PAUL BRYAN'S JOURNAL
From the diary about this episode:
The caper episode THE CARPELLA COLLECTION is most suited to a dream, and takes place aboard Rachel Pike's summer cruise ("The Inhuman Predicament
" where the story below appears in context) as Paul is accepting funds for The Garms Clinic.
at sea from Valetta to Palermo
Monday, August 15
Rachel approached me this morning, and said that she'd spoken to Armand about the foundation being set up in Odette's name, indicating that I would be collecting funds. I nodded, and she gave me a check for $750,000.
By mid morning I been handed a further million, and then was hailed by a man I'd been eager to meet since he boarded in Capri.
The great Swiss industrialist, Erich Krieger, was on deck with his secretary Michele, whom I hadn't seen previously. Even in the shadow of her dynamic boss, I couldn't help noting what a personable lady she is.
Krieger told me to come by his cabin this afternoon as he wants to make a donation for Odette's foundation. I phoned Barry Givens - purposely bypassing Dr. Walker. Barry said all hell had broken loose at the clinic over the bequest from the Count. Count?
I had never heard Armand referred to as a Count, but when I went back and found the order of service from Odette's funeral, and looked at it, there it was, Odette Comptesse de Martignac.
Barry said that the Board were being assembled to make a decision about changing the clinic's name, and Dr. Walker was already strongly opposed.
I asked if that meant they might not accept the money, and Barry wasn't sure. Told him it was possible I might even have a further three million, but the checks were made out to the new name. We agreed to stay in touch, and he reminded me about the appointment he'd made for the 30th with Dr. Lamas in Spain.
Put checks worth 2.4 million into Rachel's safe after lunch, including one in Swiss Francs for something over $500,000 from Erich Krieger.
He's a fascinating man - a little stiff, but with warmth underneath that shows through here and there. Telling me that he and Odette had been students together at the Sorbonne, he said that he was glad to do something in her memory - adding that he didn't usually engage in philanthropy.
I've listened spellbound to his most casual remarks, and began to understand how sheer force of personality could make the impossible happen. Nothing to do with charm or charisma, but pure strength of character.
What amazed me most was that he was aware of me from motor racing, and had seen me drive at Le Mans. When I turned to leave, he even invited me to his home for skiing in November.
It was probably a carryover from the moving call with Armand and Kate last night, but I almost found myself breaking into tears, and made a hasty exit after offering my thanks and acceptance.
Michele certainly lit the room up this evening when she walked into the forward lounge on Krieger's arm. He's an incredible raconteur, and she is simply gorgeous.
A visionary industrialist, it's been a privilege to listen to his exploits of how the Swiss can slide into situations where other nationals would encounter only culture clash.
June said her father had been dealing with Krieger since before she was born, but that Pete was wary about the secretary. ???
But the main subject of conversation was the theft last night of the famous Carpella Collection from a Roman palazzo.
Besides concerns all these people have about the security of their property, there were loads of theories going round, and the robbery seemed to bring out the detective in just about everyone, including myself.
Having learned this afternoon that Krieger & Co. are leaving the ship tomorrow, I made a point of monopolizing Michele's company as much of the evening as possible, trying to drown out all the things that were plaguing my mind.
When I saw Michele back to her cabin, she invited me for a drink, and I was fascinated to see that she had the exact same luggage I did - the really unusual piece I'd bought when Kate and I were in Madrid.
We had a nice chat, talking mostly about The Carpella Collection. Such a captivating subject, but I was surprised to find Michele is also a racing fan - at the Riviera Rally last September when I navigated for Jeff Daulton as well as being with her boss at Le Mans.
Again and again, I saw how our paths had crossed, and wondered how I could have missed such a glamorous woman. When I got back here to my stateroom, stuffed another half million in checks into my cabin safe from this evening, and have lost track of the total.
Like Dr. Onol's pills, the Turkish meal we had last night certainly didn't agree with my psyche.
I was falling asleep with pleasant thoughts of Michele, and how it would be nice to spend some time in Switzerland, in a better mood than all the time since leaving San Francisco.
But then! What a dream. I'd gone on a cruise with Michele aboard Krieger's yacht - only it was this one, and was going to a race in Torino afterwards.
But our luggage got switched by the chauffeur, and the lovely dream turned into a nightmare, with some guy trying to run me off the road - but getting killed himself.
Then there was Michele slipping into my hotel room in the middle of the night - with a gun, saying that I had stolen the Carpella Collection from her boss. True enough, the jewels were in my bag, but it was Michele who'd been carrying them as a courier for Krieger.
It was very confusing, and she took them away, but the next moment I was kidnapped by Krieger's security men, and called on the carpet because the jewels Michele had taken from the switched luggage were fakes.
I then used Krieger's aged mother as a shield, and went on the run. It was like the dream when Mike and I were moving through the “jungle” of southern California.
