THE NEW ADVENTURES OF CHARLIE CHAN starring J Carrol Naish (1957)

Episode titles not on screen:
1 Your Money or your Wife
2 Secret of the Sea
3 The Lost Face
4 Blind Man's Bluff
10 The Rajput Ruby
11 Final Curtain
12 Death at High Tide
13 Circle of Fear
14 Exhibit in Wax
20 The Noble Art of Murder
21 Three Men on a Raft
22 No Holiday for Murder
23 No Future for Frederick
24 Safe Deposit
30 The Invalid
31 Man in the Wall
32 Something Old Something New
33 Man with 100 Faces
34 Point of no Return
5 The Great Salvos
6 The Counterfeiters
7 Death of a Don
8 Charlie's Highland Fling
9 The Patient in Room 21
15 Backfire
16 Patron of the Arts
17 Hamlet in Flames
18 Dateline- Execution
19 The Sweater
25 Voodoo Death
26 The Expatriate
27 Airport Murder Case
28 Hand of Hera Dass
29 Chippendale Racket
35 A Bowl by Cellini
36 Without Fear
37 Kidnap
38 Rhyme or Treason
39 Three for One
A stodgy series, made more enjoyable by the obviously barbed comments between the great detective and his Number One Son, who usually puts his foot into it. Barry Chan appears in 25 of the stories: Nos. 4 to 13, 15 to 17, 20, 22, 24 to 33.
After stories 1 to 5 had been filmed in USA in March 1957, production moved to England, J Carrol Naish travelling to Britain from New York at the start of April 1957.
Some limited location shooting was done in other European countries in which stories were set: France: Story 6 (Paris) and 12, Brussels: 16, 20 and 22, Amsterdam: 19, Rome: 27, 35 and 37, Venice: 33 and 34.

Best episode: #33 Man with 100 Faces. Alan Wheatley said that this was one of his favourite roles.
Dud episode: #2 Secret of the Sea- though nearly all the American-made stories are poor.

Best moments are Charlie Chan's pithy words of wisdom. New additions:
16 - "In digging up tree, one must start with roots."
18 - "Sometimes it takes more courage to face realities of life, than to die."
18 - "Smoke of sincerity in your belief indicates fire of truth."
18 - "Woman gives birth to child on small island. There is no birth certificate, nevertheless mother is convinced of child's existence."
Here's my complete list.

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Pithy comments by the great Charlie Chan, as uttered in this series.
The number before each quote indicates the programme in which the saying was given.

