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David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Barry K. Barnes ...
John Warwick ...
Johnnie Clayton
Philip Leaver ...
'Harelip' Murphy (as Phillip Leaver)
James Birrie ...
David Keir ...
Tom Gill ...
Peter Brown
Edward Lexy ...
Inspector Hollis
Garry Marsh ...
Kenneth Buckley ...
Ken Marquis
Jack Vyvian ...


David Kier, one of the thieves in a sensational jewel robbery and subsequent trial, is set free when the turns King's Evidence on the other members. Kier refuses to give reporter Simon Drake an interview, as Simon thinks he will probably be killed by other gang members, but Simon makes note of his address. Simon is fired by his city editor, MacGregor, for failing to cover another assignment and the editor says he would not believe Kier's murder if reported by Simon even if it happened. Simon returns home and is persuaded by his wife Pat to have a drink or two. The tipsy Simon, as a joke, telephones Sim and tells him that Kier has just been murdered, and the excited Sim hangs up before Simon can explain it is just a joke. But Kier has really been murdered and Inspector Holly learns from Sim that Simon had telephoned him with the news at 3:10 A.M., but knows that Kier was not murdered until 4:35 A.M. The Inspector also finds a recently-fired revolver in Simon's flat, and arrests him. ... Written by Les Adams <>

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He doesn't report the news...he makes it!


Comedy | Crime | Mystery





Release Date:

18 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En Kugle i Vente  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


Followed by Shadows of the Underworld (1939) See more »

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First Class Mystery
9 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Barry Barnes stars as Simon Drake, a top flight London newspaper reporter. He predicts the murder of Brown, a criminal who was just released from prison. Predictions like that get Scotland Yard's attention and Drake is questioned about the murder. It's revealed his prediction was in fact a prank aimed at his former editor, MacGregor (Alastair Sim).

The crooks don't know Drake was playing a prank and they are fearful he knows too much. A series of murder attempts follow and Drake manages to escape death and get the scoop on the continuing story of who murdered Brown. Ultimately it is revealed the gang of crooks are responsible led by a mystery man who has ties to Drake's newspaper. But Drake, with the help of his wife, Pat (Valerie Hobson), exposes the mysterious leader.

A sequel followed, This Man in Paris 1939, released in the USA as Shadows of the Underworld. Sadly, the sequel is believed lost.

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