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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)
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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)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Rose .... camera operator
 
Music Department
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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looking for a bad guy, look no further, 29 June 2011
Author: drystyx from United States

All I can say is LOL. This was a riot.

The central character in this mystery is a rotten egg from the word go. Instead of following a protagonist, we follow a horrific evil, but the story is told in such a way that we can follow with a sort of Monty Python style of black humor in his escapades, fully aware that it would take a miracle for him to pull off his charade as he murders a man and assumes his identity.

This impostor can best be described in three words and I quote: stink, stank, stunk. In a sort of deranged Long John Silver style, he kills and kills and lies his way through the story to the end.

The only real negative contrivance is the "look alike", which you'll find, but that does help set up an interesting bit. The rescue from the asylum didn't make much sense, as it would've been easier to just get witnesses and come back to expose the fraud who put the lookalike there. (I think I said this in such a way that it isn't a spoiler) But the movie is a good ride.

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