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The Mask of the Demon

Period drama series. Father Brown investigates the murder of a B-movie director when the production of Demon Brides comes to Kembleford.


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THUNDER CRACKS

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THUNDER CRACKS

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THUNDER CRACKS

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HE CHANTS IN LATIN

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THUNDER CRACKS

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Argh!

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Evening, sir.

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The new librarian, miss.

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Henry Cavendish. How do you do?

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I'm Virginia Lewthwaite, Lord Hellion's fiancee.

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He's been called away to London

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so I'm afraid I must suffice in his absence.

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I shall try not to keep you from your occupations.

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On the contrary,

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I'd welcome the company.

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We're very isolated here, Mr Cavendish.

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I fear you'll be bored.

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I welcome the seclusion.

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It gives me time to write.

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You're an author?

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I only claim to be budding.

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I think...

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there will be plenty here to inspire me.

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Is the wedding imminent?

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The 6th of June.

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A very small affair, as my fiance lost his first two wives.

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Line.

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'In tragic circumstances.'

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'Cut!'

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If Ms Fontaine would deign to learn her lines

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before coming on set,

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it would save us all a lot of time,

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which, as you know, means money.

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Something that is in painfully short supply.

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And do try and inject some ingenuousness.

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You're meant to be a virgin bride.

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I've seen more innocence on a ten bob tart.

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You would know, darling.

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Miss Swain,

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may I borrow you for a moment, please?

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Could you demonstrate to Ms Fontaine

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what innocence sounds like?

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I'm Virginia Lewthwaite,

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Lord Hellion's fiancee.

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He's been called to London, so I'm afraid I must suffice...

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I'd murder the little tart before taking acting lessons from her.

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-Ms Fontaine!

-Reset.

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Let's try again.

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They were forced to move out of their last place

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because of complaints about noise.

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And this film,

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The Demon Brides.

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In the name of all that's unholy...

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And you such a movie buff, Mrs M.

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I like a proper one,

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like, oh, Casablanca or The Prisoner Of Zenda,

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but this rubbish is just an excuse for blasphemy and...

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..and scantily-clad women.

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Isn't that right, Father?

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We rather enjoyed Virgin Vampires at the Odeon last month.

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Isn't that right, Father?

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It raised some interesting theological questions.

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Well, I do hope you'll sign the petition

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on behalf of the parish council.

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Not so fast, Mrs McCarthy.

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One of the actors is a chum, and I've asked him round

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to answer any parochial concerns you may have.

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-KNOCK ON DOOR

-There he is now.

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If she thinks I'm going to let my opinion be swayed

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by some B-list actor...

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Hello. I'm Rex Bishop.

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Ooh!

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Hello. Father Brown.

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And this is our Parish Secretary.

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Mrs McCarthy is one of your greatest fans.

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And...

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cut!

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That was wonderful, darling.

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Care to explain, Billy?

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We're spreading.

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Vivian wanted cuts.

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I'll have no lines left at this rate.

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He might as well have hired a cleavage.

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This is her.

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The old hag would stop at nothing to sabotage my career.

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Get me a martini.

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I need some lubrication for all that screaming.

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-I hate this place.

-Ditto.

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There's only one thing for it.

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We'll have to run away together.

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Sweet William.

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But then we'd have to live in a garret and I don't want that.

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I want what she's got.

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Careful, Billy.

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That girl will break your heart.

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So I said, "Madam, I am sorely tempted,

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"but your husband

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"is the middleweight boxing champion of the world

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"and my face is my fortune."

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You're a long way from Hollywood, Mr Bishop.

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Los Angeles is hot and sticky.

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And you can't get a proper cup of tea.

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Oh, and another scone, Mr Bishop?

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I thought you'd never ask, and call me Rex.

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If I may call you...

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Rex! Bridget!

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Bridget, the Celtic goddess of fire and wisdom, and...

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creator of the finest strawberry scone I've ever tasted.

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Do tell us what the film is about, Rex.

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Well, it's about a demon lord

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who sacrifices his wives to the devil on their wedding night

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and reincarnates them as demon brides.

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Hardly Chekhov, I'm afraid.

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Sounds jolly good fun.

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Although I'm not sure Mrs McCarthy would approve.

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-Oh, no!

-Why don't you see for yourselves?

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As my guests tomorrow. The full tour.

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Oh!

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Pull back. Pull back.

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And if Ms Fontaine could try and look like she's in a drugged stupor.

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It shouldn't be too much of a stretch.

