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The 20 Questions Murder Mystery (1950)

BBC Radio's 20 Questions receives anonymous clues that connect to a series of murders. Reporters try and break the code before more deaths come to pass.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bob Beacham
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Mary Game
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Tom Harmon
Stewart MacPherson ...
Himself - Twenty Questions chairman
Jack Train ...
Himself - Twenty Questions panelist
Jeanne De Casalis ...
Herself - Twenty Questions guest artiste
Daphne Padel ...
Herself - Twenty Questions panelist
Richard Dimbleby ...
Himself - Twenty Questions panelist
Norman Hackforth ...
Himself - Twenty Questions mystery voice
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Det. Insp. Charlton
Olga Lindo ...
Olive Tavy
Frederick Leister ...
Police Commissioner
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Maurice Emery KC
Wally Patch ...
Police Officer Tiny White
John Salew ...
John Grimshaw
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BBC Radio's 20 Questions receives anonymous clues that connect to a series of murders. Reporters try and break the code before more deaths come to pass.

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January 1950 (UK)  »

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Murder on the Air  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The only one of the Twenty Questions team to receive a "guest artiste" credit is Jeanne De Casalis. See more »

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Mohammed Ali: He was English, and to an Indian all are alike. They are big, their faces are red, and they smell of whisky.
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Unworkable premise turns out surprisingly well
15 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As a low budget British crime film mixing fact and fiction, THE 20 QUESTIONS MURDER MYSTERY works far better than the previous attempt I saw, THE BRASS MONKEY. This one takes the real-life participants of the radio quiz show '20 Questions' and incorporates them into a plot involving a vengeful murderer who gradually works his way through a group of old soldiers. His modus operandi is to send in clues and puzzles to the '20 Questions' team before committing each crime. It's a novel premise and one that works quite well thanks to the literate script. The director, Paul L. Stein, had a lengthy career that started out in German silent cinema before he fled to the UK in 1938 and became a film director over here. He died shortly after this production, leaving the film a fitting testament to his talents.

Fans of the genre will recognise various tropes here, from the intrepid reporter running rings around the police to the villain with his secret motive and the well-staged and atmospheric murders which feel like they're out of an Edgar Wallace novel. As the reporter hero, the Canadian born Robert Beatty had one of the longest careers in Hollywood history and does a fine job, and Rona Anderson is ahead of the times as the sharp female reporter. Once again, Wally Patch (SALUTE THE TOFF) steals every scene as the humorous cop assigned to bodyguard duty to protect the equally funny Jack Train, and Kynaston Reeves plays in support.


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