Who Says You Can't Make Money In The Theater?

The scene is Singapore, 1941: In Freddy's Song of Singapore cafe, ceiling fans whir, a jazz band plays, and a chanteuse entertains. Beneath a lantern glow, patrons dance or sip drinks called Taiwanons and Frank Sumatras. Suddenly, there's a news bulletin: Some famous Chinese jewels have been stolen. Moments later, a man rushes in, drops the gems, and dies.

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