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'The Port of San Pedro'

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Company

Avanti Film Productions
Cleo Valente, dir.

Production Description

Casting "The Port of San Pedro." Synopsis: Undercover detective Nick de Salvo, and his debonair and corruptible police Captain Sebastian Montenero team up to investigate the beautiful, mysterious and overly ambitious Luli-May Tong, a Chinese woman running an illegal currency forgery operation in Macoa. Looking for new ventures in the Port of San Pedro California, she is paired with Mike Moretti a socio-path killer whom she employs as her bodyguard. Standing in the way of De Salvo's investigation is Augustine Quantero, a morally ambiguous man looking for new opportunities.

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Shoots this September at the Port of San Pedro, CA.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

Pays $100/day.

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Photo References

Sides--Luli/Mike/Montenero

THE PORT OF SAN PEDRO Episode 2
Written by Cleo Valente
Full shot – At Customs San Pedro, California June 1952
Revealing an Oriental photographer with an ancient camera snapping pictures of each passenger lining up for inspection at the desk. Here the officials are checking passports and luggages,
Photographer (handling tickets after taking pictures) Mail in the card with one dollar- get two fine picture for a lifetime memory (he is screaming)
LULI MAY, QUINTERO, NICK DE SALVO (As they are waiting in line)
QUINTERO
(venting himself with his passport)
This is one of those days when customs make us sweat (happy with his joke)
LULI MAY
Everytime you enter a port they go through your bags like they had nothing to do!
NICK TO LULI-MAY (with a smile) Smuggling anything?
Captain Montenero, in charge at customs, is standing and observing each passengers, he heard the remark and sign an officer to take Luli May suitcase and getting her ahead of the line.
CAPTAIN MONTENERO
(Deploying all is Latin charm in an inquisitive way)
Anything to declare senorita?
LULI MAY
Yes, I declare that I like to get to my hotel and cool off
CAPTAIN MONTENERO
(amused)
How much money are you bringing with you and how long do you plan to stay with us?
LULI MAY
Your guess is as good as mine, and I do have sixty nine dollars and some change in my purse
do that answer your question captain Uh? What is your name?
As the officials are looking through her suitcase, besides beautiful kimonos, a few article of toilet not much there is found
CAPTAIN MONTENERO
Captain Montenero, Sebastian Montenero at your service (handing her a business card)
mucho gusto Senorita.
Please do not hesitate to contact me, any time, any services, It will be my pleasure to show you around our beautiful town, and help you anyway I can to navigate in San Pedro.
(Spotting a tall gentleman who has been disretly waiving at ther)
But I guess you already have a chaperon?
One of your contact in San Pedro?
LULI MAY
I did hire a body guard captain, not very familiar with American culture, a foreigner after all and a woman, you can never be too prudent.
Thank you kindly for the offer Captain, I will use your number with discretion.
CAPTAIN MORENO
(with a smile)
You still have not answered my question about the length of time you plan to stay in the US?
LULI MAY
(in a flash of temper)
What is going on here? First your people throw my personal belonging around, then you keep asking a lot of personal questions! Maybe you do not mind baking in this heat, but I do!
NICK DE SALVO AND QUIT ARE OBSERVING THE SCENE WITH INTEREST
Mike Moretti (a tall awkwark muscles, kinda of handsome man) sees how upset Luli May is, and he becomes very agitated, pushing people trying to cross the “passenger arrival” line, getting attention of an officer, he stops and make a fist, stomping with rage he is trying to contain himself focusing on his shinny shoes.
People notice how forceful he can become and move away from him, he regain his calm, breathing heavily.
CAPTAIN MORENO
(amused by Luli May)
You are free to go Senorita, but please contact your embassy if you plan on extending your stay.
My apologies for the hot weather and the wait,
I am sure we will see each other soon
(Looking at Nick as she passes carrying her suitcase waving at Nick)
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Sides--Luli/Nick/Quintero

