Trouble for Two

Synopsis: The Crown Prince is to marry the Princess Brenda of Irania, but the Princess declines the arranged marriage. Relieved, Florizel heads for London, with the Colonel, where he seeks adventure and a good time. Talking with a stranger, he learns that there is a private club called the Suicide Club. Taking this to be a ruse or a trick, he joins in and sees a mysterious Lady that he has meet once before on his way to London. He will find that this club may not be a ruse and that the cold dark stare of this Lady might cost him dearly.
75 min


10,000 pardons, your excellency.

It's quite unavoidable,

I assure you -

Ceremonies, affairs of state,

speeches, you know.


His royal highness

prince florizel.

Is expected back at any moment.

His majesty begs that you will

overlook the slight delay.


I trust that you bring

pleasant tidings.

From your sovereign king

of irania?

His majesty the king of irania

has the gout.

Oh, the gout.

Well, how unfortunate.

I - If you'll excuse me,

your excellency.

Where is that dawdler geraldine?

Your majesty.

Well, where's the prince?

For 15 years, we've been

negotiating this marriage,

And now there's no prince.

You're responsible

for the arrangements.

Yes, sire. Where is he?

He - Where is he?

At 10:
30, his royal highness

was to open the autumn bazaar.

At 11:
00, address the widows of

the veterans of the war of 1837.

At 11:
30, dedicate two lifeboats

for the life of his com-

That's what he's doing now.

It's exactly 11:

Go and fetch him.

Well, what are you

standing there for?

Yes, your majesty.

Oh, for the ambassador's party,

I presume.

Not for the ambassador's party?

Well, where is it going?

I'm not permitted to say,


It's a secret.


Balance yourself.

What's going on here?

Where's his royal highness?

What are you doing

with those poles?

Look here, gerry.

Ooh, I-I beg your pardon,

your highness.

You're just in time

to see me realize.

One of my greatest ambitions.

I've always wanted to try

one of these things.

Yes, I know.

All right, take the poles away.

Oh, no! For goodness sake,

don't -

This is very irregular

and inopportune.

I couldn't go to the carnival,

so the carnival came to me.

Do you want to try it?

Oh, no, no, thank you.

I'm better off - Now, this is

no time for dancing.

His majesty, your father,

Demands your presence


He's been waiting

for over an hour.

Oh, well,

I guess the fun's all over.


How do I get down

off this thing?

Yes, how does he get down?


Oh! Oh!

Oh, now, see what you've done.

So, that's the way you get down!

Oh, I'm all right.

Well, you better all go now

and take your wire with you.

Thank you very much.

What is it this time?

The iranian ambassador.


Last time I saw princess Brenda,

She had a horse bit

in her mouth, pigtails,

And lenses over her eyes.

Yes, but they say she has

an excellent mind.

The better to bore you with,

my dear.

In short, your majesty,

The court of irania

is unanimously enthusiastic.

For this proposed alliance.

But, uh...

But what, sir?

There is, unfortunately,

one exception.

Pray be good enough

to explain yourself, sir.

Princess Brenda.

The princess Brenda

is not enthusiastic?

I find it a very, uh, delicate

matter to explain, your majesty.

Perhaps I may be pardoned.

If I express her highness'

attitude in her own words.

They were as follows -

"I will never buy a pig

in a poke."

Merely a figure

of speech, of course.

And a very colorful one, too.

Proceed, baron.

And there for the present,

your majesty,

I believe the matter rests.

Very well.

We shall instruct our ambassador.

To continue

with the negotiations.

Pray do not inconvenience

yourself on my account, sir.

May we not say

that I have loved and lost.

You have our leave to retire.

Your majesty,

your royal highness.

Now, gentlemen, we have

no further need of you today.

Not you two.

Colonel geraldine,

you'll remain within call.


Oh, of course, your majesty.

I'd be delighted, I'm sure.

Delighted, I'm sure.

My boy...

The time has come.

I'm sorry.


We are living in difficult days.

Republics are springing up

around us like mushrooms,

And your conduct is not

making it any easier for us.

I'm sorry, sir.

Yes, but not sorry enough,

confound it.

You are the crowned prince,

And the people expect

something more from you.

Than frivolity and extravagance.

And they're right. They should.

Remember our revolution

of three years ago.

When stafgar and the others

were killed.

Those revolutionists weren't

small - Dr. Noel, madam polar.

They escaped,

but they'll try it again.

Do you realize that less than

three months ago,

The secret service uncovered

a plot to kill you?

No, sir.

Well, it's true.

Some anarchistic young woman.

What happened to her?

She escaped, too.

Oh, I see.

Well, what do you want me

to do, sir?

Well, you are

the crowned prince.

And the crowned prince

should get married...

I've heard that, sir.

Whether he wants to or not.

Now we're really down to it.

We are, my boy.

And she is, of course?

Princess Brenda of irania.

Yes, sir?

Being the crowned prince,

you must one day rule carovia.

We cannot escape it.

That's all I have to say.

I wonder what carovia

would think, sir,

If you and I went out

and got drunk.

I wish we could.

I'm afraid I haven't

very much of an answer.

To what you just said.

I don't think there is one.

But I don't want you

to answer now.

It'll take at least a month.

For these negotiations

to be completed.

I want you to think it over.

I want you to think it over well

before you decide.

I will.

And thank you.

Oh, send colonel geraldine

to me, will you?

Yes, sir.

Hello, colonel geraldine.

I hope I'm not taking

too much for granted.

In presuming

that you're fond of my son.

Oh, no, your majesty.

I love his royal highness

very dearly.

I mean - Good.

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Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, musician and travel writer. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses. Stevenson was a literary celebrity during his lifetime, and now ranks as the 26th most translated author in the world. His works have been admired by many other writers, including Jorge Luis Borges, Bertolt Brecht, Marcel Proust, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Cesare Pavese, Emilio Salgari, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said that Stevenson "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins". more…

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