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And cue, darling.

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Exto malikus.

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Exto vascatis.

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-BOTH:

-Exta invero Hellion.

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DOOR BANGS Oh, cut! Cut! Cut!

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For the last time, this is a closed set!

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These are the representatives of the Parish Council.

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I don't care if it's the Pope and his entourage.

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What are they doing here?

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You invited them.

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Told Rex to do his bit for PR,

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or, to use your words, schmooze the local yokels.

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I do apologise for my oaf of a husband.

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Bebe Fontaine.

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-Hello.

-Hello.

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Welcome to hell.

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And now the local lunatic fringe are getting up a petition.

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And, to cap it all, I've been receiving death threats.

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Some maniac calling himself Arulus.

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Seems to think I'm the devil reincarnated.

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Can't think what gave him that idea.

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Interesting choice of objets d'art.

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Now, that is the death mask of the demon lord.

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Must be a non-speaking part.

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Hasn't got a mouth.

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His face has been melted with holy water.

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Will that work, Father?

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Don't think so, no.

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Billy Neville. Author of this masterpiece.

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Put a priest into the castle.

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What for?

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Oh, add some colour. Bells and smells.

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He can turn wine into blood,

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bread into flesh.

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Why would a demon lord

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have a Catholic priest living under his roof?

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You're the writer, think of something,

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and I want it by four.

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What's she doing here?

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She, my darling, is entertaining our guests,

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which is more than can be said for you.

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May I introduce Miss Paulette Swain,

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one of our fastest rising stars?

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And what part do you play?

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A foul demoness in thrall to a devil.

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I'm something of a writer myself.

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You must tell me where you get your inspiration from.

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From everything around me.

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Ars vitam imitator.

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Art imitates life.

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This isn't art.

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You must leave, Virginia.

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Are you mad?

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I'm due to be married tomorrow.

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Yes, I'm mad. I can't be sane when I'm with you.

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My father is deeply indebted to Lord Hellion.

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If this marriage doesn't take place tomorrow,

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he'll be ruined

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and my family dishonoured.

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Cut!

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Is it too much to ask for you people to learn your damn lines

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before stepping onto my set? You're costing me a fortune!

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Principles to their dressing rooms now!

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I want you word perfect by five.

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We're in detention, I'm afraid.

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I don't have trouble remembering my lines.

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You don't have any lines.

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-Feel free to stay and we'll reconvene later.

-Yes.

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Universal Studios!

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They've offered me a movie starting in the spring.

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Escape the garret, Billy. Clever boy.

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Nicholas Ray's directing and Robert Mitchum's lined up for the lead.

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You seem to forget that you're contracted to me

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for your next two movies.

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In your own words, any typewriter monkey could churn out this dross.

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I don't want any monkey.

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I want the monkey I've got.

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So you can just get back to Universal

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and tell them that you're not available.

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And I want those amendments by four.

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Till then, I'm watching rushes.

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Do not disturb...

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under pain of death!

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Ergh!

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Oh! Jesus, Mary and J...

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-Sid.

-And now he's got X-ray eyes. How did you know it was me?

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Brylcreem, Gold Flake and engine oil.

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And what exactly do you think you're doing, Sidney Carter?

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I'm earning ten bob a day as an extra, Mrs M.

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Ladies.

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Tough job,

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but someone's got to do it. Ta-ta.

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-Ooh-ho-ho-ho!

-THEY GIGGLE

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'Foul demoness! You're nothing...

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'You're nothing but a foul... You're nothing but a foul demoness.

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-'You're nothing...'

-'Take one.'

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'If divorce were an option, I'd have done it years ago.

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'Yes. Well...'

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Yes. No. No, it's not still a possibility.

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He's got a ten-year option on my contract

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and you can bet your boots

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I'll never work in this or any other town again.

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No, trust me, darling, the only way I'll escape my caro marito

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is with one of us in a box.

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THUNDER CRACKS

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KNOCKING

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Argh!

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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Are you going to tell us what happens?

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And spoil the ending for when we see it at the cinema?

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Oh, somebody's changed their tune.

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This is a morality tale

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where the godly triumph over the forces of evil.

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Nothing blasphemous in that now is there, Father?

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Morning, Father.

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-Shall we say our goodbyes?

-Yes.

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Vivian, open up.

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I got here at four as ordered and the door was locked.

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And apparently he hasn't left the wing.

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-Perhaps he's had a heart attack.

-I'll break it down. Vivian!

