I Promised to Pay (1961) Movie Script

Help! Bandits! Help!
Help! Bandits! Help!
Bandits! Help!
It's quite alright, men. We're just
trying out a new security device.
You can turn it off now.
Switch it off, Frank.
- Gives 'em quite a turn, doesn't it?
Remarkable, Mr Parker.
Absolutely remarkable!
There isn't a thief alive
that can crack our system.
Try to break into the van -
it sets off the automatic tape
and it's impossible to drive off unless
my partner operates the dual controls
and he's locked in,
so no one can get at him.
I tell you, Mr John -
your payroll's as safe with us
as it is in the bank.
A hundred thousand quid, eh?
Well, it's far too good
for the poor people!
Same route as three weeks ago.
These boys are in a rut.
We could out-run them -
even in this hearse.
I dunno - I don't like it.
Too damn la-di-da about it.
They've got guns, that's why,
ain't it, Monty?
Well, they don't worry me none -
I'm on National Health.
Oh, this is the spot that
always makes me feel nervous.
What a pushover!
Wonder nobody's ever pulled it before!
That's it for today, boys.
- Why does...
I'm up here, darling. Come on up.
We've done it!
It's as good as fixed.
Hello, you two!
- Oh, mind, darling. She'll fall.
Aren't you pleased?
- Yes, of course I'm ple...
Oh, Jeremy, you'll be sick!
Look, get that soap from him, will you?
You don't seem the least bit excited, Jackie.
- Of course I'm excited darling...
...but these kids have been
absolute little beasts all day.
Susan went and fell into
your precious manure heap...
...which is why I'm bathing her early.
Hey, come on, sit up, huh?
It'll make us, you know.
Oh, mind, darling,
he's just had his tea.
Sorry. If we do alright with Kneales...
...we'll soon get the other
big companies interested...
...and Kneales alone is practically enough
to double our income.
How do you make that out?
Well, you see, we get paid a commission
on the amount we handle.
And Kneales' payroll is well over
a hundred thousand pounds.
Aren't you scared?
- Why should we be?
Why, if it was a hundred million
it would be just as safe with us.
What d'you want to meet
in a place like this for?
Did you get it out
of the telly or something?
I thought it was a good idea.
You said it was dangerous.
Oh, blimey, I thought you accountants
had to have brains to keep your jobs.
Well, you want to try using 'em.
Two cars parked in a layby -
two blokes sitting in one of 'em -
somebody sees 'em and thinks at once
'Hello, I wonder what they're up to'.
Start driving. We'll talk while we drive.
Next time we meet, you bring your missus
and I'll have some bint in tow.
And while they're having a bit of a natter,
you and I can say our piece.
There isn't going to be a next time.
It's all off.
You trying to bitch me?
No - it's out of my hands!
They've taken me off the wages run.
Because they're putting in a whole new
system - it's an armoured van.
It's a tank on wheels.
They demonstrated it for us this morning.
It's got everything.
Steel enforced, bullet proof,
police radio hook-up, everything.
It's - oh, it's foolproof.
- Nothing's foolproof.
When does this van
start on the run?
Maybe in time for next Friday.
I don't know for sure.
Look, I could contact you if they decide
to hold it over another week -
and then next Friday...
- Not a chance.
Why not?
- Because it stinks!
The final day of the old system?
It'd have 'inside job' written all over it.
That's true.
You needn't think it's because of you!
It's not! It's for me.
They start to put any real pressure on you,
and you'd crack.
Right - now who was who sold
your Mr John this bill of goods?
A fellow called Parker.
- Parker?
Right. Well, if we decide to take on
this Parker lad's outfit
Kneales needn't really come into it at all.
No, it could be that
we got on to Parker direct.
Yeah, I like that...
it confuses things.
Yeah, the more I think about it,
the better I like it.
You mean you'll take on an armoured van?
- Why not?
Do you think I'm going
to let this stop me?
Not me. I've worked on this too long.
Nothing's going to stop me now, nothing.
All right. Then you do it without me.
Now listen - we don't need you!
It's better if we have you,
but if we don't, we don't.
But God help you, Pearson,
if we come unstuck!
'Cause I'll put the finger on you,
sure as fate
and you won't even have had
a penny piece out of it.
FRENCH ACCENT: You're late.
- Er... yes, I'm sorry.
Is anything the matter?
- No... no, nothing.
You're nervous.
Er... you're imagining things.
- My foreign blood again, I suppose.
Er, what would you say if I said
we'd go for a holiday to Majorca this year?
I'd laugh.
- No, no, no, I'm serious.
I'd laugh. Ha ha ha ha.
Like that.
Now go on and say we're going
for a holiday in Majorca this year.
I don't see what's so
ridiculous about the idea.
No! Nor do I!
I think it's a marvellous idea.
But what do we use for money?
- I...
I can get the money,
it's as good as fixed.
Do you see my scissors anywhere?
- To hell with your scissors.
Aren't you even interested?
- No.
Oh, for crying out loud!
- That's right! For crying out loud.
I'm not in the least bit interested.
And shall I tell you why?
Look, all I said was...
- Because I've heard it before.
All the things you were going to do for me -
when I was a silly young girl.
And out of three occupying armies,
I chose you to marry!
You were going to get
a senior post at Kneales -
only they gave it to someone else.
I told you at the time...
- You were going to start up in business
with - what's his name -
only it never came off!
Look, that was his fault, not mine!
- It's always somebody else's fault!
You think I like sitting up
half the night, making dresses?
You think I get a kick when I've managed
to save up enough to pay the gas bill?
Well, I don't. Do you hear me?
I don't!
