As promised in a previous post, here is the first of four installments, where I share stills and describe the scenes in chronological order from Part 3 which is missing from the current version of Terror Island. This post begins where Part 2 ends on Kino; Part 2 ended with Beverly giving Harper[Houdini] the box with the pearl in it. “My uncles coming! Keep this for me!”
One of Guy Mordaunt’s men “saw the dame slip the box to that scrappy guy”.
We see a close-up of the pearl in jewel box, held in Harper’s hand and Guy crouching outside the window of the Library
Stella has a plan to get the jewel-box from Harper.
Harper rises as Stella enters.
Stella speaks: “My Cousin West, is terribly worried about her jewel – a keepsake, you know – and she sent me for it – just couldn’t sleep without it.“
Harper is about to hand her the box when he looks down beside desk as though attracted by a sound.
A cat on floor looks up at desk. Harper speaks to cat, stoops and picks her up, placing her on the desk and strokes her back.
Harper is praising the cat, as Stella holds hand out for jewel. The phone rings; Harper sits and places cat on lap and picks up phone. It is Beverly on the phone who says: “I am a bit nervous and – worried. I know my jewel case is safe with you – but don’t let it out of your hands”
Harper hangs up, as Stella demands the jewel case. Harper says: “Tell your cousin that I will give it to no one but herself.”
As Harper is stroking cat on lap, his hand comes from jacket pocket and secretly fastens box to cat’s collar by a rubber band which the long hair of the cat covers.
Stella demands the box and Harper shakes his head.
As Harper sits at desk stroking cat, Starkey comes from behind chair
and indicates he will take Stella home.
Stella and Starkey exit.
- Cropped Stills – Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.)
- Paraphrased Scenes – Paramount Files at Margaret Herrick Library