Phryne Fisher's evening at the hottest jazz club in Melbourne, The Green Mill, is interrupted by a sudden death on the dance floor. Phryne must take to the skies in a biplane to solve a ... See full summary »
Phryne Fisher's evening at the hottest jazz club in Melbourne, The Green Mill, is interrupted by a sudden death on the dance floor. Phryne must take to the skies in a biplane to solve a murder that involves hot jazz and a man from her own past. Written by
The bi plane used in this episode and also correctly identified in the script is a De Havilland Tiger Moth. The characters state that the aeroplane had been in a hanger "for years". The given year for this series is 1928; this is rather impossible as the Tiger Moths first flight was on 26th October 1931. See more »
Phryne goes to a jazz club in Melbourne to meet an old acquaintance, Charles Freeman. Phryne had had a fling with Charles' brother, Vic, who, as Charles says "was lost in the war" ten years previously. Charles is in desperate need of money and wants Phryne to buy his never used bi-plane but before he can share more about his difficulties, they are interrupted. Soon thereafter, a club patron that Charles had been seen having a heated argument with is murdered. Because of the argument and the fact that Charles fled the scene, he quickly becomes the prime suspect. Phryne assures his mother that she will do all she can to clear Charles. It is soon discovered that the murdered man, Leonard Stevens is a low-down blackmailer. A number of people have secrets that they very much want kept hidden and for which they were being blackmailed. One of the secrets is about a homosexual relationship - a "crime" punishable by a jail sentence in the 1920s. There is a strong and welcome element of humor in this episode including a scene where Officer Hugh Collins has to frisk the women at the club and the scene of the exchange between Phryne and the medical examiner. But the most light hearted scenes are those about the budding romance between Hugh and Dot. Their outdated hesitancy and faltering is quite endearing. Hugh becomes quite concerned when he realizes that Dot may be Catholic
"because Mother wouldn't approve." Later Dot concludes her nightly
prayers with "Please God give Hugh a sign that you're Catholic." A naive and charming scene. Also of note in the episode is Deni Hines as jazz singer Nerine Rogers - her singing was fantastic. This is a witty and entertaining episode with a murder method reminiscent of a Golden Age detective story.
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