When you get the money -
show it to me.
I don't want to hear about it -
just show it to me.
I want to see it,
feel it, smell it, spend it!
Do you understand? Spend it!
Don't worry. I'll get it.
An armoured van!
Well, that's that then.
We can write the whole thing off,
if that's the case.
Well, if Bert won't go it,
what do you expect me to do?
What's the matter, does he do your thinking
for you, as well as run you around here?
Look, if it's like you said, it seems to me
we don't have the option, Johnny.
Look, they've thought of everything.
We - we'd be bashing our heads
against a brick wall.
Anyway, it's all right for you lot
but I've done time...
...and I don't mean to do any more
if I can help it.
Look, you'd have to do your nut...
...to start knocking flippin' armoured
cars around, I can tell you that, mate.
You're all of the same mind, are you?
Looks like it.
- Well, that's not it!
I'm not wasting all of
these months of planning!
Armoured van or no armoured van
we're pulling off this job
and we're pulling it off good!
So, what's the plan, eh?
- I'm just coming to that.
Well, you'd better - because all the rest of it
is a waste of breath.
Do you want to run
this business, Bert?
No, Johnny, I - I didn't say that.
All right then.
Now, look. There's plenty of ways
to foul up an armoured van.
All we need is the layout
to the box of tricks.
And how do we get one?
- There'll be one at Kneales'.
Uh-huh, and to get it, we just send them
a self-addressed stamped envelope, eh?
No, Blackie...
It'll be delivered - by hand.
What a place to meet anyone.
Who is this Jonny Mellors, anyway?
He's starting up a new business.
I - I may tie in with him.
I see. Another one of those.
He's a much better dancer
than my husband!
Do you dance, Mrs Pearson?
- Yes, when it's the right music.
Oh, well, tell me what tune you like,
and I'll get them to play it for you.
Not right now.
Will you excuse me?
Excuse us.
Did you bring the plans?
N- not in here.
- Why not?
Well, someone might hear us.
- What, with all this noise going on?
I - I - I couldn't get them.
Why not?
It's impossible. There's always someone in the...
- Now, you listen to me, Pearson!
Your Mr Mellors
has quite a way with him.
Oh, he's not my Mr Mellors -
I've got a husband.
Oh, I see...
- Sure you do.
You got any kids?
- No. You?
I'd have a kid at the drop of a hat,
only my husband's in America.
And he took his hat with him?
I don't see how I can do it.
Now look, I'll give you twenty-four hours
to get those plans, you understand?
Just twenty-four hours.
It's too risky.
- Everything's risky.
Getting up in the morning is risky
or going to bed at night.
Well? You boys taken over
the coal mines?
Hmm? Oh, yeah that's right,
isn't it, Pearson?
Well, er, what about
that dance now, Mrs Pearson?
'Scuse us.
- Mind you bring him back!
MUSIC: "It happens every day"
by Tony Osborne
Do you think sex is here to stay?
I can't breathe.
Mr Mellors, is this
the regulation distance?
Hmm... Well, er, that depends
on who's doing the regulating.
Mr Mellors, has anyone ever told you
you belong on a leash?
Will that be all, Mr Pearson?
- Yes, yes, thank you.
Good night.
Still at it?
Yes. I, er, got a bit behind in my work.
I thought I'd stay late and catch up.
I know what you're up to, me lad.
Well, proving to the 'powers that be'
how industrious you are.
Well, good night, Dennis.
- Night.
Oh, Mr Pearson!
I've got to copy these right away.
Well, I've got a lot of work to do...
- Mr John is waiting for these.
- You don't mind, do you?
Have you nearly finished?
- I won't be a minute.
I'm late for my date as it is.
There you are, Mr Pearson.
It's all yours.
Thank you.
Good night.
- Good night.
Still at it, Pearson?
- Yes...
Yes, I, er... I shan't be long now.
Good night.
- Good night.
They turn first - then park facing North.
Make a note of that.
- Check...
Cop situation as before.
Yeah. Huh-huh, look at them!
Hey, cut the natter, lads.
Have you got no respect
for a hundred thousand quid?
They bolt the wheel-lock first,
then the outer lock.
Driver in. The guard throws the switch
that completes the circuit.
From now on, she's live.
Turn on the radio, Monty.
RADIO CAB VOICE: All drivers in the vicinity
of Northumberland Street and Haymarket...
You've got the Radio Cabs.
Tune it in properly.
RADIO CAB VOICE: All drivers in the vicinity...
BERT: They're moving!
One minute and ten seconds.
DB4 here. Come in, please.
HQ to DB4. Receiving you. Over.
DB4. Leaving the bank now. Nothing to report.
Roger. Listening watch. Out.
Route B.
Yeah - well, we can assume
they'll vary the route each week.
Then what's the point of following them?
Because those boys think they're safe
in that sardine can. They'll get over-confident.
And that's when we move in -
with a can opener.
How're we doing, Frank?
All clear behind?
There's normal traffic, but, er...
...there's been a Land Rover
behind us since the bank.
He's steppin' it up, you know.
Well, stick with 'im.
Gawd, 'e's movin', isn't he? Eh?
MONTY: Like to bet on a horse
that can move that fast!
Is it still there, Frank?
- Still there.
Better buzz the cops. Be casual.
Better to be safe that sorry.
DB4 to HQ.
Come in, DB4. Over.
Present location,
Shepherd and Whitehouse Street.
FRANK: Look, there's a Land Rover
behind us, seems to be following.
Hey, that's us!
- Johnny?
Pull away.
Oh, it's a false alarm.
Sorry, it's turned off.
A fat lot of good these are!
- Watch it!
