The List of Adrian Messenger (1963) Movie Script

Get along, Miss Sixpence.
Damn good hunt.
By the way, congratulations, sir,
getting the brush.
First brush grandfather's given
away all season. l envy you.
l like to see a thruster
in the field.
Ginger's up a whole hunt.
You earned it.
As l recall, you were in at
the kill when l rode up.
A master's job to
stay with his hounds.
The day l can't,
I'll let him there take over.
l can't grandfather,
before my voice changes.
Hounds won't obey.
-Are you really off next week, Adrian?
-I'm afraid so.
l saw that in the Times this morning.
Didn't know you were a celebrity.
Adrian doesn't write his books
for you and you only, Derek.
-Sorry, mother.
-Damn silly time to be going away.
Three good months
of hunting left.
l get to find what father considers
a good time to go away.
Everything one wants, right here.
Where are you off to?
-America, sir.
-What on earth for?
You know what they do out there?
Follow a drag, actually.
-What's a drag?
-An abomination.
-What's an abomination?
-Something damnable like a drag.
Blighters douse some rags with
some stink, drag it on the ground.
Poor damned hounds follow it!
Ruins their noses!
-Call that hunting!
-But what's the object?
l had a brother went to America once,
Canada actually.
Before the first German War.
He should be dead by now.
Almost everyone is.
-Dinner at 8.
-Sherry at 7.30.
Extraordinary how alike they are.
And like Ian.
To me, he's always
standing between them.
My, l am stiff!
My first hunt of the season.
l can do with a hot tub.
-Give me five minutes, will you?
-Of course l will.
lf you don't mind my asking,
you're not still Ml6 are you?
No. thoroughly retired.
Pension and all that.
The Minister may ask me to come in
now and again for trivial assignments.
-That won't interfere with this.
-Well, what is this?
Just the most tremendous favor
you could do me if you would.
So that's why l was invited
down here for the weekend.
My dear fellow, you know how
devoted the family is to you.
Go on, old man.
Well, it's rather difficult really.
It involves your doing
something without knowing why. So,...
don't hesitate to say no.
Ten names.
Ten probable occupations.
Ten addresses.
Scattered all over the kingdom.
So, what do l do?
Ask about them.
-What do you mean, ''ask about them''?
-Just that.
l don't want their
families bothered by policemen.
Ill put it this way.
Are those 10 men still
living at those addresses?
l think that should do it.
Suppose they've moved,
do you want to know where?
lf you like.
Well, Ill do this, of course,
you knew that in advance.
l flatter myself. l know you well
enough, there must be good reason.
-Am l right?
Let me give you a suggestion.
I've been watching you lately.
And underneath that admirably
calm exterior of yours, you're...
wound up.
Why don't you tell me about it?
No, it's...
so preposterous, l can't believe
my suspicions make any sense.
Im counting on you to
prove that they don't.
When do you need this information?
It'll be difficult to collect.
Especially the way you want it.
Well, l...
Ill be back in England in about
a fortnight, is that too soon?
Should be about right.
It's no good theorizing, Anthony.
You'll only come to some
wildly improbable conclusions.
Like, what you're thinking now.
That Ive uncovered some fascist or
anarchist or communist conspiracy.
Believe me,
there's nary a conspiracy.
lf Im right about this,
it's a far older sin than politics.
-Good evening, sir.
-Good evening.
-Just one bag?
-That's all.
-Passport control is upstairs.
-Thank you very much.
Your ticket please.
-And your passport.
-l do hope Im not overweight.
-Im afraid you are, six pounds.
-Dear, l was afraid of that.
-Wasn't l underweight?
-Yes, you were.
Average it out.
We're traveling together.
-A white lie.
-Uncommonly polite.
-Haven't we met?
-l don't think so.
My name's Atlee. Im
a vicar at Plumpton-on-Coot, Herts.
Im sorry,
my imagination.
-Your ticket and your baggage check.
-Thank you.
-Good evening, Mr. LeBorg.
-Good evening.
Attention, please.
Anglo-Canadian airlines Flight 21
for Montreal is now loading.
A-C-A Flight 21 for Montreal
is now loading.
Will the Reverend Mr. Atlee
please report to Immigration?
Reverend Mr. Atlee, please.
Reverend Mr. Atlee
please report to passport control
A-C-A Flight 21 for Montreal
is now leaving.
Messenger, Messenger...
Jocelyn. Got me, to tell. Jocelyn.
Got me, to tell.
George... Emma's...
George... Emma's...
All the brooms.
Clean sweep.
Only one broom left.
Clean, sweep.
Clean, sweep.
It was sabotage,
pure and simple.
Communication with Shannon
was cut off in mid-sentence.
There was a hell of an explosion.
You can listen for yourself,
the recording from Shannon.
l shall with the greatest interest.
Yes, by all means!
-Come in my dear fellow.
-You'll forgive me, Sir Wilfred.
-You know Sir Robert Carstairs?
-How do you do, sir.
These two chaps l know you know.
Good morning, Pike.
Good morning, Flood.
Just digging into this
ghastly aircraft business.
Sir Robert's
convinced it was sabotage.
Actually we've got
corroborative evidence of a sort.
This chap that was fished out of
the water swears he smelt cordite.
Of course that could be imagination
on the part of this fellow.
LeBorg, a Frenchman, by the way.
Raoul LeBorg.
