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The Green Finger (1946)
"Send for Paul Temple" (original title)

 -  Crime  -  23 December 1946 (UK)
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Novelist and amateur sleuth, Paul Temple, meets a newspaper woman called "Steve." Together they investigate a gang of diamond robbers.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hulme ...
Joy Shelton ...
Tamara Desni ...
Jack Raine ...
Beatrice Varley ...
Miss Marchment
Hylton Allen ...
Dr. Milton
Maire O'Neill ...
Mrs. Neddy
Michael Golden ...
Richard Shayne ...
Chief Inspector Dale
Edward V. Robson ...
Inspector Merritt
Philip Ray ...
Horace Daley (as Phil Ray)
Leslie Weston ...
Skid Tyler
Olive Sloane ...
H Victor Weske ...
Snow Williams
Norman Pierce ...
Sgt. Morrison


This is the first film based on Francis Durbridge's long-running BBC Radio serial. A gang has been executing a daring series of smash and grab robberies. A policeman on the case appears to commit suicide, but crime novelist and amateur sleuth, Paul Temple, suspects foul play. With the help of the victim's sister, reporter Louise Harvey (who uses the pseudonym "Steve Trent"), Paul sets about tracking down the notorious diamond robbers... Written by L. Hamre

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23 December 1946 (UK)  »

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Mystery of the Green Finger  »

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Routine British detective movie.

The attempt to turn radio's Paul Temple into a movie series had limited success.

This film is uneven and all the information is carried in its radio writer dialog. The cast are undistinguished but production values get by. They even have a go at a staged in the studio Ram Raid, which is a whole lot better than their toy car bridge crash. Pacing is surprisingly quite lively.

The characters can be divided into regulars, including an unfunny "yellow face" comic butler, and suspects. The stamp of the pre-war Edgar Wallace thrillers is firmly upon it all, without the film reaching even their modest levels of interest.

With its eye firmly on the Empire quota, it's so stodgily British as to numb an audience into wondering what the Big Picture in the program will be like. Our suit and tie wearing, BBC accented hero was never going to be a threat to Charly Chan and Michael Shayne.

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