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Writers:
Wilkie Collins (novel) and
Edward Dryhurst (scenario)
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Release Date:
1943 (USA) See more »
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A madman kills a man who has just inherited a large estate, then impersonates his victim to gain entrance to the estate so he can murder his enemies. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Vintage horror and genre historians on DVD
 (From Fangoria. 19 February 2009, 9:46 AM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Tod Slaughter ... The False Sir Percival Glyde
Sylvia Marriott ... Laurie Fairlie / Anne Catherick
Hilary Eaves ... Marian Fairlie
Geoffrey Wardwell ... Paul Hartwright
Hay Petrie ... Dr. Isidor Fosco
Margaret Yarde ... Mrs. Bullen
Rita Grant ... Jessica, the Maid
David Horne ... Frederick Fairlie
Elsie Wagstaff ... Mrs. Catherick
David Keir ... Lawyer Mr. Merriman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grace Arnold ... Maid (uncredited)
Vincent Holman ... Asylum Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
George King 
 
Writing credits
Wilkie Collins (novel "The Woman In White")

Edward Dryhurst  scenario
Frederick Hayward  adaptation
H.F. Maltby  dialogue

Produced by
George King .... producer
Odette King .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jack Beaver 
 
Cinematography by
Hone Glendinning  (as Hone Glendining)
 
Film Editing by
Jack Harris 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Production Management
Jack Martin .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Mason .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Harold V. King .... sound recordist (as Harold King)
 
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Harry Rose .... camera operator
 
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Jack Beaver .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 

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69 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Anachronisms: When Marian Fairlie sneezes, Sir Frederick Fairlie complains about her spreading germs. But the story is set in the 1850s, and the germ theory of disease would not be known to the public until the 1870s.See more »
Quotes:
The False Percival Glyde:[after tying a noose around his victim's neck] You always said, you were a teetotaler. You're going to have a nice drop, now!See more »
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Psycho killer from down under, 16 June 2012
Author: Chris. from Australia

Callous thief and murderer kills the real Sir Percival Glyde whose gone bush down under for more than a decade, then returns to England impersonating his victim to inherit the vast estate. With a litany of perjury to maintain, things soon begin to unravel for the "false" Sir Percival, as his lechery and lies quickly catch-up leading to ever more desperate and depraved crimes.

Tod Slaughter is suitably nasty as the greedy deviant whose unsophisticated ruse barely adheres through a mutually beneficial alliance with crooked Doctor (Petrie) who catches on to the deceit early in the piece, then becomes complicit through escalating blackmail. The sheer abhorrence of the imposter's crimes is breathtaking for a film made in 1940, and he surely ranks as one of the most unconscionable villains of that decade (his dismissive immorality is right up there with Richard Widmark's giggling killer from "Kiss of Death"). His vulgar disposal of one of the victims in particular really is quite shocking when you consider the motive.

Memorable dialogue ("double cross me and I'll feed your entrails to the pigs") and plot twists (the apparently illegitimate daughter who's a basket case, and just so happens to be a dobbleganger for Sir Percival's reluctant wife), keep the momentum constant, and combined with Slaughter's wicked characterisation, it's worth hanging in just to anticipate his comeuppance.

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