I don't know a better man to I.D.
the smell of cordite.
There you are.
-Do you know him?
-The name struck a cord.
l looked up some old files.
During the war,
your friend blew up 31 bridges,...
11 power stations,
two marshaling yards...
and five ammo dumps.
A thorn, it would seem, in
the side of the German Occupation.
Yes, Seymour, what is it?
We searched the Clerical Lists.
Not an Atlee on any of them.
We didn't think there would be.
But Mr. Atlee was prepared to
invest 173 pounds just to place a bag...
on that plane.
Any word of unusual amount of
insurance on any of the passengers?
Not so far, sir.
-It wasn't done for insurance.
-There had to be a motive.
Take a look at this list, will you?
What's it supposed to be? A
cross section of Humus Brittanicus?
-Where did it come from?
-Adrian Messenger gave it to me.
Messenger? There was
a Messenger on that passenger list.
Same chap.
l was to find out if those names
were still living at those addresses.
So far, Ive learned that six of
the ten aren't.
The reason being,
they aren't living at all.
You'll find
the dates of death in this column.
The causes of death in that one.
All accidental and covering
a period of roughly five years.
The last one, Dr. Devitt
killed in a lift accident...
-four months ago.
-l think not.
l think
the last one was 12 hours ago.
Its my feeling that Messenger's
name belongs on that list too.
Check those other names, will you?
What connection would Messenger
have with a farmer, a veterinarian,...
a draper's assistant,
a car salesman?
l haven't the foggiest.
The fact remains that...
Six deaths by accident out of
any 10 names can't be by chance.
But it was in 6 years, and in an
area that includes most of the UK.
lf you really think that all
these deaths were tied together,...
it would involve a mass murder plot
so preposterous it would defy belief.
Adrian's own word, ''preposterous''.
l think he thought no one
would believe him until he had...
more... what shall l say? Data.
Messenger was a writer, wasn't he?
Isn't it possible that he was
letting his imagination run wild?
He wasn't that kind of writer.
Let me go a step further.
Messenger's own death could be
listed in the accidental column.
That would be death rate of 7 of 11,
a little more than 63%
I'd like to know how much more you'd
want before you took this seriously.
-Yes, Pike, what is it?
-One quick result, sir.
Ian James Dalkeith,
27 Bolthwell Square, Edinburgh.
Remember reading about a railway
wreck in the Highlands two years ago?
One of those Scottish trains ran
off the rails. 16 were killed.
Dalkeith was one of them.
All right, Pike.
All information
available about these deaths.
Who are the three not heard from yet?
Quincey, Rouce and Slattery.
Q., R. and S., eh?
Run them down and find out
what links these men together.
There must be some
common denominator.
Very well, sir.
Shall I report to General Gethryn?
Yes. You would anyway.
Right. Pike, l suppose
it's occurred to you that...
if any of the three
remaining men is still living,...
we can't be sure that
he isn't responsible...
-for the removal of the others.
We don't want to show them even
a shadow of a policeman.
We can't have our fox
going to ground.
Don't worry, sir.
We won't show them any shadows.
-Any other notions?
-Yes. lf you have no objection,...
I'd like a word with LeBorg.
According to the newspapers he
was the last to see Adrian alive.
He tried to save his life.
London clinic,
room 327.
No more visitors.
l am a weak man.
-l have a headache.
-Just take this please.
-There's a lady for the gentleman.
-No visitors.
She says she's a relative of Mr.
Let her come in,
but let her stay but a moment.
Ill see to that.
You may come in, Milady.
Madame, you will
forgive me if l do not rise.
-Im sorry about your...
-Cousin. He was very dear to me.
-He had no family of his own.
-l see.
l want you to know how grateful l
am for your efforts to save Adrian.
That was only in your newspapers.
Mr. Messenger was in the water,...
he reached for the raft,
l only helped him aboard.
And alas, he died.
It was just bad fortune that
we were not found in time.
Im very sorry, Milady, but...
-Ill push the button for you.
-But you said...
Its all right, Sister.
Im just leaving.
Lady Bruttenholm, please.
For the first time,
my headache does not ache.
There is a gentleman to see you.
l told him he couldn't.
He asked me to give you this.
They eyes, they will not focus,
if you will not mind?
"Will Ajax see Polidor?"
It is a name from antiquity.
Open the door!
It is my old comrade in arms.
Mr. Gethryn, you can go in.
Thank you.
Jocelyn, Im delighted to see you.
-Wretched business, this one.
-Hi, Anthony.
This is Ajax? l must say you look
as though you've been through a war.
-Polidor, my friend.
-The pig is dead.
Down with the pig.
There is no man
l would rather meet.
-You mean you don't know each other?
-Only on the short wave.
l thought you may have had many
questions already about Messenger.
What is it you wish to know?.
Everything Messenger said,
in the order he said it,...
and whether or not it
seemed to make any sense.
This is important.
-So, okay.
There is a way with my mind that l
sometimes use about remembering.
You wish me to have a shot?
He begins to speak.
His words, they are just words.
No sentences.
First he says his name,
many times.
Then he says,
''Jocelyn got me to tell.''
Two times, maybe three.
''Jocelyn got me to tell.''
Then he says, ''Photograph.''
Then there are two names,
''George, Emma's''.
Then they run together.
''George, Emma's photograph.''
Then there was a silence.
Then he shouts
something about brushes.
