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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Dead Man’s Chest

The idea for this film takes some believing. John Thaw plays David Jones, a young journalist who decides to fake a murder in order to generate a hoax story to make headlines. He is after “interviews, syndicated rights, television”. It’s … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Strangler’s Web

We are really getting into the spirit of the 60s here, with some interesting dance techniques at a hip and happening discotheque. Playing the most 1960s of all possible characters is Pauline Boty, better known for her pop art and … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Change Partners

This seems to be one of the most popular Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies, and it’s not difficult to see why. The acting is superb, and the plot is gripping from beginning to end. It’s not my cup of tea … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Game for Three Losers

The majority of these Edgar Wallace Mysteries seem to fall into two categories: crooks vs crooks, or blackmail plots. This is the latter, although it’s quite unusual because there are no fatalities. Normally, blackmail is the briefest ever profession and … Continue reading

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The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: The Main Chance

What’s happened to the theme music? Michael Carr’s familiar Man of Mystery is gone, to be replaced by a load of random bangs and crashes, as if a child has got hold of a drum kit. Much more familiar is … Continue reading

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Seven Keys (1961)

Welcome back for the final series of reviews of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries B movies. We are on the seventh DVD set, and I thought it was appropriate to conclude with the last ever Edgar Wallace film, so lets kick … Continue reading

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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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