On and on and on went the flight around the Riviera both with support and interference of the French police, becoming more and more surreal and confusing.
At one point I was entreating a cute phone operator who resembled Kate's maid for an Interlaken number. In the end, it turned out that Michele herself was the thief, and had set the whole thing up, based on our matching luggage.
How will I face them this morning! Meanwhile, I'm hoping I can get another hour or two of sleep.
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Notes & Comments:
Soaring beyond the extreme borders of preposterousness, this episode is, in it's way, more frustrating than some of the lowest points of the series, not only due to the utter nonsense, but because the story had the potential to be genuinely interesting and entertaining.
As it stands, it almost has the quality of a dream where one moves from event to event without transition and nothing makes sense. Viewed as such, it is bearable. Well …… if all the holes and necessity to suspend reality were removed, The Carpella Collection is actually an episode with a lot of charm.
In any case, the whole thing is worth Paul's line at the end to the woman who betrayed both him and her boss, “you just might have saved my life.”
Jo Swerling Jr
Director of Photography
John L. Russell A.S.C.
Hilton A. Green
John McCartey &
Robert C. Bradfield
Color by Technicolor
Editorial Dept. Head
Costumes by Grady Hunt
Assistant to Executive Producer
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PAGES (IN DIARY ORDER)
Paul has looked forward to meeting Erich Krieger
Michele and Paul part after their yacht cruise
Paul relates his experience to the police
The intruder turns out to be Michele
Paul says that he never saw the gems before
Michele explains the Carpella's deal with Krieger
Michele extends Krieger's invitation to Paul
Krieger's mother declares the gems to be fakes
Krieger accuses Paul of stealing the gems
Paul counters Krieger's argument
Krieger accuses Paul of killing Duchamp
Paul grabs Krieger's mother to make his escape
Paul tries the Interlaken number in Duchamp's passport
Paul tells a phony story to a phone office worker
Paul brings Michele into the house at gunpoint
Paul tells Krieger to pick up his secretary and his gems
Krieger expresses his indebtedness to Paul
"Meeting you might have saved my life" he tells her
In a Rome restaurant Paul joins his friend Michele Deneuve who has arranged a meeting with the high-powered industrialist she works for, Erich Krieger.
But the dinner with Krieger is cut short by a phone call from Zurich that takes him away. He wishes Paul and Michele a pleasant cruise on his yacht, saying that he regrets not being able to join them, but looks forward to getting together again after Paul has driven in the Turin Grand Prix race.
After completing their short cruise, a car brings them to the Rome airport where Krieger's plane will take Michele to Switzerland, Paul boarding another for France.
As Paul travels through the mountains, a car suddenly begins ramming his on the driver's side, and try as he may, Paul is unable to shake the man off - until the dangerous maneuvers cause the driver to lose control of his vehicle, and plummet off the road, killing him instantly. Paul finds a passport in the man's jacket, identifying him as Henri Duchamp.
Paul shows the passport to the local police inspector who seems highly suspicious of the attack on Paul.
When he gets back to his hotel and opens his luggage, one of the cases contains women's clothing, a mixup that must have occurred in Rome due to the fact that he and Michele had identical pieces - something that can be sorted out when they see each other after the race.
During the night Paul senses someone entering his room. He jumps out of bed, and goes for the intruder's legs, and after a brief struggle, gets a hold of their gun. It turns out to be Michele who says Paul nearly killed her, but Paul says that if he doesn't get a good explanation, he'll be filing charges against her for attempted murder.
She goes across the room and opens the suitcase that was exchanged with Paul's identical one, taking out two books which are actually containers. Inside each are large handfuls of gems.
When Paul says he hasn't seen the jewels before, Michele tells him that Krieger thinks that Paul stole them by switching the two cases
Michele tells Paul that Krieger isn't aware that she has come to him, and until now, she was not sure herself that the switch was an accident, the luggage being so uncommon.
When Paul asks, Michele confirms that Krieger has men out looking for him, but is surprised that he knows since Krieger believed him to be going direct to Turin, and not making the road trip that only she was aware of.
Paul relates how the man trying to kill him went off the road, but Michele denies that Krieger would have such a thing done.
She tells him the jewels were not being smuggled, but only “transported” - belonging to an Italian industrialist named Carpella.
Paul immediately recognizes the name of the famous gem collection, and demands an explanation, which Michele is reluctant to give, being sworn to secrecy. But Paul's threats to bring in the police force her to disclose that Carpella's industrial empire is on the verge of collapse.
To avoid scandal and ruin, his close associate, Erich Krieger, lent him forty million dollars with the gems as security. If Carpella's problems were to be publically known, Michele says that it would cost Krieger five times the forty million.
Michele phones Krieger immediately to advise that the jewels are safe.
Back in Switzerland, she tells him that he owes Paul an apology, since he'd been unaware of the existence of the gems, the switch of identical bags being only an accident.
