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Calling Paul Temple (1948)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bentley ...
Margaretta Scott ...
Mrs. Trevellyan
Dr. Kohima
Celia Lipton ...
Norma Rice
Jack Raine ...
Alan Wheatley ...
Edward Lathom
Hugh Pryse ...
Wilfred Davies
John McLaren ...
Leo Brent
Michael Golden ...
Frank Chester
Ian McLean ...
Inspector Crane
Shaym Bahadur ...
Merle Tottenham ...
Mary Midwinter ...
Carol Reagan
Wally Patch ...
Spider Williams


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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Crime | Mystery


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13 December 1948 (UK)  »

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


Followed by Bombay Waterfront (1952) See more »


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Composed by Steve Race
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Pedestrian Thriller Abounds In Clichés and Red Herrings
23 July 2011 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This adaptation of a BBC radio series soon betrays its origins.There are a number of mini climaxes,which would normally be where the programme would stop awaiting the unfolding of the latest quirk in the story the following week.However here we have the laboured device of a number of characters about to divulge the name of the murderer Rex when all of a sudden they are shot or poisoned.The problem is also that so many characters are murdered that it all becomes rather commonplace and clichéd.The film is not helped by the fact that there is a nightclub scene shortly after the beginning which seems to bring the whole plot grinding to a halt till Celia Lipton has trilled a couple of songs and expired.By the way the murderer is not too difficult to guess if you know what British actors tended to play villains.This film was clearly intended to play as a first feature but i have to say that the majority of British B crime films are far more entertaining than this woeful effort.

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