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Bombay Waterfront (1952)

Paul Temple Returns (original title)
The Temples investigate a series of gruesome murders attributed to a mysterious figure known as "The Marquis".


Maclean Rogers


Francis Durbridge (based on the Paul Temple stories by)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bentley ... Paul Temple
Patricia Dainton ... Steve
Grey Blake Grey Blake ... Storey
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Sir Graham Forbes
Valentine Dyall ... Bradley
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Slater
Arthur Hill ... Cranmer Guest
Christopher Lee ... Sir Felix Raybourne
Andreas Malandrinos Andreas Malandrinos ... Sammy Wren (as Andrea Malandrinos)
Dan Jackson Dan Jackson ... Sakki
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Ross (as Ronald Leigh Hunt)
Elizabeth Gilbert Elizabeth Gilbert ... Barmaid
George Patterson George Patterson ... Abdullah
Vi Kaley ... Old 'Em
Gerald Rex Gerald Rex ... Rifle-range Attendant


A serial killer terrorizes London. Each victim is found with a telegram signed "The Marquis." There seems to be no other common thread between the victims, and Scotland Yard is baffled. Novelist and amateur sleuth, Paul Temple, is warned to stay away from the case, but he and his glamorous wife Steve can never refuse a good mystery. Written by L. Hamre

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Release Date:

24 November 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bombay Waterfront See more »

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Production Co:

Nettlefold Films See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Western Electric)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Closing credits: The Characters and events depicted in this Film are fictitious, and any similarity to any persons living or dead or events is purely coincidental. See more »

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The fourth and last Paul Temple feature film
18 August 2011 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This film, released in America as BOMBAY WATERFRONT, is the last of the four feature films made between 1946 and 1952 which were based upon the stories of Frances Durbridge and featured her character, the detective Paul Temple. Anthony Hulme played Temple in the first film (SEND FOR PAUL TEMPLE, 1946, see my review) and John Bentley played the character in the succeeding three films, including this one. Temple's wife 'Steve' was played in succession by Joy Shelton, Dinah Sheridan (twice), and Patricia Dainton here. The third film in the series, PAUL TEMPLE'S TRIUMPH (1950) is unavailable, having never been released on video or DVD. The other three are readily available on DVD in digitally remastered form. CALLING PAUL TEMPLE (1948, see my review) is a rather limp and unsatisfactory film. This one is much better. The atmosphere is mysterious and effective, despite the low budget. John Bentley is an engaging, if somewhat lightweight, hero. One of the finest performances in the film is by the seventy-something Peter Gawthorne, as Sir Graham Forbes, the head of Scotland Yard. The young Robert Urquhart, later a fine actor, is strangely ineffectual here. Christopher Lee, who had already appeared in many films, does well as usual. This story is based on Durbridge's radio serial PAUL TEMPLE INTERVENES, which was broadcast on the BBC in 1952. The story concerns a series of mysterious murders of people who appear to have no connection with one another. But eventually the common thread is discovered to be a secret papyrus recently excavated in Egypt by the character played by Lee, which contains the antidote for all narcotic drugs, and could destroy the world narcotics cartels if it became known. The unknown killer calls himself 'The Marquess', though the reason for the name is never given. There are many candidates for 'The Marquess', and it is made as difficult as possible for us to guess his or her identity. The film is very entertaining if you like this kind of thing. There are numerous interesting shots of the London streets as they were in 1952, particularly at night.

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