All right - what do we do then?
Oh, Harry, it's beautiful.
You really shouldn't.
Our first big cheque
from our first big customer.
Oh, I do love you.
And you spoil these kids.
They've got far too many toys already.
Oh, well. Easy come, easy go.
Hey, Kneales aren't paying you
that much, you know!
In fact, they're not paying you enough
for the job you're doing.
What does Frank say?
- Oh, he's happy.
Well, Madge was saying she wishes
you were back on the smaller runs -
like cafes and shops.
I think I agree with her.
- Look, someone's got to carry the big stuff.
For us it's the only way
to make any real money.
Money isn't going to make me
any happier, darling.
Oh, you just wait until
the other big firms get interested.
Then you'll see what a difference
it'll make to us.
Yes, that's the trouble with money.
It means different things to different people.
Good evening, Mr Mellors.
- You're late.
I wasn't sure I'd come.
But you're here.
- I haven't much time.
Oh, sure. Er, cigarette?
Where's Dennis?
Working late, so I slipped out.
What happens if, er,
he gets back before you do?
Then he'll be home alone, won't he?
Huh-huh. Well, you sure
picked yourself a winner.
Dennis says you and he are considering
going into business together.
- How did you get on to him?
Through a friend.
I didn't know Dennis had any.
How come we haven't met before?
- Well, I travel around quite a lot.
Restless type.
What sort of deal
do you have with Dennis?
Oh, there'll be a fair split in it for him.
How much?
Well, that depends on the profits.
You ask a lot of questions.
I hope the thing works out.
Dennis isn't very lucky.
Oh, he's in luck now.
You seem very sure of yourself.
- Yeah...
...I know a sure thing when I see it.
What sort of business are you in now?
- I sell.
Do you buy?
No. Not now, Mr Mellors.
I have to go back soon.
Why did you come?
- To get a better look.
Well, I may not always be available.
I'll be in touch.
Right now.
It's going to take a bit of engineering work,
but nothing that you can't handle, Bert.
It's like the old saying -
the irresistible force meets
the immovable object.
Something's gotta give.
Did you say something?
- Yeah.
Yeah, when are you
gonna get down to it, eh?
You think you're pretty tough,
don't you, Blackie?
You think I open my mouth
too wide, don't you?
You think I'm all talk and no action,
don't you, Blackie?
How would you like some action now?
Oh, leave him alone, Johnny.
He runs off at the mouth.
You can't help it, can you? Huh?
All right, all right.
Right. I'll tell you
what we're going to do.
Now then. First off, we're going to need two cars,
two trucks, and something to jam the radio.
Right, now I'm going to go through it once more
to make sure that there are no slip-ups.
Now, first of all, Blackie, you take your truck
and you park it there on the bridge
at 10:25 on the nose.
JOHNNY: If you get there any earlier,
you might attract attention.
If you get there any later,
I'll break your neck. Okay?
Right, now Bert, you and Monty will take
your truck and you'll pull in here on the viaduct
at 10:30 exactly.
In the meantime,
I shall have been down to the bank
to make sure they haven't changed
the time they pick up the money.
Then I shall come here in the jag,
five minutes before the armoured van is due.
Now, Bert, when the
armoured van passes you...
...you pull out and keep close behind him.
If you think that he's on to you,
make sure that you jam that radio.
Right, now I shall be hiding
behind Blackie's truck...
...and when the armoured van comes to pass,
I shall drive straight at him from here
banking that he'll pull over to miss me.
And you, Bert, coming up fast,
ram him into the back of Blackie's truck
and you keep ramming
until that armour splits.
Harry! Breakfast!
Just coming!
Not all over your face, darling.
Come here, let's wipe this off.
Eat your breakfast.
Oh, Harry, please, not before breakfast!
Daddy, Daddy, 'ting gone.
- JACKIE: She means the spring's gone.
You show that to Daddy.
See. Head won't spring back.
Must've had a rough night.
She's been pestering me to mend it
ever since she got up.
Madge phoned.
- Frank all right?
Frank fine, Madge bad,
end of bulletin.
I'm going to go round there
and calm her nerves later on.
Hey, stop gulping your food.
It's getting late.
- No it isn't. You've plenty of time.
Daddy, no 'ting!
I'll tell you what.
Daddy'll take teddy with him...
...and if Daddy has time this morning,
Daddy'll fix the sting.
Spring! Do you want your daughter
to grow up speaking Pidgin English?
Waiting - all the bloody time - waiting.
Waiting for Johnny.
Waiting for him to give us the word.
Waiting to get started.
Well, I've had waiting!
You're nervy.
Who says I'm nervy?
- I say you're nervy.
What do you mean by that?
- All right, all right, I'm not blaming you.
Anyone would be before a do like this.
D'you reckon this deal
will come off, huh?
Hey, you.
How the hell should I know?
What do you reckon yourself, then?
I think we'll come unstuck.
Isn't he the Cheerful Charlie!
Now, don't worry. The doctor said
there'd be days you'd feel a bit depressed.
Get a move on, Frank!
Come on. I'll be home early tonight.
Jackie'll cheer you up when she comes over.
How is she?
- Depressed.
Everything okay?
- Yeah.
Stuff as heavy as this -
soon slip through the fingers!
How's Jackie?
- Oh, couldn't be better.
Sits on her backside
while I take all the risks.
Risks! Huh!
My dear old mother takes more risks
when she hangs out the washing!
Here, what do we do?
- Huh?
We get out of here,
that's what we do!
Back! Back! Come on! Come on!
- Yeah. What do you think I'm doing? All right!
Steady! Steady! Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!
Hold it!
- Yeah. What do you think I'm doing?
