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Convicted of a crime you would be proud to commit...the torture of prison...then back to life...a HUNTED MAN...Against him the hand of every man ...with him the heart of every woman! (Print Ad- Evening Star, ((Otago, NZ)) 24 September 1931)
This is the first film on Volume One of The Ealing Studios Rarities Collection that I have been collecting over the last 5 years or so and on viewing it as the first one I then had doubts as to should I have invested so much money in getting the whole set because to be quite frank this film is awful!! And I simply do not understand why the other reviewers gave it a favourable write up.
Wooden acting, stilted dialogue, it made me think I was watching a film of some local AmDram production that had spilt over from the local village hall into the village and local countryside.
Interesting to see Gordon Harker in a small part before his excellent Inspector Hornleigh three (only!) films and a barely recognisable Nigel Bruce who went on of course to be the bumbling Dr Watson to the excellent Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes (in my opinion the best). So, apart from having a cigarette named after him and fathering Daphne Du Maurier, Sir Gerald should have stayed the other side of the camera as far as I am concerned.
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