''Sweep clean, sweep clean.''
''Only one brush left.
Sweep clean, sweep clean.''
Then it was as if he had coughed.
But it was not a cough.
It was the end.
He was dead.
So, you have written all this.
-As best l could, yes.
-Does it help you?
l don't know yet.
Why are you asking these questions?
In the hopes of
finding Adrian's murderer.
It was because of Adrian that the
aircraft was blown out of the sky.
That's impossible. Adrian
didn't have an enemy in the world.
Are you sure? Is there anything
that you can tell me about him?
What could there be? He was one of
those creatures with no dark sides.
He had two passions.
Fox hunting and writing.
One other, his cat.
My dear fellow, come in!
-l do not disturb?
-Most certainly not!
What the devil are you
doing out of your hospital bed?
l have been thinking.
Splendid, tell me about it.
lf you're up to it.
l do not walk on my arms,
or my ribs.
l have been thinking that l
too was blown out of the sky.
This offends me.
So, l am declaring
myself in on your hunt.
Welcome aboard.
This is
a big improvement from room 327.
-By all means.
It begins to make sense?
Well, perhaps,...
Thank you.
All one has to do is put
the words in the proper order.
Its a wheel job, actually.
You can begin anywhere.
It could be,
''Jocelyn got me to tell something''.
Or ''Someone got me
to tell something.''
Or ''Someone got me to do something.''
''Tell Jocelyn''.
Or ''Jocelyn got me two something''
Well, we both saw the same trap!
-Trap? Where is this trap?
You caught on that ''two''
could be T-W-O.
But it could also be T-O-O.
That would give us...
''got me'',...
''Tell Jocelyn.''
It is a sentence. It makes sense.
Yes, it does make sense.
You mind if l pick your brain?
That trick memory of yours?
l have to go back into the cruel sea.
Okay, shoot ahead.
No, not quite yet.
What kind of voice came
out of Adrian Messenger?
What was its pitch? Its timbre?
Was he gasping?
Did he stammer? What
did he sound like?
It was not deep.
It was perhaps like this.
Now, listen to me.
Too deep.
Too precise the pronunciation.
That's it.
Back you go,
into the drink.
Stop me if you hear me say
anything wrong. A word, anything.
Got me too.
Tell Jocelyn.
Got me too.
Tell Jocelyn.
Photograph George.
It is just as l have
told you. Exactly.
Not quite.
Phonetics again.
What l said was,
''Photograph George''.
What is this ''MS''?
Its an abbreviation for manuscript.
What he was saying was, ''there's a
photo of George in his manuscript.''
Let's go. We will visit
the residence of Mr. Messenger.
When you count yourself in,
you really mean in, don't you?
Come on.
-You startled me.
-Im sorry.
-Who are you?
-Im Mr. Pythian. l live below.
Poor Mr. Messenger's cat was
meowing so pitifully. Probably hungry.
l stopped in to feed her.
l promised Mr. Messenger l would.
She's already had three saucers
of warm milk, haven't you, puss.
-You're very kind.
-Not in the least. Poor Mr. Messenger.
What a tragic loss.
He was such a polite man. We only had
a passing acquaintance on the stairs.
Im his cousin.
My deepest sympathy.
Tell me.
What's to become of little puss?
Ill take her.
You are a cat lover, of course.
One knows instantly,
there's an immediate affinity.
Two things that are equal to
a third are equal to each other.
Whoever loves cats, etc.
you get my point.
-l guess l better be going.
-Good night, Mr. Pythian.
-Good night to you, and puss.
-Thanks again.
-Not at all.
Fulham Road.
Jocelyn, what brings you here?
l promised Adrian to look
after Omar while he was away.
It is Mr. LeBorg, isn't it?
The wine speed up my recovery,
And the oysters.
More brawn than brains,
if he'll forgive me saying it.
We thought we'd have a look at
that unfinished book of Adrian's.
In his desk.
Center drawer.
l don't know.
Im hoping Adrian can tell us.
Any Georges?
Im afraid this is going
to take much of the night.
Ill make some coffee.
Come in.
Thank you.
Your husband will not be
alarmed that you are not at home?
My husband's dead.
He was killed in Korea with
the Gloucesters.
And you are a widow all this time?
-l beg your pardon?
-Im a Frenchman. l abhor waste.
l don't understand.
You are a woman of great beauty.
You should be making happy some man.
And yourself, too.
Living alone is for
the very young and the very old.
-Im quite happy.
-No, Madame, you are not.
You should be making fine children.
-l have a son.
-No protests, Madame.
l speak only for your own welfare.
Well, thanks very much.
Le Borg.
Have you found something?
Come and have a look.
This is page 101.
Page 136.
Picked at random.
This is page 17 4.
Do you notice anything
different about them?
17 4 seems a line or two
shorter than the other two.
Look at
the capital letters on this page.
They're set higher than
these capitals on the others.
The type-face is the same so it was
obviously done on this typewriter.
But not by the same typist.
Just because
the caps are raised slightly?
That's not all.
On every other page, the semicolon is
followed professionally by one space,...
But on this page,
all three have no spaces after them.
Are you saying that somebody
broke in, removed a page...
and retyped it with alterations?
Adrian had reached
the point of his arrival in Burma.
This page contains names that
were obviously important to him.
Equally important one of
those names has been deleted.