1- "Even the frightened fawn is aware of the hunter that seeks its life."
1- "When heart is full of tears, there's no room for understanding."
2- "If one hibiscus bloom in a field withers and dies, it could be accidental weakness, but not when more than one is affected."
2- "Love is like a blacksmith's hammer- it can shape the white hot steel of emotion for both good and evil."
2- "Pleasant memory like the scent of jasmine- remains long after one has departed the scene."
2- "Detection, and the making of good coffee, sometimes requires the same ingredient- the proper amount of heat to bring about the desired result."
2- "When a man reaches age of serenity, comfort comes from within."
2- "A beautiful woman is like a delicate flower that adds color to the most drab occasion."
3- "Ten years to an innocent man is like ten lifetimes."
3- "When a shepherd discovers three of his flock slaughtered, he usually looks for the wolf."
3- "When a tree is weighted down with the snows of adversity, who is there to say when the limb will break?"
3- "Not even the sound of a thousand children's voices can replace the sight of one smudge of dirt on a little rosy cheek."
3- "Only a fool enters the darkness of a bear's cave without at least the illumination of a tiny candle."
3- "Even strongest tree needs support in a violent storm."
3- "A boulder of suspicion cannot stop an avalanche of justice."
3- "Only a fool enters the darkness of a bear's cave without at least the illumination of a tiny candle."
4- "Sometimes pity like precious pearl, dissolves in wine of truth."
4- "A simple rock sometimes conceals a valuable vein of gold."
5- "When door of mind is unlocked, strangers bearing rich gifts are often visitor."
5- (of No1 Son) "Like small boy with knife, always looking to hurt something, even himself"
5- (of No1 Son) "Not only trying to reconstruct from chicken bone, but wishbone of chicken"
5- "The patient man accomplishes much, for the impatient man there is never time enough" (inscribed on Charlie's watch).
6- "Silence often speaks louder than words."
6- "Detectives like busmen must also have holiday."
6- "Smoke of intense bitterness often conceals true feelings"
7- "In murder cases, I find it very unwise to throw all the eggs at one suspect"
7- "Hungry man never gets handout from minding other people's business."
7- "Very few people have natural appetite for eating crow."
7- "Hot heads never go cold, just get more hot."
7- "Fading flower no longer attracts bee."
8- "Man can be without vice, but never without temptation."
8- "In business of crime detection, mind like umbrella- only functions when open."
8- "I never read crime stories- they bore me."
9- "Mutual alibi like teacup, does not always hold water."
9- "Like broken Ming vase, uneasy conscience very difficult to mend."
9- "Like small boy encountering vicious dragon, I shall be very careful."
10- "Old romance like cat, sometimes has nine lives."
10- "Ethics prevent private detective from revealing secrets"
10- "First sign of age, when man cannot tie shoe from standing position."
10- "Secret romance like dead ant in pepperpot- very often difficult to detect."
10- "Secret when told to another is no longer secret."
11- "Very wise man said Study of Nature much more important than Study of Fingerprints."
11- "Men live together like birds in the woods. But when death comes each takes his own flight."
11- "The obvious and the truth are rarely identical."
11- "Like lingering scent of violets, you have given much pleasure."
11- "Wise man once said, drink wine when in proper mood, sing loud when in proper location."
11- "When water is muddy, very difficult to perceive nature of fish."
11- "If you are not sailor, do not use boathook."
11- "After death, man gives up everything he holds."
12- "Hungry man never quarrels with cook."
12- "Number 1 Son has desire to become great detective, but fear he has long way to go"
12- He who has patience to wait will catch small fish, if not large"
12- "When crime is unsolvable, must put No 1 Son on starvation diet"
13- "Patience like sleeping flower, cultivate same and it will reward you handsomely"
13- "Ways of woman in love were never born in cradle of life."
13- "Conclusion jumping could be like touching sunburnt friend, always land on tender spot."
13- "One does not solve crime by committing another."
14- "One hour's conversation with superior person better than many year's study."
14- "Small but high storey buildings rise from gradual accumulation of small bricks."
14- "Knowledge is the only medicine to cure itch of curiosity."
15- "One pinch of aristocracy added to small mind, makes fat head."
15- "Stimulation of brain by intriguing problem is much more interesting than banker's draft"
15- "11th Commandment: John 13, a new commandment to love one another"
16- "In contemplation of eternal beauty, one catches glimpse of eternal truth."
16- "Small acorn of today grows into towering tree of tomorrow."
16- "Arrival of good fortune is like return of long delayed ship- one hardly dares think it is not a mirage."
16- "A sheep herder is always suspicious of strange sheep, because under sheepskin might be wolf."
16 - "When harsh wind smashes egg of nightingale to ground, many beautiful songs die for ever."
17- "Impatience is a disease of the young, can only be cured by old age."
17- "Like retired firehorse who smells smoke, I cannot resist the lure of police hq."
17 - In all cases one must consider even remote possibility
17- Ex- Chinese policeman not born yesterday
18- "Credulity, unlike elastic, cannot stretch."
18- "Subway like ancient Chinese puzzle."
18- "Even smallest drop of rain gives hope to parched flower."
18- "Smoke of sincerity indicates fire of truth."
18- "Jealousy destroys all reason."
18- "Woman gives birth to child on small island. There's no birth certficate to prove same, nevertheless mother is convinced of child's existence."
19- "Loss of a loved one is difficult even for strongest shoulders."
19- "Old Chinese saying, Never argue while looking in mouth of tiger."
19- "Things of beauty, lovely ladies included, are joy for ever."
20- "Impatience is sometimes like a large stone in pathway- can trip you up."
20- "Words in jest often lead to misunderstanding."
21- "Patience can find smallest needle in largest haystack."
21- "When trap is well baited, no need for hunter to spring same."
21- "Being publisher is like man living on top of volcano, never know when eruption is going to take place."
22- "Two birds on branch sing sweetly, but third one changes melody to discord."
22- "Anger very bad for the digestion."
23- "Truth, even when hidden at bottom of well, must be pursued until revealed."
23- "Most lovely ladies do not take life, they give it to mankind."
24- "If traffic becomes puzzlingly heavy, sometimes indirect route leads more quickly to destination."
24- "Clever placement of bait by fisherman often lands large juicy mackerel."
24- "Sometimes youthful heart is closed book to adult mind."
24- "Beyond face of anger is often face of fear."
25- "Ancient saying: never bet on unsure thing."
25- "A loyal friend is like rare white jade from ancient Honsu period, both are beyond price."
25 - "A cup of good tea on arising is almost preferable to handful of emeralds."
25 - "Like ageing spinster, I am getting too old to blush becomingly."
25 - "Never bet on unsure thing."
26- "Like finding real chicken in cafeteria coup, your confession is most surprising."
26- "Beautiful woman becomes a thousandfold more beautiful when she wears jewel of kindness."
27- "When client wants trap set for another, sometimes get caught by same himself"
27- "Obvious answer is not always solution to crime."
28- "Man is optimistic creature who forever expects tap on door to foretell arrival of beauty."
29- "Coincidence, which is occasionally very pleasant as a dish, is not palatable as a steady diet."
30- "Anger so soon after lunch very bad for indigestion."
30- "Best way to catch fish is not to disturb water."
31- "Man in iron suit no good for dancing- cannot get feet off ground."
31- "Always most necessary to learn facts before fiction, sometimes fly might be in ointment."
31- "Truth cures many things, it's very possible truth could also cure all ills of world."
31- "Old oriental detective loves challenge of the impossible."
31- "Always most necessary to learn facts before fiction, sometimes fly might be in ointment."
32- "Rarely does one hear roar of lion come out of mouse's throat."
32- "In moments of peril, even small mouse will bite."
32- "Politeness like old wine, improves many occasions."
33- "Man who sees dawn, sees beauty; but man who sees sunset, survives the day."
34- "Reputation like small bottle, cast into sea, should reach such distant shores."
34- "Sometimes mask of simplicity hides face of fathomless mystery."
37- "When you are hunting tiger, it is not wise to bring down a jackal, because this might warn larger beast who seeks safety in jungle."
37- "Bigger the oath, greater the liar."
39- "When two and two equals five, then it is logical to suspect that one has been added."
39- "Tide of good fortunes change when least expected."
(I couldn't find any good Chan sayings in #35, #36 or #38)
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Your Money or Your Wife

