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CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON
THE SCREENPLAY FOR THE LOST CHARLIE CHAN FILM
CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON
THE SCREENPLAY FOR THE LOST CHARLIE CHAN FILM
EARL DERR BIGGERS
ADAPTATION & DIALOGUE BY PHILIP KLEIN & BARRY CONNERS
CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON: THE LOST SCREENPLAY Published by Wildside Press LLC. www.wildsidebooks.com
C O S T E L L O ART DIRECTOR: JOE WRIGHT COSTUMES : SOPHIE WACHNER F I L M E D I T O R : A L D E G A E TA N O A S S I S TA N T D I R E C T O R : S A M W U R T Z E L D I R E C T O R : H A M I LT O N M A C F A D D E N CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 5 .CREW CONTINUITY & DIALOGUE BY PHILIP KLEIN & BARRY CONNORS CAMERAMAN: GEORGE SCHNEIDERMAN S O U N D : G E O R G E P.
CHARACTERS CHARLIE CHAN: Inspector. from Akron. LOFTON: Courier of ’Round the World tour WALTER HONYWOOD: Theatrical manager from New York PATRICK TAIT: Former criminal lawyer MARK KENNAWAY: Tait’s young companion. Ohio NETTIE BENBOW: His wife CAPTAIN KEANE: A traveler MAX MINCHIN: Former Chicago racketeer SADIE MINCHIN: His wife SYBIL CONWAY: Actress Honywood’s estranged wife MARTIN: Floor waiter at Broome’s Hotel MRS. Honolulu Police CHIEF INSPECTOR DUFF: Scotland Yard INSPECTOR HAYLEY: Scotland Yard PAMELA POTTER: Granddaughter of murdered Drake DR. CHAN: Charlie’s wife HENRY CHAN: Charlie’s son SHIP’S CAPTAIN: Captain of ‘President Arthur’ 6 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . from Boston JOHN ROSS: Lumberman from Washington ELMER BENBOW: A tire manufacturer.
Davis: EBEN CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 7 . G.: WALTER HONYWOOD William Holden: PATRICK TAIT John Garrick: MARK KENAWAY C. LOFTON Jason Robards Sr. Henry Gordon: JOHN ROSS John Swon: ELMER BENBOW Goodee Montgomery: MRS. Murray: DR.CAST Warner Oland: CHARLIE CHAN Peter Gawthorne: INSPECTOR DUFF Lumsden Hare: INSPECTOR HANLEY Marguerite Churchill: PAMELA POTTER John T. BENBOW George Brent: CAPTAIN RONALD KEANE Warren Hymer: MAX MINCHIN Marjorie White: SADIE MINCHIN Betty Francisco: SYBIL CONWAY John Rogers: MARTIN Zefﬁe Tilbury: MRS. LUCE Harry Beresford: KENT J.
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He’s Inspector of detectives there. doesn’t it? 10 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . HAYLEY: Morning. Mrs. Happy to see you. HAYLEY: (Pleased) Where is he? Still in Honolulu? DUFF: Yes. Over this SUPERIMPOSE TITLE: “SCOTLAND YARD” DISOLVE TO INTERIOR INSPECTOR HAYLEY’S OFFICE as Duff enters. CLOSE SHOT INSERT Charlie Chan at the right. Chan at the left. HAYLEY: Great Scott! Looks like something out the Birth of a Nation. Duff. I’m in need of a bit of cheer. And he sends a photograph of what he calls his multitudinous blessings. Charlie Chan. ranging from a boy of eighteen to a baby of two the three youngest in Chinese dress. All wear happy smiles. now. Just had a letter from our old Chinese friend. (Handing photograph to Hayley) Says he’s named his youngest child after me Duff Chan. DUFF: I brought some with me. DUFF: Morning. Hayley.CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON FADE IN ON A SHOT of the EXTERIOR OF SCOTLAND YARD. removing his dripping hat and ulster. and between them ten children.
picks up coat as if to go. A pair of hands force ﬁngers open. Better come along. it’s bad luck.Duff turns photo over. Charles Chan” DUFF: Pity he’s wasted in a place like Honolulu. DISOLVE TO: CLOSE SHOT of tightly clenched ﬁst. Wish something would happen I need action! DUFF: Don’t hunt trouble. HAYLEY: (Into phone) Yes? Inspector Duff is here now. In bold hand-writing is the inscription: “Each man thinks his own cuckoos better than next man’s nightingales. don’t you? HAYLEY: (Grins) What? DUFF: (Quotes smilingly) “Always very hard winter when honorable cheese runs after mouse. taking from them a piece of platinum chain to which is attached safe-deposit box key. Telephone rings Hayley answers. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 11 .” Duff restores photograph to his pocket. (Motioning to Duff) DUFF: (Takes phone) Yes Duff speaking … what? … Party of American tourists on a trip around the world? What about it? … Murdered? What’s his name? … Where was he murdered? … I’ll come at once! (He hangs up addresses Hayley) Wealthy American named Hugh Morris Drake. isn’t it? HAYLEY: Can’t be any worse than here. murdered at Broome’s Hotel. Remember what Chan used to say about that.
12 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . head bowed in arms.ON SOUND TRACK throughout action is heard the distracted sobbing of a girl. Miss. PAM: (Brokenly) He was so good so kind to everyone how could anyone do it? They lead her to the door. Canton. covers face with hands. Miss. HAYLEY: Please. DUFF: Number 3260. Duff examines key. disclosing Duff in Room 28. PAM: Very well. Broome’s Hotel the hand and arm of a murdered man. Tried to help us. still sobbing. CAMERA MOVES BACK. The girl. She was making the trip around the world with him. body convulsed with sobs. Ohio. and kept it for us. HAYLEY: (Nods) That’s something. Tore off the end of his assailant’s watch-chain. you’d better go this is Inspector Duff from Scotland Yard. (Exits) HAYLEY: That’s his grand-daughter. as they lead her gently away. and girl kneeling at foot of bed. DUFF: I should like to speak to you later. Dietrich Safe and Lock Company. unresisting. Hayley gently lifts the girl to her feet. Almost at door she stops and speaks. (Softly) Good old boy.
which Duff examines closely. He turns from window to a door connecting room 28 and 29. examines them carefully. then opens it again. Hayley nods.” Duff turns from dresser. CAMERA FOLLOWS DUFF as he moves to dresser near alcove. still using handkerchief. holding a small chamois bag in his hands. picks up a pair of earphones. It is ﬁlled with small round pebbles. HAYLEY: (Giving him bag) Found this at the head of the bed. then examines lock carefully closes window. Chief? CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 13 . Through open window. He stands a moment. from street below. moves to window. Duff. From dresser. DUFF: Pebbles. who enters to him. DUFF: (To himself) Deaf. DUFF: Strangled with this. puts them back. he tests knob. holding. It is locked. looks out. With his handkerchief. a thin. opens it pours part of the contents into his hand. puzzled. come the notes of “Silver Threads Among The Gold. then turns to Hayley. with a handkerchief. black leather strap. Duff takes the bag. He turns. HAYLEY: What do you make of it.Again Duff bends over bed Hayley watches.
I have been managing director of Lofton’s roundthe-world tours. Kent. (Gazing thoughtfully about him) I believe he wasn’t murdered in this room. He continues excitedly. DUFF: (Dryly) Yes? LOFTON: This year I have a comparatively small group thirteen. enter from hall. at least. and Dr. strangled to death yet no evidence of any struggle. yes. Duff eyes him. inspector. conductor of the tour. Was there any trouble on the tour before last night? Anything that seemed like enmity? LOFTON: (Indignantly) Absurd! The members of the party scarcely know one another as yet. Doctor Lofton. there were thirteen last night. For ﬁfteen years. Manager of Hotel. DUFF: (Noding) Ah. (As though thinking aloud) Not even the nap of the carpet has been disturbed. Don’t begin with the idea that some member of the party killed Hugh Drake! It’s impossible some sneak thief some hotel servant DUFF: Why do you wish me to think that? 14 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . LOFTON: I’m not precisely a conductor. (Presenting Dr. Lofton. Lofton) This is Inspector Duff of Scotland Yard.DUFF: (Recapitulating as he pours pebbles back into bag) A harmless old man very deaf. KENT: Pardon me.
LOFTON: This is odd! I have a strap identically like that on one of my bags. Honywood. Duff turns to Kent. DUFF: Can you open it? KENT: Yes. but I’ve gotten most of them together. Lofton. DUFF: Will you get it. DUFF: Thank you. please? LOFTON: Gladly. this is a serious situation to me my reputation everything is liable to be ruined by this DUFF: (Holding out thin black strap with which Drake was murdered) I understand. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 15 . DUFF: Have you assembled the members of your party in the drawing room? LOFTON: Some of them are out. Who occupies the room next to this? (Pointing to door between rooms) KENT: A Mr. Have you ever noted this strap on the luggage of any of your guests? He stops at the surprised look on Lofton’s face. Lofton exits. sir. Dr. Member of this party.LOFTON: (Almost pleading as he lays his hand on Duff’s arm) Inspector. Inspector.
