- My name is Victoria Winters. Ever since I arrived at Collinwood, this gloomy old mansion on the crest of Widows' Hill, has held nameless fears for me. Most of it stemming from the time I saw a dead man washed up at the foot of the cliff. A case that has been declared an accident but still has not been marked 'closed' by the Sheriff.
Burke orders the Sheriff to reopen the Malloy case; he learns that the case never was closed. He learns that the closing of the case was a ruse to protect the denizens of the small town. Burke tells the Sheriff that Vicki has info that almost got her killed.
The Sheriff doubts Roger's guilt. Burke concocts a plan to out Roger.
Roger talks about Betty Hanscombe's resemblance to Vicki and reasons that that might give Sam a motive for killing Vicki. Liz poo-poos Roger's "idle speculation" that someone mixed up in Vicki's past might have been behind the murder attempts. Liz says it might have been a ghost; Roger poo-poos Vicki's Malloy sighting (85).
The Sheriff and Burke learn Vicki is asleep; Roger tries to question Vicki's sanity to the Sheriff by telling him about Vicki seeing and hearing things nobody else can. Burke reveals the pen tragedy; Roger lies by saying he doesn't know if anyone found it. He speculates that Malloy stole the pen and slipped to his death. Burke accuses Roger of murder. Burke relays Vicki's relaying of Roger's actions the night of Malloy's death. He claims Vicki is hallucinating and denies all knowledge of Malloy's death. Roger suggests that Burke produce a pen for identification; he does. Roger’s reaction indicates it is his pen, even though he says it couldn't be. Roger begins to claim that it's not the pen; he believes there are hundreds of them. Burke says it's the only one. The Sheriff and Burke leave; the Sheriff asks Liz to have the girls come downtown tomorrow. Roger watches out the window as Liz questions him and the Sheriff and Burke leave (he watches out the back Drawing room window, just as Liz had watched them come up).
Roger leaves, saying there's something to be done post-haste. He goes to the spot where he buried the pen and digs it up.
The Sheriff and Burke catch him.
Memorable quotes Edit
Burke: (to sheriff) Well, how's that for concrete evidence?
Dramatis personae Edit
- ← Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard →
- ← Mitchell Ryan as Burke Devlin →
- ← Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins →
- ← Dana Elcar as Sheriff Patterson →
Background information and notes Edit
Bloopers and continuity errors Edit
The infamous jumping chair is back blocking the entrance to the secret passage.