What appears to be a cut-and-dried case of murder of an aging onetime showgirl on Hampstead Heath by her lover is complicated by several factors, including a far more respectable paramour, ... See full summary »

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John Stratton ...
Lewis Preston
Pauline Munro ...
Melanie
Griffith Jones ...
Jackson Delacorte
Gerald Harper ...
Inspector Murray
Maurice Hedley ...
Amos Colfax
Michael Balfour ...
John Vichelski
Pauline Boty ...
Nell Pretty
Patricia Burke ...
Norma Brent
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Morton Bray
Marianne Stone ...
Alice Preston
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Patti Dalton ...
Elsie Lovett
Rosamund Greenwood ...
Miss Pitts
Gary Hope ...
Michael Olsen
Tony Wall ...
Constable Huntly
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What appears to be a cut-and-dried case of murder of an aging onetime showgirl on Hampstead Heath by her lover is complicated by several factors, including a far more respectable paramour, and her insistence that a great inheritance was due her that nobody can verify. A police detective and a solicitor for the defence unravel the mystery. Written by WesternOne

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August 1965 (UK)  »

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Pauline Boty's final credited screen appearance
14 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

Those familiar with "The Mysteries Of Edgar Wallace" will find the usual plot twists and turns associated with this underrated TV series, however this one has a more "modern" feel to it, with mention of discotheques, allusions to (for the time) somewhat controversial subjects such as wife-beating and bigamy as well as a rather offbeat script. The story itself is quite standard - woman is killed, her common-law husband is accused but all is not as it seems. It's well played (at times almost tongue-in-cheek) by a familiar cast but the real gem here is finding the final credited appearance on screen of Pauline Boty, who died later that year from cancer at the age of 27 and who would, 30 years later, be "discovered" as one of the great "forgotten" pop-art creators of the age. Her demise is a very tragic story, one of sacrifice for her unborn child and makes viewing this episode (where she plays Nell Pretty...a lively, giggly Twiggy-type character whose driving is as wayward as her dancing!) all the more poignant. This episode also features Britain's most prolific actress - Marianne Stone - in a small but quite touching role as a battered wife who can take no more. I've always felt that, given a chance, she could have handled much tougher roles than she was ever given. Here is a short example of what she could bring to the screen. All in all, an excellent episode in an excellent series.


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