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Tower of Terror (1941)

A British secret agent in Germany takes a job as the assistant to an elderly lighthouse keeper, planning to make his escape with some valuable documents when a British boat arrives to pick them up.


John Reinhardt (screenplay) (as John Reinhart), John Argyle (adaptation)




Complete credited cast:
Wilfrid Lawson ... Wolfe Kristan
Movita ... Marie Durand
Michael Rennie ... Anthony Hale
Morland Graham Morland Graham ... Herr Kleber
George Woodbridge ... Rudolf Jurgens
Edward Sinclair Edward Sinclair ... Fletcher
Richard George Richard George ... Captain Borkmann
Charles Rolfe Charles Rolfe ... Albers
John Longden ... Commandant
H Victor Weske H Victor Weske ... Peters (as H. Victor Weske)


A British secret agent in Germany takes a job as the assistant to an elderly lighthouse keeper, planning to make his escape with some valuable documents when a British boat arrives to pick them up.

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Release Date:

17 November 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kauhujen torni See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for USA television presentation; its initial telecast in New York City took place Friday 24 June 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). In Cincinnati it first aired Tuesday 30 August 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), in Los Angeles Monday 17 October 1949 on KLAC (Channel 13), and in Boston Sunday 15 January 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7). Although this title had been shown theatrically in the USA in 1942 in an edited format, released by Monogram Pictures, these telecasts were its USA premiere in its complete, original version. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Three miles off the German Coast- WESTERRODE LIGHTHOUSE- lonely outpost of the North Sea- See more »


German Folk Songs
Arranged by Charles Williams
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Mad Love in a lighthouse
29 January 2004 | by mail-671See all my reviews

Two great popular British eccentrics of the '30s of stage & screen were Ernest Thesiger & Wilfrid Lawson who was also a passable baritone. In this British wartime second feature, a suspenseful espionage thriller set in a remote lighthouse off the Dutch coast commanded by Lawson with a fearsome hook for a right hand, a young saboteur(Movita) is rescued from the sea having thrown herself in following a pursuit by some Gestapo officers. Rescued by Michael Rennie an undercover British agent taken on as Lawson's assistant she soon falls prey to the latter's growing obsession because of her close resemblance to his dead wife buried at the bottom of the tower. There ensues a gripping cat-and-mouse situation with Rennie desperately plotting their escape before Lawson, his suspicions growing with his madness to recreate his wife in Movita virtually a prisoner, kills him following one lucky escape. After a hand to hand struggle,Rennie becomes trapped in one of the rooms while the now totally nutty Lawson drags his prisoner down to where his wife's remains are buried and frantically unearths her skeleton. Meanwhile a warship alerted by a signal from Rennie has successfully found the tower and opens fire.... A few years earlier, in his first Hollywood film noir, Peter Lorre had a similar problem with Frances Drake and a pair of someone else's hands.

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