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SHE COUGHS

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A good secretary always keeps a spare.

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What a woman!

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Oh, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

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SHE SCREAMS

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I'll call the police.

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What happened? Is he dead?

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Per istam sanctam unctionem et suam...

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If you're praying for his soul then you're wasting your time.

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KNOCK ON DOOR

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Sir.

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Did no-one tell them it's a day of rest?

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To Vivian. May he rot in hell.

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Shut up, Bebe.

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Medicinal. For the shock.

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Thank you, Billy.

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Oh, please. You'd think you were grieving.

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We all know you loathed him as much as the rest of us.

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Try to keep it together, old girl.

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So, what happens now?

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I suppose the show must go on.

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I'd rather be on a yacht in the south of France.

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Wouldn't we all? But have you forgotten

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that you are the new owner of Cardinal?

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Hardly. The first person she telephoned was Vivian's lawyer.

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What am I supposed to do?

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Appointing a new director would be a start.

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Fine. Rex is new director.

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There, now. Wasn't that easy?

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At least the killer was good enough to leave a signature.

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Any idea on this Arulus?

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The victim's been receiving death threats.

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"Your fate approaches. Apocalypse 20:10."

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How's your Bible knowledge, sir?

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-Hazard a guess.

-Erm...

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Apocalypse 20:10: "And the false prophet

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"shall be tormented by day and by night for ever and ever."

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It's like I said a prayer and there you were.

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Thank you, Padre.

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And now my sergeant here will escort you from my crime scene.

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It's just that I was here when the body was discovered and I think

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I may have inadvertently removed a significant piece of evidence.

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A piece of wax.

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Wax?

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From a gothic horror film set? What next?

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A coal from Newcastle?

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But it's an unusual shape, don't you think?

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Leave it with one of my men

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and I'll see it gets the attention it's due.

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-KNOCK AT DOOR

-Sir?

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In you come, Constable. The padre was just leaving.

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Inspector Mallory. Kembleford Police.

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I'm sorry for your loss, Mrs Wolsey.

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Well, that makes one of us. I prefer Ms Fontaine.

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Did my husband suffer, Inspector?

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I do hope so.

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I'd like you all to account for your movements

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between two and four this afternoon.

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Shouldn't you be looking for this Arulus fellow?

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I could, but I'd be wasting my time, as it wasn't him.

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Because of the death threats,

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Mr Wolsey stationed extra security guards on the wing

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who are adamant that nobody entered or left the building

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between two, when his secretary went home,

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and 4:15, when the body was discovered.

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Are you saying it was one of us?

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I'm saying that as the only people in this part of the building

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at the time in question,

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I'd like you all to account for your movements.

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I was in my office doing amendments for Vivian.

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-I was learning lines in my dressing room.

-Me too.

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Me three. On Vivian's orders, I hasten.

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During this time, did anyone see or speak to Mr Wolsey?

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Oh, dear.

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I think somebody is lying.

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When you're ready, Ms Fontaine.

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I opened my dressing room door to put my shoes out for wardrobe

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and somebody was going into my husband's office.

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Isn't that right, Miss Swain?

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Is this true?

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Yes.

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And you lied because...?

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Because it was confidential.

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I was signing a contract for my part in his next movie.

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What part?

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My part.

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Oh, you little tramp!

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What time was this?

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Around three.

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Vivian thought it required someone...youthful.

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Yet not someone who can act.

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And what time did you leave?

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You're sacked!

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About ten minutes later, when I can assure you he was alive and kicking.

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You can't sack me. I've got a contract.

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In that case, I'll just have to content myself

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with making your life a misery.

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I mean, talk about a catfight.

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Half the crew heard it.

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Anyway, Mallory's convinced it was an inside job.

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Mrs McCarthy's our resident movie expert -

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what do you know about Bebe Fontaine?

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What I know is that she was born Ursula Donnell

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and educated by the Sacred Heart Sisters in Dublin.

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So, a good Catholic Irish girl.

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Oh, not so you'd notice now.

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She was married at 17 to Vivian Wolsey

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and he old enough to be her father.

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And they didn't live happily ever after.

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Rumour has it, she wanted a divorce,

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but that would have been the end of her career.

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See, she was contracted to the Cardinal Studios,

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so none of the other studios would have touched her.

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Oh, motive aplenty, I'd say.

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I doubt it was Paulette Swain.

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How do you figure that, milady?

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She'd just landed her first leading role.

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She's hardly going to kill the golden goose.

