In the film, Sigisbee Manderson (played by Orson Welles ) mentions a performance of Shakespeare's "Othello" at the St. James Theatre in London in 1951, in which he disliked the leading actor's performance. This is an in-joke: Welles himself played Othello onstage at the St. James in 1951, under the direction of Laurence Olivier. Olivier himself played the role in 1964 at the Old Vic in London, and in a 1965 film version of the play. See more »
When John Marlowe opens the envelope that Manderson had given him, he supposedly finds £1,000 in banknotes and a collection of uncut diamonds. But when he examines the banknotes, they are unprinted, blank pieces of paper. See more »
It's good news for Welles completists that this, the better of the two films he made for Herbert Wilcox in 1952 (to help finance his on-off-on but finally magnificent film of 'Othello') is now available on DVD, though dismally free of extras. As a thriller it is a puzzle almost devoid of suspense, though there are some clever twists at the end. There are polished performances by Margaret Lockwood, John McCallum, Michael Wilding as the classy sleuth Trent, Miles Malleson in one of his best roles and Welles. Welles appears for no more than 20 minutes, in flashback, but, with his formidable false nose, is an intimidating presence as the late Sigsbee Manderson. In a fraught dialogue with McCallum he talks about 'Othello' and the production he's recently seen: "Didn't like the leading actor!" The leading actor was Welles himself, performing at the St James' theatre - a performance I was privileged have seen a year or two earlier, when Ken Tynan, long before PC was thought of, headed his review 'Citizen Coon'!
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