Now the question is,
who did Adrian's typing?
-You might just remember.
-l know. An unforgettable name.
Gwendolynne La Doll.
With a ''YNNE''.
Mr. Pythian!
The man you're looking for.
Ive seen him.
He was in Adrian's
flat when l arrived.
You were alone with this murderer?
He couldn't be.
He was such a mousy little man.
He said his name's Pythian.
He said he lived in the flat below
and he came to feed Adrian's cat.
-Where are you going?
-To find your Mr. Pythian.
You won't find him in this building.
l think he got what he came for.
-Where are we going?
-Miss La Doll lives in Fulham Road.
Jocelyn, suppose you describe
Mr. Pythian?
lf l can.
Below medium height.
l seemed to tower over him.
Narrow little shoulders,
narrow little head.
Sharp pointed chin.
That's the man who took our taxi.
-He was not the murderer.
-You seem very positive.
l have seen the murderer. The
clergyman who did not take the plane.
He was taller than Madame,
with a square jaw, a broad face.
There're more than one person
involved. Its a conspiracy.
No, no.
Adrian was a writer.
He chose his words very carefully.
When he said,...
''nary a conspiracy'' he meant
just that. Only one man involved.
One man who becomes many men.
Miss La Doll?
She's gone.
Poor thing.
One hour lost.
A woman whose only offense was
she made her living with a typewriter.
Ive pressed
the French gentleman's clothes, sir.
-Shall l awake him?
-No, let him sleep.
More than Ive done.
That sofa has a wild spring.
l wish you'd see it's attended to.
Yes, sir.
Come in, Pike.
-Any luck?
-Yes, sir.
l ran down the military records of
the names on Mr. Messenger's list,...
It gave us our common denominator.
Yes, l know, Burma.
-How did you know?.
-Get on with it.
Doesn't do us much good. No two
of them were in the same regiment.
Just happened to be in
the same theatre of war.
Hospital or a brothel?
Something will tie them together.
No. Messenger was never wounded.
l don't quite see him in
a brothel either.
-What about Q, R and S?
-Coming to them.
Quincy took vows, became Brother
Quintus, Order of Saint Betolph.
Crushed under the wheels of a hay
lorry which rolled down a steep hill.
-Disappeared about two years ago.
-He's removed from Twickenham.
No forwarding address.
But we found him.
He's set up shop in Grinidge.
14 Canon's Lane.
Good man.
One out of 11.
The sole survivor,...
and then there were none.
Unless he himself is the murderer.
Hey you!
Off it!
You don't like-a the music?
No. l never ''like-a'' the music and
l don't like your ugly face neither.
Now off it before
l change it for you.
The police say l can make-a
the music in the street.
l said off it!
-Yes, mister?
-Is Mr. Slattery about?
Not in.
Where do l find him?
Its important.
What's it about?
Wring that guinea's neck, l will.
l didn't know you was home, son.
Maybe I ain't.
What's this in aid of?.
l want to ask you some
questions about your war service.
I'd be proud to answer, sir.
Did my bit for King and Country.
Lost my barrel and keg to prove it.
Where was that?
Last seen, it was floating down
the Rhine river.
No, l want to know about
when you were in Burma.
Who says l was.
-Aren't you James Slattery?
-No, Im his brother, Joe.
Well, it's James l want to see.
That will be difficult. Six
foot under, he is. Ain't he, Ma?
How did he die?
Heart attack.
Keeled over like a canary.
But he did see service in Burma?
He had the soft end of it, he did.
Balmy tropic breezes while Im
freezing my tail in La Belle France.
He returned unscathed and look at me.
Not that Im complaining.
Duty calls and Joe Slattery is
the first to answer.
What was your regiment?
Fifth Wessex. Third Battalion,
B Company, Number One Platoon.
Lieutenant Petrie Commanding, till
he caught a packet outside Antwerp.
Then Lieutenant Scott took over.
Did you brother ever talk
about his experiences in Burma?
Jim? Talked about nothing. Spent
his time working the football pools.
Did you ever hear mention
of any of these names?
Braddock, l knew s Braddock once,
first name Eric.
Come to think of it, it wasn't
Braddock at all. It was Craddock.
Anything else you'd like to know?.
Nothing. Thank you.
What's this all about?
We're forming the Society of
Veterans of the Burma Campaign.
Good evening.
As l so aptly said.
11 names and then there were none.
That makes it 100%.
-They looking for you, they are.
-Stop your nattering.
Call it nattering, all right.
But l say you've had it.
You tried the impossible
and you got away with it.
But not no more. Now, l say run.
run fast and far.
-How do you feel?
That l should oversleep.
l am not the man l used to be.
The yeas have taken their toll.
Eight broken ribs and 11 hours
in salt water maybe played a part.
In any case,
you were spared a wild goose chase.
No progress?
All present on Messenger's
list have been accounted for.
There are no survivors.
Now we're left with an undecipherable
phrase, ''Only one brush left''.
What the devil did he mean?
Madam Jocelyn has returned to
the country.
-She was here?
-She stopped by.
l suggested she say nothing
about yesterday. You approve?
l do indeed.
''One brush left.''
-You have known here long?
-Yes, since she was a child.
-Her husband was a good man?
-Very good man.
-A son survives him?
-Yes, young Derek.
Perhaps l shall buy him a bicycle.
l see.
Ajax is a bachelor.
Like Polidor.