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That young writer looked pretty murderous

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when Vivian refused to release him from his contract.

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What do you think, Father?

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I think that the problem with three actors

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and a writer is that they all lie for a living.

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Well, I'm certain it isn't Rex Bishop.

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Mmm, he is hiding something.

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Yes.

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Like why is he starring in a Cardinal B-movie in Kembleford?

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In sickness and in health,

0:20:450:20:48

to love and to cherish...

0:20:480:20:51

..till death do us part.

0:20:520:20:54

THEY COUGH AND SPLUTTER

0:20:560:20:58

And cut. Thank you, everybody.

0:20:580:21:01

Let's go again with a little less smoke this time.

0:21:010:21:04

Ms Fontaine, may I have a word.

0:21:040:21:07

I was wondering if you could be a little more bereft.

0:21:070:21:11

Hardly an emotion I'm familiar with.

0:21:120:21:14

Just try to bear in mind that you're being bound in matrimony

0:21:140:21:17

to a man you don't love while the man that you do love

0:21:170:21:20

-has gone inexplicably AWOL.

-Mr Bishop.

0:21:200:21:22

Can I prevail on you to accompany me to the cutting room?

0:21:250:21:28

Demon Bride. Scene 25.

0:21:380:21:40

Take three.

0:21:400:21:41

Closer on the cleavage.

0:21:430:21:46

Closer!

0:21:460:21:47

And action!

0:21:490:21:50

Henry's aroused.

0:21:530:21:55

Can we get some arousal in here?

0:21:550:21:57

Which means try and look like you're enjoying it!

0:21:570:21:59

All right, that's enough! Please stop that now.

0:21:590:22:02

I'd like a word in private, please.

0:22:020:22:05

If you don't mind, ladies.

0:22:060:22:07

You might get a better performance

0:22:120:22:14

if you refrained from bawling me out in front of the cast and crew.

0:22:140:22:17

It's putting me off my stride, old chap.

0:22:170:22:19

You're not in Hollywood now, old chap.

0:22:190:22:21

Clearly, but manners costeth nothing, as my nanny used to say.

0:22:210:22:26

Did Nanny tell you that photographs do?

0:22:260:22:29

Which means for the duration of our arrangement

0:22:290:22:31

you will do things my way.

0:22:310:22:32

Good boy.

0:22:340:22:35

Reset. We'll go again.

0:22:350:22:37

Not if I kill you first.

0:22:380:22:39

It was a trifle. An artistic disagreement.

0:22:460:22:48

And these photographs?

0:22:490:22:51

Publicity shots. They were shocking.

0:22:510:22:54

I demanded new ones.

0:22:540:22:55

This is an unusual project for Rex Bishop to attach himself to.

0:22:570:23:01

I was homesick for Blighty,

0:23:010:23:03

fancied a change of scene amidst the glories of the Cotswolds.

0:23:030:23:07

You've gone on record describing Cardinal Productions as...

0:23:070:23:11

..boils on the backside of the movie industry.

0:23:120:23:15

Have I really? I say, that's rather good.

0:23:150:23:18

This isn't a joke, Mr Bishop.

0:23:200:23:21

Clearly not, Inspector,

0:23:210:23:23

which is why I would appreciate you getting to the point.

0:23:230:23:26

I think Vivian Wolsey was blackmailing you.

0:23:260:23:30

-You've no proof of that.

-Yet.

0:23:330:23:35

But I've applied for a warrant to search Mr Wolsey's personal files

0:23:350:23:38

and when I find something incriminating,

0:23:380:23:41

that gives you the hat-trick -

0:23:410:23:43

means, motive and opportunity.

0:23:430:23:45

So until then, Mr Bishop, don't go anywhere.

0:23:450:23:48

Lady Felicia. Looking delectable as ever.

0:23:510:23:55

If only I could return the compliment, Inspector.

0:23:550:23:58

What's going on, Rex?

0:24:020:24:03

Vivian was blackmailing you?

0:24:060:24:08

I don't think anyone believes I'm here of my own volition.

0:24:080:24:11

Because you're homosexual.

0:24:110:24:13

How did you know?

0:24:160:24:17

Despite certain encouragements,

0:24:170:24:19

you've never tried to get me into bed.

0:24:190:24:22

The only other explanation is I'm losing my allure...

0:24:220:24:25

I think we both know that isn't the case.

0:24:250:24:27

SHE CHUCKLES

0:24:270:24:28

If the police find those photographs I'll end up in prison.