Sit down. Of course not. Honywood. tries to open it. I merely assume I must have been asleep. You heard no cry no struggle during the night? HONYWOOD: (Nervously) Nothing I was sound asleep when the murder was committed. the windows being tightly closed. Duff goes to window. An expression of alarm appears on Honywood’s face. CAMERA FOLLOWS WITH DUFF.He turns to door and with pass-key unlocks it. He stands aside as Duff goes into Honywood’s room. DUFF: Come in. He notices half-packed Gladstone bag. at seeing Duff in his room. please. then? HONYWOOD: Well no. He takes out notebook glances around room makes memorandum. You know what’s happened. DUFF: (With lightning rapidity) Oh. There is a sense of mustiness about it. but cannot. you know when it occurred. (Mopping his brow) 16 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . Walter Honywood enters room a dissipated looking man in late thirties. of course? Honywood nods. Room 29 is much smaller than room 28. As he bends over it SOUND OF KEY BEING INSERTED IN LOCK. Mr.
Honywood takes out cigarette and holds lighter to it. Honywood. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 17 . please? Honywood makes an effort to pull himself together. Our tour touches there. where ﬁnger-print expert and Hayley are still working. HONYWOOD: I’m a theatrical manager. Miss Sybil Conway? DUFF: (Nods) She’s with you? HONYWOOD: No. DUFF: Will you wait for me below. This affair has been a great shock.DUFF: (Watching him with deep interest) I seem to have heard your name somewhere. and I hope to persuade her to join me. DUFF: (Ironically) Rather odd. Any ﬁnger prints? HAYLEY: Not yet. Mr. We had an estrangement about two months ago. isn’t it. His hand trembles violently. Duff re-enters room 28. Perhaps you’ve also heard of my wife. he looks up sees Duff watching him. She’s at San Remo on the Riviera. I recently had a nervous breakdown. You see. that a man who has just had a nervous breakdown should be such a sound sleeper? HONYWOOD: (Starts) Why I I never have any trouble that way. and exits.
I saw a gentleman standing in front of room 27. he was gone. “I’m afraid Im on the wrong ﬂoor. sir.” DUFF: You saw his face? EBEN: Yes. KENT: (Entering with an old man) This is our night watchman. As I fell my torch showed a gray suit. He wishes to make a statement. EBEN: It’s this way.Duff starts from room. LOFTON: (Entering excitedly) My strap is gone! DUFF: Really? (Pointing to the strap on a small table near the door) Then perhaps this is yours? LOFTON: (Looking closely then frightened) I’m afraid it is— DUFF: (Noting Lofton’s aggitation) Well go into this matter of the strap. At door the excited Lofton almost bumps into him. While I was making my rounds last night at two o’clock. Will you wait downstairs. Then. someone in the dark knocked me down. later. I seized the pocket of the coat and heard the cloth tear. sir. Then he hit me again and when I come to. DUFF: The same man? EBEN: Can’t say. I can identify him if hes still about. please? Lofton exits. When he heard me he said. at four o’clock. on the upper ﬂoor. sir. My room is below. 18 | EARL DERR BIGGERS .
it’s no use nursing a grouch. and is casting weird light into the room. the sun has pierced through the fog. (To Hayley) Look for a gray coat with a torn pocket or the other end of this chain. There are book-cases of dusty volumes old sporting prints. CUT TO: THE LOUNGE Members of the party are assembled. nobody’s accusin’ you. SADIE: Come on. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 19 . addresses them. Max Minchin. illuminating the faces of the Lofton party. The lounge is done in red plush and walnut decorations.DUFF: (Knits brow) Thank you. DUFF: Thank you. HAYLEY: (As Duff is about to go) This may interest you. who has made himself the center of interest in group. MAX: The ﬁrst thing to remember if anybody here done it. Maxie. Outside. including Max and Sadie Minchin. Wait downstairs. Eben. did you know there’s a retired Chicago racketeer in this party? DUFF: Really? HAYLEY: Yes man named Max Minchin the New York police have asked us to keep a kindly eye on him. Hayley we shall. don’t say nothin’ until you seen a lawyer.
LUCE: What language is he speaking? CUT TO: LOBBY OF BROOME’S HOTEL Dr. He stands a moment. Lofton has joined Duff. LOFTON: Mr. a digniﬁed man enters from one of he side corridors. He is good-looking. I’m takin’ no info from a skirt! MRS. he crushes it in handkerchief and holds it under Tait’s nose. looking about at group inside. He is distinguished in appearance has a shock of snow-white hair.MAX: Patrol your own beat. It is as blank as that of the dead man upstairs. You will know all the details in a moment. Tait turns with Duff and with a ﬁrm step crosses the threshold of the lounge. Mr. pearl-like object from a bottle. 20 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . with frank eyes but his manner is somewhat startled. Tait is a criminal lawyer from New York. Lofton stops him as he passes. Duff is beside him in an instant. then gives little strangled cry and pitches forward onto ﬂoor. Immediately a young man enters and kneels down beside Tait. Tait. As they move down lobby in direction of lounge. What is this about murder? DUFF: Step inside. TAIT: (Holding out hand) How do you do. (To Duff) Mr. sir. Removing a small. turns him over with deep concern looks at his face. Tait! Inspector Duff of Scotland Yard.
DUFF: (To Mark) Let me know when he’s fully recovered. He starts from room as Martin comes in. That’s why he employed me to come with him. Martin is a servant with a rather blank face much younger than Eben. Together they carry him into a little coffee room leading from lobby. sir. Drake’s body this morning? MARTIN: Yes. MARTIN: (Nervous stumbling in speech) I awoke Mr. He was very deaf and it took a bit of doing. He is obviously nervous. Tait’s travelling companion? MARK: Yes. Drake every morning. I’m Mark Kennaway. Tait stirs. It will bring him around in a moment. and place him on a couch. Mr. sir. DUFF: Are you Martin? MARTIN: Yes. DUFF: Tell me about it. Tait is subject to this sort of thing.MARK KENNAWAY: (To Duff) Amyl nitrate. DUFF: You discovered Mr. Duff indicates that they had better get him out of there. DUFF: You are Mr. Duff stops him. starts breathing heavily as he comes to. DUFF: And this morning? CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 21 . sir.
DUFF: (To Keane) Is that true? 22 | EARL DERR BIGGERS .MARTIN: I knocked many times. Inspector Duff of Scotland Yard. DUFF: Thank you. Inspector. KEANE: I am Captain Ronald Keane. LUCE: Captain Keane told me that he was in the British Army and has seen service in India and South Africa. MRS. At Duff’s look of inquiry. a man of about 38. He closes door behind him walks to center of room. DUFF: What then? MARTIN: I got the housekeeper’s key. and entered the room. with a hawk-like nose. he introduces himself. addresses those awaiting him. well-dressed. Duff starts from the coffee room and gets into lounge. DUFF: Allow me to introduce myself. and seemingly at ease. The various members of the group look at him with anxious eyes. DUFF: Military man? KEANE: Why yes. sir. Martin. Duff turns to CAPTAIN RONALD KEANE. MARTIN: Yes. but there was no answer. Then I notiﬁed the management at once. and that’s all I can tell you.
smiles. DUFF: Just travelling? MRS. Luce nods. at present retired DUFF: What were you? KEANE: Well. Duff turns to Mrs. to cash a check. She smiles widely and glances at Keane. You see DUFF: (Interrupting) Were you ever in any army? KEANE: (Again hesitating afraid to tell another lie) Well no the title is really honorary. I was just well romancing a bit. LUCE: My fourth trip around he world. LUCE: Retired lady. Duff. DUFF: And you? MRS. DUFF: Been out of the hotel this morning? KEANE: Yes. You heard no sounds last night in the room where CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 23 . Madam? Mrs. Luce. coming very close to him) Just what is your business? KEANE: None. once I was an engineer just put me down as as gentleman. DUFF: (Looking at list) You occupy Room 27.KEANE: (Hesitates) Well no not precisely. getting the shaft. DUFF: (Makes a note.
MRS. looking at Dr. DUFF: You knew Drake. DUFF: Know anything about this murder? ROSS: Not a thing. very ill at ease. Their presence upset him. looks in direction of small alcove. Duff looks at her with interest. Washington. Lofton. Nice old fellow got to know him pretty well on board ship. He carries a heavy walking stick. As Duff nods. Luce hesitates a moment. and one leg is held rather stifﬂy as he limps toward Duff. Drake’s room. Dr. Mrs. Perhaps Dr. Lofton? LOFTON: (A bit panicky) I was in Mr. I was merely trying to explain my position. as Duff turns to him. Lofton rises. He objected to several members of the party. sir. himself. DUFF: Just what occurred the night before last. DUFF: Your name. He turns. ROSS: John Ross. LUCE: Not last night but there was a row the night before. Duff gives him a long look and makes note. of course? ROSS: Yes. Lofton would like to tell you. I am a lumberman from Tacoma. DUFF: Been out this morning? 24 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . a tall man in tweed suit. Inspector. rises. I liked him a lot.
Inspector. Duff makes a memorandum in book as Ross returns to alcove. MARK: Pardon me. to step in the lounge. I went for a walk. has just served him. DUFF: Feeling better. But I still don’t know who was murdered! DUFF: Hugh Morris Drake! You occupy number thirty. he stops him.ROSS: Yes. What time did you retire? Tait looks at Mark. CAMERA FOLLOWS WITH DUFF as he enters coffee room. sir. Duff nods and turns to occupants of room. (Exits quickly) Duff’s eyes follow him for a moment. Tait? TAIT: (Apologetically) Yes a bit too much excitement. then he turns to Tait. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 25 . As Martin passes Duff. which Martin. a glass of spirits in his hand. MARTIN: (Mutters) Yes. DUFF: You will kindly wait here a moment. I’ll be there in a moment. Mark Kennaway enters from coffee room. near his room. DUFF: That will be all. Patrick Tait is sitting erect on couch. the night watchman. I fear. DUFF: Ask Eben. Tait has recovered. Mr. the waiter. Mr.
