Detectives Inc.
A Terror of Dying Dreams
(An excerpt from the film script)

by Don McGregor


Thrilling Detective is really pleased to present something a little different.
But first, a little background...

Back in 1985, Don McGregor had a vision for a private eye film, about his racially-mixed team of tough New York eyes, based on characters he had originally created for the highly-claimed graphic novel A Remembrance of Threatening Green. He had a script and everything, for what was "primarily a presentation piece," but you know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men and McGregors...

Undaunted, Don turned around and reworked the film script, transforming it into the second graphic novel, A Terror of Dying Dreams, featuring private eyes Ted Denning & Bob Rainier , collectively known as Detectives Inc.

Now, for the first time, Thrilling Detective is pleased to present a glimpse at not only Don's original film script, but also the original comic script for the same scene (both reproduced here, warts'n'all), as well as the actual comic book page that was the ultimate result, as rendered by comics legend Gene Colan.

| Film Script | Comic Book Script | Comic Page |


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.....................RAINIER
........(Out to convince Denning)
It's a scam! I already said it! Carruthers is going to take those funds and skip!

....................DENNING
Ohh-kay. And Burnett? Your theory is, Burnett was a part of the scam?

Rainier shrugs.

....................RAINIER
Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe Burnett just happened to stumble onto the scam. The guy may have been a psychopath who beat his wife, that doesn't necessarily mean he would steal from sick kids. Then again, he wanted to belong to Curruther's crowd pretty bad, he might have ignored anything. I think Curruthers panicked when he learned we were nosing around. maybe when Curruthers turned his back on Burnett out at the benefit, maybe Burnett threatened to expose him.

Denning stands up, purposefully.

....................DENNING
Let's ride out to see Curruthers. Let's see how he reacts when we pop the news that we know about his financial condition.Just throw the whole scam thing at him, see what he does.

Rainier goes to his desk, opens up his desk draw.

....................RAINIER
Tell you what. You play Groucho. I'll be Chico. We'll let him be Margaret Dumont.

Rainier pulls out a shoulder holster and a gun, starts to shrug into it.

....................DENNING
Do you have to take that?

....................RAINIER
I think it's wise. I think you should carry yous. You remember the bozo with the gun?

....................DENNING
I never forget bozos with guns. I'm still not packing a piece.


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Dierdre watches the both of them. She senses the tense reluctance in Denning stems from some incident in his past that she knows nothing about.

....................RAINIER
...............(Checking gun.)
Okay, Wyatt Earp. Be that way.

....................DIERDRE
You were expecting that kind of trouble?

....................RAINIER
(Snapping gun cylinder closed, holstering it.)
I'm not expecting anything. In thisbusiness, you don't expect, you just prepare.

Dierdre looks at Denning, wanting to ask but knowing intuitively that it is a sensitive question.

....................DIERDRE
Is it okay if I ask you a personal question?

....................DENNING
Why I don't want to pack a piece?

....................DIERDRE
Seems...odd for a private ey...investigator.

....................DENNING
.....(Quietly, with some anguish, some rage.)
I had to shoot a teenager once...case concerning the boy whose father talked to you about us...I didn't have much choice.
..(He heads to the door, stops, turns to her.)
In the beginning, I felt real guilty about it. I still wish it hadn't had to happen. I would have loved to have gone through life without having to kill somebody, and this guy made it so I couldn't. So, sometimes, instead of feeling bad about it, I get pissed off t him, because he gave me no choice but to fire that gun.
...(A LONG BEAT, he stares at the floor, then up
...................at Dierdre.)
Killing people was not the reason I became an inestigator.

....................DIERDRE
I know.

Rainier, knowing the scene is awkward, becomes all physical activity, heading for the door with great purpose.

| Film Script | Comic Book Script | Comic Page |

Copyright (c) 1985, 1999 Don McGregor


Don McGregor is an often innovative and ground-breaking comic writer, who's given us such unique comic book gumshoes as Nathaniel Dusk and Alexander and Penelope Risk and Detectives, Inc. He confesses that his love affair with private eyes probably started with 77 Sunset Strip. In his early teens, he was positive if you looked up the word "suave" in the dictionary you'd see a picture of Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. His first private eye comic was actually a fanzine version of Detectives, Inc. way back in 1969 (the characters of Rainier and Denning were originally designed for him and Alex "Blackjack" Simmons to play on film). Early on, Don had commandeered his dad's 8mm Bolex camera, and discovered that if you wrote the movie, and directed the movie and starred in it, you always won the fights. Through his long and varied career in comics, he's written for Creepy Magazine, and scripted such tiles as Panther's Rage, the first comic by a mainstream publisher to have a virtually all-black cast; Killraven, with Craig Russell; the Sabre graphic novel, and the acclaimed Ragamuffins with Gene Colan, the first comic printed in color from an artist's pencils (no ink!). This style was later used to great effect in the second Detectives, Inc. series, and in both Nathaniel Dusk series. Don's currently writing the Zorro newspaper strip, and riding through the wind-swept night, though he swears he'll never abandon his beloved eyes. The original 1980 Detectives, Inc. graphic novel, A Remembrance of Threatening Green, and its 1987 sequel, A Terror for Dying Dreams, have recently been reprinted.

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