As he admires the portrait of the beautiful wife of cripple Kramer (Lowell Gilmore), Charlie is told by this rich man "somebody is trying to kill me." A wire had been stretched across a mountain road, and we have already seen his sports car narrowly avoiding a fatal accident. Charlie agrees to protect him.
He goes to talk with his wife Marsha, who is sunbathing on the beach, but no wife, all he finds is a kidnap note.
The police question Kramer's long time secretary Miss Ella Parsons, who explains the picture had been painted by "close friend" Andre Paton. She evidently does not like Marsha, "she's a parasite... I hope she's dead."
Andre appears unconcerned about Marsha Kramer's disappearance, as he reckons Kramer "could do a lot of strange things." Charlie offers him some advice on the lines of steering clear of Marsha in future.
Police listen to a recording tape made by her, "please do what they ask. They want $50,000." Charlie works out from this tape that "it's an inside job."
Kramer pays the money but Charlie and the police stake the place out, and it's Andre, they follow him back to his studio. But what a shock there, the corpse of Marsha Kramer!
"I didn't kill her," claims Andre. Charlie is inclined to believe him, for he argues, why would Andre have returned to his studio if he knew Marsha's dead body was lying there? "That's a big fat question," comments the cop in an understatement of near genius.
Ella hands Charlie his fee. She's pleased Marsha is dead, for her boss is now free of his grasping wife.
On the beach where the kidnap story had begun, Charlie "expresses his regrets" to the sorrowing Kramer. But, he adds cryptically, hate is the most powerful motive for murder.
And taking the hint, rushing as fast as he can, Kramer heads for Andre's studio where he finds that proof. A sad confrontation is interrupted by Charlie. "You knew all the time!" The killer confesses.

This was not a good start to the series. Don't watch this one first if you can help it. The stunning beach shots are the best thing in a feeble story.