A good reason Im not married.
She preferred Derek's father.
He must have been a very good man.
But he's dead now, and you are alive.
Don't give it another thought.
lf we were to meet now, for the first
time, it might be a different matter.
But there's too much
past for both of us.
l have met here now for
the first time.
My point exactly.
Let us return to the murderer.
Double gay
and frisky for Jolly Joe Slattery!
Let's have another.
Forget about that.
Well, Jim?
Are you satisfied now?.
''Don't you worry, Ma,'' you said.
''Jim Slattery knows what's what!''
What do you know now, Jim?
Why did he take his brother's place.
To draw Joe's disability pension,
of course.
Jim was well and strong.
''What use is it to Joe?'' you said.
What us is it to you now, Jim?
He lied to me. It cost him his life.
It was the drink. l always
knew there'd be an accident.
It was no accident.
Your son was murdered.
Maybe. He made enemies with
his bragging and his bullying.
It was because that happened
a long time ago in Burma.
lf he'd been honest with me, he'd be
alive now and I'd know the murderer.
He can't answer me now, Mrs.
Slattery, but you can.
-He was in Burma, wasn't he?
-Yes. He was in Burma.
To hear him talk you'd think
he was the only one that suffered.
-Him and his prison camp.
-So that was it.
He suffered horrible.
Had the scars to prove it.
Did he ever talk about his experiences,
mention any names?
No. Never talked
about anyone but himself.
Not Jim.
Thank you, Mrs. Slattery.
l should have never taken
the guard off him.
Poor fool.
He only had himself to blame.
But we should be grateful to him.
He's given us
the one real common denominator.
Now we need the names of next of
kin of every person on the list.
You can tackle the first half.
LeBorg and l will start
with General Pomfret's widow.
Its Mr. Gethryn.
How do you do?
You telephoned, didn't you?
Im Anton Karoudjian.
Very good of you to have us,
Mrs. Karoudjian.
The is Monsieur LeBorg. He was
on the plane with Adrian Messenger.
Yes, poor fellow.
What a fearful way to die.
Ive read Mr. Messenger's books.
One can only be enriched by the
exposure to the clarity of his prose.
Tony, please be quiet. There's no
need for you to impress Mr. Gethryn.
My husband served with Mr. Messenger.
My wife refers to
her previous husband,...
Sir Francis Pomfret,
O.B.E, D.S.M., K.B.
He was twice mentioned in dispatches.
A brilliant officer! l didn't
have the privilege of bearing arms.
During the war years,
Mr. Karoudjian was Swiss.
Tony, don't be such a coward!
What was it you wanted to know?.
Sir Francis and Adrian were in
Burma together, weren't they?
It was a special force
was trained in India.
Later they went to Burma in '42.
It was a sort of junior
edition of the Wingate later...
and more important operation.
A very bad show!
What was that?
Most of them were killed
and the rest were captured.
Including Adrian and your husband?
Yes. they had a ghastly time!
They were starved and tortured,
and finally betrayed.
Well, the escape was planned.
Francis said it would have gone
through if it wasn't for a Canadian!
A sergeant. He sold them out for
perks, tobacco, and things like that.
l wonder if you'd
happen to remember his name?
Im most frightfully sorry,
l must say that l don't.
In fact, l don't think
Francis ever mentioned it.
He always called him
that bloody Canadian.
Except 'bloody' wasn't exactly the word
he used, if you know what l mean.
Quite. Do you happen to know what
happened to this nameless betrayer?
Yes. Francis checked that, all right.
'Missing, believed dead,
' was the report.
Francis was awfully upset. He so
wanted to kill the chap himself.
Well, thank you so much. You've
no idea how helpful you've been.
A little more champagne?
l think now, thank you.
We must get back to London.
-Good day.
-Good-bye, Madame.
-Good-bye, Monsieur.
Mr. Messenger was
very well connected.
A great friend of the Bruttenholm's.
-The who?
-The Bruttenholm's.
It is the family name of
the Marquis of Gleneyre.
l have read it in the 'Tattler.'
lf you must bandy names, l do wish
you'd learn to pronounce them!
''Bruttenholm. Broome.''
-But it is spelled...
-l don't care how it is spelled.
l do wish you'd
learn to speak English.
You mean you selected him as
the villain of the piece?
It is inescapable.
Some unknown Canadian guilty
of some vague act of treason,...
in some vague and long
forgotten operation in Burma.
You elect him as a mass murderer,
yet don't know he survived the war!
-Quite, but still inescapable.
You've inverted the only murder
motive in that set of circumstances.
Certainly men can nurse a loathing
of a traitor, conspire to murder him.
But it's ridiculous to think he'd
risk murdering the man he betrayed.
No use, Gethryn.
-Your theory just won't wash.
-Is it my turn now?.
Well, fire away.
You went off
the scent with your assumption that...
the only motive for betrayer killing
the betrayed is fear of his own life.
lf it isn't the only one,
name a few more.
l can't. No more than one, l mean.
Therefore, it must be the right one.
The motive is fear, of course.
And self preservation.
But it isn't fear of death.
What he wants to preserve isn't
merely the capacity to breathe.
So what is it?
Can't be anything in
the past because that's over.
Nor in the present, or he couldn't
have afforded all the time he's taken.
it must be something in the future.
-You do follow me, l hope?
-Id be happy if you'd tell me where.
the veiled land of things to come!
