Scotland Yard was perhaps the best-known series to emerge from Anglo-Amalgamated's output of crime drama. Shot as cinema support features at the company's Merton Park Studios in South Wimbledon, these half-hour thrillers - based on real-life cases from the vaults of London's Metropolitan Police headquarters - were a successful regular feature in cinemas over nearly a decade from the early 1950s onwards. Like sister series Scales of Justice, Scotland Yard is introduced by celebrated writer and criminologist Edgar Lustgarten and presents case after intriguing case, with many solved onscreen by the redoubtable Inspector Duggan (played by Australian-born Russell Napier). This set comprises all 39 films, also featuring appearances by Harry H. Corbett, Peter Bowles, John Le Mesurier, Peter Arne and Robert Raglan, among many others.
One of the twentieth century s most successful crime novelists, Edgar Wallace s thrillers have been widely adapted for film and television the most memorable of which are the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, made at Merton Park Studios during the first half of the 1960s. A noir-esque series, it updates some of the author's stories to more contemporary settings, blending classic B-movie elements with a distinctly British feel. Long-awaited and much sought after, all 47 films will be released over seven volumes on DVD. As special features, they will also include the seven separate Edgar Wallace thrillers made by Independent Artists Ltd between 1959 and 1961. This series includes top-notch performances from Michael Caine, Alfred Burke, Barry Foster, Hazel Court, Patrick Magee, Bernard Archard, Michael Gough, Jack Watling, Harry H. Corbett and Bernard Lee, including scripts by Robert Banks Stewart (Callan), Man in a Suitcase co-creator Richard Harris, Philip Mackie (The Naked Civil Servant), Lukas Heller (The Dirty Dozen) and Roger Marshall (The Sweeney). Noted directors include Sidney Hayers (The Avengers), Robert Tronson (Armchair Thriller) and Quentin Lawrence (Catweazle). A recording of the series memorable theme music, Man of Mystery, also spawned a Top Five UK hit for The Shadows.
Vincent Ball, John le Mesurier and Alfred Burke star alongside Australian actress Betty McDowall in this noir-influenced crime thriller which sees a struggling reporter and a fashion editor uncovering double-dealing and murder in Mayfair! Directed by genre stalwart Montgomery Tully, Dead Lucky is presented in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Mike Billings is a journalist working on 'exposures' of Mayfair gambling parties, but so far with little success. When Mike manages to infiltrate his first gambling party he's horrified to see his girlfriend Jenny there in the company of notorious gambler Lucky Lewis. When the party is raided by the police, Jenny leaves with Lucky. Next morning Lucky is found dead and Jenny admits that she went back to his flat for drinks... SPECIAL FEATURE: Image gallery
In an attempt to reconstruct a murder case radio host Lionel Hulme advertises for information as to the whereabouts of ex-convict Arthur John Smithers who had served a seven-year prison sentence for the manslaughter of his partner. Between them they had perpetrated one of the most daring robberies of all time escaping with a large sum of money; Smithers was subsequently tried and convicted but the stolen notes were never recovered. It is with the ulterior motive of obtaining the money that Hulme is now investigating the case… Canadian Lee Patterson stars as the crime-show host tangling with real-life gangsters in this classic B-movie thriller directed by genre stalwart Montgomery Tully. Also featuring British players Hy Hazell Colin Gordon and Harold Kasket The Key Man (also known as Life at Stake) is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Special Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery PDF Material
Having found global fame as RKO's tenth Tarzan American actor Lex Barker established a long and successful career in Europe that began in 1957 with this classic tale of greed deception and murder. Co-starring Italian actress Lisa Gastoni and directed by B-movie stalwart Montgomery Tully Strange Awakening casts Barker as a man who loses his memory but gains a large inheritance… along with a sinister new 'family'! Also known as Female Fiends Strange Awakening is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Motoring in the South of France Peter Chance is attacked and left unconscious. On recovering he has no memory either of his past or who he is and is shocked to be told that he is the heir to two million dollars. As he slowly regains his health his suspicions are aroused by the women who claim to be his mother sister and wife. When police call to investigate the death of his father Chance realises that he too is a suspect and begins his own investigation... Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery
A slice of life in a British Borstal reform institution for young criminals.
