Harold Crossley is a barrister and respected intellectual, but proves no match to his scheming young wife.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Denham ...
Sir Harold Crossley
Suzanne Crossley
Martin Somers
Tom Cotterell
Ellen McIntosh ...
Jane Meldrum
Iris Russell ...
Mrs. Webster
Victor Brooks ...
Inspector Royd
Ian Curry ...
John Bryans ...
Cavan Malone ...
Driving Instructor
Anthony Ashdown ...
Jan Luxton ...
John Miller ...
Lord Hinchcliffe
Anthony Pendrell ...
G.H. Mulcaster ...
Elderly Man


Harold Crossley is a barrister and respected intellectual, but proves no match to his scheming young wife.

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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 »


Edited into The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: Downfall (1964) See more »


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Barrister wants to lose his wife
25 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Downfall" (1964) doesn't depart radically in quality from other episodes in the "Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre". In fact, I found it somewhat of a lesser entry and would rate it 5.5 if I could. I think the current 7.2 from only 11 votes is too high.

The story has a successful defense attorney (Maurice Denham) winning a case at the outset that frees a man (T.P. McKenna) tried for murder. Denham insists on the man's innocence unlike those around him, who make a case that he's a psychopath who kills when frustrated by a female. Denham is not getting along with his wife, Nadja Regin. He'd like to be free of her. Denham hires McKenna as the family chauffeur and sees to it that McKenna and Regin have plenty of time together. Denham also buys a gun and lets McKenna know where it is when he leaves for some over night work in Dorset with his assistant whom he has a desire for.

This all works out in surprisingly ironic ways that perhaps explain why the film is garnering a high average rating. However, one may raise some serious questions about what eventually transpires, and these rather puncture the balloon, in my estimation. I won't raise them because they might spoil the plot.

No one who likes this series, as I do, should avoid this episode for what may be trivial or questionable reservations of mine. As usual, the acting is sound and the story is engaging. But I would not expect something really good either. The plot is too far out, really, and in one hour we didn't really get much character building.

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