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Calling Paul Temple (1948)

A maniac is murdering the patients of a doctor who specializes in nervous disorders. A detective is called in to catch the killer.


Maclean Rogers


Francis Durbridge (based on the radio thriller by), A.R. Rawlinson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bentley John Bentley ... Paul Temple
Dinah Sheridan ... Steve Temple
Margaretta Scott ... Mrs. Barbara Trevellyan
Abraham Sofaer ... Dr. Charles Kohima
Celia Lipton Celia Lipton ... Norma Rice
Jack Raine ... Sir Graham Forbes
Alan Wheatley Alan Wheatley ... Edward Lathom
Hugh Pryse Hugh Pryse ... Wilfred Davies
John McLaren John McLaren ... Leo Brent
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Frank Chester
Ian McLean Ian McLean ... Inspector Crane (as Ian MacLean)
Shaym Bahadur Shaym Bahadur ... Rikki
Merle Tottenham ... Millie
Mary Midwinter Mary Midwinter ... Carol Reagan
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Spider Williams


A woman is found dead on a train, the name "Rex" written on the pull-down blind. It is the third in a mysterious string of murders. Later, while detective novelist Paul Temple, his wife Steve, and Scotland Yard's Sir Graham Forbes are at a nightclub, they receive a message from singer Norma Rice concerning the "Rex" murders. But before Sir Graham has the chance to speak to her, she drops dead in the middle of her act... Can Paul solve the case before "Rex" strikes again? Written by L. Hamre

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Release Date:

13 December 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Wer ist Rex? See more »

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Production Co:

Nettlefold Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the BBC Radio serial "Send For Paul Temple Again" (broadcast over September to November 1945) by Francis Durbridge, which was , which was novelised by the author in 1948 and later remade for radio as "Paul Temple and the Alex Affair" (February to March 1968). This was the final BBC Radio Temple serial until Radio 4's run of remakes began in 2006, and saw the killer's name (minimally) changed from Rex to Alex. See more »


Rather than the boat tour-guide's estimate of "about 1208", it is believed that Greyfriars (the first monastery built in England by Franciscan monks) was established in 1267. See more »


Paul Temple: Gosh, I must get dressed. We shall be late for lunch!
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Followed by Paul Temple's Triumph (1950) See more »


What's Cookin' in Cabaret
by Steve Race & Bunti Race (as Steve & Bunti Race)
Performed by Celia Lipton (uncredited)
Accompanied by Steve Race (piano) (uncredited)
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The two stars excel in entertaining thriller
30 March 2012 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

Once again, the assistance of crime novelist Paul Temple, recently married to 'Steve' Trent is required by Scotland Yard. They're baffled by a particularly repulsive character signing himself 'Rex' who blackmails women then murders them.

This scores over the other two films in the series I've seen, SEND FOR PAUL TEMPLE and PAUL TEMPLE RETURNS, not least for the enjoyable performances of John Bentley and Dinah Sheridan who were ideal as Paul and Steve; there's a real chemistry and sense of fun and romance between them. Bentley was very much at home in this kind of role, evoking that air of cheerful authority that Roger Moore was later able to bring to his portrayal of The Saint and interpretation of James Bond. Exquisitely beautiful Dinah Sheridan lights up the screen in a sparkling performance with her diverting, amusing repartee with Paul and benefits from a script that gives Steve an equal role in tracking down the killer, discovering several vital clues. By comparison, in the BBC TV Paul Temple series, made at the turn of the 1970s, Steve had little to do, with the producers considering writing her out altogether at one point. It all gets off to a flying start with Celia Lipton - whatever happened to her? - as the nightclub vocalist, de rigueur in this kind of British B, falling dramatically down the stairs in the middle of her second number, Steve Race's "What's Cooking in Cabaret?". I've seen acts die before, but not like this. From then on there's red herrings galore as suspicion falls on most of the characters in turn, played by some admirable actors including Abraham Sofaer as a therapist, his mysterious secretary Mrs. Trevelyan (Margaretta Scott) and salesman Hugh Pryse, who could almost be a younger, Welsh, relation of Alastair Sim. Good old Wally Patch is Temple's underworld grass Spider Williams; he also supported Bentley in the two films featuring John Creasey's hero The Toff, both also directed by Maclean Rogers and now apparently lost. There's time for some fascinating glimpses of Canterbury as it was then, and for Paul and Steve to be tied up in a cellar with the water rising remorselessly. Then the time-honoured denouement with all the suspects gathered together in one room and finally an almighty punch-up between Temple and the villain, to a reprise of the melodramatic title music. Great escapist fun 1940s style.

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