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Accidental Death (1963)

| Drama | 1963 (UK)
A man is confronted by a man in his house who declares that he is here to kill him, because he collaborated with the Nazis and caused the death of the intruder's fiancee.

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A man is confronted by a man in his house who declares that he is here to kill him, because he collaborated with the Nazis and caused the death of the intruder's fiancee.

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One of a series of second feature films based on Edgar Wallace novels, released between 1960 and 1965 in British cinemas. The films were later sold to American TV and screened there as The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (1960). See more »

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John Carson unexpectedly arrives with plans to kill Richard Vernon
6 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Accidental Death" (1963) is a Britnoir in the Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre series. This is a psychological cat and mouse story, its main action occurring in the final sequence.

Derrick Sherwin is the rather emotional boy friend of Jacqueline Ellis. She's been brought up, although never adopted, by her guardian, Richard Vernon. Vernon's girl friend is Joan Lodge. Vernon is wealthy, having made money during the war by betraying members of the French resistance. He's a cool customer who rarely gets rattled or ruffled. Into this settled existence comes a man who knows Vernon and who wishes to exact revenge. This is John Carson.

Carson has to change his plan when he finds Sherwin and Ellis around. Vernon is also no pushover. Pretty soon Carson is romancing Ellis and trying to arrange matters so that neither she nor Sherwin are around the house, giving him the opportunity he needs.

Carson taunts Vernon, who has his own countermeasures. The story has one or two rough spots. Ellis falls for Sherwin rather quickly, or so it seems. It is suggested also that she goes too far with him or vice versa and this causes her to reject him abruptly. Sherwin is jealous of both Carson and Vernon. Had the movie been longer, perhaps the sexual role of Ellis with these three men could have been brought out better and tied in with the plot more clearly.

The movie, it seemed to me, was something like an Alfred Hitchcock hour. I'd rate it as somewhat below par for the series and somewhat below par as compared with its genre generally, say a 5.5.


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