- Title: CF53
Secretary hands folder to man at desk / detective, man hands paper to younger man then answers telephone, man talks into telephone, man puts on hat and leaves office. Man / evil mastermind sits in jail cell and has conversation with detective / man through bars, newspaper headline about famous spy going to gas chamber. Warder takes tray out of cell, man searches through newspapers then rips paper into shreds once he has read secret message, looks around warily then drinks from cup, collapses onto bed, prison warders collect man, clock tower at 12 noon, cu man reports news of man’s death by telephone, police mortuary van around corner, two men in car watching then follow, men wait by truck / lorry parked in road / ambush, cu man hits policeman over head with cosh, dead man from police van loaded into truck.
Evil doctors work on ‘ dead ‘ man to bring him back to life, cu oxygen bag inflates, cu man with oxygen mask on face, evil mastermind comes to life, cu man’s staring eyes looking shifty / evil, three men sit in back of car with back projection, cu two test tubes in rudimentary centrifuge, man / scientist in suit mixes liquid in test tube. Man shows secret formula in test tube to detective. Detective rushes away.
Night. Nice shot of man in hat lighting match against wall and then lighting cigarette. Man in hat peers through window of newspaper printing plant, cu man dusts rollers for fingerprints, prints revealed. Man outside window jumps down, he attacks detective as he gets into car, one man fights with two others, great fight scene. Man is hit on the head and dragged away. Three men around table make a toast as evil mastermind smokes cigar, man passes around newspaper. Evil man unveils his ‘ powerful shortwave transmitter ‘ – in reality a clunky bit of machinery with a steering wheel, man enters room and gives evil mastermind a note and he excuses himself from the meeting. Man reads note which says that the detective has been taken prisoner.
Night. Man tied to chair at gunpoint, evil mastermind talks, man is untied and writes note. Suddenly smoke pours from his fake pen / James Bond gadget and he makes his getaway, man leaps through window and climbs over wall as men shoot at him. Man /detective makes telephone call at emergency phone box in street – hello, hello. Detective and other men read note / clue. Airport worker deciphers clues on notes . Air to air shot of plane, plane lands at small airport. Cu man in hat rolls cigarette as he spies on detective. Man with hat reports fake spy work to policeman to put detective off the scent. Detective suspects that he is a spy and handcuffs him.
Group of men with rifles wait with ridiculous transmitter machine, they ambush police motor launch on river, man fires rifle from behind tree, men fire rifles, detective questions spy man in hat, men load transmitter machine and boxes onto boat, man / detective flies biplane low over dam, evil mastermind watches his gang testing the transmitter using remote TV monitor, cu drums marked ‘ explosive powder ‘, men push motor boat out into river where it is powered remotely.
Suddenly the men with guns notice the plane flying low overhead and crouch in bushes, plane lands on grass, detective jumps out. Detective ( still wearing Biggles hat and goggles ) notices an arm protruding from a bush and goes to investigate. Men with guns jump on him, fight ensues, gun fight, man falls, plane takes off as pursued by men with guns. Evil mastermind watches TV monitor as boat loaded with explosives sails towards dam. Detective hangs from undercarriage of plane and lands on motor boat / daredevil. Evil mastermind shouts “ blow it up “. Boat crashes into dam and explodes, great cu explosion.
Detective picks up ashtray, cu ashtray, two men work in office as another man enters, car slows at petrol station to ask directions from attendant, attendant immediately makes a telephone call to the evil mastermind, car along rural road, high angle shot of dam, ls car along rural road, two men get out, one holds a gun, they watch a diver emerging out off dam in lift contraption, ha shot of men running across top of dam and through jet of water. Man lifts off diver’s helmet from another man’s head. Two men with guns run across top of dam and tell two men to “ put up your hands, you’re under arrest “. Man stuffs money or documents into case. Detective opens box and examines papers. Man shouts warning to man in underwater compartment “ G-Men, watch out “. Man places diving helmet on detective and lowers him into water in lift, man in underwater compartment stands waiting with gun in hand.