Hey, copper, Bert!
- Huh?
Now, what the hell
do you think you're doing?
What? If I don't get this load to the factory
on time, sir, it'll be the sack for me!
I thought I was taking a shortcut.
Look at the mess I'm in, huh?
Of all the stupid...
- Yes, sir.
Monty! Below us!
Johnny'll have us for this!
He worked out the route!
It's his damn fault!
Well, I wish I ruddy well hadn't come!
We sat there for ten minutes. It's time
they did something about that bridge.
Shall I report the delay?
- Mm. Might as well.
Frank, what's it like in the back there?
Stinking hot.
What I couldn't do to a pint.
Oh, me too!
Tell you what. We'll slip out for a quiet one
when we've dropped this lot.
All right, Frank?
All clear behind, still?
There's a truck coming up
like a bat out of hell!
It's following us around!
I may be crazy but...
I think it's coming after us, Harry!
I'll see if I can lose it.
Monty - Monty, the wheel!
Okay, okay. We've got them now.
Is she still coming, Frank?
- She's gaining on us fast, Harry!
Call the police. Hurry.
DB4 to HQ.
- Jam it, Monty!
HQ to DB4. Receiving you.
Jam it!
HQ to DB4. Over.
Can you hear me, HQ?
Can you hear me?
There's something wrong
with the channel, Harry!
The alarm, Frank. Start the alarm!
Help! Bandits! Help!
GUNSHO Bert's been hit.
- Don't worry about that. Take the money.
Johnny! They're coming!
Come on you - move!
Take these. I'll shift Bert.
Get going!
Hey, Johnny!
Give me something
to smash the glass!
Close the window!
I think he's bought it!
Monty, pull yourself together!
GIRL: One of them's dead.
Pinned to the wheel - right through him.
What a dreadful thing!
Let's take a look at Bert.
He's in a bad way.
He's had it.
We should get him to a doctor.
Doctor? Are you barmy?
What would you tell him?
We oughtn't have moved him.
- What, leave him there to sing about us?
Bert would never have
grassed on his pals.
Would he have, Blackie?
- No, never.
Look - you can't leave him
here alone to die.
Who's gonna stop me?
- I am.
If you leave him here alone,
Johnny Mellors
I'm going round to the nearest nick
and give myself up.
Straight I am.
Look - I mean that.
And get yourself topped?
What do you mean?
I ain't killed anyone!
Look, in case you didn't know, killing that driver
was murder and you're an accessory!
If you give yourself up, Monty,
you'll swing, sure as Christmas.
I'll never forgive you for this, Johnny.
- Look, I didn't kill him.
Ah come on - what's the use
of nattering about it?
That's right. We've got work to do.
Well, there's no point in
worrying about it, Monty.
You'll be better off, Monty!
We'll split Bert's corner three ways.
I won't touch it.
- Ah, you'll feel different later.
Is that all?
- Yeah.
Come on, Monty.
It's time we got out of here.
Go and open the gate.
What about Bert?
- He's a write-off.
What is it, Pearson?
What's the matter, aren't you well?
Er, no, no, I'm afraid not, sir.
I know what you're thinking.
If this had happened
when you'd been on the wages run...
Ah, well, there but for the grace of God.
Why don't you go home, get some rest.
We'll see you tomorrow.
Thank you, thank you, sir.
Make certain you get a statement
from all the eyewitnesses.
Yes, sir.
We've lost a fair bit,
one way and another.
Come on, Monty. Snap out of it.
Come on, snap out of it!
We're all in this together.
At least you could have
rung up about Bert.
Rung up? What for?
Tell them where he was.
So they could send an ambulance for him.
Now, look, Monty, so far,
we've got away with this!
We could all just as easily
be sitting in the cells.
Yeah. Or in the morgue.
I'm not having the police
messing around in that lockup.
Hey, wait a minute!
Just thought of something!
Now what?
- Well, if this place doesn't open up...
...people are going to start
asking questions, aren't they?
They're going to start asking
what happened to Bert.
He's gone away.
They'll be suspicious.
All right, they'll be suspicious!
What do you expect me to do about it?
Well, if they start coming in here,
asking questions...
Look, if you don't want the money,
don't take it!
Okay, hold it!
- But don't keep going on at me!
You make me sick, sick, sick!
What are you looking at me for?
You think I wanted Bert dead?
It could just as easily be me
or you or any of us!
All right? It was Bert and he's dead
and I'm sorry. But that's the finish!
Susan's just hit the kid next door.
That's all right.
We're not on speaking terms anyway.
Well, when the mother finds out,
you may be. Briefly.
Come on, Madge, cheer up.
Frank'll be home soon.
There you are!
Oh, hello - remember me?
I'm a friend of your husband's.
Oh, you're...
- Detective Sergeant Bradden...
...Mark Bradden.
I'm afraid there's been an accident.
A very serious accident.
Oh, Jackie!
- What's the matter, Madge?
Mrs Moore...
Mrs Moore...
- Don't touch me.
...your husband's seriously hurt
but he's alive.
What about my husband?
Hey, wait a minute, you.
What's the matter now?
- You've twisted us, that's what!
It was agreed you get twice as much as we do
but you don't get twice as much of Bert's share!
What do you say?
I've already told you. I won't touch
a penny of Bert's share.
Blimey, you're the most
awkward bunch I've ever struck.
All right then, if that's the way you want it,
Blackie and me'll split Bert's share.
Is that what you want?
Who's that?
- You reckon that's the law, eh?
No, you never hear the law
blow their horns.
Go and see who it is.
Can't you read, son?
- I've an appointment with Mr Lang...
