Feature Drama | 1970 | Sound | Colour
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Continued from 10406. Female hired killers.
The "nurse" runs a bath and pours oil into it. Charles comes into the bathroom with a towel around his waist, still holding his drink and complains that she's being too formal. He gets into the bath. She rubs his chest with a flannel then soaps his back and rubs it, finishing with pressure to the base of the neck which kills him and he slumps. She takes a razor and slits his wrists, blood seeps into the bath. She dries her hands on a towel and looks down at him. Shot of his body in the bath, She finishes her drink in the bedroom, folds and removes the bed cover she had put down, puts everything into her bag. She washes and dries her glass in the bathroom sink. Downstairs she replaces the glass in the cabinet, puts on her coat, has one last look around the room with a slight smile, and leaves the house.
The woman with the black hat and cigarette holder smokes, looking at the camera. Another Evening Standard newspaper falls on the pile, with the headline "Woman Shot Dead in Road - Lover Hunted".
A middle aged man wearing a raincoat and carrying an umbrella walks into what looks like a large department store, it is the Biba shop. He walks around slowly, looking at the counters and the women. Cheesy 70s music. One woman holds a mirror and applies lipstick. A sales assistant talks to other women. Head and shoulders of a mannequin, wearing a large red hat. A woman behind a counter sits and smokes. A woman wearing a fur coat and fur hat deliberately bumps into the man and drops her bag. He apologises and helps her collect her things then insists that she sit down with him as she is so pretty. A woman looks at jewellery.
A hand picks up a teapot from a tray and pours a cup of tea. The woman sits back and sips her tea. There is a table lamp beside her and behind her a a shelf unit with ornaments. She puts the cup and saucer back on the tray and picks up a book. It is "Love on the Dole".
The man from Biba, Tony, lights a cigarette. He is in a single bed with the woman who bumped into him, they are topless. He admires her tan and tells her how attractive she is. He wants to have sex with her again but she tells him to be patient. He asks her her star sign. After a prolonged conversation too tedious to recount, the woman sits up and puts on a voluminous see-through dressing gown or robe, and gets up. The man puts his underpants on. The woman pours them drinks. A cheesy version of the "Van der Valk" theme tune is playing. He puts his trousers on. She finishes fixing the drinks as he finishes getting dressed. He puts his jacket and tie on as they drink. She sees him out of the flat. She goes back to the drinks table and opens a small bottle (poison) and sniffs it and smiles. Tony walks along the road, it is dark. The woman removes her robe and gets into bed and switches off the light. Blurred lights, we see Tony looking unwell and faint as he tries to focus. The blurs become the lights of cars on the road. He tries to hail a taxi but collapses into the road, there is a thud.
A telephone rings. A hand picks up the receiver. It is the woman who was reading "Love on the Dole", Tony's wife. Her side of the conversation reveals that the caller is a police officer, informing her of her husband's death. Although she tries to sound shocked she cannot keep the smile off her face. She replaces the receiver and goes back to her book.
A blonde woman arranges a piece of paper to a flower arrangement in a florist's.
Mr Webster walks towards the lobby of a hotel or block of flats. The camera pans up to a window at the top. The lift floor indicator lights up at number nine. The doors open and he comes out. He is wearing a leather coat. He checks the key and lets himself in to one of the rooms. Joan is already there, with champagne in an ice bucket. They toast to business success and sit on a sofa and talk. Joan pours more champagne. Mr Webster takes a piece of paper out of his briefcase. Joan pours yet more champagne. He leans towards her on the sofa. She gets up and opens the door onto the balcony. He joins her there. Panning shot of the park below, and a busy London street. He tries to kiss her, she pushes him gently away. Then they kiss. View of the hotel tower. We see them through the net curtain. View of their legs. She manoeuvres him so that his back is against the balcony. Then she grabs his lapels and throws him over the edge. Slow motion shot of his face as he falls backwards. His body falls, screaming. Another Evening Standard newspaper headline "Earl Plunges to his Death".
Joan calmly finishes her champagne and wipes the glass, puts her white gloves on, replaces her glass in the bucket, takes her bag and coat, tears up the piece of paper with a shake of her head and leaves the room. The lift arrow is illuminated. She gets into the lift and the doors close. The number nine is illuminated. Another woman in the lift (played by Rula Lenska) asks for a light. Joan gives her one. The other woman offers her a cigarette from a case, which she takes. The numbers go down. On the ground floor, only the other woman steps out of the lift. She leaves the hotel. Inside, a couple approach the lift. They look at each other quizically as the lift doors open. Joan is slumped against the lift wall. Another Evening Standard headline -"Israelis Blast Terror Arabs".
A woman looks through a magazine. She looks up as the door opens and Rula Lenska enters. She takes off her sunglasses and smiles. Newspaper headline "The Party's Over".
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