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Dear Murderer (1947)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 23 June 1947 (UK)
When successful business man Lee Warren suspects his wife is having an affair, he sets out find her lover, kill him, and make it look like suicide. Complications set in, when he finds out ... See full summary »

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Arthur Crabtree

Writers:

Muriel Box (screenplay), Sydney Box (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Eric Portman ... Lee Warren
Greta Gynt ... Vivien Warren
Dennis Price ... Richard Fenton
Maxwell Reed ... Jimmy Martin
Jack Warner ... Insp. Pembury
Hazel Court ... Avis Fenton
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Sgt. Fox
Jane Hylton ... Rita
Charles Rolfe Charles Rolfe ... Prison Warder
Hélène Burls Hélène Burls ... Charwoman
Ernest Butcher Ernest Butcher ... Hall Porter
Judith Carol Judith Carol ... American Secretary
Valerie Ward Valerie Ward ... Warren's Secretary
Howard Douglas ... Doctor
John Blythe ... Ernie
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When successful business man Lee Warren suspects his wife is having an affair, he sets out find her lover, kill him, and make it look like suicide. Complications set in, when he finds out she has another lover as well, so Lee has to change his plans. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der perfekte Mörder See more »

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Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lee Warren: I'll try anything once.
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The Perfect Late Night English Mystery
28 October 2008 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

Poor Eric Portman is saddled with a habitually unfaithful wife. He decides to commit the perfect crime, and murder the nasty wife's lover (Dennis Price). Problem is, he soon finds out that little woman has yet another lover. What is our poor, DEAR MURDERER going to do now?

This is a perfect English mystery movie for those who love English mystery movies. The murderer is rather sympathetic. The crime is charmingly convoluted -- it might even give Sherlock Holmes a few rough moments. And the Scotland Yard detective is like all Scotland Yard detectives (when not co-starring with some brilliant amateur detective) -- smarter than he looks, visiting his quarry constantly with "just a few questions, sir." Those who are more used to American films might think the pace a bit slow (particularly at the beginning), though this pacing really does pay off with an unexpectedly twisty final reel.

If you don't really like old movies, this is not for you. But if you remember being happy when you found that the late show you were about to watch was going to be an English mystery, this will be perfect. Note, though, nothing really stands out about this one. It's all crisply enough acted, with a few noir trappings imported from America for the finale. But ultimately , all it is is a jolly good show, best enjoyed with a crackling fire and some mighty good sherry.


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