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The Dark Man (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller, Drama | 6 August 1951 (Sweden)
A killer called 'The Dark Man' commits double murder. This is witnessed by the young aspiring actress Molly Lester. The Dark Man tries everything to put Molly out of the way. Detective ... See full summary »

Director:

Jeffrey Dell

Writer:

Jeffrey Dell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Detective Inspector Jack Viner
Maxwell Reed ... The Dark Man
Natasha Parry ... Molly Lester
William Hartnell ... Superintendent of Police (Harry)
Barbara Murray ... Carol Burns
Robert Long Robert Long ... Charles Burns
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Samuel Denny
Leonard White Leonard White ... Detective Sergeant Evans
Ernest Haines Ernest Haines ... Mostyn
Walter Horsbrugh Walter Horsbrugh ... Commander (Scotland Yard)
Denis Webb Denis Webb ... Inspector (Scotland Yard)
John Derrick John Derrick ... Sergeant Wells (Scotland Yard)
Gerald Andersen Gerald Andersen ... Inspector (Walsham Bay)
Geoffrey Bond Geoffrey Bond ... Police Sergeant (Walsham Bay)
Geoffrey Sumner ... Major
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Storyline

A killer called 'The Dark Man' commits double murder. This is witnessed by the young aspiring actress Molly Lester. The Dark Man tries everything to put Molly out of the way. Detective Inspector Viner of Scotland Yard investigates the murders. Written by Robert

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Set in one of Britain's Forbidden Areas.....this is one of the most fascinating films ever screened! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 August 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann in Schwarz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Independent Artists See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play being performed at the Walsham Bay Repertory Theatre is "Night Alone", starring Hugo Bale, Molly Lester, John Flaxton and Carol Burns. This was a genuine play from the late-'30s and is an in-joke as, like this film, it was written by Jeffrey Dell. See more »

Goofs

When the Army officer is giving his briefing in medium close up Sam Kydd can be seen to his left.In a longer shot Kydd has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Superintendent of Police: Now don't you kid yourself, you're paid to have dreams like that. For 8/10 a week you're supposed to be a psychologist, doctor, lawyer, chemist, thought-reader, crystal-gazer and the lot. You don't know it, Glover, but you're a ruddy miracle.
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first video and childhood memories
4 October 2005 | by shaggydoo1See all my reviews

This was the first video i bought to go with my new video player about a decade ago. Having spent a part of my childhood in the area where it was filmed it was fun to spot the locations, the heroine getting on the bus to go to the beach at what looks like Hastings only to get off near the Romney marshes, which is some way to go for a quick bit of sunbathing. The story of the criminal classes up to no good and an innocent bystander in danger has been told many times before,and since. Maxwell Reed as the moody Dark Man is worth the price of the video alone, William Hartnell ( future Dr who)always watchable. But the main reason is seeing the final scenes at the "pre-nuclear" Dungeness coastline. The only negative is with the UK video release which has part of the story missing, I assume this is a copy of the US release which was shorter.


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