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Cocoanut Grove

Logline: A gold-digging waitress in 1940s Boston falls for an unconventional Prince Charming at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub on its tragic final night.

Here's the opening. After that, it will be "Earlier that night" and introduce the protagonist. 

EXT. DOWNTOWN BOSTON - NIGHT

SUPER: "Boston, November 28, 1942. 10:23 PM"

Under the glow of neon signs and twinkling Christmas lights, young men and women -- bundled up but dressed to the nines -- dodge taxis and scurry in and out of restaurants and nightclubs. Rowdy groups of sailors on shore leave crowd the sidewalks.

Two drunk sailors find support from a lamppost at the corner of Stuart St. and Park Place. A poster stuck to the side depicts a smiling, pointing man in a large hat. Caption: "Cowboy Hank wants YOU to buy war bonds."

A fire truck speeds past, sirens screaming, causing the poster to flap in the breeze.

EXT. COCOANUT GROVE NIGHTCLUB - NIGHT

A neon palm tree logo glows pink and green through billows of smoke.

A YOUNG WOMAN in a singed cocktail dress walks across the street in a daze.

A COP slams on the brakes to avoid hitting her. She doesn't notice.

In the passenger seat, COP 2 gapes out the window at the fire.

COP 2

Jesus.

He looks up as the club's sign is engulfed in flames. As it flashes out in a hail of sparks, it illuminates a woman's gauzy blue scarf floating into the inferno.

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