What is it that the Canadian
wants to protect so desperately?
Since he is guilty of treason,
obviously his neck.
But only in the future...
or he wouldn't have taken so long to
kill those who could've ID'd him.
So, he must be sure he's
going to come into some position...
that will thrust him into
the public eye!
Pike, what's been done about
identifying this Canadian?
Its all in hand, sir.
Seymour is at the War Office.
He's searching the records for every
Canadian that was in the operation.
Blessed if l can see what future
position he could be concerned about.
Its got to be something
he's sure he's going to get.
Which brings us to
the question of inheritance.
-Millions or a Dukedom?
-Or both, Sir Wilfred.
Pike, get on to the War Office and
see what progress Seymour's making.
-What do you call this?
Not in French.
In English.
A brush.
A brush for the floor.
Back we go into the cruel sea.
What the devil is all this about?
The final pieces begin to
fall into shape. Bear with me.
-Now, is okay.
You've been in the sea a long time.
Most of Messenger's talk is finished,
suddenly he says something like...
''Only one broom.''
No, this is not precise.
But now l remember.
He was saying,
''all the brooms clean sweep.''
''Only one broom left.''
And heartfelt thanks.
This is better?
This broom means more than brush?
It means everything.
Broome is the family name of
the Marquis of Gleneyre.
But that is Jocelyn's family.
-Seymour is back.
There's information, sir.
The only Canadian sergeant in
the operation.
Sergeant George Brougham,
Duke of Athone's Light Infantry...
Missing, believed dead.
''Had a brother went to America once.
Canada, actually. Suppose he's
dead by now. Almost everyone is.''
-l beg your pardon.
-Just remember what the Marquis said.
Gleneyre! That's motive enough for
a dozen murders.
107, to be exact. if you include
airplane and train wreck victims.
-Now the old Marquis has his neck...
-l shouldn't think he was in danger.
But this chap can't inherit until...
No, but he can afford to wait for
an 84-year-old man to die naturally.
Its the real heir who's in danger.
The boy, of course?
Come on!
Come on!
-l say, you startled me.
-l want to see the young lord.
-Im Derek Bruttenholm.
-Then she's for you.
-For me?
-A present from Adrian Messenger.
He's dead.
Its from him all the same.
Come on, lad, get up on it.
Just grab a handful of mane.
You don't need reins with Avatar.
She's gypsy-trained.
Come on.
Get up on it.
Your knees will turn her, and your
voice will make her stop and go.
Now, remember this.
Jatogree means go.
And to hold hard say "Til droven".
Come back here.
Master Derek!
Master Derek!
Thank heaven you've arrived.
We were beginning to despair.
Father this is Monsieur LeBorg.
This is my father-in-law.
-Thanks for that business with Adrian.
-Nothing at all.
How's that hallo-ing?
-What is it?
-Master Derek, sir.
A gypsy man just put him
up on a mare.
-A gypsy? Where is he?
-He's in the stable yard, sir.
-Why didn't you stop him?
-Derek! Where are you?
Go, Avatar!
Til droven.
Derek, are you all right?
Look what Adrian gave me.
Isn't she a beauty? Her name's
Avatar and she moves on command.
Derek, what are you talking about.
You know that Adrian's gone.
lf you don't want the mare,
Ill take her away.
-Ive done my part.
-We want her, all right.
She took the stable fence with
two feel of daylight beneath her.
-You didn't jump in this fog.
-No, she jumped me.
-Ive never ridden such an animal.
-Damn odd, this whole business.
Adrian just buried, and this
gypsy fellow appearing with a...
-When did Mr. Messenger buy her?
-A year and a day past.
l was to deliver her as soon
as she was gentle and trained.
Its all right, father. Adrian
and the gypsies were friends.
Remember he wrote ''Romany ways''?
You can believe what he says.
Four-year-old. Good bone.
Damn fine animal.
Hard to fault.
Well, here's a fiver for your...
You hunt, LeBorg?
the horse and l are not compatible.
Shoot, eh?
The birds don't attack me,
l don't attack them.
All the fish one wants are
available in the market.
What do you do?
-He swims.
-Not by choice, Madame.
The rest are mine, l think.
-By George, you're right.
-That makes you down three.
l am also a superb tennis player
and l have a two handicap at golf.
Good game, l hear.
Never played, myself.
l have an apartment in Paris,
Avenue Foch.
And a small chateau in the Auvergne.
My dear fellow, you don't
have to give me an accounting.
You are the head of the family, no?
Well, yes...
l suppose l am.
Well to continue,
my business is in textile.
Factories in France and Switzerland.
My income is not large, but adequate.
About half a million new francs.
That is 36,000 of your pounds.
the rest, l am 43, in sound health,...
except for some painful ribs,
and l have been in jail only once.
That was by the Germans.
Your bid, Madame.
l pass.
Good morning.
Lovely day.
These are all members of the hunt?
No, there are always visitors.
Anyone can ride, you know,
if they pay the fee.
-Good morning,...
-lf you don't mind, please...
-Thank you, good hunting.
Thank you very much, sir.
Morning, mother. Morning, sir.
Sorry you're not riding with us.
l myself am delighted.
Ive had all
the broken ribs l care for.
Come on!
Come on!
Come on, boy!
Where the devil did you come from?
l just followed the hounds, master.
You certainly deserve this.