Look, it says 'Closed for Repairs' and
'Closed for Repairs' is what it means! We're shut.
Now, look here...
- Look, you must have the wrong date.
He's away. - But he said...
- We're shut!
RADIO NEWSREADER: One man was killed
and two others severely injured...
...when a van carrying the company's payroll
was attacked by bandits
on the outskirts of Newcastle this morning.
The driver of the van received fatal injuries
when his vehicle was rammed.
His assistant was struck down by the bandits
and sustained severe head injuries.
The raiders are believed to have got away
with over fifty thousand pounds.
James Paddock, an engineer employed
by the firm whose wages were stolen
made a gallant -
Well, now we know the score, don't we?
Right, well, I'll go and park the car then.
Don't let this business
with Bert throw you.
And remember, that money's hot.
One note, and we could all come unstuck.
Right, then, Johnny.
And Monty - remember, as agreed,
we lie low and trust each other.
Might take weeks or months,
but I'll let you know when I think we're in the clear
and you can drink yourself stupid.
He's shaky - really shaky.
Yeah, well, they were good pals,
weren't they, eh?
You took it well.
Better than I expected.
But, Blackie, now that Bert's gone,
you'd better move into my place.
Overlooks the river.
It's safe there.
Yeah, okay, Johnny.
Well, you'd better go and get
your clobber together.
It's time we got out of here.
It's all right, Blackie, don't worry.
I don't steal from the poor.
Well, intensify all road blocks.
And put a special watch on diversions.
Is that file ready?
- Yes, sir.
Mrs Parker's outside, sir.
Well, put it off until tomorrow
if she's too upset.
She doesn't seem to be upset at all.
I don't get it.
Not a tear.
She's the iron maiden herself.
She's probably still in shock.
I've seen it before.
What are you doing home this early?
Aren't you well?
N- no...
- Do you want me to get you anything?
No. N-no thanks, nothing.
What's the matter?
I don't know. Look, it'll pass.
Just leave me alone. Please.
It wasn't anything to do with
the robbery, was it?
Dennis, you must tell me. What is it?
- Leave me alone, I tell you!
The children are in bed.
They had a good supper.
Frank's going to be all right.
I'm glad.
- I'm all right, Mark.
I'm just a little tired, that's all.
- I kept something in the stove for you.
I don't really feel very hungry.
It's very sweet of you though, Madge,
what with Frank and everything.
I was glad to have something to do.
Well, I may as well go to bed...
Do you mind taking Madge home, Mark?
Oh, yes, of course.
I could be right back...
No, no, I'd rather be on my own.
I'll come by in the morning.
Oh, Harry...
Oh, darling...
Who's that?
- Who d'you think?
Hello, Johnny.
We've made the front page. See?
Yeah, well, don't let one whiff of fame
go to your head.
Inspector Carberry interviewed the widow
of Harry Parker at great lenth yesterday
but there was little in her statement
to aid the police in their investigation.
Ah, what could she come up with?
Over one hundred employees at Kneales
have been interviewed today.
The enquiry continues.
Wonder how Pearson's taking it.
Now, I understand you've been
employed here for several years
and have given
excellent service in that time...
...but until yesterday,
you'd never missed a day off work.
Well, even the most exemplary of us -
even policemen -
may commit indiscretions
from time to time.
Now, what I want to ask you,
Mr Pearson, is this:
Have you at any time discussed
the firm's security arrangements...
...with anybody not actually
engaged in that work?
Oh, no. No, definitely not.
CARBERRY: You're quite sure of that?
- Oh, yes.
And you never happened to mention anything
about it in an unguarded moment, perhaps?
While you were drinking in a pub, say?
Er no. No I don't drink very much,
so I'm not likely to let that affect me.
I see.
So you've never
talked about it to anyone?
Not even to your wife?
Well, you know how it is, I...
I had to say something, I mean...
Well, it wouldn't have been fair if...
...if anything had happened.
But that's ridiculous to suggest that...
- I'm not suggesting anything, Mr Pearson.
I'm here to find out the facts.
Now it's obvious that whoever did this job
had access to inside information.
Either from somebody in this firm
or from associates of Parker and Moore.
And that's what I'm here
to find out about.
In any case, I don't suppose you told your wife
about these new arrangements.
Oh, no.
No, just that the job was being taken over
by another firm, that's all.
I see.
How long for?
I... want to leave it a few days.
A week, maybe. That all right?
Sure. What name?
- Er, Smith.
How much?
- Ninepence.
- Thank you.
I want my teddy bear.
Stop going on about your teddy bear!
I told you, I'll get you another one!
You go outside and play, darling.
I don't know what's
the matter with me, Madge.
I can't even stand the children any more.
I hate the house, I hate the district...
- Easy, Jackie, easy.
They'll get caught, you'll see.
Yes, they'll get caught, won't they?
They'll send them to jail for a few years,
and then they'll let them go free.
Well, that's not enough.
It's not enough for me.
They're not going to get away with this!
No one's going to get away with this!
Look at it, eh?
Just sitting there.
All this loot and
we can't spend a penny of it.
Only a few days and already
it's burning a hole in your pocket.
I told you that sitting it out
would be the tough part.
Well, I want to see some life!
I don't call this living!
Oh, shut up. You've got more years
in front of you than I have.
In other words,
you haven't got anywhere at all.
Thank you.
We're pretty sure there was
a contact on the inside.
Jobs like these are planned
months in advance.
Harry and Frank had only been
working for Kneales a few weeks.
Someone tipped of the gang about
the new method of picking up the payroll.
I see.
Carberry asked me if Harry knew
a man called Pearson. Who's he?