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Secret of the Sea
Charlie Chan is in San Pedro. "Something big" is destined to happen on the Honolulu Star, reports an informer, who is shot dead.
Charlie investigates the murder of this man, a steward on the ship. Thus we find Charlie bound for a "calm, uneventful voyage," at least that's what Captain Paul Carnovan promises him. But there are plenty of suspicious characters of course, the clumsy steward who has replaced the dead man, Ed Barker radio signaller, as well as the incompetent chief engineer Johnny Flynn. One of the other rare passengers is Doris, wife of the captain, and much younger than him. Oddly she wears high heels on board.
When the engine seizes up 200 miles out to sea, and the crew cannot find the cause, it's Chan who points out the source of the trouble, "loaded with dirt." Flynn is sent for to get a piece of the captain's mind but he's found "extremely dead." The captain has no choice but radio for help, which is soon forthcoming from a ship out of Acapulco commanded by Arturo Ramirez. It's an expensive operation, with the salvage bill coming to $150,000.
So has Carnovan colluded with Ramirez to share this absurdly large fee? Maybe not, as Lt Kovacs and Chan arrive in the nick of time to prevent Carnovan from shooting Ramirez! Their dispute is over the attractive Doris, has she been two-timing? "He didn't do anything," Doris promises her husband as he bursts into tears. Asks Ramirez, "tell me what's going on. I don't get any of this." That goes for me too.
Charlie "straightens" him, though not me, out, expounding his theory of collusion between Ramirez and someone on the Honolulu Star. But if it wasn't Cpt Carnovan, who was it?
A gun persuades Charlie to search no further. But some exceptionally clumsy feinting from Chan incredibly enables him to snatch the dangerous gun and arrest the accomplice. "You explain things very well." Allegedly
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The Lost Face
This is an unpleasant opening, clumsily executed, as a woman has acid thrown at her in her San Fernando Valley home, while outside a little girl plays ball. She sees the attacker leave.
The LA police warn Charlie Chan that "prosperous" Dan Randolph is "too dangerous" a man to investigate. Randolph is an attorney who specialises in getting villains released on bail, later they mysteriously get bumped off.
His latest atrocity is the one seen at the beginning. The wife of crime reporter Zac has had acid thrown in her face, she is likely to lose her sight.
Jack Hart is identified as the attacker by the child, and he's one of Randolph's "boys." His lawyer is urging his release and the perceptive Charlie proposes that Hart choose between leaving the police station with Randolph, or stay in custody. Hart chooses bail.
Zac decides to take the law into his own hands and give the evil Randolph his due. "I didn't hit him that hard," he tells the cops, but Randolph has been killed! Zac's in a spot, and "I don't have a Dan Randolph to get me off."
Charlie is paid by the friendly neighbourhood barman to do a Randolph for Zac. He succeeds and now races to prevent the inevitable "imminent departure from this world" of Jack Hart. He achieves this by the unusual method of accusing Hart of murdering Randolph, and exposing his own paymaster of being another of Randolph's hatchet men.
At least that payment comes in useful for an eye operation to restore Zac's wife's sight
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Blind Man's Bluff

I suspect this was intended to be the first story, for it begins with Charlie flying with No1 Son from Mexico in to LA International Airport.

They emerge to witness a blind fellow passenger being shot in an abortive attempt to snatch the man's guide dog, which runs away, only to get run over. Charlie, against all First Aid principles, kindly carries the injured dog to the Westchester animal hospital where a vet treats it. However he has a surprise, it's not actually a guide dog for the blind.
Charlie fills in the LA police and then has a great scene with No1 Son discussing the crime. Barry, whose special study assignment is Criminal Deduction, enthusiastically demonstrates with his giant blackboard the Soderheim system of visual thinking. "One factor missing," quips dad, who's the killer?
While Charlie sleeps on this problem, Barry breaks into the hospital. Unfortunately the dog thief has the same idea, wanting to steal the dog. Thus poor Barry is hit on the head unconscious. Why? "Wish I had my blackboard," sighs No1 Son when he comes round. Quick as a flash, Charlie explains to the bemused cop that this method "obviates all the old system of using the brain."
Charlie's brain has grasped what we, though not No1 Son, have guessed, namely the dead man was no blind man. He was a smuggler. But what, and where were the goods hidden? In the dog's collar, which has now been given by Nurse Sheila to Juanita, a young Mexican.
The smugglers track him down, but so does Charlie. In a dangerous bluffing game at the end of a gun, Charlie warns them the dog had rabies. Describing the frightening symptoms, they seem to fall for the ruse.
"Soon you will have cramps," warns Charlie. But No1 Son bursts in at this point, excited because he's learned where the collar is.
"There it is," he shouts, unwisely pointing to the boy with the dog's collar. He further blurts out that dad is really a police inspector, whereupon the gun is prepared to fire at Charlie. But the lad's dog saves the day and the crooks are arrested. In the collar are found diamonds.
There's a nice punchline to an otherwise poor story, the police kindly suggest their success is due, well might have been due, to No1 Son's blackboard

