After the coup has been foiled, Stacey (Ray Barrett) meets Cathy, the child/woman (Janet Scrivener), at a café. As her godfather, he had given her a golliwog, when she was eight. Now he buys her another and ruminates on what it has all meant, with a Salvation Army band playing in the background. He says goodbye to the paradise she represents.
A memorable piece of romantic narration brings the subtext to the surface and the film to a close. The idea of an older man’s longing for the pure beauty of a young woman is pretty standard in hard-boiled American detective fiction, but here it’s given a touch of literary grace, to elevate the emotions. Stacey has been resisting temptations all through the movie, unless they involve alcohol. There are many references to the Book of Genesis – including snakes and pieces of fruit. Stacey is thus a kind of fallen angel in the Garden of Eden. Saving Cathy is his bid for redemption.
His final joke, speaking into the banana, is because he has found out the banana conceals a listening device.