The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
CW Briggs is a veteran insurance investigator, with many successes. Betty Ann Fitzgerald is a new employee in the company he works for, with the task of reorganizing the office. They don't like each other - or at least that's what they think. During a night out with the rest of the office employees, they go to watch Voltan, a magician who secretly hypnotizes both of them.
ActorsStarring: Dan Aykroyd, Helen Hunt, Woody Allen, Charlize Theron, David Ogden Stiers, Brian Markinson, John Tormey, John Schuck, Elizabeth Berkley, Kaili Vernoff, Maurice Sonnenberg, Peter Gerety, Kevin Cahoon, Wallace Shawn, Vince Giordano, Kenneth Edelson, Brian McConnachie, Judy Gold, Ira Wheeler, Tina Sloan, Ramsey Faragallah, Arthur J. Nascarella, Irwin Corey, Michael Mulheren, Peter Linari, Dan Moran, Ray Garvey, John Doumanian, Philip Levy, Howard Alden, Ted Sommer, Randy Sandke, Peter Ecklund, Joel Helleny, Chuck Wilson, Raymond Beckenstein, Lawrence Feldman, Ken Peplowski, Carole Bayeux, Herb Lovelle, Carmen, Patrick Horgan, Howard Erskine, Bob Dorian, Trude Klein, Bruce Brown, Dick Hyman
In 1940, C.W. Briggs (Woody Allen) is an insurance investigator in New York City who is highly successful, owing to his many connections and ability to think like a criminal. His work does not impress Betty Ann Fitzgerald (Helen Hunt), an efficiency expert who butts heads with C.W. over his old-fashioned views. Her advice is usually followed, however, because she secretly is in a relationship with her boss, Chris Magruder (Dan Aykroyd), who constantly reassures her that they will be free to pursue their relationship in public once he finalizes his divorce with his wife.
While attending a dinner with some employees, Voltan (David Ogden Stiers), a stage magician calls on Betty Ann and C.W. to be in his hypnotism act. Using the words “Madagascar” and “Constantinople” on them respectively as trigger words to put them in a trance, the two are given the suggestion that they are newlyweds who are madly in love before being reawakened. When C.W. returns home for the evening, he receives a call from Voltan, who uses C.W.’s trigger word to put him back in a trance and orders him to steal jewels for him. C.W. has no recollections of these crimes after he is woken up and is determined to prove himself by solving the crimes. He starts investigating Betty Ann on the grounds of her suspicious behavior (actually related to her affair with Chris) and sneaks into her house one evening. There, he witnesses Chris telling her that he has reconciled with his wife and will not have a divorce. When he leaves, Betty Ann becomes drunk in a fit of depression and tries to jump out of a window. C.W. stops her and spends the night keeping her from other self-destructive activities…