Screenplay – The Edwards Fortune
This screenplay was inspired by an incredible story I learned of when conducting research into my family’s history which involved the ownership and rights to the most valuable land in America– Wall Street. While this particular scene doesn’t refer to the inheritance in the story, it is one of the more entertaining. If you’d like to learn more about the family legend, you can read the related article I wrote here.
EXT. MURPHY FARM – MORNING
Charles stops his truck in front of the Murphy’s ramshackle
house, gets out, and stands next to the bed of the pickup.
Jarvis and Malcolm walk over.
Whatcha got there, Charlie?
I got somethin’ that’s gonna keep
us in business.
Oh yeah? What’s that?
Charles lifts a tarp, revealing several crates of milk
Those are milk bottles, Charlie.
Very observant, Malcolm.
Charles takes a bottle of milk from a crate.
I don’t see how milk is gonna keep
us in business.
He removes the lid from the bottle and holds it upside down.
Hey! How come it ain’t spillin’
out? I think that milk done
Charles shows them the inside of the bottle. It’s EMPTY–
and the outside is PAINTED WHITE.
Oh! I get it! We’re gonna put the
whiskey in there!
You always were the smart one,
He reaches back into the wagon and pulls out MILKMAN
As far as this new revenuer will
know, we’re all milkmen.
Malcolm SLAPS him on the back.
You’re a genius, Charlie! Whatever
gave you such a good idea?
Beetle and his amphorae.
Beetle and his what?
Beetle and his big mouth. Least
it’s good for somethin’.
INT. MURPHY FARM – GRANNY’S ROOM – DAY
The three men are all dressed in their milkman uniforms,
staring down at GRANNY MURPHY who’s SNORING peacefully in her
Should we wake her?
Naw. Let her sleep.
Malcolm walks over to one side of the bed and nods to
MALCOLM MURPHY (CONT’D)
You take that side.
Charles moves to the other side and together they lift it,
moving Granny, bed and all, across the room, revealing a TRAP
DOOR in the floor.
Jarvis tugs on a ring, swinging the door open, and the men
begin descending the ladder to the room below.
INT. MURPHY FARM – BASEMENT DISTILLERY – MOMENTS LATER
Charles stares in awe at a copper still, chimney leading
through the floor above.
If only people knew that the best
moonshine in Kentucky was made in
this here basement right under your
The heck with that, Charlie. If
only Granny knew!