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The Terror (1938)

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A mysterious criminal mastermind plots a spectacular gold robbery, then after the robbery is completed he makes sure his gang is caught by the police, keeps the gold and disappears. After ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Bird

Writers:

William Freshman (adaptation), Edgar Wallace (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wilfrid Lawson ... Mr. Goodman
Bernard Lee ... Ferdy Fane
Arthur Wontner ... Col. Redmayne
Linden Travers ... Mary Redmayne
Henry Oscar ... Joe Connor
Iris Hoey ... Mrs. Elvery
Stanley Lathbury Stanley Lathbury ... Hawkins
Lesley Wareing Lesley Wareing ... Veronica Elvery
Alastair Sim ... 'Soapy' Marx
John Turnbull ... Superintendent Hallick
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Detective Lewis
Edward Lexy ... Inspector Dobie
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A mysterious criminal mastermind plots a spectacular gold robbery, then after the robbery is completed he makes sure his gang is caught by the police, keeps the gold and disappears. After his former accomplices are released from prison, they go searching for their former boss to take their revenge and get their share of the loot. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1938 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Wallace's The Terror See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 28 May 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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Version of ITV Play of the Week: The Terror (1956) See more »

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Solid Mystery
19 April 2004 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

This is the story of a spectacular gold coin robbery carried off by three men. Once its over, the mastermind, a man named O'Shea, turns his pals in and they go to prison vowing to get revenge when they get out. Ten years later they get out and go looking for O'Shea, and the gold, which has never turned up. At this point the film shifts gears to the happenings in and around an old monastery, now turned into a semi-boarding house. Strange people begin showing up, ghostly happenings begin occurring and finally people begin dying...

From the pen of Edgar Wallace comes a fantastical little murder mystery that's very witty and breezy and a great deal of fun. Certainly its better than the long series of German films from the 1960's that strung Wallace's books together to make a continuing series by never having the villain caught, who became a pseudo-Mabuse super villain.

While the mystery is good, the best part of this film is the acting. What a joy it is to see Bernard Lee, years before Bond, playing a lead. You really get the sense of what his range was. There's Arthur Wontner who several years earlier had played Sherlock Holmes. And of course Alastair Sim bringing a smile to your face as one of the crooks. There are others in the cast, all of which you've probably seen before but never knew their names, and who are equally good.

This is a movie to seek out on DVD, since its one that will certainly give you a good night's entertainment.


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