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The Man Who Was Nobody

UK 1960
produced by
Jack Greenwood for Merton Park Studios
directed by Montgomery Tully
starring Hazel Court, John Crawford, Lisa Daniely, Paul Eddington, Robert Dorning, Kevin Stoney, William Abney, Jack Watson, Anthony Dawes, Vanda Godsell, Richard Bennett, Cecil Brock, Michael Anthony, Deidre Day, Arnold Diamond, Norma Parnell, Odette Nash, André Mikhelson
screenplay by James Eastwood, based on the novel by Edgar Wallace, music by Francis Chagrin

Merton Park Studios' Edgar Wallace Mysteries

review by
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After a valuable diamond is stolen from a jeweller by "respected customer" Tynewood (William Abney), his lawyer Vance (Robert Dorning) hires private detective Marjorie Stedman (Hazel Court) to trail Tynewood down and let him know "South Africa Smith is here". Marjorie is pretty much perfect for the job as she's just as home in beatnik dives as in working class bars and casinos. And traveling through all these social circles, she has soon tracked down Tynewood's fiancée Alma (Lisa Daniely) and rents the flat opposite the street from hers to keep her under surveillance. But then Tynewood's body is found dead - which ought to put an end to the job, if it wasn't for South Africa Smith (John Crawford), who turns up at Marjorie's place and implores her to keep investigating. So Marjorie makes friends with Alma, through her meets casino owner Franz Reuter (Paul Eddington), and gets herself and Smith invited to his illegal casino - where Smith pretends to be losing all his money and then tries to sell a diamond to Reuter. Reuter proves to be interested and invites him to his headquarters - conveniently Alma's place. But once there, things get out of hands, not made better when Marjorie arrives at the scene as well ...

 

So ok, as a bona fide murder mystery this film's a bit too far-fetched and convoluted and favours sensationalism over stringent storytelling, something that has always been a weakness of Edgar Wallace as a writer - which though is also part of the appeal of his books and their adaptations. However, what really brings this movie alive, apart from a lively directorial effort, is Hazel Court's performance, as she proves incredibly versatile and likeable in this movie and seems to be clearly enjoying her role, which clearly translates to the screen. That's not to say this movie's a masterpiece, but good fun at the very least.

 

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