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The Great Salvos

Charlie is in Washington DC, where plans for a new jet engine Project 5 have been stolen from Professor Douglas Fenton.
Rands night club, with a reputation for being cover for espionage, is the venue for Charlie's party with the Fentons, a farewell before the great detective flies off to Madrid. Charlie has brought Barry, No 1 Son, who has just completed his criminology course, and the only other guest of Mr and Mrs Fenton is a Dr Kruger. From Hungary, The Great Salvos provide the floor show, a brother and sister mind reading act. A blindfolded Reena is amazingly able to reveal the details about the Chans' journey to Europe.
No1 Son has deduced that the robbery at the Fenton's is the work of Dr Kruger, who has been prescribing Mrs Fenton with aspirin for her headaches, he's the guilty party. Can't be him then!
Charlie is hit on the head in his hotel room, but Barry chases the attacker off. Nothing stolen though Charlie's watch is damaged.
That night Reena Salvo interrupts Charlie's sleep, "a matter of life or death." They meet in a park, where a masked man tries to rob Charlie. Wise old Charlie is even cleverer than Reena, he knows who the attacker is, her brother Karl. Something has been hidden inside his watch, the microfilm stolen from Fenton! Reena tells Charlie that she and brother Carl are refugees from Hungary, and are being blackmailed to act as spies, otherwise their parents will come to harm.
After some checking Charlie is able to learn that the parents are safe in an Austrian refugee camp.
At Dick Rands' cabaret, he returns the Fenton's hospitality with a Surprise Party. He casually lays his watch on the table. The lights dim, all part of Charlie's trap. The Great Salvos begin their act. Charlie has a 'message' which he asks Carl to get Reena to mind read. Hearing the good news her parents are safe, she is also able to assist Charlie in his request to find his watch which has disappeared.
After a dramatic pause, "it's in Mrs Fenton's handbag," reveals Reena. "Excellent demonstration," praises Charlie as his watch comes to light.
"How did you do it?" asks a baffled No1 Son.

The last US-made story, before Charlie flies to Europe.
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The Counterfeiters

Pan Am Flight 654 from New York lands at London Airport with distinguished passenger Charlie Chan, accompanied by No1 Son Barry, for the first of their European based adventures. (It had been stated Charlie was flying to Madrid in the previous story, but who cares?)

Greeting him is Inspector Duff (Patrick Holt, later in the series to be transformed into Rupert Davies) who wants Charlie to investigate the theft of a French currency plate from a venerable London firm of banknote engravers. The pompous manager of the firm, Sir John (John Loder) tells Charlie how a courier had produced documents which later proved to be forged, and carried off the 5,000 franc plate. Forged notes will soon be causing a crisis in France! "Wow, what a natural!" exclaims No1 Son. Charlie translates this utterance for his British hosts.
Speeding to Paris, Charlie shows the police the forged papers which are identified as the work of Spanish Roy, a valuable member of the orange Circuit resistance during the war, trained to be a forger. "The man's a genius," admits Inspector Chauvet.
No1 Son attempts to trace Roy at the Cafe Mandrake where he's early relieved of his passport. "I'm looking for Spanish Roy, he's a shoemaker," explains Barry, not realising he is, by chance, addressing the very man. "Lucky we're honest," says Roy, returning the passport. Later Barry realises his blunder, when Roy responds to Charlie's invitation to talk. But as they talk a bullet flies through the window, aimed at Spanish Roy. Luckily a pocket chess set saves his life, but the incident seems to decide him not to talk after all. Though Roy is arrested, Charlie secures his release, but this favour still won't budge him "I'm still not talking." Charlie surmises Roy forged the documents for a friend, an old resistance leader, perhaps. Michel is the name, but Roy refuses to reveal his real identity.
However he changes his mind later and as Charlie is not there, hands Barry an envelope with Michel's real name, "highly confidential." In absence of honourable dad, Barry hands it to Sir John. We all know who he really is, of course. All except Barry. "We know who's behind the gang," No1 Son naively informs Sir John, who scribbles a note for No1 Son to take to police, and there Barry is arrested.
At the old underground headquarters Charlie comes face to face with Michel. Why did you do it? asks Charlie. Sir John explains he wanted to pit his wits against the best, ie Chan. But his ex-colleagues are disiilusioned with such behaviour and mete out their own very summary justice.
Charlie returns Spanish Roy's chess set to him.

