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Calling Paul Temple (1948)

A maniac is murdering the patients of a doctor who specializes in nervous disorders. A detective is called in to catch the killer.

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Margaretta Scott ...
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Jack Raine ...
Alan Wheatley ...
Edward Lathom
Hugh Pryse ...
Wilfred Davies
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Leo Brent
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Mary Midwinter ...
Carol Reagan
Wally Patch ...
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A woman is found dead on a train, the name "Rex" written on the pull-down blind. It is the third in a mysterious string of murders. Later, while detective novelist Paul Temple, his wife Steve, and Scotland Yard's Sir Graham Forbes are at a nightclub, they receive a message from singer Norma Rice concerning the "Rex" murders. But before Sir Graham has the chance to speak to her, she drops dead in the middle of her act... Can Paul solve the case before "Rex" strikes again? Written by L. Hamre

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Aubrey Mallalieu died before the film's release. See more »

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Follows The Green Finger (1946) See more »

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Lady On The Loose
Composed by Steve Race
Performed by Celia Lipton
Accompanied by Steve Race (piano)
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Second of four Paul Temple flicks and it's better than the first
30 October 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

CALLING PAUL TEMPLE is the second of four feature films starring radio detective Paul Temple, who along with his sidekick Steve (a woman) investigates various murders and crimes at the behest of Scotland Yard. This follows on from the sub-standard debut feature SEND FOR PAUL TEMPLE and was followed by the rarely-seen PAUL TEMPLE'S TRIUMPH.

The story is a straightforward one of murder and intrigue as Temple and Steve find themselves hot on the trail of a murderer by the name of Rex. Rex specialises in bumping people off at random, often when they're just about to reveal his identity; shades of THE 39 STEPS with the Mr. Memory assassination. Still, this is a well-paced and enjoyable little affair, with plenty of red herrings and suspense to recommend it.

It's not a perfect film by any means. Just after the arresting opening, things slow down for an endless nightclub song routine which seems to go on for about twenty minutes. Afterwards the plotting is a little crammed due to this endless filler material. Still, John Bentley and Dinah Sheridan have plenty of chemistry as the crime-fighting duo, and fans will find this reasonably entertaining.


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