I apologize. DUFF: Did you see someone in the lounge? TAIT: (Rising almost screaming) No NO! He suddenly catches his left side. Tait every night before he goes to sleep. Mark steps forward quickly. Tait. KEANE: What do you mean? 26 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . He is pointing at Keane. what was it you saw in the lounge that brought on this attack? TAIT: (Becoming very excited eyes glazing) The attacks come like that. Tait I intend to ﬁnd out what it was that shocked a retired criminal lawyer into a heart attack. Duff turns from him and re-enters the lounge. who sits up. then Ross. the old night watchman has been studying the faces of the men in the room. EBEN: (Firmly) That’s the man. MARK: Inspector please. Lofton. Duff has been watching him closely. then suddenly he points. I read to Mr. Tait bows acknowledgement. This man is ill. Nevertheless.MARK: It was about twelve. DUFF: I’m sorry. Inspector. You see. First. CAMERA MOVES WITH DUFF to where Eben. Mr. DUFF: Mr.
Why did you say you’d mistaken the number of your room? KEANE: (Fumbling about) Why. DUFF: Rather a habit with you. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 27 . Mr. isn’t it? Duff makes memorandum in his book then dismisses Eben. I was up there. Just one thing more. Honywood stops to pick up cigarette he has dropped on carpet. DUFF: Is it true? KEANE: (Looking rather anxiously about him) Why. Duff holds out small chamois bag ﬁlled with pebbles. Suddenly he wheels on Honywood. last night. Honywood. You see. I couldn’t sleep and wished to borrow a book from Mr. Do these mean anything to you? HONYWOOD: (Shaking his head) I never saw them before in my life. Duff returns bag and pebbles to pocket. He pours a few into his hand for Honywood’s inspection. I just said the ﬁrst thing that came into my head. Honywood starts violently as Duff approaches him.EBEN: I mean it’s you I met on my two o’clock round. DUFF: It’s pretty old that wanting-to-read-a-book stuff. Tait. yes.
Minchin? MAX: What about it? SADIE: (Angrily) Max! Nobody’s accusin’ you! Answer the man’s questions! MAX: What for? He’s a dick. stout Germanic ancestry. DUFF: You are (Looking at list) Mr. We’re already supplied with considerable information about you.Duff turns to the Minchins. ain’t he? I should help him! DUFF: One moment. (To Duff) What do you want to know? DUFF: Where are you from? MAX: We’re from Chicago and never mind the funny cracks about the daily casualty lists. I heard that one before. He carries a 28 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . Benbow. Minchin. his eyes lighting with interest. Mr. Elmer Benbow. please. enters. followed by Mrs. short. DUFF: Casualty lists? I don’t understand MAX: That’s what they call the newspapers out there DUFF: I’ll not annoy you with more questions. Allow me to warn you MAX: (Interrupts) I know that everything I say will be used against me. SADIE: Max! MAX: All right. Minchin. Mr.
Going to Duff he takes his hand shakes it enthusiastically.small motion picture camera. But it was made in Canton. Drake was an automobile manufacturer and I make tires. Inspector? DUFF: Do you know anything about this murder? BENBOW: If you mean did we do it we certainly didn’t. This will be something to talk about when we get back to Akron. Inspector. thank you. DUFF: Ah. isnt it? DUFF: What is? Have you seen any member of this party carrying anything like it? BENBOW: No. (Turning to wife) That’s funny. Anything we can do to help you. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 29 . Mixed up in a murder Scotland Yard. and all that! Meet the missus! DUFF: (A triﬂe coldly) How do you do? BENBOW: Just been out trying to get some moving pictures. BENBOW: Pleased to meet you. (He shows Benbow platinum chain and key) Ever seen this before? BENBOW: No. (To others) That will be all for the present. yes. Ohio. Can you imagine a tire manufacturer killing off one of his best customers? DUFF: (Smiling) Hardly. Mr. None of you must leave London without permission of the Yard. I just thought it was strange that it was made so near to our home.
I have a Chinese friend who used to say: “Only a very sly man can shoot off a cannon quietly. Mr. followed by his be-jeweled wife. and I shall continue with the tour. Max Minchin. I want to help ﬁnd out who did this cowardly thing. with his frank manner and slight limp. Duff that you think the crime was committed by some member of this party? DUFF: I regret to say that I do. Honywood. He watches them closely. and wears an air of angry determination. smiling Benbow and his mate. now walking with a ﬁrm step. then Patrick Tait. 30 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . may need your assistance. PAM: I might discover some clew one of them might let something slip. DUFF: Do you think that is advisable? PAM: Please don’t try to dissuade me. with his sullen slouch. He comes to Pam. DUFF: Quite probable. Keane. I shall cable my mother and my aunt to come to London. PAM: In that case. While Duff watches them speculatively. stands for a moment before her slowly offers his hand. She still shows evidence of grief. DUFF: And we.” Mark enters. with his sly face. Ross. PAM: Is it true. indeed. with an assumed nonchalance.Duff stands at door as the group passes him. but is calm now. Duff. Pamela Potter enters. Mr. for our part.
DUFF: I thought as much every one of them had been out of the hotel before we got here. CUT TO UPPER HALLWAY Martin. PAM: (Who has taken his hand) Thank you. with his motion picture camera leveled and ready for action. takes two pieces of paper from his pocket. say if you don’t mind CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 31 . listen. Mr. the waiter. They leave together Duff joins Hayley and ﬁnger print man in lobby. At door. coming out of hotel. will you? Duff turns. please ask me. Kent signiﬁes he understands.MARK: I haven’t had the opportunity to tell you how very sorry I am. sees Benbow smiling. Benbow is standing on sidewalk. HAYLEY: Not a trace of the chain or the gray coat. Inspector just turn around and face me. CUTBACK TO STREET As Duff reaches it. and tucks them under carpet on the ﬂoor. looks fearfully over his shoulder. DUFF: (Annoyed) Oh. Duff and the two men move to the entrance of hotel. Duff gives some instructions to Kent. Miss Potter. Kennaway. If there is anything I may do to help you. the hotel manager. BENBOW: Say.
DUFF: But we couldn’t hold them. paces about room. I’ll just ontitle this one: “Scotland Yard Inspector refusing to be shot!” FADE OUT. you know BENBOW: Just let me shoot this the neighbors back in Akron’ll eat it up “Inspector from Scotland Yard leaving hotel after murder” this’ll be a wow! DUFF: If you don’t mind. HAYLEY: Too bad we weren’t able to hold them. will you the lid. BENBOW: (Laughing genially and calling after him turning crank) That’s all right. you know the hat. The American Ambassador himself asked me Where is our proof? What was the motive? 32 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . This looks like the end of the case just another unsolved murder. Just take off the benny. pufﬁng furiously at his pipe. This light isn’t very good. FADE IN INTERIOR HAYLEY’S OFFICE SCOTLAND YARD Duff. I’d rather not. Duff turns abruptly to enter his little green police car.BENBOW: Mind? I’m delighted. Hayley is seated. DUFF: But you don’t understand it isn’t customary.
DUFF: And the murderer traveling with them unknown. BURKE: I think we’ve got something. sir? DUFF: I’m giving you one chance. then Nice San Remo Egypt Singapore Honolulu-— around the world. MARTIN: You won’t send me to prison. Sergeant Burke enters. motions to someone without. Chief. Sit there. Duff. stands over him.HAYLEY: Yes and tonight they’re in Paris. Duff points to a chair. DUFF: What for? CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 33 . Martin. The man says he’s ready to talk. Burke. enters. in the open door. DUFF: Bring him in. Honywood gave it to me. very frightened. where did you get that hundred pounds? MARTIN: Mr. rising. the waiter from Broome’s Hotel. There is a cheerful excited air about him. please. Martin does so. Where did you get all that money you’ve been spending? Don’t tell me you were playing the races! Come on. the truth! He jerks Martin to his feet.
Mr. Drake came to the door. Mr. At ten o’clock that night I went upstairs with a cablegram for Mr.” Duff gives Hayley a quick glance of exaltation. DUFF: Honywood in Drake’s room? MARTIN: Yes. then to MARTIN: DUFF: What then? MARTIN: I knocked on the door of Mr. I knocked at his door DUFF: Then what? MARTIN: Mr. Honywood’s room. I was right! HAYLEY: Honywood! 34 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . Drake in my room. sir. handed me two ﬁfty-pound notes and made me promise not to say anything about the exchange of rooms. Honywood opened it. DUFF: And the hundred pounds? MARTIN: At seven o’clock the next morning. Drake. Honywood sent for me.MARTIN: I’ll tell you everything. sir. took the cablegram and thanked me. He said: “You’ll ﬁnd Mr. DUFF: (Turning to Hayley and pounding his ﬁst in his hand) What did I tell you? Drake wasn’t murdered in his own room. We have changed rooms for the night. I gave him the envelope.
