, Phil O’Leno and Felix Venable head out to the desert to find peyote. All that is known of the adventure is that Jim and Felix returned to L.A. with bruises and black eyes, and no Phil. The started telling friends that they had killed Phil and buried him in the desert. The story eventually got back to O’Leno’s father a lawyer, who of course was worried about his son and wanted to know what happened and so filled out an arrest warrant on Jim Morrison (Felix being less visible and harder to find than Jim?) in order to discover what happened, that’s where we start “Dawn’s Hwy”

FADE IN:

EXT-STREETSIDE PHONE BOOTH-NIGHT

A shadowy figure walks from a parked car to the phone booth that is lit from the inside. The figure goes into the phone booth, and picks up the phone.
Cut to:

CU of his mouth.

Jim:
Yeah, we wasted him.
Cut to:

EXT-SUNSET STRIP-DAY

A lithe you man, 21 walks down the Sunset Strip circa January 1966, he’s dressed in black jeans that look like they’ve been on him a couple of days, a black t-shirt, and an open jacket over that, this is Jim Morrison prior to the fame of The Doors, he has a couple of bruises and scratches visible on his face. Suddenly a passing police cruiser screeches to a halt in front of him, two cops get out of the car.

Cop:
Are you Jim Morrison?

Jim:
(Defiantly)
Yeah.

Cop:
You’re under arrest.

The cop pushes him against the wall of a nearby building and pats him down.

Jim (cont.)
What for man?

Cop:
Suspicion of murder.
Cut to:

INT-POLICE INTERROGATION ROOM-DARK

Typical police interrogation room, bare white walls, sparse cheap furniture, a wood table with an ashtray on it, a wooden chair on either side of the table, the room is lit by a single bare light-bulb, Jim sits in a chair against the wall. A police detective enters the room.

Interrogator:
Do you know the whereabouts of one Phillip O’Leno?

Jim:
Umm, not really.

Interrogator:
He’s missing, we think he may have been killed.

Jim:
What makes you think I had anything to do with it?

Interrogator:
All your friends have said you’ve been going around telling a story about how                                                   you and one Felix Venable killed him.

Beat

Look son, if you know anything tell us, at least so his father knows what                                                             happened.

Jim:
Fuck his father.

Interrogator:
That’s a bad attitude son, and one that’s not going to get you very far in life. Do                                                you know his father is an FBI agent?

Jim:
And mine’s an Admiral in the navy, so what?
Cut to:

EXT-DESERT HIGHWAY-DAWN

The sun rising above the horizon revealing desert surrounding the black topped highway, suddenly out of the distance a red convertible with the top down, there’s two guys in the front, one in his early 30’s, has dark beard stubble on his face, looks hungover, debauched, this is Felix Venable. Driving a young man in his early 20’s looks fresh faced, this is Phil O’Leno, in the backseat is Jim Morrison, as we’ve seen before. Jim rises from the backseat where he was sleeping.

Jim:
Hey man, let me drive, I’m bored back here.

Felix:
No way Morrison, you drive like shit. Is there any beer left?

Jim:
Yeah, it’s warm.

Jim tosses a beer to Felix.

Jim (cont’d):
Where are we?

Phil:
The desert, where do you think we are?

Jim:
(looking around)
Oh, shit I’m back.

Phil:
Back? where?

Felix:
Here?

Jim:
It looks like it man.

Phil:
Morrison, what the fuck are you talking about?

Jim:
When I was a kid my family was moving to one of my father’s new postings, and                                               one morning, it was like dawn, you know the time between night and day.

Felix:
We know when dawn is.

Jim:
Anyway, we drove up on an accident, a truckload of Indians had overturned,                                                   there was blood everywhere on the road, and I was really freaking out I wanted to                                           do something, but I couldn’t, I’m just a kid, right? My mother told me it was a dream,                                       I don’t know if she thought that would make it better or not, but it’s stuck with me a                                         long time. I may write a story about it, maybe one of the Indian’s was a shaman, and                                         his soul jumped into mine.

Jim grabs a notebook he has by his side and starts writing in it, Felix seeing this reaches over, and grabs it.

Phil:
What’re you going to write about anyway?

Jim:
(smiling mischievously)
How I lured two dumb motherfucker’s into the desert and killed them.

Felix:
Fuck you Morrison, you may get Phil baby here, but I’ll take you first.

Felix looks at Morrison’s notebook.

Felix (cont’d):
Morrison, you’re such a pussy, a writer! You stack the deck, choose the circumstances                                      and conditions of a story, so of course the outcome can anything you want. If you                                            want to be an artist you need to do something that is real. A film is real, it shows you                                        consciousness, what’s really going on.

Felix throws the notebook out of the car.

Phil:
Jim are you going to take this seriously? We’re here to find that shaman, to see the                                          mystical, the metaphysical.

Cut to:

This is the first two scene’s of the “Dawn’s Hwy” screenplay which is one of the projects I’m working on at Patreon. There is a third scene (The Barroom) available to read when you subscribe to the $3.00 a month level on my Patreon page and each month you’ll be able to read a new scene as I write it plus anything in the lower levels. So, check it out, subscribe and together we can discover where this artistic journey leads to!

 

 

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