Originally, in October 1963 this was first released in Great Britain as second feature to Billy Liar (1963). It was then repackaged as an episode for export to Europe and America as a TV series. See more »
Amnesia, false memory, paralysis and impersonation thwart Jeanette Sterke's nursing of Alan MacNaughton
"The Double" appeared as episode 7 in season 4 of the Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre, April 1963. A man (Alan MacNaughton) suffering from amnesia, false memory and paralysis of his legs returns to England with his nurse (Jeanette Sterke). He believes he killed his partner 6 months earlier, but the body was never found. They are to stay with her sister (Jane Griffiths) while she continues to try to overcome his handicaps. They are spotted at the airport by the secretary (Anne Lawson) of Basil Henson, who has kept tabs on his movements. Sterke gets engaged in following the trail, which begins with a solicitor and leads to Henson who is a successful stock broker with the same name as MacNaughton's partner.
"The Double" is a complex Britnoir featuring for much of its length a feminine heroine with plenty of drive and spunk operating in the noir world of uncertainty, deception and false appearances. As MacNaughton recovers, his role increases.
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