Reel of motion picture ﬁlm is pulled out. DISOLVE TO: Trunk.DUFF: (His spirits soaring) We have him. Hands open letter. Sybil Conway. DISSOLVE TO: CLOSE SHOT Man’s gray-gloved hands as they search bureau drawer. old chap. which reads: INSERT: “If anything happens to me. my boy! (Looking at his watch) I’ve just time to catch the night boat to Dieppe. then dropped back. San Remo. DUFF: And the Riviera Express will get me there a day later. Articles are pulled out perhaps a bit of feminine lingerie then thrust back into drawer again. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 35 . HAYLEY: (Grasps Duff’s hand shakes it heartily) Good luck and congratulations! DUFF: (Starting from room) Thanks. DISOLVE TO: Same hands opening black leather case. hands take letter out of tray.” Hand crushes letter as if crushing a victim. tonight. HAYLEY: The party is leaving Paris for Nice. Palace Hotel. notify my wife.
he seemed in good spirits. LUCE: Suicide. Mrs. MRS. your grandmother! Inspector Duff you’re needed here! This is another murder! DUFF: Murder? 36 | EARL DERR BIGGERS .DISSOLVE TO: Same pair of hands they fasten lifeless third hand on revolver with ﬁngers engaging trigger. DISSOLVE TO: LOBBY of lounge of Hotel Excelsior Grande in Nice. Pam is holding animated conversation with bearded gendarme. Dr. resplendent in gold lace uniform. GENDARME: But Mademoiselle LOFTON: I scarcely expected you so soon! DUFF: Expected me? LOFTON: Walter Honywood killed himself in the grounds of this hotel last night. Lofton is with them. Sun shines through windows overlooking terrace garden and Mediterranean. A faint wisp of smoke is issuing from barrel of gun. and overheard Lofton’s last remark. Luce has joined the group. GENDARME: You noticed nothing in his manner except nervousness? PAM: Nothing. On the contrary.
MAX: (Looking towards Duff in booth) Hm! ’Nother guy put on the spot and the place is swarming with bulls. exits. I’ll report any progress. SADIE: Uh huh. CAMERA FOLLOWS AS THEY MOVE DOWN LOBBY They pass a group in which are Tait. MAX: Gee don’t it make you homesick? SADIE: Uh huh. DUFF: If you like. Duff pauses. I’ll take charge of this there was another murder in London. As he does so. Mark. and I believe the two are connected. As the two men near telephone booth. Ross and the Benbows. Duff turns to the gendarme draws him aside from group. Honywood at San Remo when she heard the news I believe she fainted. Lofton was the proper person to give it to. Mr. Sadie and Max Minchin pass booth. They all appear apprehensive as Duff passes them. I suggested that Dr. LUCE: Absolutely. Gendarme bows. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 37 . but he insisted that Dr.MRS. Lofton was decidedly not the proper person. Honywood expected something to happen he tried to leave a letter with me. LOFTON: (Hastily) I telephoned Mrs. Duff enters booth.
I’ll be at your hotel at six this evening with the Lofton party … Thank you. DUFF: You say the man who killed Honywood is named Jim Everhard? SYBIL: Yes. As he comes out of booth he almost collides with Lofton. The party will not be detained here. your husband was murdered… What! You know who murdered him? He’s with the party?…but his name his name… What name is he using now?…You don’t know … (Wiggles receiver up and down) Are you still there? … Very well. 38 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . SAN REMO Sitting room of Sybil Conway. Then I met Walter Honywood and we ran away Everhard swore he would kill us both. you may leave for San Remo at 4:30 as you had planned. but we were unhappy. DISSOLVE TO: PALACE HOTEL. attractively gowned. He hangs up. DUFF: Doctor. Mrs. Lofton gives him a curious look as Duff walks away.CUT TO: INSIDE TELEPHONE BOOTH DUFF: It was not suicide. She is a beautiful woman. Honywood. DUFF: Why did he kill him? SYBIL: I was married to Jim Everhard.
DUFF: Very well. They move from the room to hall. CUT TO: CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 39 . I took two bags of diamonds with us. Honywood. As he pulls the gates open. Ready? SYBIL: Yes. When we ran away. It is a narrow cage-like contraption. They step to the elevator and enter. He is just in time to catch her in his arms. too. which is in semi-darkness. There are some palms just out side the dining room door you will have a clear view of the Lofton party. Duff tries to stop the car but cannot until it stops automatically at ﬁrst ﬂoor. leaning over shaft. but they weren’t Everhard’s he had stolen them. Duff presses button slowly they begin to descend. Mrs. DUFF: All this in South Africa? SYBIL: Yes. All you need to do is point him out to me. that you will be able to recognize Jim Everhard when you see him? SYBIL: Positive.DUFF: (Takes out chamois bag with pebbles) Ever see these before? SYBIL: No but I know what they mean. A small object hurtles through the air and lands at his feet. The woman at his side collapses. DUFF: Are you sure. Suddenly there is a sharp explosion above their heads Duff gets the ﬂeeting impression of a blurred form above.
FADE IN PLATFORM OF STATION AT SAN REMO DUFF: You won’t forget to write the letters you promised me? PAM: Certainly not. MARK: Mr. (Smiles) Meanwhile. cable me at Scotland Yard. KEANE: What’s happened? MARK: Mr. Tait was here a moment ago.DARKENED HALLWAY FOURTH FLOOR Mark Kennaway is rapping at door of a room. 40 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . Pam and one or two other guests hide the body from view of the camera. Tait! Are you there? Keane glides up to him. Im going to America. Inspector? DUFF: Probably. (Catches himself) I was just wondering where he is. Tait! Mr. CUT BACK TO: FIRST FLOOR Duff places Sybil Conway on a sofa opposite elevator. The woman is dead. Will you join us again. PAM: (To Duff) Shall I call a doctor? DUFF: Too late. FADE OUT. if anything important comes up.
PAM: (Eagerly) Oh. Ross with Malacca stick. Benbow. Guard blows his whistle and compartment doors are banged shut. Duff assists Pam into her compartment and closes door after her. Lofton. DUFF: Miss Potter. head of which he taps against his lips and chin. Train starts to pull out. Max waving him farewell with a knowing wink. As my Chinese friend expresses it: “Sitting man must hold mouth open very long time before roast goose ﬂies in. Inspector. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 41 . pulling at beard nervously. a puzzled expression comes over his features. Captain Keane. with his sly. As he twirls around ﬁnger FADE OUT. One by one they pass him Mark as he leans forward. talking to Pam.” Pam laughs and extends her hand. As Duff watches the last of party disappear. take care of yourself. old before his time white as death. PAM: Goodbye. as he stands at window with motion picture camera grinding ﬁnal shot. Max Minchin and bejeweled wife. fox-like expression. we’ve got to work. I know something will I feel sure we have only to wait DUFF: Waiting won’t do. and the last face Patrick Tait worried. Duff stands on platform watching members of party as they look out of windows of their compartments. In his hand he is holding thin platinum chain and key.
stands beside him. MRS. MRS. Thank you. MRS. DISSOLVE TO: STREET IN HONGKONG Showing Chinese shops. The subject irritates me.FADE IN: ON A SERIES OF TRAVEL DISOLVES Short FLASHES of Egypt. Luce. Benbow. etc. Mr. smiling. but it isn’t so. very sweet of you to devote yourself to an old lady like me. but if I were a young man MARK: If you’re going to talk about Miss Potter again. poses in front of a shop with Mr. LUCE: Thank you. LUCE: (Looking at him with interest) Oh I’m sorry you were together so much until the last few days. Mrs. BENBOW: (Stops cranking) There that’ll be enough. Kennaway. Mrs. bazaars. Mr. I guess. holding sunshade over Mrs. Pyramids. please don’t. members of Dr. Benbow taking motion pictures. LUCE: (Pretending surprise) What isn’t. 42 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . Benbow and wife turn to new scenes. Mark Kennaway. Benbow. Luce smiles at Mark. Lofton’s party walking about looking in shop windows. I thought-— MARK: (Irritably) So does everyone else.
It’s a bit of a curse to be born as rich as she is.MARK: One can’t be nice to a rich girl without everyone’s thinking MRS. LUCE: (Waiting for Pam) I was just talking about you with a very charming young man who doesn’t quite know what’s the matter with him. She’s deliberately avoiding me. LUCE: What she thinks is all that matters. PAM: (Somberly) He knows very well what’s the matter with him. In the eyes of superior persons from Boston. there’s my misfortune. too. and then. LUCE: (Sees Pam coming) Oh! I thought you said she was avoiding you. LUCE: My dear! All those beautiful moonlight nights together and then this? What has occurred? PAM: I was born in the wrong town. please? MRS. (Starts with surprise hands her sunshade) Will you excuse me. MRS. MRS. isn’t it? MARK: Probably she thinks so. MARK: It’s sort of a mutual agreement. of course. I’m insufferably mid-western. and he’s proud of it. MRS. Didn’t you know? CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 43 . LUCE: What do you mean? PAM: It’s a sort of disgrace to be the grandchild of a man who had brains enough to make a lot of money. He walks away and enters a jewelry shop.
And how are you going to carry that thing all around the world? PAM: (Anxious to conciliate) What did you get. She goes to the shop Mark has entered. but near the door stops and saunters casually in apparently unaware of his presence. pauses. LUCE: I’m positive. my dear that it may be embarrassing for a self-respecting young man to court a wealthy girl? PAM: (As if the idea were quite new to her. SADIE: (Deﬁantly) Well. Next thing you know. buy a lot of junk you don’t even know what to do with. she’ll be wantin’ to buy a book to go with it.MRS. and I’m goin’ to keep it. Mrs. searches Mrs. LUCE: (Smiling) Has it ever occurred to you. carrying a paste-board box about the size of a bushel basket. I wanted it and I got it. anyway. MAX: (In utter disgust) Yeah a readin’ lamp. so what? MAX: Sure. Minchin? SADIE: (Pleased with herself) A reading lamp. (As Pam starts away) Where are you going? PAM: (Happily) Perhaps I can ﬁx this little matter. Luce’s eyes) Do you really suppose that’s what’s the matter with that aristocratic iceberg? MRS. 44 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . Near the door she meets Max and Sadie Minchin engaged in an argument. Sadie. faces with angry glare. the equally angry Max.
