In addition to Huston's script and distinctive images by Covarrubias, this edition features the "Saint Louis Version" of the folktale, regarded as the most authentic version, as well as 20 variations on the story and song.
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About the Author
John Huston (1906–87) was a film director, screenwriter, author, and actor. He is best known for the screenplays and direction of such films as The Maltese Falcon, Key Largo, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen, and many others.
Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias (1904–57) was celebrated for his paintings and caricatures. His work appeared in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, and his style influence many latter-day artists, including Al Hirschfeld.
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Frankie and Johnny
By John Huston, Miguel Covarrubias
Dover Publications, Inc.Copyright © 2015 Dover Publications, Inc.
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A barroom. Lila, a drunken chippy, and the Prizefighter are dancing. Johnny, the Madam, Nelly Bly, and the Piano Player look on. The Bartender is stacking glasses.
Dance me easy, Prizefighter. Don't wrassle me so, or I may slop over on ye.
Now, Lila, do like the gent wants. Be merry, dearie.
Her tongue's a mite sharp, but she don't mean ye no harm.
Whoops,—ki-yi! The tide's a-risin'!
She falls. The Madam helps her to a chair.
Do ye want a good smacking? to the others
Her stummick's upset, pore child.
I got 'em. They're a-climbin' up under my dresses.
to the Bartender
They're in under my skirts.
slapping Lila*s ears
It'll clear her head.
It ain't covered.
I laid down a dime.
Put up your nickel or it's back in the vat.
Bartender and Prizefighter both grab for the glass. The Prizefighter seizes it from the Bartender who reaches for his mallet and brings it down on the Prizefighter's head. The Prizefighter sags to his knees.
The rat's swallered the glass.
Johnny goes to the bar, puts his arm around the Prizefighter and hoists him straight. Then, sliding his hand into the Prizefighter's pocket, he brings out some coins.
His speech is impeded by his hare lip. to the unconscious Prizefighter, conversationally
Why yes, I will. That's more'n kind. What?—ain't that a little costly? But just as ye says.
to the Bartender
We're to have the best the house can offer. An' you can keep the change.
Johnny drains his own and the Prizefighter's glass, to the Prizefighter
What? What was that? He's a-puttin' suthin' over on us, ye says? Well, Mr. Barkeep, we'll stand none a that. We ain't buyin' hog wash.
The Prizefighter shows signs of reviving. Johnny nails him with his right and resumes his load. He drinks again.
to the Bartender
He says that is more like it, an' would ye please set out the bottle.
Johnny puts the bottle first to the Prizefighter's lips, then to his own.
Nelly Bly sidles to the bar.
Ye looks beautiful in yer new suit, Johnny.
discarding his victim
Well, I got the form for it. Wet yer whistle.
They tells how Frankie paid one hunnerd dollars for it. You look wunnerful in it. Ye shows it off so good.
I'd a-rather she'd a-given me the cash.
I thought at the time I bet he'd rather had the coin. I says it was downright selfish a-dressin' him up 'cause she took pleasure lookin' at him an' him in need a the dough.
Aye, I had use for it.
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Table of Contents
ContentsFRANKIE AND JOHNNY A Play by John Huston, 15,
FRANKIE AND ALBERT The St. Louis Version The Story of the St. Louis Version 104, 93,
FRANKIE AND ALBERT The Other Versions, 113,
FRANCES SHE SHOT ALBERT, 115,
AMY AND ALBERT, 123,
FRANKIE BAKER, 131,
FRANKIE AND ALBERT, 147,
FRANKIE AND ALBERT, 149,
FRANKIE AND ALBERT, 153,
FRANKIE AND ALBERT, 157,
AMY AND ALBERT, 159,