Uncredited speaking extra: secretary to Sir John. Police car: NLN820
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Death of a Don
No1 Son is studying crime at the famous Stratford University, and has made friends with music student Derek Robinson (Francis Matthews). Derek is at loggerheads with his professor Dr Don Wellman (John Bailey) who scorns the young man's soulful compositions, "you call that music!" He "lacks talent" and writes "undisciplined drivel," in other words Dr Wellman doesn't go for avant garde stuff at all. Goaded, poor Derek responds to the stinging remarks, "you're dead, washed up, living in the past, there's nothing in the future for people like you, except death." Armed with such a line, we await the inevitable murder.
Derek is rusticated for such rudeness. When introduced to Charlie, the wise advice is "apologise." Derek attempts to do so, when he catches up with Wellman who is at a show I'm In a Dancing Mood at the Palace Theatre. Musical director is Jack Pearson (William Franklyn) and Janet Rushton (Betty McDowall) is his leading lady. She's Dr Wellman's ex-wife. He has come to seek a reconciliation, but she tells him, "it's no use." The show must go on anyway. It appears to be a mixture of ballet, not to Charlie's taste, and music of the nations.
During the interval Wellman offers to resign from his post if she will come back to him. While No1 Son and honourable dad enjoy some frenzied dancing to bongo drums, Derek goes backstage to apologise to Wellman. But he stumbles over his enemy, stabbed to death. Blood on Derek's hands is an obvious clue.
"Murder, call the police!" shouts the doorman, and the show doesn't go on any more.
Of course Derek is chief suspect, though Charlie points out to the dim inspector that Janet Rushton might also have a motive, as does Jack Pearson, who seems smitten with Janet, although he had been conducting the orchesta at the time of the killing.
The murder weapon cannot be found. According to forensic evidence, it must have been a round object about the thickness of a pencil. "Everything now quite clear," pronounces Charlie.
It is to Barry too, for in Janet's dressing room he thinks he has found the weapon, a hat pin. So we know that eliminates her! "Case already closed," Charlie informs No1 Son bluntly.
For Charlie is now moving in to corner the killer during the next performance of the show, "you had opportunity and motive." He had spotted what had been overlooked. Barry does redeem himself by felling the fleeing murderer.
Thus Derek is reinstated at the university and Charlie bids farewell to No1 Son, who is to continue his studies. Barry remembers dad's birthday is coming up, so shouts to Charlie's departing taxi, asking him what he'd like. Bongos, comes back the answer.
Maybe, in view of this final scene, this was intended to be Barry's final appearance in the series?

Uncredited speaking part: police constable. Charlie's taxi: GHX688
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Charlie's Highland Fling

