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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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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Man at the Carlton Tower

This 1961 entry into the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B Movies is the first offering on the second DVD set. It starts in a very different way to any of the previous ones, with a burglary being committed. The … Continue reading

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Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man

We start with a woman using letters cut out from newspapers to create a ransom letter, while a reel-to-reel tape player sits on the desk beside her. It looks like something from a different world now, but in 1971 this … Continue reading

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Columbo: Prescription: Murder

What happens when a psychiatrist, who deeply understands the workings of the human mind, commits a premeditated murder? Can he outfox a clever detective? As Columbo points out, in the field of crime, he’s the professional. The Motive You might … Continue reading

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Columbo: Blueprint for Murder

How do you hide a body so that nobody will ever be able to find it? Architect Elliott Markham thinks he has found the answer to that question, but Lieutenant Columbo might have other ideas… The Motive Elliott Markham is … Continue reading

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Columbo: Short Fuse

You’ve got to watch those people called Roger. They can be tricky folks to deal with. Roger Stanford is quite the practical joker and nobody likes one of those. They think they are funny, but they tend to end up … Continue reading

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Columbo: Lady in Waiting

The perfect crime. No need for an alibi. A man comes home, can’t get into the house, decides to use the French windows where his sister is supposed to be sleeping, trips the alarm she says has been switched off, … Continue reading

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Columbo: Suitable for Framing

Suitable for Framing is a very suitable title for this episode, because it is framed by two of the greatest scenes of any Columbo episode. The denouement in particular is quite possibly Columbo’s greatest moment, but the picture framed here … Continue reading

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Columbo: Dead Weight

Most episodes of Columbo revolve around a clever pre-meditated murder, committed by somebody highly intelligent and often powerful and/or rich. Although the murderer fits the usual profile (rich and powerful, in this instance a war hero), the murder itself is … Continue reading

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Columbo: Death Lends a Hand

In this, the second episode of the first season of Columbo, the brilliant Robert Culp stars as Carl Brimmer, an incredibly wealthy and successful private investigator. It seems that Columbo’s adversaries are going to follow a pattern of wealthy, powerful … Continue reading

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October Moth

This British B movie from 1960 is melodramatic and tries to be Film Noir, neither of which are qualities I particularly look for in a film. I only ended up watching it because it’s an extra bonus feature on the … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Fourth Square

This instalment in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries film series opens with a burglar sneaking into a darkened room, opening a safe, taking one specific item, and then sticking some little squares on the wall. It’s an odd and creepy start, … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Clue of the New Pin

I suppose the best way to describe this entry into the Edgar Wallace Mysteries film series is a locked room mystery. There certainly isn’t a lot of mystery apart from that, with the identity of the killer in no doubt … Continue reading

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