Krieger agrees, and asks her to extend his invitation to Paul for skiing after the motor race, saying jovially that if he doesn't come willingly, Krieger will have him brought by force.
Michele rings Paul at the hotel in Trente to tell him of the invitation, and as they speak, Krieger's mother, an expert in precious stones, is examining the Carpella Collection.
She declares the jewels to be excellent fakes.
And while Michele, still on the phone with Paul, adding the joke about her boss having him brought to Krieger by force if he doesn't come skiing willingly, Krieger is on another line with his security personnel, ordering that two men bring Paul and everything in his possession to Switzerland immediately from the French side of the Italian border.
When he comes into his room that evening, Paul is jumped by Krieger's men, drugged and brought to Switzerland. Krieger compliments Paul on his scheme, and adds that, had his mother not been coincidentally present when the stones were brought back, they would have been put away in a vault for years without being noticed.
Both speak angrily, Paul denying any knowledge of the theft and Krieger saying that there is more at stake than money, and the welfare of thousands of people will be affected by Paul's deed.
Krieger stresses his belief in the law, but says the loss of the jewels cannot be made public, and he must extract from Paul the location where they are hidden.
Paul tries to use logic, saying that he'd never seen the gems to make copies of them, but Krieger counters that they are aware of his association with Carpella's former security guard, Henri Duchamp.
When Paul says that he thought Duchamp was working for Krieger, the industrialist accuses Paul of killing him.
Paul says that there is a more obvious suspect than he.
Krieger says that he's eliminated Michele because her unusual and costly luggage was bought a year previously, but Paul's was purchased three months earlier, around the time the negotiations with Carpella began.
Referring to Paul's career, Krieger says that the expensive lifestyle Paul was leading since leaving his law practice required a huge injection of cash.
Just then, Krieger's mother walks into the room, and Paul makes an impromptu decision.
He knocks Krieger over, then uses his mother as a shield, quickly exiting the room and locking her into the office with Krieger and the security guards.
Men run after Paul, shooting at him, but he escapes through a wood to the road, and when Michele happens to be driving by and stops when she sees him, he jumps in her car and speeds off, guns firing after them.
He returns to Tende and the police inspector who'd investigated incident with Duchamp. The inspector is angry that Paul left town without informing him, but also noted that he left several personal items behind him.
Paul says he has been running from a powerful man for days, and needs help in solving the mystery of Duchamp. The inspector shows Paul a card that was in Duchamp's passport case.
On it is a telephone number which the inspector has already determined is not in France or Italy, but he says the Swiss authorities would not cooperate with him to find an address to match it.
Paul goes to Interlaken, and stops a girl coming out of the telephone office. She is offended, but Paul goes on to say she reminds him of a woman who worked at the phone office whom he knew when in a Paris hospital during the War.
This softens her up, and they go to an outdoor café where he admits the story was a hoax, and what he really wants from her is the address to match a phone number.
Sympathetically, she tells him it would be against the law, and she might be dismissed from her job. He tells her that his life depends on it, and she says that it would have been easier, were he the lecher she originally thought him to be.
That night Paul goes to a house in Interlaken, and manages to break in. He looks around until a car drives up. Paul then goes back outside, and grabs Jeanne just as she's about to go to the door, and wrests her gun away.
Despite all they've meant to one another, Paul says that he'll shoot her if he has to.
They go inside, and he picks up the phone to call Krieger, but isn't able to reach him immediately. Michele tells Paul that if Duchamp tried to kill him, it was his own idea.
She goes on to say that Duchamp had carefully picked Paul from a list of people who had luggage like Michele's.
The whole plan rested on Paul, and that's why she got to know him. Michele says that there's still forty million dollars at stake, and she knows where the jewels are. But Paul says that he does too, holding a note that there is a package waiting for her at the post office.
The phone rings, and it is Krieger. Paul tells him to come to Interlaken and pick up his secretary - and his gems.
After the Turin race Paul is a guest for a party in Krieger's home. He expresses his appreciation to Paul that he has said nothing about the jewels or Carpella's problems.
Krieger adds that many men would have been vindictive in Paul's position, and that he did something for Krieger that he didn't deserve, so that he will be glad to reciprocate any time.
Just then Paul noa check for a million dollars to The Garms Clinic. When Paul confirms that it is for medical research, Krieger says that he's not a philanthropist, but will send a half a million, then asks if the appeal was a revelation about Paul's lifestyle.
tices Michele, and Krieger says that he's kept her on for her boldness and imagination, though he doubts he will ever involve her in anything so sensitive again.
Paul asks Krieger about the offer of help, and asks him to make out
Paul just excuses himself, and goes over to Michele. She is a bit taken aback, but he tells her not to be frightened, and adds, “you might never understand this, but meeting you might have saved my life.” Then he toasts her in Spanish, and she says the words in English, “health, money and love, and time to spend."