An up and coming politician is caught in a compromising photograph taken by a maid, who turns out to be part of a sophisticated blackmail ring. When the girl is found murdered, he holds an incriminating old dueling pistol.

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Maxine Hagen
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Sir Harold Trevitt
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John Durran
Anthony Newlands ...
Leo Hagen
Alfred Burke ...
Inspector Waveney
Mia Karam ...
Paula Blair
Ellen McIntosh ...
Ursula Clandon
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Charles Pinder
Noel Hood ...
Lady Clandon
John Miller ...
Lord Clandon
Vincent Harding ...
Detective Sergeant Holt
Susan Denny ...
Susie
Joyce Hemson ...
Landlady
Bill Williams ...
Valet
John Dunbar ...
Clerk
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An up and coming politician is caught in a compromising photograph taken by a maid, who turns out to be part of a sophisticated blackmail ring. When the girl is found murdered, he holds an incriminating old dueling pistol.

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January 1963 (UK)  »

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One of a series of second feature films based on Edgar Wallace novels, released between 1960 and 1965 in British cinemas. The films were later sold to American TV and screened there as The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (1960). See more »

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Man of Mystery
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Written by Michael Carr
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Excellent noir mystery of blackmail and murder
18 November 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The £20,000 Kiss" (1963) is a superior episode in this series; the IMDb rating of 5.6 is too low, in my opinion. It's a murder mystery whose solution is not cleared up until the very end, and blackmail is in the plot. That explains the title.

Michael Goodliffe, an MP who is about to be married, kisses Dawn Addams, nothing more than that. She's the wife of Anthony Newlands. Their maid takes a photo and the blackmail unfolds. Goodliffe hires a private eye, Richard Thorp, who is expert on blackmail; the Yard gets into the act too via Alfred Burke.

The complex plot has plenty of twists. The script is sophisticated and well-written. Thorp's part is especially well-done as he tries to get ahead of the scheme.


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