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Man in Black (1949)

 |  Thriller, Horror  |  January 1950 (UK)
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A yogi seemingly dies while simulating death and his evil second wife, and her daughter, try to force his daughter into insanity for control of his estate.

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Betty Ann Davies ...
Sheila Burrell ...
Janice
Sidney James ...
Henry Clavering / Hodson
Anthony Forwood ...
Victor Harrington
Hazel Penwarden ...
Joan Clavering
Valentine Dyall ...
The Man in Black - Story-Teller
Courtney Hope ...
Mrs. Carter
Mollie Palmer ...
Elsie
Laurence Baskcomb ...
Sandford
Gerald Case ...
Doctor
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Henry Clavering suspects his second wife Bertha is trying to drive his daughter (by his first marriage) insane, to stop her inheriting his money. He decides to use his yoga skills to pretend to be dead, and thereby expose her villainy. Written by Anonymous

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Not bad thriller
4 January 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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Interesting thriller (not really a horror film)based on a radio series which was popular in the late 40's. Valentine Dyall, who was known to radio fans as The Man in Black appears briefly at the beginning and intones a sinister narration as we are introduced to the venal 2nd wife and sister of a sick millionaire played unexpectedly by Sid James. James modifies his usual rasping delivery to such a degree that he's not instantly recognizable as the millionaire.

His second wife, her daughter and her sometimes lover are a truly repulsive trio of villains as they conspire to drive the dead millionaire's daughter, (who's due to inherit the estate) mad in order to have her committed and take the estate for themselves. The poor girl's only real friend is the one person her father trusted, the drunken yet loyal boatkeeper Hodges.

This has some clever and amusing twists especially as the bodies pile up and just as quickly disappear. Gradually it comes to seem the girl may have some supernatural assistance.

This is all pleasantly entertaining until the climatic seance which I found a bit of a disappointment. Considering this was a Hammer production, the film-makers could have played with our and the character's perceptions a bit. This wouldn't have changed the outcome but could've provided a more exciting resolution.

Overall a decent time passer with good moments.


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