Colonel Starbottle For The Plaintiffby Bret Harte
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length: Two Hours
Candidate for Adaptation? Promising
“It was remembered also that a mysterious note had been handed to him at the conclusion of his speech–evidently a challenge from the State Attorney. It was quite plain that the Colonel–a practised duellist–was hastening home to answer it. But herein they were wrong. The note was in a female hand.”
The story hinges on a key moment in a courtroom trial. The story pivots around a girl who wants revenge (in the form of damages) from the man who proposed to her, and then broke off the marriage. A cartoony musical might be a lot of fun, but you’d have to invent a number of scenes. The stakes are quite antiquated for today’s audience; you probably would need either to keep it a period piece, or substitute what the girl is suing for.
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