A German immigrant girl seduces a young P.C. and talks him into an elaborate scheme.

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Margit Saad ...
Lisa Shillack
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Dave Hollis
Victor Platt ...
Insp. Gorman
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Joe Ross
George Pravda ...
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Ralph Monk
Jerold Wells ...
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A German immigrant girl seduces a young P.C. and talks him into an elaborate scheme.

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September 1962 (UK)  »

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Originally, in Febuary 1963 this was first released in Great Britain as second feature to The Main Attraction (1962). 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 Playback (1962) See more »

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More Georges Simenon than Edgar Wallace
29 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Most of the Merton Park-Edgar Wallace adaptations from the early 1960's are police procedurals, whodunit and how (the 'locked room' plot turns up a number of times). This entry is more character-driven, and given an intriguing twist by being told in flashback as a man waits to hear the jury's verdict at his trial.

(Spoilers) Dave Hollis is a friendly young copper who has hopes of becoming a detective. Unfortunately he has character flaws, being too willing to be distracted from duty by a pretty face (and, let's be honest, Margit Saad is quite distracting) and a weakness for roulette. These combine to get him in a situation where he has to take the most desperate measures and doesn't see he's being used until it is far too late. The climax of the film gives a grim reminder of the punishment for murder in the UK half a century ago. (End spoilers)

As I said, the film is character-driven, low on action but high in human interest and suspense. I was reminded of Georges Simenon's novels where the mind of a man in relation to his world and the factors that shaped him are slowly revealed. These cheap second-features from Merton Park are not 'great' or 'classic' films but occasionally they come up with something really different that still has considerable dramatic impact, and this is one very good example.


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