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Using a walker, Mank, whose leg is broken, enters his new home with his producer Houseman and two ladies. Houseman explained to Mank that two ladies would assist him. The phone rang. Rita, who was closer, answered it. It was Orson Welles.

Rita (speaks on phone): Yes. Yes, he's right here.

Rita handed over phone to Houseman

Houseman (speaks on phone): Yes? Hello?

Rita (says to Houseman): They're getting him

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  • On whose behalf? Nov 14 at 14:32
  • From the script it looks like it means that other people in the house are getting Mank.
    – Paulie_D
    Nov 14 at 14:53
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    @Paulie_D from the script, it sounds like Mank, Houseman and Rita are already all by the phone. It reads more like "they" are the person who may have called on behalf of Orson Welles who is the "he" "they" are getting. Houseman's "wunderkind" comment seems odd if Welles is already there. I suppose important people don't call directly, rather getting other people to do it and then pick-up the phone if and only if the person they want to talk to is at the other end. Along the lines of "please hold for the President".
    – HorusKol
    Nov 14 at 23:47

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