He walks angrily out of the shop. (Impulsively offering her hand) Is that agreed? CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 45 . I can’t imagine you without a war. aren’t we? MARK: You won’t mind you’ll be having one with someone else. let’s declare an armistice. PAM: All right. Boston. SADIE: (Calling after him) No. PAM: (Smiling) Am I really so awful? What would a girl from Beacon Street. PAM: (Pretending amazement) What about? MARK: (Embarrassed) I thought perhaps my presence might annoy you. If you’ll forget mid-western barbarians I’ll forget Beacon Street. MARK: (Forced to smile) Will you keep the truce? PAM: Of course! On this party we’re forced to meet each other. do in a case like this? MARK: (Angrily) I wish you’d leave Beacon Street out of it it’s ceased to be funny. PAM: We’re going to miss this old war when it’s over. Kennaway MARK: I’m sorry. Let’s disguise our true feelings and pretend to be friends. PAM: (Pretending surprise at seeing Mark) Oh. Mr. We won’t either have to buy a book to go with it ’cause I got a book! She angrily marches out after him.
In the group are Keane. PAM: How much is this? CHINAMAN: Two hundred and eighty dollars. isn’t it? Mark nods. PAM: (Excitedly) That’s the man Inspector Duff wants who was he looking at? Which one did he mean? 46 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . indicates he doesn’t understand. Chinese proprietor of shop approaches with tray of jewelry. and selects a beautiful string of jade. Ross and Benbow. FROM HER ANGLE we see ﬁve members of Lofton party as they move past shop. followed by Mark. points in direction of street. As she does so. Lofton. Pam turns to Mark excitedly. another Chinaman enters scene. turns away it is too rich for his pocket. The party has moved about twenty yards away.MARK: (Takes hand smiles) Agreed! At this moment. Pam rushes to door. PAM: Jim Everhard! The name of the man who killed my grandfather! (To Chinaman) Which one is Jim Everhard? The Chinaman shrugs. Pam holds it up for Mark’s inspection. concludes his speech with the English words: JIM EVERHARD. Tait. Pam starts and looks in direction of street. Suddenly he breaks into an excited string of Chinese. Pam is immediately interested. PAM: Beautiful. Pam picks up another piece of jewelry.
All ﬁve men do. Mark follows. When she reaches a point about ten yards from them. Jim Everhard is in that group he thinks you know him.MARK: I’m sorry I couldn’t tell. Her trick has failed. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 47 . Pam turns back to door of the shop to question the Chinaman. but he has disappeared. PAM: (As the deadly possibility dawns upon her) Where’s the telegraph ofﬁce? I’m going to cable Inspector Duff. CUT TO: Mark and Pam hurrying down the street. She hurries after the group. she calls sharply: PAM: Jim Everhard! She waits to see who turns at the name. MARK: I’m sorry you did that you don’t realize what you’ve done. but you don’t. but I know him (She turns quickly to Mark) Come on They walk away. But she tries to carry it through looking from one to the other. she says: The Chinaman in that shop pointed out Jim Everhard I was hoping to catch him before all of you. PAM: What? MARK: You’ve put yourself in danger. We don’t know whom to watch and you’re liable to be next. leaving the ﬁve men staring at one another.
stands at a high desk directly in front of a stand lamp. FADE IN CHAN’S OFFICE HONOLULU.As they start off DISSOLVE TO INTERIOR CABLE OFFICE NEARBY Pam takes cable blank. Frightened. PAM: (Faintly) Thank you. As he glances around. . before which Pam was standing. CUT TO Mark swiftly seizing Pam and whirling her out of range. and starts to write a cable. 48 | EARL DERR BIGGERS POLICE STATION. He then turns back to her with a blank. the barrel aimed straight at Pam. She seems so frightened that Mark runs to her and takes her in his arms protectingly. just as the weapon is discharged shattering the lamp. he sees a gloved hand holding a pistol around the jamb of the side door. then releases her and runs to the door looking up and down the street. Mark stands beside her. as we FADE OUT. Mark holds her a moment. He sees no one who might have made the attempt. worried face. I guess I guess you saved my life.
(Goes to door of room) I will get. ﬂew to San Francisco and took the ﬁrst boat. I’m glad I arrived before anything happened to her.Chan is seated at a table before him is Duff’s brief case and papers. but failed. but the Lofton party sails at ten. I will take you. I was on my way to Tacoma. She tried to trick him. What should she have done. Charlie. DUFF: Model Why? CHAN: Must be that’s what everyone ask me. Duff is pacing the room. DUFF: When Miss Potter’s cable reached me. smoking his pipe. why. CHAN: Yes. I have brand new. second-hand 1919 Model Y. I changed my plans. Charlie? CHAN: Too late now. CHAN: (Leans across the table) When she shouted the name Jim Everhard at Hongkong no man looked around quick? DUFF: No. DUFF: Strange situation. Charlie that the man who committed that murder has the nerve to remain with the party. Where can I call a taxi? CHAN: (Rising) Not to be considered. Advice after mistake is like medicine after dead man’s funeral. Only very brave mouse makes nest in cat’s ear. DUFF: (Looks at his watch) This visit will remain a pleasant memory. (He exits) CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 49 .
An instant later a small object is thrown through the window. others are strewn about carelessly. The gun is aimed directly at Duff. staggers a step or two in direction of window and lunges forward to ﬂoor. Duff’s face is pale as death. lands on ﬂoor beside Duff’s body. On the table is Duff’s open brief case. their signiﬁcance as a threat dawns upon him. scattered by the wind. a gloved hand holding a revolver is seen outlined against an open window overlooking back alley of police station. then reaches up and presses button on desk. He picks them up. sees Duff lying on the ﬂoor.Duff bends over the table and returns his papers to brief case. and is ﬁred. Chan’s eyes come to rest on a replica of the three little Chinese monkeys. and as he looks at them. then ask the chief to come here. Some of the papers are still in the case. As he does so. CHAN: Telephone for ambulance and surgeon at once. At Duff’s side. then his eyes take in the window and the misty darkness outside. Quick! Chan looks helplessly about. 50 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . gives a startled exclamation runs forward and bends over him. Chan opens door of ofﬁce. Quickly Chan feels pulse. The door opens a native Hawaiian policeman enters. Again he bends over the prostrate ﬁgure of his friend. He puts them in his pocket. Duff whirls.
other suit. (Points to open window) Poor Inspector Duff. (Grabbing phone giving number) Hello! This you. I shall sail tonight on ‘President Arthur. As he does so.Chan quickly restores papers to case. Thank you so much. (Hangs up receiver) CHIEF: But Charlie. the Chief enters. CHIEF: What’s this. You will understand speed is essential. then. razor. No time to lose. He comes to quiet city of Honolulu in search of murderer. Henry?…honorable father speaking… I sail half-hour on ‘President Arthur’…what?…kindly omit surprised feelings…pack bag with amazing speed tooth-brush. Charlie? His eyes light on the prostrate ﬁgure of Duff. CHIEF: But Charlie you can’t do that! CHAN: (Interrupting) Please omit argument. listen! This job is dangerous! The man’s a killer! CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 51 . Bring bag with your mother to dock. CHAN: Shot in back from bullet entering from there. otherwise resignation effective at once.’ Chan starts strapping up Duff’s brief case. Now this CHIEF: Shot down in the Honolulu police station! Impertinence! CHAN: (Nodding) Even worse than that insult! Shot down in very ofﬁce of Inspector of Detectives. (Indicating himself) I am laughing stock of world very well.
who is bending over fruit) Before you buy them. As Chan starts from ofﬁce with Duff’s brief case under his arm — DISSOLVE TO: Sadie and Max near small fruit stand. If he wakes. Sadie’s arms are so full of bundles she cannot use her hands. retire forever in sack-cloth with ashes. then Duff continues: Which one is it Charlie? He relapses into unconsciousness. SADIE: (To Max. DUFF: (Whispering faintly) Charlie! CHAN: Tell me. Chan kneels beside Duff who stirs slightly. CHAN: Take best care get to hospital send me wireless. Max and Sadie are examining a box of avocados. MAX: (Looking at her with compassion) To see if they’re soft? There’s nobody lookin’ what about just pinchin’ them? 52 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . The vendor is absent.CHAN: If I do not have that man before San Francisco. you better pinch them to see if they’re soft. Inspector did you see face of assailant? DUFF: (Half unconscious) Lofton Tait Keane Ross Benbow There is an expression of increasing amazement on Chan’s face. tell him Charlie Chan carries on.