Diver moves underwater. Car arrives at dam, three men with guns out of car, diver walks under water and up into underwater compartment, cu diver’s face. Man with gun orders detective to remove diving helmet, detective throws helmet at gunman and they fight, good fight scene, gun shot and man’s hat flies off his head, man falls to ground, three men with guns rescue two men tied up, man listens for prone man’s breathing, detective puts documents into boxes and asks for new air supply. Good shot of diver walking underwater into lift contraption, hoist wheel turning, cu diver’s face looking fearful, cu bubbles underwater, diver removes helmet and returns to underwater chamber. Man swims underwater to surface as men with guns into car. Man surfaces and climbs up dam wall. Prone man regains consciousness to see crooks’ car disappearing around bend.
Detective makes another emergency telephone call, woman on telephone breathily asks “ Are you alright, Dick ?” She turns to two men and says “ Dick’s at the dam and needs help “. Cu two policemen in car when APB comes through on radio. Crooks take boxes out of car, men talk on telephone, men load boxes onto back of truck / lorry. Ms car drives along dusty road towards camera, car stops and requests a lorry / truck to stop, men declare themselves “ FBI “, they search truck, great cu shot of car driving towards camera, detective and man search crooks’ camp, detective breaks into box with axe. Gunshot, gun fight between detective and man on inside of shed with crooks on outside, cu bullet hits door and sparks fly. Detective calls for police support on car radio, cu two policeman in car, one on car radio, detective calls on car radio to woman who answers on office radio, country man and evil mastermind have telephone conversation, woman makes APB call on office radio, detective responds on car radio, ws ship in docks, goods loaded using crane.
Men with guns hold up the detective and his sidekick, crane operator looks down from his cab, man with gun rushes up crane ladder, great fight sequence, man with gun climbs into crane cab but crane driver fights back but is knocked out, fight sequence continues. Detective waves at crane driver to stop, then fires gun, crane continues, man sneaks up on detective and a fight ensues, great fight scene, crane looms overhead but crook driving crane is shot. Vs cargo of wood slowly lowering onto a collapsed detective, good crane driver wakes up just in time to stop cargo crushing detective. Uniformed police rush to arrest men with guns, man shouts “ get that man “ to the police. Cu shot of boxes being extracted from hollow core in wood cargo.
Three men set off a white weather balloon attached to a string then blows up the balloon with a gun type contraption, detective talks into radio transmitter, cu transmitter, ws dirigible / Zeppelin air to air, man in Zeppelin talks on radio transmitter, air to air shot of Zeppelin, people arriving at Zeppelin landing field, security check, cameras being set up, crooks set up their weapon disguised as a camera, crowd await the Zeppelin’s arrival, people in lounge of Zeppelin look out of window as it comes into land. Night. Camera crews film the Zeppelin’s arrival, crew of Zeppelin as it arrives at landing ground, low angle shot with Zeppelin overhead, top shot of man waiting to press the trigger, gun shot, fire appears beneath the Zeppelin, man on Zeppelin shouts “ emergency landing “ as waiting crowds scream and run away, panic in the Zeppelin lounge as a crew member drops a rope ladder out of the window, shot of Zeppelin in flames, fire illuminating the faces of the horrified waiting crowds, blaze, people dangle off rope ladder, people rescue the injured, dramatic shots of Zeppelin on fire and panic in the lounge, man clings on to rope ladder, fire on board Zeppelin, man falls off rope ladder, Zeppelin starts to collapse. Cut to actual footage of the Hindenburg in flames cut together with dramatized scenes, fire crews arrive as black smoke billows from wreck of Zeppelin, detective tends to injured man as two spies listen in.
Nice noir shot of man in hat talking into wall-mounted telephone, evil mastermind on telephone, ws and cu smouldering ashes and skeleton of Zeppelin in aftermath of disaster, man searches through rubble and picks up box, men with fake camera shoot two men and shout “ hold it “. Detective and men stand with their hands up as the two men run away. Detective suddenly shoots at man as he picks up fake camera and he falls to the ground, other crook runs away with box under his arm firing shots at police as they chase him. Men with guns ( one has one sticking out in the fabric of his coat in classic style ) hold up police guard and take his gun, mcu detective shoots to camera, man with box is shot and he collapses, gun fight, men with guns / crooks run to car and drive away. Cu sign reading Federal Building, detectives talk about plan to snare the evil mastermind. Eccentric scientist wearing peculiar pince nez talks to men in hats about his new invention to end all wars, newspaper headline: Pacifist Plans to End War.