0:24:280:24:33

Nonsense, we'll think of something.

0:24:330:24:35

I need a miracle.

0:24:350:24:36

I can't promise you that,

0:24:360:24:39

but I might have the next best thing.

0:24:390:24:41

Ah, Mrs McCarthy, just the woman.

0:24:470:24:50

Dress suiting a saint, eight letters.

0:24:500:24:53

Two letters, requiring urgent reply -

0:24:530:24:56

Bishop Talbot and the bank manager.

0:24:560:24:59

If you're not too busy.

0:24:590:25:00

I'll give them my immediate attention.

0:25:000:25:03

Ignatius.

0:25:080:25:09

Beg your pardon?

0:25:100:25:11

Dress suiting a saint. It's an anagram.

0:25:110:25:15

Hello?

0:25:150:25:16

Of course it is. You're a genius, Mrs M!

0:25:160:25:19

Father! May we have a word, please?

0:25:190:25:21

In private.

0:25:230:25:24

Vivian got his hands on some negatives,

0:25:330:25:36

taken when I was younger and considerably less wise.

0:25:360:25:41

And which...

0:25:440:25:46

You can speak freely in front of Father Brown.

0:25:460:25:48

And which involved another man.

0:25:500:25:52

I thought you might like some tea and one of my scones.

0:25:520:25:57

How wonderful, Bridget.

0:25:570:25:59

Shall I be mother...?

0:25:590:26:01

I can manage.

0:26:010:26:03

Thank you, Mrs McCarthy.

0:26:030:26:05

But I....

0:26:050:26:06

So, you see what this means, Father.

0:26:090:26:11

Yes.

0:26:110:26:12

Inspector Mallory's got the bit between his teeth,

0:26:120:26:15

and he won't rest until he finds the negatives.

0:26:150:26:18

Even if he can't make a murder charge stick, you face ruin...

0:26:180:26:21

..and imprisonment.

0:26:220:26:23

I'll kill myself first.

0:26:230:26:25

That won't be necessary.

0:26:250:26:26

Because if Inspector Mallory finds the real killer,

0:26:260:26:29

he'll call off the hunt.

0:26:290:26:31

KNOCK AT DOOR

0:26:370:26:39

What can I do for you, Father?

0:26:390:26:41

May I?

0:26:420:26:44

I was wondering if you'd like prayers said for you husband's soul.

0:26:530:26:56

Vivian didn't have a soul and he wasn't a Catholic.

0:26:570:27:01

But you are.

0:27:010:27:02

And you of all people should know that he may have been seeking God

0:27:020:27:06

up to the moment of his death.

0:27:060:27:07

I assure you he'd have hated it.

0:27:090:27:11

In which case, you have my blessing.

0:27:130:27:15

He was your husband.

0:27:160:27:17

He broke every one of our wedding vows -

0:27:170:27:20

-except for "till death do us part".

-Did you kill him?

0:27:200:27:23

Sadly, no.

0:27:250:27:27

But you did send the death threats.

0:27:280:27:31

-Why would you say that?

-Arulus.

0:27:310:27:32

It's an anagram. You couldn't resist using your real name.

0:27:340:27:38

"Ursula" Donnell.

0:27:390:27:41

-IRISH ACCENT:

-Well, to be sure, I wouldn't be lying

0:27:410:27:44

to a man of the cloth.

0:27:440:27:45

It was only me little joke

0:27:480:27:50

because I knew it would scare the bejesus out of him.

0:27:500:27:53

-NORMAL ACCENT:

-And it worked.

0:27:530:27:55

Like all bullies he was a coward.

0:27:550:27:57

That much hatred will destroy your soul.

0:27:580:28:01

It's too late for that. I sold it to the devil.

0:28:010:28:04

And the irony is I did it for God.

0:28:040:28:07

How so?

0:28:070:28:08

SHE SIGHS

0:28:090:28:11

Vivian had a fearsome reputation. King of the casting couch.

0:28:110:28:16

They said he used to have a hidden camera in his office

0:28:160:28:20

to film his conquests.

0:28:200:28:22

I was 17 years old and fresh out of convent school.

0:28:220:28:27

And I turned him down.

0:28:270:28:29

That must have taken a lot of courage.

0:28:290:28:31

It was my downfall.

0:28:330:28:35

No-one says no to Vivian.

0:28:350:28:37

SHE CHUCKLES

0:28:370:28:40

Now conquest wasn't enough, he wanted ownership.