He works in the wages
department at Kneales.
He had a dizzy turn on the
morning of the robbery.
Not that there's anything unusual about that,
but until then he'd never missed a day's work.
Carberry had a hunch.
Had him under observation since Saturday.
Nothing much, so far.
- Is that all you're gonna do about it?
What else can we do?
Well, perhaps we could bring the tail
out into the open, that might get results.
But either way, we've got to wait.
We've got plenty of time.
Oh, yes. Yes, we've got
plenty of time, haven't we?
Harry's dead.
There's no need to rush any more.
Jackie, these things do take time...
- Who is this man, Pearson? Where does he live?
Here, now, I've told you more
than I should be telling you.
You leave it to us.
How are the kids?
The kids?
Oh, haven't you heard?
They're orphans.
Avery, one three seven two.
Is that the Mr Pearson
who works for Kneales Motor Works?
Sorry, you have the wrong number.
JACKIE OVER TELEPHONE: Is that the home of
Mr Pearson who works for Kneales Motor Works?
No, it's the home of Mr Pearson who ain't done
a bloody day's work in twenty years!
- Yes, speaking.
JOHNNY OVER TELEPHONE: I think you're under
observation. There's a van across the road...
...Now, listen.
Don't let them see that you've noticed...
...They're probably just trying to panic you
into contacting somebody.
If you sit tight, you're in the clear.
Have you got that?
JOHNNY: You're in the clear as long as
you say nothing and do nothing.
Now, er, I've got a little present for you.
I don't want it.
- JOHNNY: What do you mean you don't want it?
I don't want anything more
to do with this business.
JOHNNY: You're going to get it
whether you like it or not.
You can't get out of this
as easy as that.
Johnny, are you there?
JACKIE OVER TELEPHONE: Is that the home of
Mr Pearson who works for Kneales Motor Works?
Yes. One moment, please.
For you. A woman.
What's that you're reading?
DENNIS: Oh, it's just a note.
- Who from?
A chap I know. He said he'd bring
some plants for the garden.
- Yes.
What sort of plants?
- Plants, that's all! Just plants.
Are you going to plant them now?
Katie, I'm sorry I've been
so bad-tempered lately.
I... I've had a lot of things worrying me.
Such as?
I... I can't.
I can't.
Don't touch me.
- What?
Get out.
You disgust me.
You make me sick. Get out.
Get out!
Anything for me?
Must be going.
I shall be late.
What about your breakfast?
- Oh, there's no time now.
I'll get some coffee at the office.
How's Monty, hmm?
Oh, he's still on about Bert.
He's worse than before.
Is he on the bottle?
I dunno do I?
'E wouldn't let me in to 'is room.
Well, as long as he stays there
we're all right, aren't we?
Anything new on us?
- Nah, nothing.
That's the trouble with this case.
No sex angle.
Go on, answer it.
I said what?
Wrong number.
You sure?
- Nobody answered, did they?
Mr Mellors?
Who's that?
What do you want?
- KATIE: I want to see you.
I want to have a little talk with you.
What about?
I'll tell you when I see you.
Yeah, well, I'm pretty busy right now.
I think you'd better.
All right. I'll pick you up in about an hour.
At the bridge.
Pearson's wife.
- Aye aye.
You know, there's only one trouble
with this job. No sex angle.
I know you did the job at Kneales.
You don't seem surprised.
Well, if you can still be surprised by the time
you've reached my age, you haven't really lived.
What are you going to do about it?
What do you mean?
Well, you're not going to the police,
that's obvious. Otherwise you wouldn't be here.
So what is it? Blackmail?
Not exactly.
You've got nothing working for you,
Katie, I know that.
Even if I was to admit the whole thing to you
here and now, you'd still be no better off.
I've got more than that.
Like what?
You shouldn't choose a confederate
who talks in his sleep.
Oh. So that's it, is it?
Well, how was I to know?
I've never slept with him.
I've got all the details.
How it was arranged and everything.
They can be checked.
You'd never stand up to it.
Well, I'll say this for you, kid,
you've got plenty of nerve.
You get into this car with me, alone, and then
tell me you know enough to get me hanged.
What do you expect me to do?
Smack you on the bottom
and send you home?
Here's a quiet place.
Now talk.
Have you ever wondered
why I married Dennis?
Maybe once. Not since.
To get out of Vienna, away from the ruins.
Oh, I thought maybe he'd
make something of himself.
But I gave up hoping
when he gave up trying.
We have had separate rooms
for the last...
That's how you heard him
talking in his sleep, I suppose!
You don't have to
defend yourself against me.
Come on. Get out of the car.
Hiya, Monty.
- Get me a scotch, mate.
Make... make it a double.
What are you 'aving, mate?
Oh, ta. Half of mild, please.
Oh, look who's slinging
his lolly about like that!
Wotcher, Doll.
What's the matter - ain't we good enough
for you these days?
Aren't you going to treat us then?
Same again.
Well, where've you been, anyway?
I've been around.
Here and there, you know.
Fill her up, mate.
- And a tonic.
'Ere, Mont.
Heard a good one the other day.
There was this widow,
married to a parson, see...
Do you know what I wish?
- What?
I wish Dennis was dead.
It would be good for both of us.
You can't trust him.
You haven't seen what he's got like
these past few days.
He's going to pieces.
The least little thing, and he'll crack.
I know him.
You said good for both of us.
Well, for me too.
Isn't that obvious.
Well, you could always
just leave him?
How? I've no money
of my own.
With Dennis out of the way,
I'd at least have a few things -
the house, even if it's mortgaged,
the car, the furniture -
not much, but something.
That wouldn't get you far.
