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Flat Two (1962)

When Louba, a crooked casino owner blackmails a young female gambler, her boyfriend breaks into Louba's flat to confront him, only to find himself interrupting a burglary and being accused on murder.

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Credited cast:
Bernard Archard ...
Insp. Trainer
David Bauer ...
Emil Louba
Ann Bell ...
Susan
George Bishop ...
Judge
Monti DeLyle ...
(as Monti de Lyle)
Barry Keegan ...
Charles Berry
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Warden
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Miller
André Mikhelson
Adrian Oker
Gordon Phillott
Gerald Sim
Campbell Singer ...
Hurley Brown
Russell Waters ...
Clerk of the Court
Jack Watling ...
Frank Leamington
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When Louba, a crooked casino owner blackmails a young female gambler, her boyfriend breaks into Louba's flat to confront him, only to find himself interrupting a burglary and being accused on murder.

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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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Edited into The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Flat Two (1962) See more »

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Jack Watling is taken for a murderer
14 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"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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