When Secret Service agent David Somers is fired, he takes a quiet job with the Fentons at their country estate - cataloging butterflies, hence the title insect. David grows fond of Jess ... See full summary »
Caroline Ruthyn is the teen-aged niece of the her uncle Silas, a sickly and at one time unbalanced man who becomes her guardian on the death of her father. The fact that Silas is broke and ... See full summary »
Derrick De Marney,
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J. Farrell MacDonald
When Secret Service agent David Somers is fired, he takes a quiet job with the Fentons at their country estate - cataloging butterflies, hence the title insect. David grows fond of Jess Fenton's niece, a fragile, fey young woman named Sophie. Because he hates traps of any kind, he reacts quickly when Sophie is framed for the murder of Hick, the nasty handyman. He helps her escape London by using his agent's skills and a network of old friends. The pair lead the police and David's ex-employers an exciting chase, from Newcastle to the Lake District to Liverpool. As the fugitives try to catch a ship for France, everyone, including the murderer, join in the finale. Written by
Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM.@aol.com>
Howard arrives back in London on a BOAC Avro Lancastrian (a converted Lancaster bomber) from Sydney via Darwin, Jakarta,Singapore, Calcutta, Karachi, Cairo and Rome. In the Lake District, the tea room Howard and Simmons call at, the Aira Force Tea Room on Ullswater, is still there. The helicopter chasing Howard and Simmons in the Lake District is a Sikorski R-4, known as the Hoverfly when flown by the RAF and Royal Navy. In Liverpool there are some shots of the Anglican cathedral, started in 1904 but not completed until 1978. There is a decent shot of the long defunct Liverpool Overhead Railway, and in the docks, a Mersey Docks & Harbour Board saddle tank shunting engine. See more »
A delightful little thriller opens with Trevor Howard in his Jag convertible and ends on a dockside in Liverpool. It's all thrills and spills as the ex-spy has to restart his career just as he's getting some serious R & R cataloguing butterflies (how British is that?).
Trevor Howard and Jean Simmons frolic from London to Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Liverpool (via Ullswater) - he's just been thrown out of MI5 or something, and she, you guessed it, is on the run, wrongly accused of murder. There's seedy docks, rolling Lake District hills, sheep, country pubs, coppers getting lost, waterfalls, a bunch of amateur cyclists, rooftop chases, and lots of Chinamen (don't ask), and it's all very Hitchcocky and Hannayesque...
..and a smashing example of British Noir...
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