I want to come with you.
Don't you want to take me?
Well, I've always had to sort of, er,
go it on my own.
Not because I wanted to but...
Yeah. Sure, I want you.
We can't be together
while he's still alive.
Huh? Now, look, Katie,
it's not as easy as all that!
I... need to have time to think about it.
Look, in the meantime, you...
you keep a check on him.
If he starts doing
anything foolish, call me.
If Blackie answers, he's all right.
- Who is Blackie?
Now, listen, darling.
You already know
more than is good for you.
Let's just leave it like that,
shall we?
When shall I see you again?
- I'll be in touch.
Well, I don't know.
I don't know what might come up.
All right.
Pearson. Do you think you're getting away with it?
Yes, I've got the proof all right.
Do you know why I haven't used it yet?
Because that would make things
too easy for you.
I'm going to make you sweat.
Who is that?
Speak, damn you!
But I didn't steal no quid, Mum!
Then what are the coppers doing here?
Archie never stole nuffin' in all 'is life.
We're not accusing him
of stealing it, Mrs Murdock.
Mrs Aysher sold him a poundsworth of sweets.
- What?
And you paid for them with this note.
Now, we just want to know where you go it.
Well, where did you get it, Archie?
- I didn't pinch it. I found it...
...and I can show you where I found it.
MRS MURDOCK: There you are, you see!
He can show you where 'e found it, 'e can!
Well, just you show me where you found it,
and I'll give you a nice new note like this, okay?
Always together -
in all kinds of weather!
Dear old pals - jolly...
'Ere, shut up, you two!
You're making enough noise to raise the dead.
I've raised many a dead 'un in my time!
'Ey, guv! Guv! 'Ey, come 'ere!
Give us two more then, eh?
Come on, love!
Come on ducks,
let me take you back to my place.
Come on my old love then,
let's have you.
No offence then, guv. Eh?
It was stickin' out of there,
so I reaches in and pulls it out.
All right. Open it up.
Johnny? Johnny!
Johnny! Johnny!
- What's the matter?
Look, the cops have got their
hands on some of the money!
Look, it's right here in black and white!
- Let me see.
Doesn't say where or how.
Monty. Here, you get over to Monty's,
see if he's been spreading it around.
I'll check the garage and the lockup.
- Do you think they might have found Bert then?
How would I know? Get over to Monty's!
- Right.
Chronicle, please.
Aahh! There you are!
Look, I'm in a hurry, Miss Biggs.
- So was that friend of yours who just left.
MRS BIGGS: Terrible state he was in, too.
Huh. Says you're to call Johnny right away.
There. That's what he told me to tell you.
A thank you'd be appreciated!
Now look, Johnny, if they've
found out about Bert, that's our lot!
We've gotta get out of here!
That makes us pretty hot.
What about Monty?
His landlady said he'd been out all night.
- What did you say?
Look, I've told you once.
His landlady said he'd been out all night.
I don't care what she said.
You've gotta find him!
If he's gone on a bender, we're sunk! There's
no telling who he'll be shooting off his face to!
You've gotta find him,
and find him fast!
What about you?
- I've got plenty to do here.
Look, if you think I'm going to
do your dirty work for you, mate...
Now, you listen to me!
You get over there and bring him back here!
If he won't come, phone me.
Now go on, get going!
Oh, er, I want Brensham 904.
Yeah, that's right.
Oh, it's, er, Mr Mellors here.
It's about that boat I ordered.
How soon will it be ready?
Guv, guv.
Have you got...
have you got a thrupenny stamp?
Nah, we don't.
- Why don't ya try the Post Office, chum?
It's shut.
A whisky - a big 'un.
- BARMAN: Right you are, sir.
You ain't short, are you, chum?
Is 'e, Alf?
No. No, he ain't.
Well, what you 'aving then, lads?
Why, a pint o' wallop. You, Alf?
- Yeah, sure.
Two pints o' wallop.
- Good.
What's this then?
Er, that's mine. Gimme that.
What is it?
It happens to be worth a fortune.
Is that right?
- Yeah, we can see...
It's worth a fortune.
- Well, let's have a gander then.
Here, I can't see!
- Hey, come here!
What's this? Central Station!
Why, it's only a Left Luggage
office ticket, that's what!
Well, now, fancy having us on like that!
If you don't give me that back,
there'll be trouble!
Hey! Hey, stop it!
Well, I always wanted
to light me fag with a fortune!
Go on, Billy!
- Stop it, let me go!
Hey, hey, hey!
I'm not having any of this in my house.
Come on, out of it!
Let's get 'im!
BLACKIE: He's 'ad a bit of a punch-up, hasn't he?
- JOHNNY: Yeah...
Looks like they've
cleaned him out as well.
All right, grab his feet.
See what he's got left - if anything.
Did you find anything?
- No, nothing. Only this letter.
Who's it from?
I dunno it's, er,
addressed to some solicitor.
Well, then it must be on he wrote,
you stupid nit!
Go on, open it up.
What's it say?
It's a beaut.
He confesses here to taking part
in the raid, and...
And what?
Says that you organised it,
and you're a dangerous nutcase!
I never thought Monty had it in him!
He's coming round.
- Pity.
Where am I?
- You're at my place. You want a drink?
Er, no, no...
Now, listen, Monty, we're clearing out of here.
Things are getting too hot.
Look, if it's all the same to you,
I'll have some shut-eye.
Look, you don't follow.
You've got no choice.
Monty, wake up!
You're coming too, so you'd better
get your money. Where is it?
Oh my God - the ticket!
Ticket, what ticket?
Left Luggage ticket.
I lost it.
