Tag Archives: Crime

The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Time to Remember (Review)

This is Harry H. Corbett’s second appearance in The Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of British B movies, and it’s a very different role to Inspector Bruce in Marriage of Convenience. Corbett gave a straightforward performance as Bruce, verging on bland … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Number Six (Review)

A few entries into this series of Edgar Wallace B Movies recently have not really been murder mysteries, and once again we are into the realms of a crime thriller here rather than a mystery. That gives us only two … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Share Out (Review)

This entry in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of British B movies shows us the most civilised looking criminal gang I have ever seen. They look like a group of smart business people having a meeting about their company finances, … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Flat Two (Review)

“I’m going away for a little vacation, the South of France, Italy, Greece, I would like to pay this debt myself before I go… it would make my vacation enjoyable, and much more enjoyable if you came with me, especially … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Candidate for Murder

This entry in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B movies isn’t really a mystery at all, and barely even features the police, but there are plenty of twists and turns along the way. Donald Edwards is a sad, twisted … Continue reading

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Columbo: Double Shock (Review)

The first season of Columbo very quickly hit upon the magic formula that makes the series work so well and sets it apart from any other crime drama: show us a murder perpetrated by somebody rich and/or powerful, place the … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Most Dangerous Match (Review)

Ever heard of Magnus Carlsen? Viswanathan Anand? Vladamir Kramnik? Veselin Topalov? Probably not, and I certainly hadn’t until I went onto Wikipedia to check, but those are the most recent World Chess Champions at the time of writing. Now how … Continue reading

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Columbo: A Stitch in Crime (Review)

One of the most effective tactics Columbo employs is to hound the person he thinks is the murderer until he or she gets flustered and makes a mistake. So what happens when the murderer is a man like Dr. Barry … Continue reading

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Columbo: Requiem for a Falling Star (Review)

Actress Nora Chandler is being blackmailed by a biographer who has discovered a serious fraud in her background. Complicating matters further, her long-term faithful secretary, Jean Davis, is involved with the biographer, Jerry Parks, and is going to marry him. … Continue reading

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Columbo: Dagger of the Mind (Review)

Lt. Columbo is visiting London, the land of “Scotland Yard, Jack the Ripper, and all that,” and he’s very excited. He rushes around like a hyperactive child, photographing the Changing of the Guard, anything that looks remotely like a landmark, … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Most Crucial Game (Review)

A sport is being played in a big stadium, represented by some grainy stock footage. It’s that game that’s a bit like rugby, but with lots of lines drawn on the grass and players wearing an amusing amount of padding. … Continue reading

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Columbo: The Greenhouse Jungle (Review)

Sometimes a television show finds a perfect formula that guarantees the series will be successful as long as it sticks with that formula. The magic fairy dust for Columbo was always the dramatic irony of the reversal of the usual … Continue reading

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Columbo: Etude in Black (Review)

Jenifer Welles is an enormously talented pianist. In fact, she is so talented that she can vaguely flutter her hands over the same few keys all the time and somehow the results of her efforts sound like a virtuoso performance. … Continue reading

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The White Trap (Film Review)

Each of the DVD box sets of Edgar Wallace Mysteries contains a bonus film, unconnected to the film series apart from being Anglo-Amalgamated Productions B movies from around the same time. The second volume has The White Trap from 1959, … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Backfire! (Review)

When cleaner Mrs Chenko greets her employer in a lift with the words “mind you don’t kick the bucket”, she has no idea how ironic that is. Within a few days, both of them will be dead. The company where … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Sinister Man (Review)

Who is the “sinister man” of the title of this film? We shouldn’t read too much into this, as the title is taken from a book, and the plot bears little relation to the book from which the title is … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Never Back Losers (Review)

Never Back Losers is an unusual entry into the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of films. There is no detective, and for much of the film I didn’t think there was going to be a murder either. Despite that, I found … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Man Detained (Review)

We start once again with a burglary at a business premises and a safe being cracked. This time the thief in question, Frank Murray, really hits the jackpot, finding £10,000 in cash. How much is that in today’s money? Answer: … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Attempt to Kill (Review)

This is a curiously structured murder mystery because the running time is about the usual 55 minutes for this film series, but it takes 30 minutes for the first murder to happen. That actually works surprisingly well, because we know … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Clue of the Silver Key

Bernard Lee is back as Superintendent Meredith and he’s even more watchable than last time, mainly because of a very entertaining double act with young bobby on the beat Quigley, played with an endearing air of bewilderment by future Doctor … Continue reading

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