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Someone at the Door (1936)

A penniless brother and sister move back into their childhood home, a rundown country manor. Their plans to launch his journalistic career by faking her murder go awry when they fall foul ... See full summary »

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A penniless brother and sister move back into their childhood home, a rundown country manor. Their plans to launch his journalistic career by faking her murder go awry when they fall foul of a gang of jewel thieves trying to find the loot stashed somewhere in the house. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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Knock knock! Who's there?
22 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A somewhat uneven spoof of the familiar ingredients of crime thrillers and mysteries of the day. Aileen Marson, who was to die tragically young, plays Sally Martin, who visits an isolated country house she has inherited, accompanied by her journalist brother Ronald, and her fiancée, Bill. This trio are straight out of Agatha Christie and Ronald comes up with an eccentric publicity stunt; Sally will go into hiding, and he will then act suspiciously and be falsely accused of her murder. Enter a gang of jewel thieves - every other quota quickie seemed to feature stolen jewellery somewhere along the line - only one of whom knows the exact location of the loot, buried somewhere in the vicinity of the house.

All the stock situations - the lonely house with secret passages and hidden chambers - and characters - the plucky ingénue, the dim-witted local copper and truculent double-crossing crooks with a 'surprise' leader, are knowingly presented. There's also an American gangster type, played by Noah Beery in one of a string of British films he made in the mid Thirties. It becomes more of a straight thriller for a time towards the end, including Beery menacing Marson, threatening to blind her with a cigarette, before the more farcical elements come to the fore again.


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