Nora goes up to the girl and says,” Please, it’s awfully important that I – “
The girl, dropping another nickel into the slot: “I can’t help it if there’s only one phone here. Why don’t you carry around one of them portable shortwave things if you got so many important things to call people about.” She goes on with her phone conversation.
Dashiell Hammett, from the never-before-published “screen story” for the 1935 film After The Thin Man, included in Return of The Thin Man (Mysterious Press 2012)
The story of how Mr. Hammett eventually wrote the sequel to the 1934 box office hit, The Thin Man
(the first of six films starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles) related by Richard Layman in his introduction to this 2012 compilation, is almost as entertaining as the “screen story” itself and says a lot about Hammett and fictional creation Nick Charles.