A journey into the twilight world of silent movies. Hollywood has a stranglehold on the Australian industry, and with 'talkies' on the way, the exotic 'Bride of Babylon' production is in serious jeopardy. With one of Phryne's oldest friends producing the movie, she has no choice but to get involved when the lead actor is murdered on set. She steps in to solve the crime and save the production, juggling the roles of principal investor and private investigator. The show must go on, and when the director is also killed, Phryne takes the reins.Written by
Every Cloud Productions
The alleyway includes a poster for "By the Sad Sea Waves" - a ragtime opera presented by J. Sherrie Mathews & Harry Bulger (libretto) and Gustav Luders (music), c1898, featuring songs by J. Sherrie Mathews, Harry Bulger, Barney Fagan, George A. Nichols, Leslie Stuart and Josie DeWitt. See more »
Inappropriate music accompanies black and white footage of a recorded fight between the lead actor and the film director, making a joke of their serious altercation. The frivolous music does not follow the actions or attitudes of any of the characters. It is rather a modern callous regard for early film-making. See more »
Oh, I fight with everyone. That's what a director does. That's how you make things better. So, the producer dishes up these pages of rubbish every day, I spin it into gold, the actor takes all the credit.
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Due to the setting of the story at a 1929 film studio, the closing credits are presented in the style of that film era. See more »