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Serena (1962)

Scotland Yard investigate when a woman, apparently the estranged wife of a London painter, is murdered with a shotgun in rural Surrey at the same time as the artist's striking model with ... See full summary »

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Peter Maxwell

Writers:

Edward Abraham (story), Valerie Abraham (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Holt ... Inspector Gregory
Emrys Jones ... Howard Rogers
Honor Blackman ... Ann Rogers
Bruce Beeby Bruce Beeby ... Det. Sergeant Conway
John Horsley ... Mr. Fisher
Robert Perceval Robert Perceval ... Bank Manager
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Barman
Frank Pettitt Frank Pettitt ... Fred (as Frank Pettit)
Benedicta Leigh Benedicta Leigh ... Policewoman Scott
Peter Glaze Peter Glaze ... Station Booking Clerk
Vi Stevens Vi Stevens ... Landlady
Howard Greene Howard Greene ... River Police Sergeant
Raymond Smith Raymond Smith ... River Police Constable
Lawrence James Lawrence James ... Uniformed Constable
Reginald Hearne Reginald Hearne ... Doctor (as Reggie Hearne)
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Scotland Yard investigate when a woman, apparently the estranged wife of a London painter, is murdered with a shotgun in rural Surrey at the same time as the artist's striking model with her long black hair disappears. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1962 (UK) See more »

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Butcher's Film Service See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Inspector Gregory introduces himself to Howard Rogers as Detective Chief Inspector Gregory. However, later on in the film when he is interviewing the Railway station Luggage Clerk and shows his identification, the clerk responds with 'Superintendent'. See more »

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Incredibly cheap but not without merit
1 July 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

SERENA is another erstwhile mystery yarn from low budget outfit Butcher's Films. The story is a simple one which follows the investigations of a detective investigating the shotgun murder of a man's wife. At first he has no leads, but problems with the identification of the woman's body and the search for a missing model soon puts him on an unexpected track as regards to the culprit...

SERENA is a cheapie mystery with a not-bad script and some efficient direction from Peter Maxwell, who also handled a couple of other low rent thrillers from the era like BLIND SPOT and IMPACT. At 60 minutes it doesn't really have the chance to drag and I'll admit that the twist is a clever one that ties the preceding plotting together nicely.

Cast-wise, we get a leading performance from the stolid Patrick Holt (WHEN DINOSAURS RULE THE EARTH) as the detective and a mannered turn from Emrys Jones as the bereaved husband. The most famous face here is none other than Honor Blackman's, who's playing the role of the wife. Blackman is as glamorous as ever and her assured acting helps to lift the film's spirits a little.


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