A husband-and-wife detective team look into the murder of one of her friends, whose father--a prominent scientist--has been kidnapped. They find themselves up against a sinister crime ... See full summary »
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
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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