Doomwatch star Simon Oates takes the lead role in this cult '60s sci-fi gem, adapted from visionary author Murray Leinster's novel The Wailing Asteroid by fellow Hugo-award winner John Brunner. Also starring Bond girl Zena Marshall and featuring typically charismatic turns from Patricia Hayes and Charles Hawtrey, The Terrornauts is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements. Joe Burke heads a radio telescope project at a British observatory, h...
Roland Culver plays a psychiatrist with deadly intentions in this crime thriller of 1957 – a classic British noir also starring William Hartnell Gainsborough heroine Patricia Roc and veteran character actress Ellen Pollock. Also known as Scotland Yard Dragnet The Hypnotist is scripted and directed by crime/suspense specialist Montgomery Tully director of numerous instalments in the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series. It is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. Recovering in hospital after a plane crash Val Neal a young test pilot begins to suffer psychosomatic attacks of pains in the chest choking and mental blackouts. Mary his fiancée calls in psychiatrist Dr Pelham but while under treatment Val becomes violent and escapes Pelham's care. When he returns Pelham tells him that during a mental blackout he has committed a murder... Special Features Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery Original Promotional Materials PDF
This excellent British thriller, thought lost for decades, stars Donald Houston, Alan Wheatley and Susan Shaw (cast against type here in a 'bad-girl' role) in a gripping story of love and deception in the world of British association football. Featured here in a new High Definition transfer from the original film elements, Small Town Story includes appearances from football and cricketing legend Denis Compton along with players from Millwall, Arsenal and Hayes football clubs, and boasts the only screen acting credit of future World of Sport commentator Kent Walton. Though there is noticeable film damage in the first reel, this is the only copy known to exist. Canadian ex-serviceman Bob Regan returns to Oldchester, the English town where he was posted during the war. Meeting up with his friend Mike, now manager of the local football club, he discovers that Oldchester are desperate for promotion as they stand to inherit Â£25,000 from recently deceased supporter Wallace Hammond if they make the Third Division a situation that Hammond's devious nephew finds intolerable...
A classic high-tension thriller directed by Montgomery Tully, this rarely seen gem features an exceptional transatlantic cast including Zachary Scott (on magnificently sinister form as a brutal master-criminal), Mervyn Johns, noir heroine Peggie Castle, fan favourite Lee Patterson and British screen spiv Sydney Tafler. The Counterfeit Plan is featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its original theatrical aspect ratio.With the aid of his accomplices, convicted murderer Max Brandt escapes whilst being escorted to a French prison and flees across the Channel. Arriving in England he seeks out a wartime acquaintance, Louie. An expert forger, Louie has now turned his back on his criminal career but Brandt is determined to blackmail him into putting his formidable skills to use once more...SPECIAL FEATURES:Alternative Titles (mute)Original Theatrical TrailersImage GalleryOriginal Synopsis PDF
This excellent British thriller thought lost for decades stars Donald Houston Alan Wheatley and Susan Shaw (cast against type here in a 'bad-girl' role) in a gripping story of love and deception in the world of British association football. Featured here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements Small Town Story includes appearances from football and cricketing legend Denis Compton along with players from Millwall Arsenal and Hayes football clubs and boasts the only screen acting credit of future World of Sport commentator Kent Walton. Though there is noticeable film damage in the first reel this is the only copy known to exist. Canadian ex-serviceman Bob Regan returns to Oldchester the English town where he was posted during the war. Meeting up with his friend Mike now manager of the local football club he discovers that Oldchester are desperate for promotion as they stand to inherit £25 000 from recently deceased supporter Wallace Hammond if they make the Third Division – a situation that Hammond's devious nephew finds intolerable... Features: Image gallery