"Hoots mon," is Charlie's greeting to No1 Son, who enters dancing in a kilt, for they are the guests in the ancestral home of Sir Malcolm Gregg in Glentarn Scotland.
Wingate, Malcolm's friend and lawyer (Ian Fleming), gives Charlie the lowdown on the elderly Malcolm's marriage to young Lady Gregg, which is on the rocks. His son, 'Master Donald,' Lady Gregg's stepson is the cause of the rift. But it's clear Wingate does not like her, "she's as welcome as the plague."
So there are no dry eyes, och aye, when news is received of her death on the Perth road. But this is no road accident, she's been shot in her sports car.
After three days away in Perth, Donald drives home again. On the way he stops off to see his sweetheart Betsy, daughter of convicted poacher Duncan, but had he also stopped off for anything else? A rifle in his car looks exceptionally suspicious. Runnals, the butler (Ballard Berkeley) takes it out of the car.
Barry examines it and notes enthusiastically, "this gun was fired a short time ago." Now he has his suspect, at least until Charlie points out that Donald would hardly have left a murder weapon lying around, if he were the killer.
So Barry latches on to another suspect. Duncan has just escaped from prison. He'd been put there thanks to Lady Gregg's testimony, and he'd sworn to get even with her. But Sir Malcolm doesn't believe this, explaining that Duncan is very short sighted.
Wingate is Barry's new suspect. In his room are travel brochures for far away places like Honduras, even though it appears he may be in financial difficulties. So No1 Son goes off sleuthing, but ends up in a secret passage attacking honourable dad in error. To make amends, Barry promises, "I'll bring you the murderer on a plate!"
He nearly does, when he grabs a gun and orders his latest suspect Runnals to put up his hands. The well trained butler replies in the best butlery tradition,"as you wish sir." Barry reveals the result of his searches. He has found the murder weapon in the butler's room. And this butler is in fact the brother of Lady Gregg. But Charlie calms his excited son and produces "plenty of proof" of the real murderer.
"Didn't I tell you he did it, pop!" shouts No1 Son in triumph. "Right suspect," agrees Charlie, "but for wrong reason."
I like this little mini-film, set in fresh Highland air.

Lady Gregg's car: STW53
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The Patient in Room 21
I like this well constructed story, partly because of its strong cast.

Dr Paul Liggat (Peter Dyneley) was convicted in 1947 in Canada for a mercy killing. Ten years later under the name of Michael Winstead he is working as a surgeon at the Mercy Hospital London where No1 Son is enjoying being treated by Nurse Elizabeth Vernon (Honor Blackman). Charlie is there too, to see Chief Surgeon George Morley and Sir Edward Pomeroy, Chairman of the Board of Directors (Raymond Francis). Morley has received an anonymous letter about Winstead's past, plus a press cutting of the trial in Ottawa of a Dr Liggat. "It does look like Dr Winstead," gasps Barry.
Charlie promises to do "humble best" and find if Liggat and Winstead are one and the same. His starting point is the accusing letter, which however is stolen from Barry's room that night. A concussed Barry ends up in hospital again, happily treated by Nurse Elizabeth. Recovered, Barry is sent by dad to Ottawa to get the dope on the case first hand. When he returns, he brings with him Anne Gerald, the victim's private nurse.
"I've never seen him before," is her response. But though he is vindicated, Winstead admits the truth. "I shall leave at once," he adds, even though he claims he never killed his Canadian patient.
Privately afterwards, Charlie is curious why Miss Gerald had failed to identify him. Charlie believes it was she who performed the mercy killing, even though she doesn't admit as much.
She then talks to Liggat, "I'd do anything to undo it," she tells him. She agrees to confess to the truth, but inevitably before Charlie can talk to her she is silenced, a knife in her back. However she is still breathing, and Dr Winstead tends her.
Charlie discusses developments with Sir Edward, who is however unwell with acute ileitis. Morley is about to operate, but Charlie recommends postponement, since, he claims, Morley has tried to kill Anne.
"You're mad," is all Sir Edward can reply with a groan, but it is enough to solve the case for the inscrutable Charlie.
The unseen Inspector Duff is on the case. With her dying breath, Anne Gerald has at least cleared Winstead.
But it's Charlie who solves her murder when he revisits Sir Edward, lying on the operating trolley. He tells the patient he has arranged for Winstead to operate. But Sir Edward raves that he does not want to be treated by a murderer. In his delirium, he confesses it was he who had sent the anonymous letter, for he loves Elizabeth, and was jealous of rival Winstead. How he got off his sick bed to murder Miss Gerald is never revealed!
But he has now admitted all. Ironically Charlie tells him in a last sad line, "Mr Morley will perform operation. He will save your life for the hangman."