First time Ive been beaten to
the kill in 40 years as Master.
Thank you.
-What did you say your name was?
-l didn't, but it's Brougham.
We spell it differently to you,
but it's still Broome, Uncle.
Bless my soul.
Are you my brother's whelp?
George is my name.
Why the devil didn't
you introduce yourself?.
l thought Id size you up first.
That settles it, you are a Brougham,
no matter how you misspell it.
Derek, come over here.
Here's a new cousin for you.
l suppose that's what you'd be.
Canadian branch of the family.
-How do you do, sir?
-Hello, Derek.
Come over here and meet his mother.
Jocelyn, my dear.
This is my brother Louie's son.
-How do you do, Lady Bruttenholm.
-Didn't know he existed till now.
-Welcome to Gleneyre.
-Thank you.
This is Monsieur LeBorg.
-Delighted as well.
-Where do you stay?
-At the Lion, very comfortable.
Derek, sent someone to pack
his things. He'll stay at Gleneyre.
-You really mustn't bother.
-Rubbish, it's your home.
Gethryn, come over here.
George Brougham,
Anthony Gethryn.
-How do you do.
-How do you do.
You chaps should like each other.
Both thrusters.
-Got left standing still today.
-High Flyer gave me quite a ride.
-Fine animal. Where did you get him?
-Ireland, about three weeks ago.
A birthday present from me to me.
Plenty of foot. Big jumper.
Well, the sun's still high.
Time to draw another covert.
Come in.
Come in.
-l don't intrude?
-Not in the slightest. Do come in.
So, the masquerade is over.
No need for disguises now. That
ended when the last name was erased.
All he's got to do now is
be his own charming self.
What arrogance!
Making himself welcome at Gleneyre.
Makes it easier for himself to
get at the boy, from the inside.
l hate to admit it, but l confess
a sneaking admiration for him.
My admiration l can restrain.
What is the next move?
That is up to him, unfortunately.
l leave you gentlemen to your port.
What do you do for a living
out there, George?
-l ranch, sir.
-Are there cowboys?
It wouldn't be a ranch without them.
How much...
How much land do you have?
Just under 20,000 acres, sir.
But Im hoping to get another 8,
000 before next year.
That's not so much,
if you figure 10 acres to a steer.
What kind of cattle do you raise?
Whiteface, sir.
Beef cattle,...
Im starting a Black Angus herd. l
hope to pick up a bull while Im here.
We'll ride over to the bull pens in
the morning. You can take your pick.
Thanks, but your breeding
might be too rich for my blood.
-What do you mean by that?
-Well,... No thank you.
It might be more than
l can afford to pay.
My cattle, ain't they. l can
sell them for whatever l please.
Damn government still
can't do anything about that.
By the way,
is my brother still alive?
No, sir.
My father died a long time ago.
Was that back in '37? February?
That's right. The 16th.
How did you know that?
-The foxes barked.
-l beg your pardon?
Didn't your father ever tell you
about the Bruttenholm foxes, boy?
Any member of the family dies,
they foregather on the lawn out there...
and bark. Been doing it
for 200 years. Damn eerie.
Im sorry about your father.
l liked Louie.
Well, if you want me
to fill you in on him,...
he lost the 60,000 you gave him on
a three day poker session...
on the train between Halifax
and Moose Jaw.
Moose Jaw?.
Yes, where he became a cowboy and
wed the boss's daughter, my mother.
-That's were l got the ranch.
-How did your father die?
On his way home from
Saskatoon he fell out of the wagon,...
-Wolves got at him.
-Bless my soul.
l spent the rest of that
winter trailing the pack,...
One by one l shot them
and skinned them up.
Traded their pelts to the
Indians for enough food to go on,...
until the last wolf
was accounted for.
Red Indians?
They later adopted me into the tribe.
So you can say that you are
a blood cousin to an Ojibwa.
Were you in the service?
Well nothing so
exorbitant as your father.
Sergeant was my top rank.
-Did you see action?
-Did l see action? l was killed.
-You can't be serious.
-Sounds like an interesting story.
Not really. l got separated from
my outfit in the Western Desert,...
Three years before l
got back to Canada.
When l went for my discharge, they
had me listed as 'believed dead'.
They hated having to
correct their records.
Red tape. Same all over the world.
-By the way, sir.
-Out with it, my boy.
About that bull.
Thanks for the fine offer. But if
l can't afford it, that ends it.
-l didn't arrive with my hand out.
-l know you didn't.
-Monsieur Le Borg.
Now Ive got it.
l thought your name was familiar.
Aren't you the man who
survived that airplane crash?
l had great good fortune.
One chance in a million.
Another cousin of mine,
Adrian Messenger wasn't so lucky.
Yes, the writer.
Ive read everything he wrote.
In a sense,
he's responsible for my being here.
It was his ''Memoirs of a fox hunt''.
-Have you read it?
-Yes, sir.
It opened up
a whole new world for me.
According to the papers, there's a
possibility the crash was no accident.
There was a bomb. It had to
have been put there by a mad-man.
That's the excuse they
usually give for evil.
Hitler was mad they said.
So he may have been,
but not necessarily.
Evil does exist. Evil is.
Go ahead, Derek. You shoot first.
One diamond.
-Four of spades.
-Are you busy?
-Nothing important, going for a walk.
-Come in for a moment, would you?
-Sit down, please.