The Tell-Tale Heart A dark and dramatic adaption of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic story, Laurence Payne stars as Edgar Marsh, a shy and awkward librarianwho becomes obsessed with his new neighbour Betty Clare. Despite Marsh’s infatuation and determination to win her affections, Betty Clare falls for Marsh’s close friend Carl Loomis, a charismatic man of the world. Discovering their affair, Marsh’s obsession turns to murderous rage and he kills Loomis. Consumed with guilt Marsh’s mind begins to crumble as the sound of Loomis’s stillbeating heart haunts his every waking hour. Part-Time Wife Tom is an unsuccessful insurance salesman with only one ray of sunshine in his life, his beautiful new bride Jenny. When Tom looks up his old army buddy Drew in an attempt to sell him some car insurance for the company fleet, Drew hatches a plan to convince his uncle and owner of the company that far from being a playboy crook, he is a happily married man. The only problem is he’s chosen Jenny to be his pretend wife. Drew and Jenny must play the perfect husband and wife until Drew’s uncle returns to America, while Tom must do everything hecan to ensure the plan goes without a hitch in order to secure the biggest insurance deal of his life…and to guarantee the innocence of his wife! The Battleaxe Francis Matthews and Jill Ireland star as Tony Evers and Audrey Page, an engaged couple whose pre-marital bliss is shattered by thefuture bride's domineering mother. Unable to withstand this wicked witch of the Northlands, Matthews tries to weasel out of the marriage by suing for breach of promise: the broken promise being that mother would stop meddling. Joan Haythorne plays the domineering mother in-law Mrs Page who has made it her business to keep the two apart and ensure her daughter doesn’t marrysuch a crooked character. Fate Takes a Hand When a mail bag full of post that was taken in a robbery is discovered fifteen years later, a Post Office employee and local reporterdecide to deliver the letters to their original intended addressees. This solitary incident has profound ramifications on several of therecipients and this film tells the story of how just five of those letters changed peoples lives forever. Two Wives at One Wedding Tom Murray and his new bride’s wedding day takes a turn for the worse when a mysterious woman arrives uninvited with a startling revelation – she claims to be Tom’s wife. Annette is a French woman who Tom had a wartime romance with at the end ofthe Second World War after he was injured near Normandy and she nursed him back to health. It is then that Annette claims themarriage took place, something Tom has no memory of. She is willing to divorce Tom but only with a 10,000 settlement. Blackmailed and with his promising medical career in the balance should the story reach the papers, Tom must hunt down the facts to determine if Annette is really telling the truth.
Nicknamed 'the Idol of the Odeon' Dirk Bogarde was one of Britain's greatest actors. In this collection of 'Hidden Gems' from his collection of leading roles Dirk Bogarde demonstrates his versatility in a variety from comedy to film noir. In Boys in Brown (1949) Bogarde stars as young offender Alfie Rawlins alongside other British films great Richard Attenborough and Jack Warner in this 1940's crime drama set in a post war borstal. Rawlins is a petty criminal but displays an innocent charm that becomes integral to the plans of the inmates to escape. Hunted (1952) is an award winning film and a film noir classic. Director Charles Crichton superbly captures working class life in post war Britain (in the early 1950's) with the gritty but sensitive British drama. Also made in 1952 Penny Princess is a charming 1950's British farce with Bogarde in one of his early comedy lead roles. The Spanish Gardener (1956) was nominated for the Golden Bear award at the Berlin international film festival and sees Bogarde in one of his most sensitive roles as he befriends a young boy and his overbearing father. The Singer not the Song (1961) In this film Bogarde stars opposite another screen great John Mills as the moody cowboy Anacletto. Dressed in black leather Anacletto cuts an intimidating presence in this small Mexican town where he and the priest played by John Mills wrestle for the hearts of the residents.
Out Of The Fog: Dublin born, Montgomery Tully directed this 1962 Eternal Films production, which he also wrote. Starring David Sumner and Susan Travers (Van Der Valk) as well as John Arnatt who appeared in 103 productions, including Whistle Down the Wind. Tullys direction is tight and brings a good deal of tension to this crime drama.Radio Cab Murder: Jimmy Hanley stars in this 1954 Insignia production. Cab driver Fred, (Hanley) a reformed safe cracker is recruited by the police to infiltrate a gang. Fred is aided by his fellow cabbies, when things start to go wrong... Written and directed by Vernon Sewell and with a good british cast this is an enjoyable crime caper. Picture and Sound restored to an excellent quality.
