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The Mantrap (1943)



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Cast overview:
... Sir Humphrey Quilp
... Anatol Duprez
Joseph Allen ... Eddie Regan (as Joseph Allen Jr.)
... Jane Mason
... Assistant District Attorney Knox
... Miss Mason
Tom Stevenson ... Robert Berwick
... Patrick Berwick
Jane Weeks ... Miss Woolcott


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Release Date:

13 April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Morte Espreita na Sombra  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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great Sherlock Holmes pastiche
18 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

really a hidden gem.

While main character Humphrey Quilp was only a pupil of Holmes, the plotting and dialog are pure Holmes/Conan Doyle. Pretty funny and clever script by Curt Siodmak. Jam packed with dialog and scenes, like a 90 minute mystery condensed into a 60 minute time slot. As such, it's never dull and keeps your attention. The modern police humor him and his "prehistoric" methods (such as noticing subtle yet simple illogical discrepancies), while he humors their total blindness to the details. The actual humor in the film is never broad but usually circumstantial- people getting annoyed with each other, or Quilp's friend (a Watson stand-in) who worries about his health and pulls cigarettes or drinks out of Quilp's hand when he isn't aware. Interestingly, Quilp drives (and advocates) an electric car. Certainly ahead of his time.

Don't want to say more and spoil your experience.

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