-Thank you.
Over here.
Something l want you to look at.
What are there?
Pages that Messenger was working
on from his manuscript when he died.
Wonderful. Just finished reading it.
''Memoirs of an Infantry Officer.''
-Id love to read it.
-You notice anything different?
This one is shorter,
a line or two less typing.
There's no reason for it. And it
isn't the end of a paragraph.
That's what struck me, too.
The typist
probably just made a mistake.
That isn't all. Look here.
On every other page, a semicolon is
followed, as it should, by one space.
But on this page there are none.
What difference can
that possibly make?
Perhaps none,
perhaps a great deal.
The typeface is the same so it
was done on the same typewriter.
But this means it was
typed by different hands.
Well Messenger himself probably
wanted to change something so he...
He didn't know how to type.
l don't mean to be dense, but what
does it matter if a page gets changed.
Wouldn't mean anything to me.
lf LeBorg hadn't insisted he
smelled cordite when the plane fell.
-It would mean a bomb.
And a bomb would mean a target.
Im wondering if it
could be Messenger.
What the devil are you talking about?
Who'd want to kill a writer?
-Such a good writer.
-l don't know.
But the page and it's variations had
to do with his experiences in Burma.
He had a rough go there.
Prison camp. That sort of thing.
Im going to turn this over to the
Yard. See what they can make of it.
Shouldn't be difficult for them
to get a list of those with him.
One of them might shed some light.
-What's the matter?
-You've got more nerve than me.
-l can't see myself going police...
with anything like that,
they'd laugh in my face.
Possibly. But Ill take a shot,
when l get out of town on Wednesday.
-Can't thank you enough for your help.
-l haven't done anything.
Yes you have. You've given me
a chance to put my ideas into words.
-Like a dress rehearsal.
-lf you want a listener, Im your man.
For once, he spoke the truth.
Evil does exist.
And he is evil.
As the Holy Word says, ''Born of evil.''
And now you have made yourself
the target.
He can't afford to have me go and
ask a lot of questions about Burma.
Have you learned
any more about him?
Pike phoned through.
His dossier came from Canada.
After the war, he became an actor,
touring in the western provinces.
Five years ago, his mother died
and he inherited a ranch.
A few hundred acres,
which he promptly sold for $40,000...
which has carried him
up to this very moment.
He will move swiftly now.
-Mr. George Brougham please.
-Sorry, sir, he's gone for a walk.
-Any message?
-Yes, Arthur Henderson, his attorney.
Mr. Arthur Henderson calling.
Im at the Ritz tonight. l must see
him. Very important ranch business.
At the Ritz. Ill leave a message,
sir. Thank you.
No, that won't do any good.
l must see him personally.
Get some papers signed.
He must come into town. Im
leaving for home in the morning.
Thanks a lot.
You'll hurry back, of course.
You'll miss tomorrow's hunt, but
there'll be another one Saturday.
Ill be here.
l wouldn't miss it for the world.
-Gethryn, how do you like High Flyer?
-Enough to let you name his price.
Not for sale. But if you want
a good ride, use him tomorrow.
-That's very good.
-See that he stays in front.
Ill keep my eye on him.
l promise to be on top of the hunt.
-Good-bye, George.
Look to your hearts!
What has the fox ever done to you?
l protest this cruel
and inhumane activity.
Search your souls! Don't you know
the animals are your friends?
-Are you the Master?
-l am.
Then call off this wretched business.
What harm has the fox done to you?
Why do you persecute him?
The fox
and l know more of life than you do.
It is man's nature to hunt.
It is the fox's to be hunted.
Good morning, Madame.
Propaganda. Vicious propaganda!
Read what Oscar Wilde says,
''The unspeakable after the uneatable.''
That's what these so-called gentry
are... the unspeakable!
Can she be the murderer?
Any one of them can be.
The fox you kill may be a vixen!
And any vixen can be a mother.
Think of those motherless vermin.
-l didn't see the fox.
-One usually doesn't.
The hounds follow the fox's scent.
Avatar's going well, Derek, eh?
Damn it, Gethryn, keep your distance.
the devil do you think you're going?
Im going ahead, Master!
-Behind. Or Ill send you home.
-Sorry, Master.
-What's happened?
-What's wrong with the hounds?
Good man.
-Good dog.
-Queer. The scent was so good.
-The fox go in the ground?
-No fox.
We've been following a drag.
A drag?
In Gleneyre?
Unheard of.
l would ruin the hunt's reputation.
What the devil do you mean, master.
Homicide, Lord Ashton.
Well conceived, too.
There is the murder weapon.
l was supposed to be impaled upon it.
l would have been too.
lf it wasn't for this old fellow.
Jim and l took him out this morning
before dawn on a leash.
He picked up the scent and pulled Jim
over the very ground we covered.
Come on, Bellman, here.
The oldest detective of them all.
He'll pick up the scent
of whoever laid the drag.
All right, George, come forward.
Get that ferocious beast away from me.
Stop him, young fellow!
Hold, Avatar!
''Til droven''!
Derek! Tim!
Let's get hounds back to kennels.
Jim, see to Mr. Brougham.
Listen, Grandfather.
Its the Bruttenholm foxes!
l thought the next time they barked,
it would be for me.
Hold it. Stop.
That's the end of the picture.
But it's not the end of the mystery.
Ladies and gentlemen,
the end.