What the hell's he on about?
Look, if you don't talk sense
I'll smash your face in!
Look, I am talking sense.
The money's in the station.
What's all this about a ticket?
I ain't got it any more, Johnny.
It's the honest truth.
Two blokes in that boozer
set fire to it!
All right, Monty, I believe you.
Thousands wouldn't.
Right, you'd better get some shut-eye.
You really mean that, Johnny?
- Sure, why not?
You ain't mad at me then?
What have I got to be mad about?
Only that letter...
- Shut up.
What are you gonna do?
You'll see in a minute.
Hey, Monty. Wake up, huh?
Here, come on,
I've brought you something to drink.
- Here.
Now come on, come on, finish it up.
It'll make you feel better.
That's it.
Ta, Johnny.
Well, that's that.
- What do you mean, that's that?
I mean I've done him, that's what.
- Huh?
Goodbye evidence.
No tears, no fuss, no mess
no nasty bloodstains.
What did you give him?
- What does that matter?
Come on, let's go.
- Yeah, but where?
To get rid of him.
You hump him down to the car.
I've got to go and get some tools.
What are you waiting for?
Shut the boot.
This'll do as well as anywhere.
Get the spade.
What did you say?
- I said get the spade.
You're gonna do the digging, Johnny.
Put it away, Blackie, it might go off.
- Go to hell!
Look, you've run things
long enough, Johnny.
I'm sick of being pushed around by you.
I'm through, d'you get it?
Yeah, I get it.
So get the spade then.
What'll you do if I don't? Shoot me?
We could just sit here like this all night,
couldn't we? Until the cops find us.
Oh! Oh! Oh!
All right, Blackie, that'll do.
He's gone!
- I thought you said he was dead?
Don't just stand there, stupid!
He can't have gone far. We've gotta find him.
Look, we need a torch.
- I've got a better idea. The headlights.
Johnny! Down 'ere!
Help! Help!
Help, Blackie! Help!
Blackie! Blackie!
Blackie! Help!
All right. I want the truth.
The truth, d'you understand?
You're having an affair
with someone, aren't you?
What are you talking about?
- You're having an affair with someone!
What on earth gave you that idea?
- This did. Read it. Go on, read it.
You know!
You know all that I've done!
I did it for you.
Katie, I did it for you.
For me? You snivelling, spineless coward!
You've done nothing for me.
You're damn right I'm having an affair -
with Johnny Mellors!
Johnny Mellors!
Now, listen to me.
I was a good friend of Harry's.
And I'd do anything to see that those
who killed him are brought to justice.
Yes, a few years in jail, hmm?
I think it's on the cards they'll hang,
but that's for the law to decide.
But I said justice, Jackie,
not vengeance.
Pearson hasn't reported
these letters to you, has he?
You're putting me in a lousy position, Jackie.
I should report this to Carberry.
I want you to.
Because if Pearson hasn't reported these letters,
then the obvious thing is to find out why.
If you're wrong, it could be
unpleasant for you.
You could go to prison.
Are you sure you want to
go through with this?
I'm positive.
The money! The money,
you're burning the money!
You're burning the money!
Yes, I'm burning it.
All of it. All of it!
Stop it! Stop it!
Stop it! Stop it!
Stop it, I tell you!
Stop it! Stop it!
I hope you won't regret this, Mrs Parker.
I did, once.
But then I kept on thinking
of my husband, you see.
I felt he'd been forgotten too soon.
I couldn't possibly let that be his epitaph.
The Pearson house, sir.
It's on fire!
I'll kill you! I'll kill you both!
- Let me go!
Calm down, sir. Calm down.
Johnny! Johnny!
The police have Dennis.
He found out about us.
He became a raving maniac.
He tried to burn the money!
Right, get in.
We gotta get out of here.
How'd he find out about us?
- We've been seen together.
Who by?
- How should I know?
It was in the letter.
An anonymous letter. He's had several.
That means somebody's on to us.
I keep telling you,
I wasn't running out on you.
I was going to contact you this evening.
- Where from? Greece?
I had to move fast!
- Lucky I had to move faster.
That's the Marthella over there.
- JOHNNY: Looks okay.
Right. We'll be setting off
about 5.30 in the morning.
You'll have the tide then.
- Fine. See you in the morning then.
Why can't we go tonight?
Well, it's safer navigating
these waters by daylight.
Oh, come on, relax.
We'll be on the continent tomorrow.
Here's to us.
Long life and prosperity.
Don't forget freedom.
And long may we enjoy it.
What about the absent friends?
That's a bit too near the bone.
You're looking terrific tonight, Katie.
Love me, Johnny. Love me.
- Yes?
Look at this. Must've arrived today.
Damn. We're out of water.
- I'll get some.
Katie? Katie?
Sleep, Johnny. Sleep.
Where are you going?
Away, my pet. Far, far away.
You oaf! Clumsy oaf!
You think I didn't know
you were trying to run out on me?
Two can play at that game.
I knew you were too good to be true.
And send up a bottle of champagne,
fifty-two, waiter!
If you had known
how I was laughing at you!
Are you listening to me,
Johnny Mellors? Laughing!
You tramp! You lousy tramp!
Oh, tramp maybe.
But a hell of a lot smarter than you.
Fill it up, please.
- Right, madam.
Oh no!
Ah non! C'est pas vrai!
Ah non! C'est pas possible!
C'est pas possible! C'est pas possible!
Non! Non! Non! Non!
Mr Mellors.
I'm Harry Parker's wife.
That's Mrs Parker!
What are you going to do?
Jackie! Are you all right?
BRADDEN: Jackie!
Jackie! Are you all right?