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"Flat Two" is a Britnoir in the Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre TV series. It's episode 11 from season 2.
The story opens with damsel Ann Bell losing at a roulette game run by the oily and devious David Bauer who offers politely to help her relieve her 10,000 pound debt if she'll become his mistress. Bell seeks help from architect Jack Watling who agrees. Meanwhile Bauer has received a death threat and seeks help from lawyer John Le Mesurier. Also seeking Bauer out is one Barry Keegan, disgruntled over having payments due him from Bauer being interrupted. Handling the flow of people seeking out Bauer is a doorman who is not above theft.
A very good sequence without dialog shows us what plays out when Watling breaks into Bauer's apartment while Keegan is there attempting to rob the safe.
Bauer's dead body is discovered in the bathroom subsequently and suspicion falls upon first Keegan and then especially Watling whose fingerprints and Keegan's testimony provide evidence against him at his trial.
The story is plotted and acted well and has its tense moments. However, it succumbs to excessive explanations in dialog and the fact that the mystery murderer is not hard to figure out, given what we have seen on the screen. Only the motive is unknown until the final revelation.
This is a decent but not exceptional entry in the series.
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