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The Man Who Changed His Name (1934)

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Very funny murder mystery from the pen of Edgar Wallace
30 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This British quickie adapts a lesser-known story by Edgar Wallace, one which had already been tackled twice in the 1920s. It's unusual for the author in that there isn't a string of murders taking place here, rather this is a comic mystery in which an adulteress and her lover become convinced that her husband is a murderer with designs on their lives.

It's actually a very funny and unusually-plotted film. There's a real sense of the macabre as the protagonists become caught up in their own endless nightmare from which there seems to be no escape. The film keeps you guessing to the very end, and makes fine use of limited locations so you don't really notice the lack of budget.

Although the loathsome protagonists are less than likable characters, Lyn Harding as the husband puts in an effective performance on which the whole film hangs. It can't have been easy to play it so ambiguously and he does very well, helping to make the film the success that it is. Wallace fans will lap this one up.


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