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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Malpas Mystery

We are going back in time to 1960 for The Malpas Mystery, which was the third of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies. As it was made at a different studio its inclusion in the series is apparently debatable, although … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Never Mention Murder

These Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies sometimes play out like an episode of Columbo but with all the scenes featuring Columbo edited out. The murderer is the focus of the whole film, with the police inspector only showing up right … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Act of Murder

The first twenty minutes of this one-hour B movie are logical enough. Tim Ford (the excellent John Carson) is trying to get former actress Anne Longman (Justine Lord) to return to acting, because he is in love with her, but … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Face of a Stranger

Norman Stanley Fletcher, you have pleaded guilty to the charges brought by this court, and it is now my duty to pass sentence… oh, sorry. Wrong series. This is far from being a comedy, but it does start off in … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Who Was Maddox?

This is a rare treat: an Edgar Wallace Mystery that is actually a mystery. Writer Roger Marshall manages to pack a lot of story into 60 minutes, but I never found it difficult to follow, despite a complicated plot with … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: We Shall See

It’s strange that this series of B movies was promoted as mystery thrillers when they are almost always nothing of the sort. In We Shall See there isn’t even a crime committed until there are only four minutes of the … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Verdict

We’ve been here before with the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series of B movies: a story of the battle between two groups of criminals. Previously this has tended to be big, organised crime vs small time crooks, but this time we … Continue reading

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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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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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