Pretty Anne Fielding (Dulcie Gray) has her pick of men. There's her boyfriend, the sophisticated Victor (Eric Portman), and now there's Jack... He's the humble bus conductor who comes to her rescue after the bus stalls and delays her journey by an hour. She was on her way to meet Victor at the Hampstead Heath fairground and Jack gallantly escorts her there. Sparks fly between the pair as they share ice cream and enjoy the fair while keeping an eye out for Victor. When they finally reunite, Anne and Victor head for home at the same time a young woman is found dead on the Heath. She appears to be the latest victim of The Strangler', a notorious serial killer who has already struck five times before. With Jack seen storming away from the scene and Victor's handkerchief found near the body, the police seize both men to appear in the lineup of potential suspects. A crazed game of cat and mouse ensues and Anne soon finds herself in serious danger. The police are up against time in this race to draw the threads together - but in the end, which neck will they close around? Will the police get their killer before he gets Anne?
The Title Isn't Kidding.
- Wanted for Murder review by NC
This feels like one of those pretty average B films churned out by the likes of Butcher's, with an extra forty minutes tacked on, improving it not a stitch. There is no discernible departure from the routine serial killer/police investigation format; the script, even with Rodney Ackland involved, is no better than competent, and often not even that; and the direction and the production plays safe by enclosing the enterprise in a conventional straightjacket. Good acting may have raised it a level or two, but the mostly second division stars don't seem to try very hard. Before the climax, Eric Portman is allowed to show his 'Hyde' character once only, in a good scene at Madame Tussauds. For the rest of the time he gives a fair impression of a monolith. Dulcie Gray and Derek Farr are hardly first choices if you want charisma in your leads. Stanley Holloway is there presumably to add a light touch. Trouble is he's as amusing as mumps. Only Roland Culver, as the police Inspector, looks assured. The ending isn't worth sitting through the rest of the film for.
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