Uncredited extra (non-speaking): the nurse-witness
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The Rajput Ruby

A guided tour of The Tower of London, location shooting done here, with members of the group casting Furtive Looks at oneother. In The White Tower a scream,"my necklace- its gone!" The necklace of the Maharanee (Jill Melford) has been stolen.
His Highness the Maharajah of Rajput offers a reward of $25,000 for the return of the 2,000 year old necklace.
Charlie is retained by him on the case. He examines The White Tower. A police inspector (Charles Morgan) has made an unsuccessful search for the necklace, despite a nine hour questioning of all the tourists. "How was it gotten out of here. pop?" eager Barry asks honourable dad.
His Highness sacks Joe (Bill Nagy) his private detective, who has failed to prevent three other thefts this past year. Joe makes "a friendly call" on Charlie, warning him that "the maharajah carries diamonds and rubies around as though they are peanuts." He blames the Maharajah for his carelessness with his valuables. He says Ida Kelly "a pretty kid from Brooklyn" only consented to become the Maharanee for his cash.
Barry's theory is that Ida and Joe are secret lovers- so that can be discounted! In Joe's room, No1 Son searches for a clue to justify himself, but all he can find is a torn up photo of Ida kissing am ex-baseball player called Lefty Ryan (Maurice Kaufmann). Lefty, Barry knows, had been "thumped out of baseball," due to his uncertain temper. Moreover he had been in the group of tourists that day in the Tower.
In fact Lefty is offering Joe a 50-50 split of the ruby. Joe refuses, for he "is about to fly nest." Barry trails him.
Charlie meanwhile is interviewing His Highness, who does know of his wife's affair. Now Chan knows who stole the ruby.
In Suite 914, he reveals all. "Who took it?" the maharanee asks.
"You did your highness," smiles Charlie. He means that she smuggled it out of the tower, to pay a blackmailer. Naturally she denies Charlie's accusation.
Barry has followed Joe into Dikker's shop, where expert diamond cutting is done. Joe is offering to sell the Rajput Ruby. Lefty, who has been following them both, grabs the necklace, and as he is holding a gun, Joe agrees to that split. As for No1 Son, "you're going to be wrapped in a parcel and dropped in the Thames River!"
Luckily for Barry, his father arrives in time to prevent such a tragedy. A phone call to Inspector Duff wraps the case up.

Uncredited speaking roles: 1 Tower Guide. 2 Bellboy (Donal Donnelly)
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Final Curtain

Charlie and Barry are staying at the Archway Hotel London, planning a visit to Stratford-on-Avon. The Earl of Latham interrupts their plans, asking for "a complete dossier" on Johnny Douglas (David Oxley) who is dating his daughter Barbara. Her late mother Norah was heiress of Harley the famous car manufacturer. "I'd kill him," swears the client, whom Charlie perceives is actually a penniless actor, the once famous Philip Royce (John Longden), "you made a Prince come alive." No1's verdict however is, "Royce is a phoney."
Indeed "swindler" Johnny is a fortune seeker, but it seems that he has actually fallen for his intended victim, much to the jealousy of his partner in crime Claire Harris. Charlie and Barry talk to her and it is clear "pot of gold has been found at foot of rainbow."
Royce gives a report on the dubious Johnny to his sceptical daughter. But she's in love also, cornily explaining, "for the first time in my life I'm truly happy." So Royce phones Charlie, who overhears Royce shouting at Johnny who has just come into his room. Royce is shot dead.
Easy for Inspector Duffer to solve this one, "clear enough what happened." Johnny is arrested by the Duffer, "you should have hung up the telephone first!"
Despite what Charlie had heard over the phone, Douglas protests his innocence, and Charlie is amazingly inclined to accept his statement. He gives an alibi, he had been with Claire Harris, but maybe she is so envious of his relationship with Barbara, she refutes that alibi.
"With woman like that," Charlie comments, "he has no need for enemies."
No1 has "the whole thing figured out," his new suspect is Claire, so we know it can't be her! All pop had heard was a recording, according to Barry. He decides to ply her with champagne to get the truth out of her, but "bubbly champagne very very sneaky," and he ends up the very much the worse for drink himself.
Charlie finds out that there had been a splash immediately after the shooting. Four storeys down on the ground, the water butt had suddenly splashed. As Royce had once been "a brilliant actor" it's evident to the great detective, Charlie that is, that Royce had killed himself. Charlie explains to Barbara how he did it, as Duffer's eyebrows are raised.
But Charlie is able to vindicate his theory that Royce committed suicide to implicate Johnny in his 'murder' when the gun is discovered in the water butt/

Uncredited speaking parts: 1 Porter. 2 Barbara's maid. 3 Policeman. 4 Police sergeant
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