they get to L.A. and see all these outlaw theaters, hungry for films. Maybe they grabbed some from Laubacher? Before they left?
They sell what they have to Draga, who is Black Hand.
they make the Bible movie for Garcia and realize that they can make more if they make their own movies. They need money. Pietro introduces them to Draga (Black Hand, and that’s a good scene). Draga loans them money, they hire Kate as an actress, make a movie, should be well and good- but now Draga says they still owe him and they work for HIM now. If they want to complain, he’ll wire Edison (the wanted posters are up) and hand them over. And Kate will suffer too, he wants Kate.
So what do they do?
Halfway through Act 2 really.
How do i want it to end? With the boys triumphant. Cortland dead, maybe at Draga’s hand and Draga dead or in prison for murder. The boys free to be Americans in L.A.
Edison’s patents broken.
Draga chases them with thugs.
Edison’s Cortland chases them.
A confrontation somewhere out in the desert
Now, throw in Wild Bill and his troupe of Indians and cowboys and outlaws, wintering on the coast.
they make a movie for Garcia and realize that they can make more on their own. They see Wild Bill and his people riding into town and see the possibilities. They need $500 to hire Wild Bill et al. Pietro tells them he knows a guy and introduces them to Draga. Wild Bill’s main female actress is Kate; maybe Bill’s daughter? They shoot a WIld West chase movie and think it’ll be great- but the film gets stolen on the way back to town.
Now they owe Draga and have to make movies for free for him to pay back the debt. They go back to Wild Bill and beg them to make more movies on credit; WIld Bill says no but Kate intervenes and says that they should- it’d be good advertising for the troupe.
They bring back the new film, nervous as hell about being robbed, get it to town- and see that Draga is showing the stolen movie in his theaters, that he’s the one who stole it. When they go to him to complain, Draga is about to unleash his violence on them when Garcia walks into the middle of the situation and complains about the boys working for him first. Draga almost pistolwhips Garcia to death and tells the boys to make more movies.
Garcia crawls away and wires Edison.
Draga goes out and tells Wild Bill that Wild Bill works for him now, not the boys. Wild Bill does not like this at all, he doesn’t like Draga- but the man has money and the boys don’t.
The boys are in town and see Cortland.