Cranmer Oakes (Andrew Ray) is a detective in a Grand Hotel, & he seems to
be one of the best, as even remorseful hotelguests send him back the ashtrays
they took with them as souvenirs. So, when one day he sees German businessman
Weinrich (Constantine Gregory) pick up the lovely Molly (Lucy Gutteridge), he
sees it his duty to warn the man that Molly might be either a prostitute or a
professional thief. The German however chooses to not heed Oakes' warning &
takes the girl to his room. When Oakes is informed about that by barman Jimmy
(Daragh O'Malley), he rushes to Weinrich's room, where he finds the businessman
passed out & the girl ... dead.
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Seems she was a thief, but not a professional, as she, when trying to drug
Weinrich, not only mixed up their drinks & ended up with the drugged one
herself, but she also overdosed.
Oakes wants to call the police, but Weinrich urges him not to, since a dead
girl in his room would mean a scandal, not only in his professional but also in
his private life, & offers the detective 5.000 Pounds if he gets the dead
girl out of his room unnoticed.
Reluctantly, Oakes agrees & gets the girl out of the hotel.
Later in the hall, Weinrich hands the money to Oakes, but barman Jimmy sees
them, & follows Oakes to the room ... where he, Oakes & Molly - who
isn't dead at all but part of an elaborate plot - share the money they made off
the German for playing an evil trick on him ...
This episode of Tales of the Unexpected lives mainly from its
strong story which is told cleverly enough so the in retrospect rather obvious
ending comes across as something you might have never guessed. Direction on the
other hand is rather stagey 6 actuing never goes above average level (though
never below, neither).