Evil mastermind and his henchmen plot to steal the scientist’s formula. Man puts document in safe and locks it, car pulls up outside building, cu two men / crooks inside watch, nice shot of two men slouching down in their car sets so they can’t be seen, FBI men stake out building, men drive away. Man smokes cigarette as he struts down street at night, pretends to fasten shoelace as he looks around, throws away cigarette and starts to climb up the front of the building, man in plane keeps watch over city. Man climbs high up front of city office building, climbs into laboratory through window, cu man listens at safe, man flies over city in plane keeping watch. Man opens safe but it triggers alarm in another office and men rush to investigate, man shuffling through box then finds secret formula, men find open safe, man climbs over parapet onto roof as plane overhead, plane lands on top of building and safe robber jumps into plane. Detective grabs onto plane undercarriage and hangs from it, pilot tries to push detective from plane but falls to his death instead. Detective climbs into plane and points gun at pilot. Newspaper headline about Dick Tracy.
Ws large, grand house in suburbs, man with cigarette shows evil mastermind newspaper story, chauffer /man makes telephone call on wall-mounted phone, three men climb into Yellow Cab, driver seals the rear part of car as it drives along country road, driver looks shifty, driver presses lever which releases gas into back of car, men hold hankies over mouths and fire guns until they pass out, detective and two other men hold gun to driver as he opens car door, fight breaks out with men outside house, great fight scene, two men with guns stop fight. Men are gagged. Gagged detective listens at door to conversation in next room, gagged and bound detective and other men wriggle across the floor to use lighter flame to free themselves, cu flame working on knotted rope as detective’s face is wreathed in pain, detective frees himself and then the others, group of men / crooks sit around in room with their hats on. Fight breaks out, great fight scenes, man with gun holds crooks at bay. Night. Car drives crazily out of drive and along road.
Night. Vs car along road inc cu shot of detective driving, two cars almost collide, car turns to chase other car. Car chase scene along rural road – supposed to be night time but lighting varies. Parked police car suddenly joins in chase with alarm blaring, black smoke pouring out of evil henchman’s car causes detective’s car to crash off road, police car stops to investigate crash, detective comes to slumped over wheel, mops his head with hanky, detective makes APB call to police control room over radio transmitter. Evil man’s car pulls off road, police convoy past, men walk through scrub away from car, police inspect the abandoned car, cu footprints in sandy soil, detective and others follow trail, evil man and another carry suitcases through rocky terrain, come under fire, hide in shack, man makes call on radio transmitter, cu great art deco radio amplifier / speaker, group of men ambushed by men with guns, great footage of gun fight among rocks, man falls from rocks when shot, evil mastermind waves to plane flying overhead, plane lands, evil mastermind fires at detective with gun concealed in pocket, fight ensues, detective fires shot, plane takes off with evil mastermind and detective on board as chased by men firing guns, evil man breaks oil gauge with his foot, cu falling pressure gauge, plane engine stalling, plane lands in desert.
Men set off to walk across desert, detective assists evil man who is in handcuffs and faint with thirst, he stands and knocks the detective unconscious as he kneels to find water, he is handcuffed to cactus, evil mastermind drinks from pool of water, he begins walking across desert, cu sign reading Poisonous Spring – Arsenic, plane flies overhead, nice shot of plane’s shadow as it passes overhead, detective makes signal with tin plate, man releases him from handcuffs, men set off together over desert and find evil mastermind dead in the desert (not seen).
- Keywords:USA, 1935, THRILLER, DRAMA, GANGSTERS, FBI, COP DRAMA, EVIL GENIUS, CRIMINAL MASTERMIND
- Master Title:CF53