A CID detective is lured into a plot by girl who first pretends to fall in love with him, then that she's been killed and is now actually a heretofore unknown twin sister, and ultimately a murderous betrayal.

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Sgt. Henry Fraser
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A CID detective is lured into a plot by girl who first pretends to fall in love with him, then that she's been killed and is now actually a heretofore unknown twin sister, and ultimately a murderous betrayal.

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July 1963 (UK)  »

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Originally, in September 1963 this was first released in Great Britain as second feature to Tamahine (1963). It was then repackaged as an episode for export to Europe and America as a TV series. See more »

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Edited from To Have and to Hold (1963) See more »

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Cop Ray Barrett falls for Katherine Blake who turns up dead
14 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"To Have and to Hold" is an entry in the British Edgar Wallace Mystery series that will delight film noir fans, for its story, complete with an insurance policy and a femme fatale. But do not look for an imitation of any earlier version. This story is original and has its own twists. The cinematography is in the flat style of the sixties, shorn of the noir shadows of earlier years.

I can hardly spoil the story any more than the IMDb plot summary already has, but I did not read it before watching the movie and I advise you to do the same. An amazing amount of plot appears in this 71 minute episode. The chief character, a detective played by Ray Barrett, begins the movie ruefully reflecting on recent events that have led him to his current pass. After a long flashback detailing the history, the story resumes in the present for its finale. There is no narration during the flashback.

Barrett is a ladies man. He has a girl friend, but when he meets Katherine Blake, whose life has been threatened by an old flame in phone calls, he falls hard for her. Her husband is away and she responds to his advances. They are in line for an affair. When he comes around a day later for a date, his boss, William Hartnell, and a crew of cops are in the apartment. A female body beaten beyond recognition has been found, presumably that of his new-found love. Barrett suspects her husband, Nigel Stock, but he has an alibi. Hartnell relieves Barrett of his duties, but Barrett cannot let the case go. He follows Stock. This leads into surprises better left unsaid.

As I dip into this series of movies every now and then, I am finding that they are intriguing, well-scripted and entertaining. This one certainly is.


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