0:28:400:28:43

And a wedding ring proved both cheap currency and good publicity.

0:28:430:28:49

So you see, Father,

0:28:490:28:51

that's where being a good little Catholic girl got me.

0:28:510:28:54

And now...

0:28:540:28:57

I am lost.

0:28:570:28:58

No, no.

0:28:580:29:00

God doesn't give up that easily.

0:29:020:29:04

I'm past penance, so what do you suggest?

0:29:050:29:08

I think...

0:29:090:29:11

..that you should love yourself, as much as He loves you.

0:29:120:29:15

Ms Fontaine, we're ready for you on set.

0:29:180:29:21

What's this. A deputation?

0:29:270:29:29

My Universal offer is still on the table.

0:29:290:29:31

We want to be released from our contracts

0:29:310:29:33

when The Demon Brides is finished.

0:29:330:29:35

-Both of you?

-I'm going with him.

0:29:350:29:37

You think I'd want to stay here after everything that's happened?

0:29:370:29:40

Consider yourself terminated.

0:29:400:29:42

But you, Billy, you're special.

0:29:420:29:45

Too damn good for Cardinal, but why should I let you go?

0:29:450:29:49

Because you're not your husband.

0:29:490:29:51

Go, then.

0:29:540:29:55

As for her, good riddance.

0:29:560:29:58

We're going to Hollywood.

0:29:590:30:00

We sure are, pardner!

0:30:000:30:02

What are you doing here, Father?

0:30:090:30:11

Don't answer that. Stupid question.

0:30:110:30:13

And action.

0:30:130:30:15

Right, Bebe.

0:30:150:30:16

Virginia begins to undress, ready for her wedding night.

0:30:160:30:19

She's all alone, or so she thinks.

0:30:190:30:21

Pan off to the painting. That's it.

0:30:210:30:23

-Action, Cooper! Eyes.

-Aye, aye!

0:30:230:30:26

Good, good. And...cut!

0:30:260:30:29

Sid. With me.

0:30:290:30:30

So...

0:30:420:30:43

..what are we looking for?

0:30:450:30:46

Vivian Wolsey was a voyeur...

0:30:540:30:57

..and a leopard doesn't change his spots.

0:30:580:31:01

Sorry. You've lost me.

0:31:010:31:02

Why isn't the screen facing the projector?

0:31:040:31:07

Hmm.

0:31:090:31:10

Film is an illusion.

0:31:110:31:13

And he was a master of making the real look fake...

0:31:150:31:18

..and the fake look real.

0:31:190:31:21

BOOKCASE CREAKS

0:31:370:31:39

Shut the door, please, Sid.

0:31:470:31:48

I assume you know someone who can develop this film.

0:32:000:32:03

A hidden camera? What on earth for?

0:32:030:32:06

Oh, dear God.

0:32:070:32:08

That was quick.

0:32:100:32:11

I called in a favour.

0:32:120:32:13

So, at three o'clock, Paulette Swain visits the boss

0:32:130:32:16

to sign for a starring role in his next movie.

0:32:160:32:18

And an hour later, he was dead.

0:32:180:32:20

The village hall projector's ready in the study.

0:32:200:32:23

Thank you, Mrs McCarthy.

0:32:250:32:26

And cut!

0:32:290:32:31

Check the gate!

0:32:310:32:32

Thank you very much, Paulette, that was a thing of beauty.

0:32:320:32:37

Gate clear!

0:32:380:32:40

Print it!

0:32:400:32:41

Mrs Wolsey.

0:32:420:32:44

I have a warrant to search your husband's personal files.

0:32:440:32:48

I take that to mean you are no closer to finding his killer.

0:32:480:32:50

I wouldn't say that, Madam.

0:32:520:32:54

Set up for scene 14!

0:33:010:33:02

To my leading lady.

0:33:080:33:09

I don't understand.

0:33:100:33:12

No-one's ever believed in me like this, Vivian.

0:33:120:33:14

I don't know how to thank you.

0:33:140:33:16

You're not that innocent.

0:33:160:33:17

Darling, the camera loves you.

0:33:210:33:23

And I'm going to make you a star.

0:33:250:33:27

No, no! I've changed my...

0:33:290:33:31

No! Get off!

0:33:310:33:33

Good! A little bit of resistance, I like that.

0:33:330:33:36

No, no, I won't!

0:33:360:33:38

Oh, no, you don't.

0:33:390:33:41

Nothing in this life is free.

0:33:440:33:47

I own you now!

