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The Man Outside (1933)

A murder at a country house centres around the whereabouts of a horde of stolen diamonds and the unmasking of people who are not as they at first seem.

Director:

George A. Cooper

Writers:

Gerald Verner (by) (as Donald Stuart), H. Fowler Mear (adapted for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Henry Kendall ... Harry Wainwright
John Turnbull ... Inspector Jukes
Cyril Raymond ... Captain Fordyce
Louis Hayward ... Frank Elford (as Louis Heywood)
Michael Hogan Michael Hogan ... Shiner Talbot
Ethel Warwick Ethel Warwick ... Georgina Yapp
Joan Gardner ... Peggy Fordyce
Gillian Lind ... Ann
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A murder at a country house centres around the whereabouts of a horde of stolen diamonds and the unmasking of people who are not as they at first seem.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1933 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Inspector Jukes: Has he hopped it?
Harry Wainwright: I don't understand that vulgar expression. But he did a bunk if that's what you mean.
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A very average quota quickie, although not without interest
2 June 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE MAN OUTSIDE is another routine quota quickie courtesy of director George A. Cooper, who must have directed dozens of similar films during the 1930s. Once again the story is set in and around a country mansion where a cast of characters come up against mysterious figures and sudden murder.

The outset of this film offers something a little different to the norm, with a spooky scene involving a guy breaking into a safe with an oxyacetylene torch. However, as soon as this is over the action shifts to the normal settings with just a couple of rooms brought into play, and the usual caricatures in the cast: the idiotic policeman, the shifty servant, the obnoxious aunt. I have to say I did love the material with the masked guy lurking in the bushes outside which adds a spooky atmosphere to the proceedings.

I find films like THE MAN OUTSIDE either work or fail depending on their humour quotient. Those which take things deadly serious tend to feel very dull as a result. Thankfully there's humour present in this film in the form of a visiting wisecracking character who enjoys taking the mickey out of those assembled. Watch out for future Hollywood star Louis Hayward in an early role.


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