Come along, Harry Higgins by Kevin Machate | Script Revolution

Come along, Harry Higgins

Successful safe cracker Harry Higgins decides to hang up his drill for good when he meets the woman of his dreams, only to be tailed by the constable that put him away once already.



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"A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry

This script is based on O. Henry's 1903 short story "A Retrieved Reformation" in which I kept the primary plot, but changed some details, the names of the characters, and added SciFi elements.

Recently I sought out to find a short story to adapt into a short script. I finally landed on a story by O. Henry that was originally published in the April 1903 of The Cosmopolitan Magazine (Yes, that Cosmo). As I started working on the adaptation, I realized that I was going to have a difficult time in adapting it without making changes. As small changes grew to large changes, I decided to add the SciFi element and it turned from an adaptation to "Based on."

Had I written this 60 years ago (12 years before I was born) I would have had no trouble selling it to Rod Serling to turn into a Twilight Zone episode. It's even the perfect length.

Set in 1899, successful safe cracker Harry Higgins decides to hang up his drill for good when he meets the woman of his dreams, only to be tailed by the constable that put him away once already. Oh, and Harry's's an alien. This script would absolutely fit into the mold of a 1960 Twilight Zone episode.

"A Retrieved Reformation" was made into a film three times; in 1915, 1920, and 1928. It was also adapted into a highly successful Broadway play under the title "Alias Jimmy Valentine" which ran 155 performances at Wallack's Theatre in New York in 1910. There was also a radio series called "Alias Jimmy Valentine" that ran in 1938-39.

It should also be noted that the script was written and edited in less than 48 hours. While the plot and some of the dialogue was O. Henry's story, there were some significant changes that required a lot of original dialogue and story adjustment. In some ways I think it was harder to write this than it would have been to simply write an original story. Maybe. I don't know. Actually I think it was about as hard. I think...

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Semifinalist, Omaha Film Festival, Omaha NE, March 2-7 2021
Finalist, (Award TBD) FilmQuest, Provo UT Date TBD
Finalist, Short and Sweet Film Festival, Price UT, 1/16/2021
Semifinalist, Scriptation Showcase, 12/15/2020
Coverfly Red List - #19 for Sci-fi Shorts of the month September 2020
Coverfly Red List - #20 for Sci-fi Shorts of the month August 2020
Best Short Script - Underground Indie Film Festival, Apopka FL 6/14/2020
Special Mention - New York Movie Awards, NYC 6/7/2020
Best Action Script - Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition, Los Angeles 6/29/2020
Finalist - Genre Celebration Festival, Tokyo, Japan 7/10/2020
Best Short Script - Mindfield Movie Awards, Albuquerque NM, 7/15/2020
Semifinalist - Filmmatic Short Screenplay Awards 5th edition
Finalist - Loudoun Arts Film Festival September 6, 2020

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Submitted: May 20, 2020
Last Updated: January 17, 2021

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The Writer: Kevin Machate

Kevin graduated from the University of Texas, with a BA in American Studies and minor in History in 2015 and got his MBA in 2019. Not surprisingly, he uses none of these educational credentials for his job. Although he began his film career as an actor, he quickly moved into Producing and eventually Directing. Kevin's films have won numerous awards worldwide having been screened in various cities in the US, Europe, South America, Oceania, and Asia. Kevin has directed six short films and his credits as a producer have exceeded 50 at the time of this writing. His recent works include three short series starring Golden Globe and Tony Award winner Barry Bostwick and Saturn Award Winner Doug... Go to bio

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