Larry Gordon, well-known crime writer, is on a train journey when a scream is heard. Upon investigation, the guard had been mugged and a man murdered. Another man is arrested but the full story is yet to be discovered.
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Bayard Thatcher is blackmailing the family into which he has married. He demands $25,000 by the next night or else he will tell about shady deals and family skeletons. That is the price the... See full summary »
Snappy British murder mystery set in an idyllic village where almost everyone seems to have a secret that's linked to the sudden death of the local squire. The photography is among the highlights of the film and director Bernard Vorhaus keeps it moving at a fair clip.
No one suspects anything when the squire dies. He had a bad heart. His will leaves just about all his estate to his American ward (Sally Blane) who's on the verge of marrying a local boy (Anthony Bushell), but he's reluctant because the villagers will say he's marrying her for her money. Of course he's reluctant for another reason. But when Claire (Phyllis Dare) comes forward and claims to have secretly married the old squire a month ago, the level of gossip in the village is so high, an exhumation is ordered and it's discovered the old man was poisoned! It's a terrific cat and mouse game that we get from this point on, with virtually everyone having a big fat motive for killing the squire.
Cast includes Judy Kelly as the maid, Lewis Casson as the vicar, Nigel Playfair as the doctor, Gus McNaughton as the butler, George Merritt as the detective, Norma Varden as the typist, and Toni Edgar-Bruce as a tourist.
Sally Blane is quite good, but the real treat is the chance to see Phyllis Dare in what may be her only surviving film. Dare was mentioned in an episode of Downton Abbey as the epitome of the West End musical star. She made only 3 silent films and only 3 talkies. This was her talkie debut (at age 43). She apparently appeared on stage through the 1940s.
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