The thrillers of Edgar Wallace, one of the twentieth century's most successful crime novelists, have been widely adapted for film and television the most memorable of which is the 'Edgar Wallace Mysteries', made at Merton Park Studios in the first half of the 1960's. 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. This first volume includes top-notch performances from Bernard Lee, Harry H. Corbett, Hazel Court, Paul Eddington and Conrad Phillips, and features scripts by Philip Mackie and Robert Banks Stewart.
Suave and Rough
- The Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Vol.1 review by CH
With three 50-minute films per disc - nine per series -, these swiftly told stories are naturally variable, but show variety, and are never less than interesting. To single out one, Urge to Kill, this displays a small-town boarding house redolent of Cornell Woolrich. The murderer is apparent from the start; that is no destraction, for everything turns upon the amount of killings before the inevitable end. Eyebrows might now be raised at the performance of one suspect but this is an affecting one (say no more). A great interest of these series is to spot actors early in their careers (or at the end of them): ever suave, Paul Eddington not only pops up as a villain in one of these films but indulges in violence of the chair-on-head variety; as one might put it: the bad life.