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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 John Bentley ... Paul Temple
Patricia Dainton ... Steve
Grey Blake Grey Blake ... Storey
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Sir Graham Forbes
Valentine Dyall ... Bradley
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 »

Company Credits

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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Did You Know?


Based on the BBC Radio serial "Paul Temple Intervenes" (broadcast over October to December 1942) by Francis Durbridge, which was novelised by the author in 1944. See more »


Follows Paul Temple's Triumph (1950) See more »

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Fourth time's the charm for Paul Temple
23 October 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

The fourth and final adaptation of the Paul Temple radio plays, PAUL TEMPLE RETURNS sees the vacationing sleuth living up the high life in New York, where he now makes a living from his work as a crime writer. However, the powers that be call him back to Britain after a sinister figure known only as the Marquis begins to carve his way through the upper ranks of society.

It's a well paced, Edgar Wallace-style storyline and one that's a lot more fun than the last Paul Temple film I watched, SEND FOR PAUL TEMPLE. The main character and his associate Steve remain a bit boring, but the supporting cast are better here, and overall the budget seems a bit bigger too. Certainly there are some strong moments in the murder scenes and an exciting rooftop atmosphere which is dripping with atmosphere.

The supporting cast also incorporates number of past and future horror greats, including the Man in Black himself, Valentine Dyall, as one of the policemen. Horror fans will be chiefly impressed by the inclusion of Christopher Lee in a sinister turn as one of the main suspects, a professor whose collection of Egyptian artifacts neatly precursors his later role as THE MUMMY. Robert Urquhart (THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN) is here too as yet another suspect, and the dependable Ronald Leight-Hunt plays a copper.

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