All dialog in brown text is taken from the movie script at www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk
Mr. Frank explains the basic rules for life in the attic when suddenly a siren is heard. It seems to be getting closer and everybody is overcome with terror. Mrs. van Daan is convinced somebody has turned them in. But the siren passes them, keeps going, then comes to a screeching halt.
The siren gets closer
With a small chuckle everybody realizes they’ve been holding their breath. Peter (Richard Beymer) asks if he may get water for his pet cat, Mouchi. When talk shifts to the sleeping arrangements everyone is satisfied except Mrs. van Daan. Mr. Frank thinks it’s best that he and his wife sleep in the main room. Mrs. van Daan thinks they should have the room above them. Before you know it’s a polite, but well intentioned argument. But an argument is an argument, and her true colors are starting to show.
You and your husband will sleep upstairs
Thirteen minutes pass quickly, and everybody becomes very still. Anne and her father choose to read, and to use her fathers shoulder as a pillow while Mr. van Daan stretches out on the bed. Mrs. van Daan looks mournful and sits on the edge of the bed, thinking the police are just around the corner, and they’ll be caught by the end of the day. Peter
watches over Mouchi who seems quite content with the arrangements as they currently exist.
Mouchi lays low, and keeps a low profile
At the end of the first day Anne discovers she has read the entire book in one day and promptly labels it one the saddest books she has ever read. Kraler and Miep come up from the office below to see how everybody is. When Kraler and Miep arrive they are greeted with a level of gusto neither expected. Kraler says “My friends, you are so quiet up here. I thought you'd gone out for a walk”. Unknown to Anne her father has put together a surprise for her. He knows she is a bundle of energy, and their enforced captivity will be hardest on her. Kraler brings the box up from the office below, making sure Anne doesn’t see it.
Kraler and Miep appear at the end of the first day. The box is on the right
Anne, Miep, and Edith Frank – Anne’s mother is played by Gusti Huber
Mouchi, Peters cat, is far from impressed with this particular lifestyle and makes a break for it. Everyone trips over themselves in an attempt to corral the cunning feline. But Margot Frank, Anne's sister, decides to try and figure out where the cat will be instead of chasing after it. Mouchi goes all over but is corralled with Peter in hot pursuit. Diane Baker plays Margot, and is making her film debut.
Mouchi makes a not so great escape
Mouchi is caught by Margot. Peter is coming down a ladder
After Mouchi is caught Anne is presented with the box her father prepared, and Mr. Kraler delivered. As boxes go it’s a pretty ordinary box, but Anne’s curiosity almost gets the best of her as she tears into it with almost rabid enthusiasm. The box contains photos of her favorite film stars (of which there are dozens), a portrait of the Queen of Holland, Queen Wilhelmina, and a diary which they saw in store front a few days earlier. Anne unlocks the diary and searches for a pen or pencil. Not seeing one she moves towards the door of the hiding place. Her father stops her from proceeding down the stairs. “Don’t ever go beyond that door” he asks her. To quell the torrent of tears that he suspects may soon burst forth Otto Frank relinquishes one his pens. With pen in hand Anne tears into her room, slams the door, and eagerly makes the first entry in the diary.
Anne sees her diary for the first time
Don’t ever go past that door
Otto gives Anne one of his pens
With the passage of time everyone develops habits or pastimes to ease the pressure on them. Anne has her diary, Mr. van Daan has his war map on which he documents the current state of the war, Mrs. van Daan knits and worries about anything and everything, Peter has his cat and so on. Every so often we see a playfulness in Anne. Sometimes she indulges in mischief by hiding Peters shoes which drives him nuts. Sometimes she imitates one of the others to either release a little energy, or to lighten the mood. Her favorite activity is teasing Peter. In the following screen capture from the DVD Anne performs a parody of Peter who is far from amused. He stomps into his room.
When Mrs. van Daan wants her son to come out of his room her request falls on deaf ears. Seeing a challenge Anne performs an imitation of Mrs. van Daan that not only works, but actually gets him to talk a bit.
But as shall see in the next episode it doesn’t go quite as planned.