MAX: (To cover) Wonder where the guy is that runs this stand? Max puts avocados back on stand and goes aboard. suddenly aware of Chan’s nearness. Mrs. Too late to dig well when honorable house is on ﬁre. MRS. steward beats warning gong. and is about to take another. You must wait and get big trunk. MAX: Oh. then turns to Henry. MRS. looks around at Chan. He kisses her in Occidental fashion. CHAN: Not enough clo’es. CHAN: (Looking at her husband with timid eyes) Wheh you go now. She holds up little travelling bag to him. CHAN: (Shakes head ﬁrmly) No.Chan notes this conversation. nudges Max and nods toward Chan. Max. please? CHAN: (Giving her a kindly pat on back) Events explode suddenly like ﬁrecrackers in the face of innocent passerby. Chan and Henry enter to him. Sadie. Do not worry. hello Chink! How’s the laundry business? CHAN: (Smiles) Pretty much like yours quietly picking up. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 53 . who has already picked up one of the avocados. Chan stands looking after them. The boat is just about to sail.
HENRY: Okay. The ship is on its way to San Francisco. He bows and leaves. But please treat bus with unusual kindness. FADE IN Chan and the Captain are walking along the deck the same night. Pop can I use your bus ’til you come back? CHAN: (Nodding) Ha! I foresaw this request. and guard family well. He waves to his family. BENBOW: More questions and what good does it do? 54 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . CHAN: You invent picture of very happy event. FADE OUT. Chan turns toward gangplank and starts up. And say. CAPTAIN: I have sent word to the party asking them to wait for you in the smoking room. Thank you so much. Charlie. I hope you get your man. There is an atmosphere of sullen resentment. CUT TO: INTERIOR SMOKING ROOM The men of the Lofton party are assembled. The deep whistle of the boat is heard.In my absence you will show your mother every deference. I’m back of you.
from the very ﬁrst we’ve been annoyed by questions by incompetent police ofﬁcials. Tait. Nothing has ever come of them. you and I. TAIT: Allow me. and nothing ever will. smilingly) May I extend courteous greeting. Mr. Serpent appears in Paradise Inspector Duff is in hospital. Answer them only don’t tell ’em nothin’.MAX: That’s all right. insultingly wounded. LOFTON: For my part. You are surprised to ﬁnd me here I also. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 55 . TAIT: (Resentfully) I’m simply reminding you that there is such a thing as proper legal procedure. Why do you imagine I have anything to hide? CHAN: (Smiles and shrugs) Man seldom scratches where he does not itch. CHAN: Which is always criminal’s best friend. CHAN: (Enters and bows. Yesterday Inspector Duff come to Honolulu Paradise of Paciﬁc. sir to point out to you that we are no longer under the jurisdiction of the Honolulu authorities. I must force my inspeakable presence upon you. history repeat itself. if anyone has something to hide TAIT: I won’t allow you to maneuver me into that position. Tait do we not? LOFTON: I don’t blame Mr. CHAN: Of course. We understand that. reluctantly. So sorry but must ask questions. I’m sick of questions. And so. Tonight.
But sometimes dull stone makes very sharp knife. Time does not press and talk will not cook rice. so much. He bows pleasantly.V. ROSS: Perhaps. He places the brief case on top of a dresser directly under the window. and moves under the light to better examine the chain and key. B.D. in the act of opening Inspector Duff’s brief case.CHAN: (Bows) Stupidity humbly acknowledged. Thank you so much. it would be advisable to postpone the cross-examination until your suspects are in better humor. All turn to leave except Minchin. He dismisses them with a polite gesture. MAX: You seen what happened to Inspector Duff. He 56 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . before very dead. Chan. CHAN: Oh. Mr. Thank you. CHAN: Possibly you are right.D’s. I see. and as Chan walks from the smoking room — DISSOLVE TO: Chan. in the interior of his promenade deck cabin.V. didn’t you? You better get yourself some iron underwear you know B. From the case he takes a small chamois bag and the platinum chain to which is attached the safe-deposit box key.
Chan looks up suddenly. It has the case in its grasp when suddenly Chan wheels and jumps for the porthole. About thirty yards away he sees a man leaning over the rail. CHAN: How do you know? CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 57 . The hand is reaching for the brief case. PAM: Some person has been in my stateroom. Chan sees it is Dr.places this in his pocket. Pam enters and closes the door after her. Lofton. then jumps up to the window and looks out onto the dimly lighted deck. He is just in time to wrench the case from the intruder’s grasp. he sees the reﬂection of the window through which appears a hand the same hand that searched in the trunks in Nice. He studies Lofton a moment. and discovers the frightened Pam. then returns to the light and very carefully examines the glove. He throws the case down quickly. He goes to it. Chan CHAN: You’re frightened what has happened? Come in. He is startled by a sharp. The man’s back is toward him. and tears the glove from it at the same time. PAM: Mr. then opens the bag and pours the small pebbles from the bag into the palm of his hand. opens it. and placed the revolver in the lifeless hand of Honywood. and in the mirror of his dressing table. insistent knock on his door. but as he turns his head.
Chan. ears and mouth. CHAN: (An expression of worry crossing his face) From Honolulu … (Opening envelope and reading with staring eyes expression of pleasure comes over his face) From friend in hospital thank you.’ (Chan exits) FADE OUT. 58 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . so much. I thought perhaps Mrs. Chan takes the box from her. Mr. from Honolulu. That’s why I’ve come to you. Luce had given me a present. The wireless operator comes to him and hands him a paper. but she knows nothing about it. CHAN: It is a warning (Looking at monkeys) ‘See nothing. He turns and hurries along deck where Pam and Mark are playing shufﬂe-board. removes the lid and holds up the famous three Chinese monkeys with their paws respectively over their eyes. hear nothing say nothing.PAM: I was out of it for a moment when I came back. this was on my dresser! She shows him a little cardboard box with a cover over it. OPERATOR: Wireless for you. FADE IN Chan is shown on deck in the morning sunshine.
Mr. Will you kindly explain this interesting exhibit? He holds out glove to Lofton. Are you pretending you found it here? CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 59 . PAM: I’m so glad to hear that! Any developments in the case? CHAN: Not yet Patience and a mulberry leaf become a silk shawl. LOFTON: I won’t submit to this sort of thing! What are you doing in my cabin? CHAN: Only trying to seize truth with my fumbling hands.PAM: (To Mark. when the door is suddenly pushed open. and Lofton confronts him. Chan? CHAN: Yes. Is it your glove? LOFTON: No. Cable says operation is success. He has just stopped to examine it. teasingly) Well. (She sees Chan) Any news yet. mate to the one he tore from the hand that came through his window on the previous night. as he searches rapidly in the baggage and bureau drawers. he ﬁnds a gray glove. at least you might pretend that I don’t annoy you. Honorable Duff doing very well. (He bows and exits) DISSOLVE TO: Chan in stateroom. LOFTON: What does that mean? CHAN: That is what I wish to ﬁnd out. from under the mattress of the berth. At last.
You have never seen it before? LOFTON: Certainly not. Keane emerges. The effect upon Keane is devastating. Thank you so much. looks carefully forward and aft on the deck. under the dim deck lights. deserves the egg. I did ﬁnd it here. then carrying a small bundle. and punish him. watching the door of a stateroom. 60 | EARL DERR BIGGERS .CHAN: Pretending no. What do you hope to accomplish with this absurd trick? Do you imagine you can frighten me into confessing something? CHAN: Oh have you something you would not wish to confess? LOFTON: No. (He looks keenly at Lofton) He who feeds the chicken. steals quietly towards the rail and near where Chan is concealed. His ﬁgure retreats from view as the door is stealthily opened. He stands partly concealed. As he exits from cabin DISSOLVE TO: Chan on deck. when Chan. restrains him. Don’t tell me you suspect me of complicity in this thing! It’s absurd impossible! CHAN: I am only trying to ﬁnd the criminal who committed these crimes. with a leap. He bows. He is about to throw the bundle overboard.
KEANE: I know he did I heard it at the inquest. The apparently terriﬁed Keane watches Chan with staring eyes as he bows himself away. long ago. Thank you so much.Chan unrolls the bundle it is a gray coat with the right-hand pocket torn. carrying the coat. enclosing Pam’s photograph. He smiles blandly and makes a little bow. You should have disposed of this. Do you think I’m a fool? CHAN: (Shrugs) Who shall say? Every man must wear out at least one pair of fool shoes. That’s why I tried to get rid of this. If this were the suit. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 61 . On the dressing table is a neat little silver frame. I wouldn’t have kept it. KEANE: What do you mean? CHAN: Watchman in Broome’s Hotel. London tore right-hand pocket of murderer’s suit. DISSOLVE TO: EXTERIOR TAIT’S CABIN Chan knocks on the door and enters. KEANE: What do you want? CHAN: This gray coat with torn pocket. (Eagerly) Please believe me someone just tore the pocket of this coat someone’s trying to put suspicion on me. He ﬁnds Mark busy with his tie.
and that another was put in her stateroom as a warning. and has no idea how they got into this room. Chan’s eyes smilingly rest upon the photograph of Pamela. shows them to Chan.MARK: Come in. MARK: Miss Pamela told me you found one of these beside Inspector Duff. CHAN: May I wish luck? Good wife best household furniture. CHAN: Where did Mr. (Adjusting tie) I’m just getting ready to go out and give the ladies a treat. He says he didn’t buy them. MARK: (Moving closer) What about it? 62 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . CHAN: Yes? Mark opens dresser drawer takes out two sets of Chinese monkeys. MARK: If you mean Miss Potter there isn’t a chance. Near the label are the initials “M. Chan. please. and drags from beneath Mark’s berth a suitcase on which is pasted a label from the Great Eastern Hotel in Calcutta. There’s something I wanted to tell you. Mr.” He points to label. You will regard that. But wait Chan drops to his knees. Tait buy these? MARK: That’s what I can’t understand. What do you make of it? CHAN: Very strange.K.
