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Halloran House: Episode One The road to hell is paved with concrete
9/18/2012 6:45:49 AM
Television show treatment for episode one of Halloran House
In the summer of 1998, Edward J. Halloran, a well known New York hotelier and front man for a concrete empire controlled by the Genovese Crime Family disappeared. He was never heard from again. Halloran House is a classic Faustian story of blind ambition, greed without morals and men who compromise their integrity to score their chunk of the Big Apple.
Halloran House Episode One:
The Road to Hell Is Paved With Concrete
Act one of Halloran House begins in New York during the winter of 1979. At a city landfill, a giant bulldozer unearths a black Rolls Royce Silver Shadow. Mid Town police department dispatches veteran detective Ray Fitzpatrick, a man in his late fifties. It will be his job to determine who owns this luxury vehicle. This begins to unravel the mystery of what happened to a well known hotelier named Edward “Biff” Halloran, who disappeared six months earlier.
The next scene, is a flashback sequence that introduces three main characters, Biff Halloran a rich hotel and concrete business magnate in his late thirties, Ronald “Ace” Logan, the Casino King of Atlantic City also in his late thirties; and Danny Anatra, the greatest living Frank Sinatra imitator who is twenty-eight. The skillful singer performs for his friends at a fictional New York venue, while the audience hears the character doing a voice over narration introducing Biff and their friendship. After his song, the three men have an amusing, friendly banter at the table.
Danny walks to the men’s room and continues his narration to a montage of newsreel clips. During the sequence, the audience sees notable 1979 events including the Iranian hostage crisis, the CBGB’s music scene in New York and increasing mobster activity beginning with the murder of Carmine Galante.
At the end of the montage, Danny is confronted and subsequently attacked in the men’s room by three young hoodlums. With Halloran’s help, the three punks are dispatched in an action filled brawl. When Ace walks into to use the facility and inquires about the melee, Halloran informs his friend that the young men had a disagreement with the bathroom attendant. Ace astutely observes there is no bathroom attendant. More humor follows, during a restaurant scene after the fight, where Danny and Biff quote lines from The Godfather to a hapless Ace Logan, who has never seen the movie.
Act two begins with Genovese family members Frankie Morello and Ricky Scarpo trying to put the muscle on a concrete business owned by forty-year old ex-war hero and Silver Star winner Jimmy Galbraith. When Galbraith’s brother is nearly accosted by the gangsters, Jimmy pulls a shotgun on his unwanted guests. The two thugs leave Midtown concrete; but not before Morello predicts bad things will happen to Galbraith’s immediate family.
Within days, Frankie Morello makes good on his threat, by employing Ricky Scarpo’s knowledge of military explosives. The devious gangsters plant a bomb under Jessica Galbraith’s Corvette. After the explosion, the thirty-five year old woman is rushed to hospital with burns and facial lacerations.
While Jimmy is at St. Claire Hospital caring for his wife, he receives a threatening phone call from Frankie Morello. To avoid further violence against his family, the Genovese associate reveals a deal to Galbraith for him to quickly sell his business at a discount. Jimmy agrees to cooperate while concurrently moving his wife and son to a war buddy’s house in Sonoma California. Galbraith sends his family off to San Francisco after agreeing to meet Morello to exchange ownership documents for mob money. Jessica warns her husband to “Not let those bastards kill you.”
Act three finds Biff, Danny and Ace Logan attending the wedding of Fat Tony Salerno’s daughter Deanna. Danny and Ace are surprised to learn that Halloran is hosting the reception at his hotel and is also paying for event. This sequence begins with a comedic scene where Danny is assisted in picking out a tuxedo after Halloran has Clifton, his hotel general manager open up the hotel men’s store. Clifton uses his fashion sense to prevent Danny from wearing a tacky blue tuxedo. During their brief conversation, Clifton informs Anatra that the wedding reception is being attended by mostly “Guidos” (mobsters).
After entering the ballroom to see a spectacular, expensive wedding reception, Halloran notifies Danny that he will be performing a Sinatra song with the band. Danny also catches the eye of a shapely, blonde twenty-eight-year old bridesmaid named Tina Holiday. While Danny waits to sing, he joins in the colorful chat between Ace Logan and Biff Halloran. During the conversation, Logan probes Halloran about why he is entering into a business deal with a known Mafia figure. After Danny leaves the table to perform, Logan cautions Halloran about keeping Danny out of his shady dealings.
After Danny sings, he returns to his guest table, where his performance is praised by a formidable looking man named John Gotti. Moments later, the beautiful Tina Holiday comes over to ask handsome Danny to slow dance with her. During their conversation, Tina learns her new acquaintance was involved in a bar fight earlier during the evening. Upon hearing of his heroics, she tells Danny “he may get lucky” later on, to which Anatra answers “I already have.”
In the final section of the wedding sequence, Halloran and Logan have another brief conversation where Ace tells Biff “The singers always get the girls.” Biff responds to Logan with, “We’re rich, and we get the girls too.” Ace answers his with “We get the girls because we pay them.” Halloran advises Ace, “We all pay, in one way or another.” Halloran leaves Ace’s company to pay his respects to Don Salerno, who informs Biff that his new concrete company deal is going to close by the end midnight.
Moments after wedding conversation between Salerno and Halloran, the story cuts to Jimmy Galbraith’s living room, where he is calmly watching the eleven o’clock news. Five minutes later, mobster Frankie Morello sets a meeting for midnight at the Byzantine Coffee Club in Little Italy; and warns Jimmy to come alone. Protagonist Galbraith walks into his bedroom where after a brief deliberation retrieves his 45 caliber automatic pistol.
Galbraith, who takes out the doorman at the coffee club, surprises Frankie Morello and Ricky Scarpo, who are eating sandwiches while waiting for his arrival. When Jimmy enters the room wearing a ski mask, Scarpo reaches for his gun. Galbraith responds by propelling a throwing knife into Ricky’s eye. After the hit man dies, Jimmy levels his gun at Frankie and exchanges his briefcase with papers signing his business over to Biff Halloran, for the mob suitcase full of cash.
When Morello warns Galbraith that the Genovese family will exact revenge on his family for killing Scarpo, Jimmy tells Frankie to warn his boss that if there are any further reprisals, Fat Tony will need to buy “a lot of f***ing caskets.” Morello watches nervously as Galbraith reaches for something in his pocket. He informs Frankie “he forgot these” and tosses the shaky mobster the keys to the concrete company. As he backs out of the coffee club, Morello tells Galbraith “I wish you were working for me.”
Two hours later, Jimmy Galbraith hastily leaves New York on an American Airlines redeye flight for San Francisco. He asks the pretty stewardess for a glass of Jack Daniels and a bag of peanuts. The episode concludes.
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