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The Face Behind the Scar (1937)

Return of a Stranger (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Romance | 29 February 1940 (USA)
James Martin and Carol Wall have plans to elope, but a fight with her father's solicitor ends in murder committed by an unknown third-party, and Martin is hunted for the crime, knowing the ... See full summary »

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Ellis Jeffreys ...
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James Martin and Carol Wall have plans to elope, but a fight with her father's solicitor ends in murder committed by an unknown third-party, and Martin is hunted for the crime, knowing the solicitor was alive when he left him. Carol refuses to speak to him, and he escapes on a ship to South Africa. There, he is the victim of an accident that disfigures his face, and he returns to England to clear his name, believing he won't be recognized. Other than by everybody who knew him, it turns out. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Well worth an hour or so of your time...
14 September 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This relatively unknown drama is typical fare for its time.

The leading man of the story is wrongly thought to be a murderer and flees his homeland when his fiancé also suspects him of the murder. Some years later he is facially disfigured while rescuing fellow workers from a chemical fire in his adopted country.

After recuperation from this heroic deed he is transferred back to England with a job promotion, unrecognizable as the person who left in disgrace. Naturally, the new appointment is with the same people who he was involved with before leaving, his ex. fiancé and all. It's not too long before several people start to realize just who he is, including the police.

Of course the true murderer is finally trapped by some deft police deduction. The ex. fiancé who had married an uncaring person in a cold relationship is divorced by the husband and is immediately swept up by our hero, presumably to live happily ever after.

The acting is quite good, the storyline plausible, and well worth a look. Four out of five stars from me.


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