Thriller about a notorious jewel thief and murderer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ronald Howard ...
Det. Sgt. Fitzgerald
Mary Germaine ...
Kathleen Fraser
Jack Watling ...
Frank Mitchell
Insp. Duggan
Stuart Lindsell ...
Lord Wexford (as R. Stuart Lindsel)
Gene Anderson ...
Renee Wexford
Kim Peacock ...
Tyrone Fraser
Peter Hammond ...
Andy Fraser
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Dr. Milligan
Edwin Richfield ...
Bill Neilson
Alastair Hunter ...
Superintendent Carter
Vanda Godsell ...
Angela Neilson
Adrienne Fancey ...
Cynthia Leyland (as Adrienne Scott)
Michael McCarthy ...


Thriller about a notorious jewel thief and murderer.

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November 1953 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Superintendent Carter: Sure you feel fit enough to handle this thing, Duggan?
Insp. Duggan: I'd like to anyway sir. Something about is case that fascinates me. Like when something happens to you and you've got a strange feeling that it's all happened to you before...
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Fascinating Man
Music and Lyrics by John Tore (as John Toré)
Sung by Diana Coupland
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Enjoyably old-fashioned mystery
12 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After some melodramatic title music, we open with that near obligatory scene of 1950s crime films, a woman singing in a nightclub to an audience of heavy smokers, in this case it's Diana Coupland in her film debut. In fact she lights one up herself as she goes into her rendition of 'fascinating man' It is post-war Berlin and Inspector Duggan (Ronald Adam), is apparently on the trail of a notorious black marketeer, who then makes an unsuccessful attempt on his life, seriously injuring him in the process.

We now switch to London, where Duggan, assisted by Detective-Sergeant Fitzgerald (Ronald Howard) is put on to the case of Flannelfoot, a ruthlessly successful burglar and jewel thief whom is believed to be connected with the events in Berlin, though Duggan claims he has lost his memory of much that happened there. Assisting the police is a newspaper proprietor and his ace crime reporter Frank Mitchell (Jack Watling). Attempts are made to trap the eponymous villain, but it is only after two murders and several more robberies that he is finally caught.

Though there was a notorious burglar in the 1930s known as Flannelfoot, whose sordid crimes took place far from the high society background depicted here, and the story is attributed to Ex-Inspector Jack Henry, it owes a great deal to authors Edgar Wallace and Francis Durbridge. A small-time cockney crook and informer (Graham Stark) is murdered right under the noses of the police and an outwardly respectable doctor is a fence of stolen jewels. There are shoals of Red Herrings, enabling the identity of the villain, 'a master of accents and disguise' and portrayed in classic stage fashion, wearing a slouch hat, dark glasses and muffler, to come as a satisfactory surprise. It all ends with a fight on a roof, a conclusion that director Maclean Rogers was so fond of that he used it in at least two other thrillers, PAUL TEMPLE RETURNS, and ASSIGNMENT REDHEAD, the latter incorporating footage of Ronald Adam by the ruins of the Berlin building. Like most of Rogers' films, FLANNELFOOT is silly at times, preposterous at others, but great entertainment for fans of British second features.

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