The Squeaker

Synopsis: A detective poses as an ex-convict to expose the head of a benevolent society as a fence.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
90 min


This is Edgar Wallace speaking!

Hello? Hello. This is Larry Graeme.

Give me my brother, quick!

Hold on please, Larry.

- Yes, Larry, what's the matter?

You know what?

I found out who The Snake is.

Larry? What's wrong?

Larry? Hello?

Larry? Larry?

Read all about it! Snake bite murder!

"The Guardian"! Snake bite murder!

All the news.

Read "The Guardian".

Good morning, Mr Harras.

- Good morning.

Here you are, all the news,

the snake bite murder!

Read all about it! Read "The Guardian"!

Special report by Jos!

Special report... - Wouldn't dream

of reading a rubbish like that.

You're missing something, man.

"The Guardian"! Snake kills man.

Mr Fielding is already awaiting you!

Good morning, sweet thing.

- Mr Fielding is waiting.

I know.


A wonderfully good morning, Sir.

Do you mind?

Mr Harras, what do you think

of this article about the snake?

It is distressing to me to see you read

that writing. Jos is a scandalmonger.

You could learn from that scandalmonger.

"The Guardian" shot down the price bird.

The evening edition is selling like

hot cakes. What do we have got to offer?

How about printing a composition of mine

on the theme that love life exists...

on the moon. A marvelous sensation!

- That no one would be interested in!

No, my dear Mr Harras. The mans love

life temporarily takes place on earth.

Whenever it happens.

- Very well, Sir.

And furthermore I might add

that my patience is wearing thin.

Just you pay me a fixed salary

or you increase my regular rates,

and I let you have articles, I guarantee

you, every bit is as good as Jos'.

Now, don't go up in the air, Sir.

Remember you answer. Do you mind?

You ought to take a bit of meat now and

then. You wouldn't be quite so nervous.

The finger prints correspond perfectly.

- And the photographs?

Identical, Sir!

That will do, thank you. Lights.

- Yes, Sir.

Larry Graeme, born June 10th, 1920 in

London. 5'6" tall, hair dark, eyes grey.

jewellery. Previous

7. Prison sentence: 4 years,

released on Monday.

- I know that. Go ahead.

Imprisonment follows information received

from the Snake by Scotland Yard.

were due to the same source.

We can be very proud of that. Listen

to me carefully, I have got an idea.

Larry found out who The Snake is.

He was trying to get him, was caught,

bumped off. How does that sound?

- Sounds fine.

It has one great advantage. Before this,

The Snake had always left the messy work

to others. And when they asked for

a greater share of the lolly,

or if they got to big for their boots,

he rubbed them out.

In that case, it is the first time,

he has been forced to do his own work.

Yes, but don't forget, Lomm. Every

criminal makes at least one mistake.

Yes, what is it? Let's have it.

- The analysis is ready, Sir.

Go on, then.

- Go on.

It's a case of poisoning.

Very effective. Echidnotoxin, Sir.

Very, very good. All that I wanted.

That is the kind of snake.

Judging from the space between

the puncture, I'd say a mamba.

You know, some are green.

- Excuse me if I interrupt you.

This morning we had a call from the

Mulford Breeders. A black mamba vanished.


- Yeah.

That's important. Make a phone call

and say that I'm coming.

By the way, the press waits outside.

- Say "No comment".

Hello Mr Elford.

Well, how did you get in here?

- Through the door.

Very funny. Are you looking for material

for another detective novel, Mistress?

Yes, I am. Do you think

you know who the killer is yet?

Can you keep mum?

- Cross my heart.

So can I. Goodbye.

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Edgar Wallace

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1 April 1875 – 10 February 1932) was an English writer. Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at age 12. He joined the army at age 21 and was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War, for Reuters and the Daily Mail. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London, and began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books including The Four Just Men (1905). Drawing on his time as a reporter in the Congo, covering the Belgian atrocities, Wallace serialised short stories in magazines such as The Windsor Magazine and later published collections such as Sanders of the River (1911). He signed with Hodder and Stoughton in 1921 and became an internationally recognised author. After an unsuccessful bid to stand as Liberal MP for Blackpool (as one of David Lloyd George's Independent Liberals) in the 1931 general election, Wallace moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a script writer for RKO studios. He died suddenly from undiagnosed diabetes, during the initial drafting of King Kong (1933). Wallace was such a prolific writer that one of his publishers claimed that a quarter of all books in England were written by him. As well as journalism, Wallace wrote screen plays, poetry, historical non-fiction, 18 stage plays, 957 short stories, and over 170 novels, 12 in 1929 alone. More than 160 films have been made of Wallace's work. He is remembered for the creation of King Kong, as a writer of 'the colonial imagination', for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, and for The Green Archer serial. He sold over 50 million copies of his combined works in various editions, and The Economist describes him as "one of the most prolific thriller writers of [the 20th] century", although few of his books are still in print in the UK. more…

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