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Checkmate (1935)

An under-cover detective lodges with a family as he tries to foil a gang of jewellery thieves.

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George Pearson

Writers:

Amy Kennedy Gould (by), Basil Mason (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Felix Aylmer ... Henry Nicholls
Evelyn Foster Evelyn Foster ... Mary Nicholls
Sally Gray ... Jean Nicholls
Maurice Evans ... Phillip Allen
Donald Wolfit ... Jack Barton
Wilfrid Caithness Wilfrid Caithness ... Inspector Smith (as Wilfred Caithness)
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Mr Curtail
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Huntley
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An under-cover detective lodges with a family as he tries to foil a gang of jewellery thieves.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1936 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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This film's initial telecasts in the USA took place in New York City Friday 22 July 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), in Atlanta Sunday 31 July 1949 on WAGA (Channel 5), in Detroit Sunday 21 August 1949 on WWJ (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Sunday 18 September 1949 on KFI (Channel 9). Since this film had never been released theatrically in USA, these presentations also marked its USA premiere. See more »

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Three well-known actors in a quota quickie
23 May 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Although this British crime film is a slow moving quota quickie, it's worth watching thanks to the efforts of the central cast members, a number of whom were or would be famous in their time. It's one of those films that seems to have very little in the way of plot or relevance in the first half an hour, but gradually picks up to a generally fun if over the top climax.

CHECKMATE concerns the activities of a rather dull family presided over by the ever-present Felix Aylmer as a rather stuffy old fellow. One of the daughters has a relationship with the slightly dodgy Donald Wolfit, noted Shakespearean star and renowned barnstormer. Meanwhile, a new lodger in the house (PLANET OF THE APES star Maurice Evans) is raising suspicion, with those indoors suspecting that he may not be who he says he is.

Eventually via some low key events, all is revealed. This is an actor's film really, heavy on the dialogue but light on action. A little comedy relief would have made it more presentable, although that sped-up fight scene is laughable in itself.


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