MARK: Who put that on my bag? He looks around cabin for a moment. Tait Why don’t you ask him to explain? CHAN: Not yet. Chan goes to her. As Chan emerges from Tait’s room. Let me know moment it is gone. Mr. and shows it to Mark.CHAN: Please feel with ﬁngers. MARK: Feels like a key. He continues: Do you think can it be possible that Mr. CHAN: It is a key duplicate of one found in hand of murdered man in London. she motions to him urgently. CHAN: Thank you so much. He takes the duplicate key with the platinum chain attached from his pocket. MARK: I will. (He exits) CUT TO: Pam standing near a ﬂight of stairs leading up to the deck above. Mark bends down and rubs his hand over the label. then his eyes rest on a pair of pajamas on the berth occupied by Tait. who stares in surprise. (Pointing to key) Keep open eye on this it will be removed before ship reaches port. Chan. He frowns. Man should never hurry ’cept when going to catch ﬂea. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 63 .
CHAN: Does she know you saw it? PAM: Yes that’s why I thought I better tell you. Even the same color draw string. As he does so. Benbow could be Suddenly. Chan looks up. He sees a limping man making a hurried escape. a cane held in his left hand. a long knife ﬂashes down. When she saw me looking at it. Then swiftly he seizes Pam and whirls her out of the way. 64 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . she picked it up quickly and put it away. and stands quivering in the deck at their feet. and tapping sharply on the deck. Benbow’s cabin today. The man hastily descends stairs to lower deck. Do you think. Chan swiftly but guardedly runs up the stairs along the deck to the other side. Are you sure PAM: I’m positive. I was in Mrs. She uses it for a jewelry bag. and she has a bag exactly like them. Mr. as a slight noise above attracts his attention. CHAN: Maybe very important. that Mr.CHAN: (As he approaches her) You have found something? PAM: I don’t know whether it’s important or not have you the little bags of pebbles? CHAN: (Takes bags from pocket) These? PAM: (Takes one of them looks at it carefully) Yes. Chan. They’re the same.
His attitude and expression cause Ross to speak. Thank you so much. Why do you ask? CHAN: (A sudden change coming over him he looks at Ross’ cane which he carries in his right hand) Oh. I have made mistake. Chan descends the stairs and runs swiftly around the deck to intercept the man. At the corner of the companionway. and no rubber tip. ROSS: (Calmly and pleasantly) What’s wrong. not so? ROSS: Yes always. I just saw man with cane in wrong hand. Please excuse. CHAN: Apparently. Ross. It’s safer for a man of my disability. Someone. I think. I just came out of my cabin. walking leisurely along smoking a cigar. he encounters Ross. Please overlook incident.Hurriedly. someone has been trying to throw suspicion on all the other members of this party. I always carry it on the lame side. I’m so sorry. CHAN: (Bows) Of course. Chan? CHAN: (Still showing amazement) I thought you were on upper deck a moment ago. You wear rubber tip on your cane. FADE OUT. is trying to impersonate you. ROSS: Really? (He laughs) Well. FADE IN CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 65 . ROSS: No. Mr. Apparently it is my turn now. always. Mr.
PAM: And nothing yet? 66 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . Chan resumes his retrospection. MAX: Oh. we’re almost there.Chan is seated in corner of salon. that reminds me My wife and I are throwing a farewell dinner party tonight to celebrate the end of the tour. Charlie maybe you’ll catch him. Will you join us? CHAN: (Listlessly) Thank you so much. Mr. Chan. very downcast in appearance. Max exits. FOG HORN BLOWS. gloomy PAM: Well. Inspector! CHAN: (Listlessly) ’Lo. CHAN: Maybe? (Shrugs) Every maybe has a wife called Maybe-Not. MAX: Running into more fog. we’ll be in San Francisco in a couple of hours. MAX: (Entering) Hello. MAX: Cheer up. CHAN: (Unhappily) Sorry yes. Guess I’m trying to hunt rabbit with blind dog. huh? CHAN: (Uninterested) Yes. Pam enters to him. Have you nailed your man yet? CHAN: Nailed no. MAX: Well.
CHAN: (Smiling) Can he? CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 67 . of course for the sake of my wounded pride. I imagine I am very clever man now ﬁnd slight mistake. CHAN: (Shaking his head) Woman’s heart is like a needle at bottom of sea. He touches his forehead with his ﬁnger as he says lugubriously — Big head is only a good place for very large headache. Ho-hum. He’s just asked me to meet him on deck. it will be a pity he can be so nice when he wants to be. there’s still hope. Proof no. In a way. I have no evidence to hold anyone in San Francisco. CHAN: (Pleasantly) Ah! Opportunity knocks on door again. What if young man proposes? PAM: (Eagerly) Do you think he will? CHAN: In what way should I know? PAM: I wish he would. CHAN: And then what? PAM: I’d refuse.CHAN: Suspicion yes. (Turns and smiles at Pam) And how is case of irritating young man? PAM: (Smiling) Well. PAM: Oh. of course. we’re not so hard to fathom.
” He folds the letter. Tait. INSERT: “DEAR MR. He rises to his feet and utters several startled sentences in Chinese. The next moment he patters out of scene as we DISSOLVE TO: Chan. seals and addresses it to Dr. Benbow. 68 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . (She exits) Chan continues his unhappy staring into space. As he completes this DISSOLVE TO: Chan. CHARLIE CHAN. Minchin’s dinner? CHAN: I think so. PAM: ’Bye. entering his stateroom. LOFTON: TO SAVE EMBARRASSMENT I WILL SAY NOTHING TO ANYONE AND WILL NOT MAKE ARREST UNTIL SHIP DOCKS.PAM: But he seldom wants to be. He goes to a little desk takes out envelopes. paper seizes pen and starts to write. His shoulders slump he resumes his seat. addressed to Mr. Shall I see you at Mr. Ross and Benbow. sealing a ﬁfth envelope showing ﬁve addresses to Mr. Suddenly a startled expression ﬂashes across his face. Lofton. Dr. Lofton then quickly starts another letter with identically the same words. Keane.
Mark and Pam stand together near the rail. Pam. tonight I’m free. THE FOG HORN BLOWS AGAIN PAM: (Smiling up at him) Are you glad our quarrel’s over. When I turn Tait over to his son. I hope you will. and the fog horn is blowing at intervals. with an ear cocked toward him. MARK: In case I don’t I just want to tell you it’s been fun knowing you. Suddenly. too? MARK: (Smiles) Is it? I don’t like quarrels. the sound of the horn ceases. tries to hear what he says.CUT TO: EXTERIOR DECK It is misty. PAM: That’s better. MARK: Well if I shouldn’t see you again PAM: (Quickly) Oh. shouting indistinct words. you know. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 69 . PAM: (Accusingly) You Paciﬁst! MARK: Perhaps I should have said I don’t like quarreling with you. You’re awfully nice. I don’t know what I’d’ve done FOG HORN BLOWS Mark tries to talk through shriek of horn. PAM: Are you glad the trip’s over? MARK: Yes.
MARK: If I do ask you will you promise you’ll say yes again? PAM: If I promise to say yes will you promise you’ll ask me again? Mark impulsively crushes her in his arms and kisses her. if you really want me to. no. and smiling widely) So sorry to interrupt bitter quarrel They separate PAM: Oh. any more CHAN: (To Mark) May I ask great favor? MARK: Certainly. it isn’t exactly a quarrel. I was saying I supposed you’d marry some nice boy and be very happy.PAM: Of course I will. PAM: Oh I’m sorry. you mean you’d really have said yes? PAM: But you just explained you didn’t ask me. MARK: (Suddenly) But look here! If I had asked you. What? 70 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . MARK: (Surprised) Want you to what? PAM: Marry you isn’t that what you were asking me? MARK: Oh. FOG HORN BLOWS Chan enters. CHAN: (Coughing discreetly.
Lofton is speaking: LOFTON: But. Minchin’s dinner come quickly after me. I need help very much. Keane. please. Pam. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 71 . CHAN: Thank you so much. At the table are the Benbows. Mark. even providing comic paper hats for the guests. AS WE DISOLVE IN We hear the buzz of conversation the clink of glasses. barring these unhappy occurrences. Tate. He sits down to the accompaniment of general applause.CHAN: When I leave Mr. I thank you. MARK: Yes. Ross. Lofton. Luce the Minchins. Dr. (He exits) Pam and Mark immediately resume their embrace DISSOLVE TO: DINING SALON The Minchin dinner has reached the stage of demi-tasse and cigarettes. of course. Dr. Mrs. I hope you have experienced some measure of the enjoyment you all anticipated when we began this world tour. The table is lavishly decorated Max doing the thing properly.
MAX: Wonder where our Chinese friend is? I invited him to the dinner and he said he was coming. PAM: Oh, I think he’ll be here. He told me he would. MAX: How about a few words from Mr. Keane?
As Keane rises CUT TO Chan, crouching in corridor slipping one of the addressed envelopes under a door. He hurries to another door across the corridor and slips the remaining envelope under that door. CUT TO DINING SALON: Ross is just concluding his speech:
ROSS: … in conclusion, I admit that the murder of Mr. Drake in that stuffy room in London, was a mysterious occurrence; (Chan enters in time to overhear and quietly slips into his seat at the table) but to me, it seems stranger still to realize that at this moment we are dining with a man who has committed three murders, attempted a fourth who sits here listening to us, and who, within an hour, will walk off this ship still free and still unidentiﬁed and unpunished. (He pauses) And now I think we should hear from our generous host, Mr. Minchin.
