On the day an Arab trade delegation visits the Broom family's arms factory owner Henry Broom announces a proposed French merger,which his abrasive,estranged wife Nora opposes. Soon afterwards the corpse of unpopular workman Percy Malleson is discovered,the suggestion being that the Brooms used him to spy on the work-force after the suspension of employee Lenny Frost. Then Morse learns that Percy was actually Eustace Kendrick and he was investigating the disappearance of his girl-friend Olive Rix,who had been romantically involved with Harry,the now deceased elder son of the Brooms. However,following a second murder another suspect and motive come to Morse's attention.
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When Morse says he is taking Alice to the cinema, he mentions wanting to see "the new Bergman". Given the 1965 setting, this would have to be "For Att Inte Tala Om Alla Dessa Kvinnor", known in America as "All Those Women" and in the UK as "Now About Those Women" - Bergman's first color film, a rare comedy and his least well-received film of the 1960s. It opened in London in the late Spring of 1965. However, when Morse is seen in the cinema, it seems to be an ordinary suburban movie theater, not an Oxford art-house where such a film would surely have been shown, and furthermore he is watching a newsreel of the "Pathe News" type, from which he derives a vital clue to the mystery. By 1965, newsreels were becoming a thing of the past in British cinemas, having been superseded by TV news broadcasts, which were far more up-to-date and detailed; and, in any case they were never shown in art-houses, only in mainstream cinemas. This suggests that, being let down by Alice, Morse went to see a different, less intellectual sort of movie. See more
Near the beginning, DS Peter Jakes says to Morse, "Didn't get your invite, then?" The word "invite" is a verb, and while it may be used as a noun today, in the 60's the noun "invitation" would have been used. See more
Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
[from Nabuko] See more