Two young thugs rob a bookie leaving a dog-racing track with his winnings, but when they grab his case full of money they discover that he has chained it to his wrist. They dash around town... See full summary »
"The Sinister Man" (1961) was episode 7 of season 2 of the Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre. In this one a murder trail leads back to Oxford where several ancient stones with writing have been stolen. They could conceivably indicate the independence claim of a state bordering on Red China. Stern John Bentley is the superintendent on the case. Patrick Allen is an American at Oxford who is part of a working group on the archaeological find. Soon enough a second murder occurs to cover up clues from the first one.
The criticisms expressed in 2 of the 3 existing reviews are accurate in my view. The one review that claims this is one of the better entries is inaccurate, I'd say. The fight scene at the end is very badly done. Bentley is very stiff in the part and elicits no sympathy. The relationship between Allen and co-worker Yvonne Buckingham add some interest; but the story itself as directed is rather flat. It's enhanced somewhat by locations; but it still plays out like a television spy story. Noir fans should look at other entries in this series than this one. Loud music at some points doesn't save the film.
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