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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Downfall

Nadja Regin is back for her third appearance in an Edgar Wallace Mysteries B-movie. It had been a good couple of years since Number Six and Solo for Sparrow, because she had become a Bond girl, appearing in both From … Continue reading

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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Star Trek II is usually considered the best of the classic movie series. (I think that distinction goes to The Undiscovered Country, however this is a close contender and both were directed by Nicholas Meyer.)  Like most Trek, there are … Continue reading

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Star Trek: The Motion Picture

The year is 1979.  I am 7 years old and sitting in my living room in the far corner by the large brown chair when my grandfather comes over.  He has a newspaper with him and offers to take me … Continue reading

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The Man in the Back Seat (Film Review)

The bonus film on the fifth volume of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries DVDs takes us back to 1961, for a Malcolm Hulke and Eric Paice adaptation of an Edgar Wallace thriller. This is a film noir effort, which showcases what … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Five to One

What’s the moral of this story? Something about the best laid plans? No, I think it’s the importance of knowing when to quit. Alan Roper is the leader of a gang of small-time crooks, and he is thinking big. We … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Accidental Death

If there is one defining feature of the majority of these Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies, I would have to say it’s the lack of a mystery. They might better have been described as thrillers, although that description often would … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Partner (Review)

Any filmed mystery series will probably set a story at a film studio eventually. It’s not hard to see why it would be so tempting to do that. You don’t have to build any sets, you don’t have to travel … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: To Have and to Hold (Review)

Apart from Carry on Sergeant, I have never seen William Hartnell in anything other than Doctor Who, which is probably a major omission for a fan of the show, so I was very pleased to see him among the cast … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Rivals (Review)

Once again this is a thriller rather than a mystery, but these are the kinds of stories the Edgar Wallace series of B movies did the best, exploring moral grey areas with no obvious hero character. The closest we come … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Double (Review)

The sub-one-hour format of these Edgar Wallace Mysteries often necessitates a compressed form of storytelling in order to fit everything in. Some writers handled that better than others. For The Double, screenplay writers Lindsay Galloway and John Roddick start their … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Ricochet (Review)

When a husband finds out that his wife is having an affair, he could be expected to be somewhat aggrieved about that. Not so for Alan Phipps (Richard Leech), who instead decides to team up with his wife’s boyfriend John … Continue reading

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House of Mystery (1961) Review

This 1961 ghost story B movie is included on the fourth volume of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries DVD sets. A young couple who are house hunting go to view a beautiful house in the country, which is priced remarkable cheaply. … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Return to Sender (Review)

Initially this seems like a relatively simple entry into the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B movies. Dino Steffano (Nigel Davenport) has been working a clever scam where he filters money from his business partners through a fake company in … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: On the Run (Review)

It’s a bit soon for Philip Locke to be back after he was so memorable in Incident at Midnight, but he drops out of the story very early on anyway. He is one of two criminals breaking into an office … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The £20,000 Kiss (Review)

When barrister and politician Sir Harold Trevitt (Michael Goodliffe) shares an impromptu kiss with his neighbour Maxine Hagen (Dawn Addams), her maid Paula (Mia Karam) catches them in the act and then blackmails them. It seems the Edgar Wallace Mysteries … Continue reading

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Kizumonogatari (Review)

Anyone who has watched any of the Monogatari series will probably know that it is difficult to decide what order to watch the various different instalments. My default approach is normally to go with the original release order, but that … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Incident at Midnight (Review)

This series of Edgar Wallace B movies seems to be getting increasingly complex, and Incident at Midnight in particular demands the full attention of the viewer. If you want to read reviews of this film series there are slim pickings … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Set Up (Review)

After a couple of turkeys, I was starting to think the best days were behind this series of B movies, but this is a little gem of a film. If you’re a Columbo fan, you’ll probably love this one, because … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Death Trap (Review)

The action centres around an investment broker in this 1962 entry in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B movies. Carol Halston turns up at Paul Heindrik’s office, concerned about the circumstances surrounding her sister’s death. She consulted Heindrik for … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Locker Sixty-Nine (Review)

This 1962 instalment in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries film series demands the viewer’s full attention. The problem is, it doesn’t earn the viewer’s full attention as well. The story is incredibly complex for a 50 minute film. The idea is … Continue reading

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