Ex-policeman and museum attendant Ronald Beavis is murdered after watching a re-run of 'The Pharaoh's Curse' at the Roxy cinema. Of its staff only organist Leslie Garnier can recall him, having a secret conversation. Morse takes Carol, daughter of Fred Thursday's flash brother Charlie, to a glossy remake of the film, witnessing museum curator, Egyptian Dr Shoutry, protest that it cheapens his culture and carries a curse. Shortly afterwards Leslie is poisoned and the film's star, Emil Valdemar, given a sinister token, stolen from the museum. Morse believes Valdemar to have been the intended victim and rushes to save him in a cinema now in flames to prevent its sale. At the same time racist attacks on properties owned by a local racketeer would appear to have links with the Roxy and its employees.
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The character of Emil Valdemar is a reference to Edgar Allen Poe's story, The Facts in The Case of M. Valdemar, where Valdemar is hypnotized to be caught in stasis in the moment before death. See more
Emil Valdemar points out that the autograph in the autograph book is accompanied by the cartouche of the pharaoh Akhenaten. However the cartouche shown is not that of Akhenaten, which is easy to recognize at it contains a circle representing the sun disc (the god Aten from which he took his name). See more
DS Jim Strange
[rhetorically, as he reacts with anger to Dr. Shoukry's anti-British sentiments
Who built the Suez Canal, anyway?
DS Endeavour Morse
Actually, it was the French.
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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