Based on the novel Clash By Night by Rupert Croft-Cooke. A bus transporting prisoners on their way to jail is hijacked by a gang determined to release their leader. The rest of the prisoners are locked in a barn soaked with petrol and warned not to escape. When the police find the body of the freed prisoner they try and find the bus and the rest of the prisoners. But can their impromptu prison cell withstand the flames and sparks of Bonfire Night?
Cult-favourite actor and B-Movie stalwart Lee Patterson stars as an insurance claims investigator with a nose for trouble in this late '50s noir thriller; notable as Michael Winner's first feature-length screenwriting credit Man with a Gun also features the combined talents of John le Mesurier Rona Anderson and director Montgomery Tully. The film is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. A £20 000 insurance claim is lodged when a nightclub is destroyed by fire and claims investigator Mike Davies is assigned to get to the bottom of things. One suspect is Harry Drayson the club owner – but if he torched his own property for the insurance how safe are his other heavily insured properties..? Features: Original Theatrical Trailer Image Gallery Press Material PDFs
1950s crime thriller starring Robin Bailey, Susan Shaw and Liam Redmond. When a dead body is fished out of the Thames reporter Michael Billing (Robin Bailey) is assigned to the story. Whilst at first the story seems bland and unimportant Billing soon discovers that the body was that of a high profile Egyptian diplomat. This leads Billing to the Egyptian Embassy where he is greeted by a receptionist, the late diplomat's fiancÃ©e. Overcome with grief, she is replaced by undercover reporter Jenny Drew (Susan Shaw). Jenny quickly uncovers a web of illegal activity and with the help of Inspector Corcoran (Liam Redmond) the two reporters are drawn deeper into the conspiracy. Up against high profile suspects can they crack the case?
Hylda Baker stars in this 1962 Eternal Films comedy. She plays the matriarchal mother of a working class family. She and her husband (Cyril Smith) have a bright but dull son. The Smallhopes a middle class family led by Joan Sanderson (Please Sir), have an attractive daughter, but things go astray – as they usually do in this situation. The film is set in the fifties with its coffee bars and earnest pop singers. Enjoy the class wars, a good slice of Britain in that era and Hylda strutting her stuff!Hylda Baker toured the theatres in the 1950s with her act that usually involved a particularly tall woman called Cythia. Hylda's most famous catchphrase was 'She Knows Y' Know'. Cynthia was usually a man in drag and was last played by Mathew Kelly.Hylda Baker would achieve further success later in her career when she starred as Nellie Pledge alongside Jimmy Jewel in the sitcom 'Nearest and Dearest' and alone (in virtually the same role) as Nellie Pickersgill in 'Not On Your Nellie' in the late 60s and early 70s.
An Arab King who finds oil in his country faces civil unrest. He recruits the services of a crack British Army Brigade.... Well at least the services of seven men from Army Stores!
The House in Marsh RoadSupernatural thriller based on the novel by Laurence Meynell. David Linton (Tony Wright) is a hard drinking womanising would be writer his wife Jean (Patrica Dainton) supports David the best she can seeing only the best in him. Out of the blue Jean is left a house by a distant Aunt. Jean hopes that it will be the fresh start they need but David plans to dispose of Jean and have the house for himself and his lover but the house has other ideas... Also stars Sam Kydd Monkey's PawBased on the famous horror short story by author W. W. Jacob and filmed at Kay Carlton Hill Studios at St John's Wood. A curio dealer sells a monkey's paw that can grant the processor three wishes but warns that disaster will follow. Mr Trelawne (Milton Rosmer) hastily wishes his gambling debts away. Mrs Trelawne (Megs Jenkins) wishes their dead son back to life but the wishes only bring pain and sorrow. This 1948 film was directed by Norman Lee and also stars Michael Martin-Harvey Sydney Tafler and Alfie Bass.
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