The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Season 5, Episode 8

Act of Murder (Sep. 1964)

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A well-off couple who work in the theatre plan to temporarily swap their country manor for the city home of an elderly couple. When they arrive in city, there is no sign of the address they... See full summary »



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Episode credited cast:
John Carson ...
Tim Ford
Anthony Bate ...
Ralph Longman
Justine Lord ...
Ann Longman
Duncan Lewis ...
Will Peterson
Richard Burrell ...
John Quick
Dandy Nichols ...
Maud Peterson
Sheena Marshe ...
Norman Scace ...
Robin Wentworth ...
John Moore ...
Michael Brennan ...
Police Sergeant
Kenneth Laud ...
Marianne Stone ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Robbins ...
Van Driver
Edward Roscoe ...


A well-off couple who work in the theatre plan to temporarily swap their country manor for the city home of an elderly couple. When they arrive in city, there is no sign of the address they were given. At the same time, their home is being looted of its expensive antiques and furniture. However, a friend stumbles onto the thieves and chases them out. When the couple arrives home, they find themselves subjected to odd occurrences, like poisoned pets and livestock. Someone seems to be taking advantage of the situation to upset their lives. Written by GoblinHairedGuy

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This has nothing to do with Edgar Wallace. It was originally released as a second feature in 1964 to Carry on Cleo (1964). It was then repackaged as a TV episode in a series for export to Europe and America. See more »


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Taut B mystery
8 March 2004 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

This is one of a series of a few dozen second features from Britain in the early 60s sold under the banner of Edgar Wallace mysteries. Although the German-made Wallace-based "krimi" series was simultaneously popular in Europe, the two couldn't have been more different in approach. The latter emphasized eccentric archcriminals and bizarre, violent crimes in very flamboyant 60's fashion, while the Brits specialized in clever, twisty, pared-down domestic murder plots along the lines of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. This title is considered one of the best of the series. Although like most B mysteries of the time it has an episodic, grey TV look with a bit more adult content, director Bridges provides enough complex camera set-ups and angst-ridden atmosphere to raise it above the pedestrian level stylistically. The plot is absorbing and well-executed, particularly the jarring outdoor climax, but remains rather under-motivated (possibly due to running-time constraints). In retrospect, the realistic style of the time can't rival the moody film noir approach which had by this time fallen out of favour.

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