Scenes Cut From the US Screening on PBS
Many thanks to Lynette for noting the cut scenes.
- An entire scene is missing following the scene where Milner and Edith Ashford have tea.Sam and Joe are walking at the Bandstand near the seafront, hand in hand.
Sam: Tell me about California. I've no idea what it's like.
Joe: What do you think?
Sam: I don't know
oranges and movie stars? Joe laughs. Everybody in huge cars.
Joe: Sure. Even Lassie had his own limousine.
Sam: Tell me about the street where you live.
Joe: (suddenly sober) No. I don't want to talk about it. I haven't been home in nine months.
Sam: Why so long?
Joe: They trained us at Fort Benning in Virginia [editor's note: this is a goof. Fort Benning is actually in Georgia] and they shipped us out here.
Sam: Have you spoken to your parents?
Joe: They give us six minutes a week. (Smiles again.) War is hell, right? Hey, let's get an ice soda.
Sam: You'll be lucky. We haven't had ice cream here since 1940. And none of the pubs are open, so don't ask for a beer.
Joe: I love this country, you know? Everything about it is so
Joe: Impossible! (They face each other, both smiling, for a long moment.) So, have you thought about what I asked?
Sam: Of course I have. I haven't thought about anything else.
Sam: You know, I'm very fond of you, Joe, but I
hardly know you. My mother would have a fit if I just upped and left without even introducing you first.
Joe: Well, we could get a horse and buggy, and have a dance and invite all the neighbors! (Spreads his arms wide with an infectious grin.)
Sam: You've been reading too much Jane Austen.
Joe: (with mock formality) Well, I would be exceedingly obliged, Miss Stewart, if you would be the next Mrs Farnetti.
Sam: blushing Stop it.
Joe: Well is it a yes or a no?
Sam: I don't know. You'll have to give me more time, I'm afraid.
Joe: Well, you can have all the time you want.
Sam: Good. (The pair walk off hand-in-hand.)
- The next missing scene fell just after Foyle's first visit to Brian Jones. Leonard Cartwright is pacing in a police interview room. DCS Fielding enters. His attitude, as before, is hostile.
Fielding: Who are you? What do you want?
Cartwright: My name is Leonard Cartwright.
Fielding: Yes, the desk sergeant told me.
Cartwright: I served with Tom Jenkins on the Navarino.
Fielding: (sarcastically) Well, that's very nice for you, Mr. Cartwright. But have you brought me any new information?
Cartwright: Are you the officer in charge of the murder investigation?
Cartwright: You're the one who arrested Martin Ashford. (Fielding nods.) Well, you've made a mistake.
Fielding: Have I?
Cartwright: Please, Mr Fielding, hear me out. (Deep sigh.) I owe my life to Tom Jenkins. You know he was decorated for bravery. I was - I was one of the people that he saved.
Fielding: Go on.
Cartwright: I was floating in the water after we'd been torpedoed. He helped me onto a raft. If he hadn't done that I'd have frozen to death.
Fielding: I'd imagine, then, that you'd have every interest in wanting his killer brought to justice.
Cartwright: That's exactly the point, yes. Of course. But the thing is, you see, I know Martin Ashford. I mean, Hythe is a small place. Everyone knows everyone. And I know he couldn't possibly have committed this crime.
Fielding: Were you with him at midnight on August the fifth?
Fielding: Well, were you on the beach? Did you see who did it?
Cartwright: No. Ashford and I are both Quakers. We went to the same meeting house.
Fielding: You fought.
Cartwright: Yes. I gave up my religion when the war began. With what was happening in the world, it didn't just seem relevant anymore.
Fielding: But he didn't.
Cartwright: He's a pacifist. Surely you can see what that means! He doesn't have it in him to kill.
Fielding: Thank you for coming in, Mr. Cartwright.
Cartwright: You haven't listened to me. It doesn't matter what I just said.
Fielding: I have listened to you. You're wasting my time. (Turns and walks out of the room.)
- A line is missing from the end of the scene where Foyle interrogates Elsie Jenkins. When she pleads that she needs to go lie down, Foyle urges her, "You should see a doctor."
- A section of dialogue is cut from Fielding's visit to Foyle's office, just after the former tells the latter he's retiring:
Fielding: I'm retiring, you know.
