The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Season 2, Episode 9

Candidate for Murder (Jan. 1962)

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With his marriage failing, a man hires a german assassin to murder his wife, who he suspects is having an affair. Things seem to go to plan at first, until the assassin decides not to kill ... See full summary »

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Donald Edwards
Erika Remberg ...
Helene Edwards
Hans von Borsody ...
Kersten (as Hans Borsody)
John Justin ...
Robert Vaughan
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
Phillips
Vanda Godsell ...
Betty Conlon
Jerold Wells ...
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Jacqueline (as Annika Wills)
Victor Charrington ...
Barman
Ray Smith ...
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Norma Parnell ...
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Odette Nash ...
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Gabriella Licudi ...
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Pamela Greer ...
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Richard Bidlake ...
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With his marriage failing, a man hires a german assassin to murder his wife, who he suspects is having an affair. Things seem to go to plan at first, until the assassin decides not to kill the woman, but rather kidnap her, while still collecting his fee for the job. The husband wants proof of the muder (a body) before he pays. Things go wrong for both men when proof is not forthcoming. Written by Kevin Steinhauer {K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU}

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rather good actually
6 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must disagree with the previous commenter: this is not a bad film at all. The plot is constructed in such a way that it does keep you guessing about one thing or another for almost the entire running time, which I think is usually considered the key to the success of a movie like this. Whether the conclusion is plausible or not I don't know; I didn't mind it. The scriptwriter was Lukas Heller, and it's easy to see why he went on to have such a successful career: this movie is taut, suspenseful, and as I said it keeps you guessing. As for the cast: Michael Gough is great as always; Hans Borsody is also excellent as the killer; no one else is a real stand-out but no one lets the film down too badly either, though a better actress than Erika Remberg would have bumped the film up a notch.

According to several sources this is based on a Edgar Wallace story called "The Best Laid Plans of a Man in Love," which was published in Cosmopolitan magazine in 1927.


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