0:33:470:33:50

-THUD

-Ah!

0:33:500:33:52

Why haven't you taken this to the police?

0:33:580:34:00

Because it's not the whole story.

0:34:010:34:04

What happened afterwards -

0:34:040:34:06

the mask, the desecration of the body -

0:34:060:34:09

wasn't the act of a frightened young woman.

0:34:090:34:12

It was cool-headed, it was meditated.

0:34:130:34:15

It required strength,

0:34:150:34:18

imagination...

0:34:180:34:19

..a flair for the dramatic.

0:34:210:34:23

In fact, it required a writer.

0:34:230:34:25

I don't deny it was me.

0:34:270:34:28

I killed him. Oh, God, what's going to happen to me?

0:34:320:34:35

Nothing. Go, clean yourself up.

0:34:390:34:42

Say nothing and trust me.

0:34:420:34:45

Trust me and no-one will know anything. Go!

0:34:450:34:47

Have we a key to this?

0:34:590:35:01

No, sir. But I can find the secretary and ask.

0:35:010:35:03

Seems our Mr Wolsey liked to eavesdrop.

0:35:110:35:14

'You arranged the body

0:35:140:35:16

'and then tried to put the blame on Arulus.'

0:35:160:35:18

-Isn't that Father...?

-Ssh!

0:35:180:35:20

'So now you know the truth. What are you going to do?'

0:35:200:35:23

But this isn't the truth.

0:35:230:35:25

Not even half of it.

0:35:250:35:27

I expect you wondered where this had got to.

0:35:280:35:31

What the hell is that?

0:35:310:35:33

"At first," Dostoevsky said, "art imitates life.

0:35:340:35:38

"Then life imitates art.

0:35:400:35:42

"Then life takes its very existence from art."

0:35:430:35:49

I have no idea what you're talking about.

0:35:490:35:51

It's all in here, isn't it, Billy?

0:35:540:35:57

The beautiful young innocent in thrall to the devil.

0:35:590:36:03

The heroic young scribe who rescues her by killing the demon.

0:36:030:36:07

"Henry flung the holy water in Lord Hellion's face

0:36:090:36:13

"and it solidified like wax, suffocating his screams."

0:36:130:36:17

If you're praying for his soul then you're wasting your time.

0:36:190:36:23

'I suppose you removed its partner when you took off the mask.'

0:36:230:36:27

'I don't understand.'

0:36:290:36:30

You didn't kill Vivian.

0:36:320:36:34

He was alive when you left the room.

0:36:340:36:37

Oh, God, what's going to happen to me?

0:36:380:36:40

Nothing. Go, clean yourself up.

0:36:430:36:46

Say nothing and trust me.

0:36:460:36:48

Trust me and no-one will know anything. Go!

0:36:480:36:51

The impediment to all your hopes injured, but not fatally.

0:36:540:36:58

So you decided to finish the job.

0:37:010:37:03

Wax to suffocate a demon.

0:37:060:37:08

A simple matter of blocking up the air holes.

0:37:100:37:12

'And then you locked the door and waited while he suffocated to death.'

0:37:140:37:20

He's good, isn't he, sir?

0:37:200:37:22

I hope you're taking this down.

0:37:220:37:24

'If you ever leave the priesthood, I see a future for you as a writer.'

0:37:240:37:27

'But this isn't a work of imagination.

0:37:270:37:30

'I'm sure that if the police fit this to the mask

0:37:300:37:33

'they'll find an exact...'

0:37:330:37:35

THUD ON RECORDING

0:37:350:37:37

-PAULETTE:

-'What are you doing!?'

-Let's go, Sergeant.

-Yeah, right.

0:37:370:37:40

-Erm, where to, sir?

-Am I psychic?!

0:37:400:37:43

Get every available man and spread out till we find them.

0:37:430:37:47

Help! Somebody help me!

0:37:530:37:55

With me!

0:37:550:37:56

Oh! Oh!

0:37:560:37:59

Oh, for God's sake!

0:37:590:38:00

Begging your pardon, Madam.

0:38:010:38:03

-Goodfellow!

-Ma'am.

0:38:070:38:08

Celluloid. It'll go up like dynamite.

0:38:120:38:16

An unfortunate accident.

0:38:160:38:17

You're crazy. You made me think that I was a murderer.

0:38:170:38:20

Vivian had us both trapped. I saw a way of escape.

0:38:200:38:24

I did it for us.

0:38:240:38:25

There is no us, Billy.