Foyle: I didn't know.
Fielding: End of the year. I'm fed up with it, if you want the truth. Fed up with the whole thing. I've been in this job too long. Twenty-odd years, same as you. I don't see the point anymore. So it's time to go.
I thought you might like this
(and produces the murder weapon; the scene picks up as shown)
- The next cut was a seemingly extraneous little exchange which does nothing to advance the plot, but which affords a cameo appearance to a real-life man named "Christopher Foyle", chairman of Foyles Bookshop in London and Anthony Horowitz' inspiration for the name of his fictional DCS. The bookseller would later confess in a Radio Times interview that it took him about 15 takes to get his brief scene "in the can"! (The interview is archived at www.foyleswar.com under 'Media - Magazines and Newspapers - Season Four - "Perfect Foyle"'.)
After parting company with Joe at his front steps, Foyle turns and goes up to open the door. A man passing by [the real CF] greets him:
Man: Ah, good evening, Christopher. Did you get the book?
Foyle: I did, thank you.
- A short scene has been cut right after Foyle's first conversation with Leonard Cartwright. Mark Wilcox enters the hospital and approaches the doctor who is treating Elsie Jenkins.
Wilcox: Excuse me. I understand you have a patient here. A young woman from Foxhall Farm.
Dr. Brindley: I don't -
Wilcox: Elsie Jenkins.
Dr. Brindley:: Oh, yes! She works on a farm, I believe. She lives in Hythe.
Wilcox: I wondered if I might be able to see her.
Dr. Brindley: Are you a relative?
Wilcox: A friend.
Dr. Brindley: I'm afraid she's not well enough to see anyone.
Wilcox: Can I at least look in on her, just for a moment? It is very important.
Dr. Brindley: I'm sorry. I've just explained that Mrs Jenkins is too ill to see anyone. (He walks away leaving a frustrated Wilcox behind.)
- A brief exchange was cut just after Foyle has left Sam after his first visit to her in hospital and spoken to Joe ("Speak to the doctor"). Milner is getting out of a car and meets him just as the DCS exits the building.
Milner: Sir? They found Styles. He was trying to leave Hastings. He was caught by the Home Guard.
Foyle: Where is he?
Milner: He's at the station.
The two get into the Wolseley and head off.
- An entire scene between Foyle and Fielding is gone; it falls between Milner's reconciliation with Edith and Foyle's final visit to Sam in the hospital. The two police offices are meeting for drinks in a pub.
Fielding: Thank you for coming. I owe you an apology.
Foyle: Do you?
Fielding: I arrested the wrong man. And then when you turned up, I treated you like you were the one who didn't know what he was doing.
Fielding: You know, there's one thing I couldn't understand. Why did Jenkins say his wife's name when he died?
Foyle: Did he?
Fielding: Yeah. Well, it seems odd that there was no love lost between them and yet, his dying words were "Elsie".
Foyle: "Elsie" or "L.C."?
(a sudden wry smile.) Leonard Cartwright. Of course!
Foyle: It's just a thought.
how long ago was it when I met you? How old were we? Twenty-one, twenty-two? Young soldiers off to the war. It was a different world then. Of course, we didn't know what we were going to go through.
Foyle: Well, we got through it.
Fielding: You may have. Not me. I never told you
April 1915. Ypres. I was there with a bunch of Canadians. It was a day like any other, which is to say, pretty hellish at the best of times. And then I saw it coming towards us. A cloud, green. Almost luminescent. It was completely silent, moving as if it had a life of its own. We didn't run. Nobody even moved. We'd no idea what it was
and then the pain. There were people screaming, coughing blood, tearing at their own faces , blind
nobody knew what was happening. How could we? You see, that was the first time
the Boche released 170 tons of chloride gas. Do you know what the operation was called? Disinfection. Well, they disinfected us! I was one of the lucky ones. I still feel it inside now. It's still burning, inside me.
Foyle: quietly Well, we won. We came through.
Fielding: (bitterly) Did we? Look around you, Christopher. There's so much evil, so much bad blood! Humanity stinks! I just want to go somewhere quiet and watch the sun set. You'll go on fighting, I know you will. I've had enough.