The Rocketeer,

Minute 016: A Simple Snatch and Grab

May 15, 2017



Cliff and Peevy drive away in Peevy’s pickup truck with the statue of Lucky Lindy in the truck bed.

Meanwhile, meet Eddie Valentine. He’s at the home of actor Neville Sinclair, in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Ennis house, just south of Griffith Park in Hollywood. Eddy is accompanied by his two henchmen, Mike and Spanish Johnny.

“What’s going on, Sinclair?” asks Valentine. “Lenny is dead, Wilmer is wrapped up like a mummy at County General — you didn’t play straight with me.”

Meet Neville Sinclair, a moustachioed Errol Flynn-style actor with a theatrical British accent and manner. Sinclair is wearing jodhpurs and carries a fencing epeé.

“Sorry about your boy, Eddie –truly,” says Eddie, as he waves his epeé in a practiced style. “Now, what went wrong?”

“What went wrong?” echoes Eddie, “It’s the Feds that went wrong! This was supposed to be a simple snatch and grab. What the hell is going on?”

“I didn’t say it would be simple, Eddie,” replies Sinclair, “and  ‘snatch and grab’ is what you’re supposed to be good at. It’s what I pay you for. Now — where’s the package?”

“Nothing’s going to happen with me and my boys,” says Valentine, “until you tell me exactly why this merchandise is so important to the Feds.” Neville closes his eyes and says nothing.  With no response from Sinclair, Eddie nods his head, says, “send me a check,” and turns to leave. “Let’s get out of here, boys, ” says Eddie.

“It’s a rocket,” says Sinclair, not looking at Valentine.

Eddie pauses, turns, and says, “A rocket?”

Sinclair smiles. “Yeah,” says Neville.

In This Minute

Alan Arkin as Peevy
Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord
Paul Sorvino as Eddie Valentine
Timothy Dalton as Neville Sinclair
Robert Miranda as Spanish Johnny
Daniel O’Shea as Mike



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