0:38:250:38:27

We're going to Hollywood. You said you'd come with me.

0:38:270:38:30

Only to escape my crime.

0:38:300:38:33

I needed to get as far from here as possible.

0:38:330:38:35

Lies! You wanted to be with me.

0:38:350:38:37

I was grateful. That's all.

0:38:370:38:40

I killed that devil for you.

0:38:410:38:43

You killed him for yourself.

0:38:440:38:46

And now you are the demon.

0:38:460:38:48

It's all over, Billy.

0:38:490:38:50

But it's not too late to save your soul.

0:38:510:38:54

My soul doesn't belong to me any more.

0:38:550:38:57

You can change your mind.

0:38:590:39:01

Go to hell, Billy.

0:39:020:39:04

Then you go together.

0:39:050:39:07

I'll have that.

0:39:110:39:13

You're under arrest. You are not obliged to speak...

0:39:130:39:15

Get off me!

0:39:150:39:16

You're lucky I was here, Padre.

0:39:190:39:22

Thank you.

0:39:230:39:25

Thank you.

0:39:250:39:26

And action!

0:39:300:39:33

HE CHANTS

0:39:350:39:40

"Save me, Henry..."

0:39:420:39:44

Save me, Henry.

0:39:440:39:46

My hero, Henry.

0:39:460:39:49

Can you explain to me why I am spouting these inanities?

0:39:490:39:53

Because it's the end of the movie.

0:39:530:39:55

Well, I want a different ending.

0:39:590:40:01

HE WHISPERS

0:40:030:40:05

Given the evidence on film, I doubt charges will be pressed.

0:40:130:40:16

You're no good to anyone frozen to death.

0:40:210:40:24

At least your photos are still undiscovered.

0:40:250:40:28

Until they fall into a different pair of wrong hands.

0:40:280:40:32

Well, in a manner of speaking, they already have.

0:40:320:40:35

Vivian's secret cubbyhole contained more than a camera.

0:40:350:40:38

So where are they now?

0:40:380:40:39

Well, I suppose you'd call it tampering with the evidence.

0:40:410:40:44

I burnt the negatives.

0:40:440:40:46

It seemed the prudent thing to do.

0:40:460:40:48

That is remarkable. I don't know how to thank you, Father.

0:40:490:40:52

Ah! Well, there is something.

0:40:540:40:57

"Directed by Bebe Fontaine."

0:41:280:41:30

Well, Rex was a liability, so someone had to.

0:41:300:41:34

Turns out it's much more fun than acting.

0:41:340:41:36

And if Muriel Box can do it...

0:41:360:41:38

A woman director. I say.

0:41:380:41:41

-Cardinal's next production will star Paulette Swain.

-Ah!

0:41:410:41:44

I'm glad to see you have put your past behind you.

0:41:480:41:51

Well, we had more in common than I realised.

0:41:510:41:54

Any girl that says no to Vivian has my respect.

0:41:540:41:56

Our leading ladies are required for their photo call

0:41:560:41:59

but I do hope the rest of you enjoy the movie.

0:41:590:42:01

Oh, yes.

0:42:010:42:03

Thank you.

0:42:030:42:05

Thank you so much for inviting us.

0:42:050:42:08

It was the least I could do, Father.

0:42:080:42:11

You have my eternal gratitude.

0:42:110:42:12

Eternal gratitude for what exactly?

0:42:160:42:19

Oh, Father, I know how you like to keep things to yourself

0:42:210:42:25

but I'm curious to know the secret

0:42:250:42:27

that is fit for everyone else's ears but mine.

0:42:270:42:30

Well, I shouldn't be surprised.

0:42:320:42:34

The truth is...

0:42:340:42:36

Father Brown helped Rex recover some...photographs.

0:42:360:42:40

And you couldn't tell me that because...?

0:42:400:42:42

Because we didn't want to disappoint you.

0:42:420:42:45

Cos the other party involved was,

0:42:450:42:48

I'm sorry to say...

0:42:480:42:50

married.

0:42:500:42:51

Not...

0:42:520:42:55

Not Lana Turner. There have been rumours.

0:42:550:42:58

My lips are sealed.

0:42:580:43:00

And I know I can rely on you to be the soul of discretion, Mrs M -

0:43:000:43:04

after all, you're not one to gossip.

0:43:040:43:08

Sidney.

0:43:080:43:09

CHANTING

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THUNDERCLAP

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-Virginia.

-Henry!

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What kept you?

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I had to wait for reinforcements.

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