THE PORT OF SAN PEDRO written by Cleo Valente
(Bar scene)
Moving shot as Nick and Quintero head to the ship bar
interior bar - made of bamboo very simple
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO
(slapping the counter as they pull the high stools)
Bartender!!
A Chinese bartender appears
( Quintero to Nick)
What's your pleasure compadre?
NICK DE SALVO Apple Jack rabbit
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO
I'll have the same than this fancy boy here!
NICK DE SALVO
We have not been introduced properly, Mr Quintero, I wanted to thank you for helping earlier with the captain, a man of few words, (chuckles).
My name is Nick De Salvo, born and raise in San Pedro, I work for my father's company, import/export that is why I was in China, always looking for new products.
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO
(cocky)
Please call me "Quint" all my friends do. (pause)
NICK DE SALVO I am sure they do!
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO
(taking off guard by Nick's comment)
Hope we can be friends Nick, can I call you Nick? (Nick nodding)
I love life Nick!! Love people! never a dull moment with people! (laughing out loud) I I made it my business!( still laughing) I am an entrepreneur, always looking for new ventures.
Born and raised in Long Beach.
LULI-MAY TANG,
(Is walking on the upper deck and we can see the Chinese print of her dress and her long legs)
NICK DE SALVO
(pointing to Lula May's the legs) I specialize in this shape, You?
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO
(laughing)
You have good taste my friend! Si senor!! me gusta.
NICK DE SALVO
I like your appetite for life Quint! I am pretty sure we are going to be great friends. (pointing discretely to Luli May)
Do you know her name?
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO She is not from here for sure!
(trying to get smart)
Classy Dame, like I said in my line of work observation is key. I noticed her too, very good looking, we exchanged few words, her name is Luli-May, impeccable English, refined,
there is also loneliness about her, but it looks like that you've made a big hit!
NICK DE SALVO
I'm a natural born charmer! I can't deny the attraction there, waiting for the proper introduction.
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO
That can be arranged, that's what friends are for, besides I am a sucker for a good love story.
NICK DE SALVO
Much appreciated Quint, the sooner the better, the suspense is killing me!
They are both laughing, the bartender is bringing their 3rd round of drinks, it seems that the men are hitting it off, Nick is observing closely Quintero and Quintero is doing the same, Luli-may is approaching the bar, she removes her hat and glance at Nick again, displaying a smile, he smiles back, sending an invitation.
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO
Getting up and walking toward Luli-May, he whispers softly into her ear, as she is approaching to the counter, Quintero asks Nick to move and bring another high stool inviting her to sit down.
NICK DE SALVO
( There is no doubt that chemistry is there, they are watching each other closely) Its a real pleasure to meet you Miss Tang.
Luli-May
The pleasure is all mine Mr De Salvo, no doubt about it. Haven't we met before?
NICK DE SALVO
I would have remembered. (smiling) What's brings you in San Pedro Miss Tang if I may ask? business or pleasure, maybe a little bit of both?
LULI-MAY
Any smaller questions? (annoyed)
NICK DE SALVO
I apologize if i sounded intrusive.
LULI-MAY
I am sorry! did not mean to snap, it's been a long trip, besides the heat the murder of this poor man added me on the edge.
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO
These thing happens! did you knew him? (inquisitive)
LULI-MAY
Why should I?
(pausing)
Is that because I am also was Chinese? (angry now)
NICK DE SALVO
(trying to restore the calm)
Lets have a drink and forget about this unfortunate incident, what would you care to drink Miss Tang?
LULI-MAY
I'll have a Great expectations!
(turning to the bartender)
Over crushed ice, you pour 1/3 of Gin, followed by a splash of Cherry Brandy, top up
with soda, in this order please.
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO
I gather that you have mastered the art of bartending before Miss Tang?
LULI-MAY
Let say that I acquired some skills in the cocktail department.
NICK DE SALVO Always useful.
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO I'll drink to that!
Nick is trying really hard not to stare at her, she is very beautiful, they all finishing their drinks, awkward moment, Quintero is observing nick's hand holding an object in his pocket.
As she puts a cigarette in her mouth hunting for a match, Nick rushes to get closer offering one, Quintero is getting closer holding a cigar, nonchalantly padding Nick's pocket
NICK DE SALVO
(eying Quintero with suspicion) Have you lost your way Quint?
AUGUSTINE QUINTERO
(smiling, as he got caught by Nick)
Just looking for light amigo!
(the bartender is handing the bill and matches to Quintero)
NICK DE SALVO
(amused)
It's on you Quintero!
Quintero lays a fifty dollars Bill to the bartender
Bartender
Fifty dollars?
(lazy and annoyed)
I'll get change!
The bartender returns with the change, they all exiting to the deck
EXTERIOR DECK LULI-MAY
Thank you for the company gentlemen, we will be in San Pedro soon, I need to get ready and gather my things.
(glancing at Nick)
enjoy the rest of your trip Mr De Salvo
Dissolve
exterior customs dock-day
As the passengers stream down, the captain of the boat stands at the foot of the gangplank, checking the passengers with an officer and the local Police lieutenant Sebastian Montenero, handsome middle-aged Mexican decent, debonair and corruptible, he his eying the arriving passengers keenly, and discretely looking at Nick. Juan Carlos is watching careful.
Luli-May gets off, followed by another passenger, then Nick and Carlitos.
CAPTAIN
(Pointing to Lieutenant Montenero Nick De Salvo
This man watch with too much attention the body being pulled out of the water, I will have a talk with him if I was the Lieutenant?
Lieutenant Montenero looks with definite interest and a vague smile in Nick's direction. Nick looks at the lieutenant acknowledging.
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