This movie is based on a true story as written in A.P. Scotland's autobiography "The London Cage". The plot has greatly exaggerated the actual events of A.P. Scotland's experiences, including the addition of a fictional love interest.
The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company... See full summary »
A great murder mystery. The only clue to a mad killer's identity is his shoes! The crime's only witness saw them while she was bent over picking something up. Duryea is fantastic as the "... See full summary »
A ruthless crook apparently abducts the wife and child of a bank manager and then masquerades as an insurance company detective while scheming to rob the institution in this crime drama. Unfortunately, some of the manager's employees learn about the plot and the terrified manager must beg them to remain silent. Fortunately, the police have been on the case all along.Written by
A by-the-books bank manager is forced to rob his own bank by a charming thief who holds his family hostage.
Peter Cushing and Andre Morrell repeat the solid on screen chemistry they displayed three years earlier when they teamed up as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Hammer's version of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959). This time they are antagonists with Morrell playing the suave robber and Cushing - in a change of pace role - as the ultra priggish banker. Morrell is deliciously nasty but Cushing really deserves some acting kudos for creating a "jerk" of a character that you actually start to sympathize with as Morrell turns the screws.
Quentin Lawrence, a veteran of British TV, skillfully directs a tight script in a confined setting and keeps the tension high and story moving - almost like it's unfolding in real time. Once the normal routines and relationships are quickly established, he ratchets up the tension with Morrell's arrival and never lets up. The psychological duel begins and it's a treat to watch.
My only nitpick about the film is the ending which I thought was a little too neat and tidy for my taste.
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