There is applause as Max rises.
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MAX: Ladies and gents; long’s the subject been brung up I don’t mind tellin’ you that with all this shootin’ goin’ on, and all these people gettin’ bumped off, me and the wife ﬁgured we might as well stayed home. (He pauses) How about a few words from our friend, the Chinese Dick? TAIT: (Sarcastically) Yes. Perhaps he will explain why he failed to get his man.
CHAN: Ladies and gentlemen: Man who ﬁghts law always loses; same as grasshopper is always wrong in argument with chicken. It is only once in a very long time that man bites own nose, but happy to say murderer has kindly done so. You have all asked questions; perhaps I can now entertain with few explanations. (Pausing, glancing around at members of party) Mr. Drake was murdered in London by mistake. How? Murderer entered wrong room. He intended to kill Honywood. Why? Because Honywood ran away with his wife, and when pair went, they stole two bags of diamonds. (Holding out the two bags of pebbles) These were to remind him of what they had done. (He pauses a moment) Murderer’s name was Jim Everhard formerly illicit diamond buyer, South Africa. I have informed him that to save embarrassment, I will not mention his present name and will not make arrest until ship docks. Thank you so much.
There is a general look of consternation among the diners, then one after another they turn to look at each other, each wondering which is the murderer. Chan, without any formality, bows and
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quickly exits. Almost immediately, Mark rises, speaks a word to Pam and follows.
MRS. LUCE: Well, sitting here in the company of a person who did these things, gives me the creeps. I’m going to my cabin.
There is a general breaking up of the dinner. Diners rise and start crowding round Max and Sadie, as we CUT TO: SHIP’S ANCHOR CHAIN AND ANCHOR as it rattles through the hawser and plunges into the dark waters of San Francisco Bay. CUT TO: A SMALL LAUNCH which comes alongside. The health inspectors clamber up a rope ladder which has been thrown over the side. CUT TO: INTERIOR TAIT’S CABIN Mark is in scene. Chan has just pulled out Mark’s bag, and is showing the label to Mark. IN A CLOSE SHOT We see that it has been cut out, and key removed.
CHAN: Just as I thought; key is gone. MARK: Where is it? CHAN: Where I want it now. On the person of murderer.
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Mark looks over at Tait’s berth, where his hand luggage is neatly piled.
He glances quickly at Chan. Mark sees the envelope on the ﬂoor which Chan has shoved under Tait’s door. He is about to pick it up when Chan stops him.
CHAN: No leave that.
They are startled by the piercing shriek of a woman, followed by two more in quick succession.
MARK: (Startled) Pamela!
As the two start out of cabin door on deck, loud yells are heard.
MAN’S VOICE: Man overboard! Man overboard! MARK: (Seizing Chan’s arm) Too late! That’s your man—he’s gone.
They run to the rail where the spotlight of launch is now playing on water over the ship’s side. Three or four life-preservers, with ropes attached to them, have been thrown. In the center of these, badly frightened, is a man. A man in the launch hauls the ﬁgure over to the side to safety.
MARK: (Leaning over the rail as he discovers it is Benbow) Is that your man, Mr. Chan? CHAN: No. Come quickly.
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CUT TO: FLASH of Mrs. as she tearfully explains to a small group of passengers: MRS. BENBOW: All the way round the world. he stares ahead. He stares wide-eyed into space. stoops. as if paralyzed with fear. CUT TO: ROSS IN HIS STATEROOM We see him reading the letter. with the expression of a man desperately worried. LOFTON As he enters.They exit down the deck. An expression of terror comes over his face. He sinks on the side of his berth. and picks up letter addressed to him. He sits. CUT TO: FLASH OF TAIT IN HIS STATEROOM 76 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . He opens it as he reads. with an expression of incredulous astonishment on his face. CUT TO: KEANE IN HIS STATEROOM He is holding a similar letter in his hand. Benbow. an expression of startled amazement comes over his face. staring straight ahead. I’ve been telling that idiot not to sit on the rail! CUT TO: STATEROOM OF DR.
CUT TO: INTERIOR CHAN’S CABIN Chan is showing Mark a dummy silhouette which he has rigged up at his window. beckons Mark to follow him. ﬂashing light on and off. Chan picks up a long light cord. and clearly deﬁned against the silk curtain. and then with the switch tests it. He screws socket with the lamp into the electric light ﬁxture. and then stands. opens the door of his cabin. crumples it in his hand with a snarl. leaving it in darkness. a picture of fury. he takes the long cord. which is in misty darkness. closes the door. He starts to lay the cord across the deck in direction of a lifeboat. Chan and Mark clamber into the lifeboat. immediately opposite his cabin. a coat hanger with Chan’s coat hung on it. It consists of a broom. looks up and down the deck. is the silhouette of Chan. reads it.As he stoops to pick up the envelope on the ﬂoor of his cabin. with a button switch at one end a double socket at the other. He tears it open. Chan presses the button and the light in the cabin is extinguished. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 77 . We see his cabin suddenly lighted up. where the silken shades are drawn tight. Lofton meets Pam. a heavy Turkish towel surmounted by Chan’s hat. Next. CUT TO: CORNER OF MAIN COMPANIONWAY Dr.
Sadie watches him with growing suspicion. Lofton turns away. as they crouch. on a dimly lighted deck. What do you want with him? Keane doesn’t answer turns away. knocks furiously on the door. then turns angrily and exits. He looks about as if searching for someone. I haven’t. CUT TO: KEANE. KEANE: Excuse me. please do you know where Mr. He meets Sadie Minchin. looks about 78 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . stops at door of Chan’s cabin. A tall ﬁgure comes stamping down deck. Not since dinner. Chan is? SADIE: No. watching Chan’s dark stateroom opposite. and receiving no response. I ain’t seen ’im.LOFTON: (In an angry tone) Have you seen that Chinese detective anywhere? PAM: (Rather startled at his tone) No. apparently very furious. CUT TO: CORNER OF SMOKING ROOM Tait enters. CUT TO: THE LIFEBOAT showing Chan and Mark.
WE SEE THAT IT IS -— ROSS. Mark turns to Chan with a look of inquiry. Instantly. Tait looks angrily up and down the deck. Another ﬁgure is seen approaching. a stealthy sound is heard. The ﬁgure glides up to the window HIS BACK TO CAMERA we see a heavy gun raised. knocks. holding his arms behind him. As Chan catches sight of a tall ﬁgure. along the misty deck. he snaps on the light of the cabin. Deckhand goes on. Tait. TAIT: Have you seen that Chinaman anywhere? DECKHAND: No sir. In the light of the cabin. A deck hand comes to him. The man is seen to be Keane. Suddenly. they turn the man around. He stops at Chan’s door. while Mark quickly opens door of cabin. into the scene. and in turn goes away. pinioning the ﬁgure from behind. Chan makes a sign to Mark for silence. showing the silhouette. A third person approaches.and dashes out of scene. Mark looks at Chan who again gives him the signal for silence. It is Mr. They force the man into the room just as the Captain and two of the crew race up to the door. aimed at the center of the silhouette of Chan and a shot is ﬁred. leap Chan and Mark. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 79 . Chan wrests the gun from the man.
so much. hear nothing. found in hand of murdered man in London. Then. the safe-deposit key on the platinum chain. Mr. CHAN: (Takes coat from hanger points to hole in back says sorrowfully) Too bad—my best suit.Ross stands for an instant. Jim Everhard formerly of South Africa. Well. He takes from his pocket. Mr. suddenly he makes a leap as if to escape. Kindly search him for duplicate of this key. But will you tell me something? CHAN: If I may. with a wild. Mark takes it out. menacing glare in his eyes. CAPTAIN: Everhard? I thought his name was Ross. CHAN: No. say nothing. Chan? CHAN: Ah thank you. He is seized by all. Mr. ROSS: Where did I slip up? How did you know me? 80 | EARL DERR BIGGERS . and is held until Chan places the handcuffs on his wrists. Everhard. (He takes the ﬁgure of the three monkeys from his pocket) Your warning. and shows it to Ross. Everhard see nothing. ROSS: (With a slight shrug) Never mind it’s in my vest pocket. you’ve got me. Maybe should be ’nother monkey—DO NOTHING! MARK: How about the key.
quite true.CHAN: (With a bland smile) I was not sure until just now. arm in arm. FADE OUT. But you are only one who came here to shoot my best suit. are Mark and Pam. Charlie? CHAN: Take charge please. He turns and smiles at Mark and Pam. He puts his arm around Pam’s waist. Kennaway and Miss Potter join in best wishes before joining to receive blessings of astonished relatives. CAPTAIN: What do you want to do with him. ROSS: (Amazed) You weren’t? Then what about the letter you wrote me? CHAN: Oh. Mistake? MARK: No mistake fortunately. DISSOLVE TO DOOR OF WIRELESS ROOM Chan dictating to operator. Honorable Mr. as she smiles up at him. CHAN: (Dictating to operator) Honorable Duff kindly providence has sprinkled your contemptible substitute with a shower of luck Ross is under arrest. CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON | 81 . I wrote everybody the same letter. Beside him. As Chan starts from cabin. while I send immediate wireless to Inspector Duff in hospital.
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