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The Terror (1938)

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A mysterious criminal mastermind plots a spectacular gold robbery, then after the robbery is completed he makes sure his gang is caught by the police, keeps the gold and disappears. After ... See full summary »

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Richard Bird

Writers:

William Freshman (adaptation), Edgar Wallace (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Wilfrid Lawson ... Mr. Goodman
Bernard Lee ... Ferdy Fane
Arthur Wontner ... Col. Redmayne
Linden Travers ... Mary Redmayne
Henry Oscar ... Joe Connor
Iris Hoey ... Mrs. Elvery
Stanley Lathbury Stanley Lathbury ... Hawkins
Lesley Wareing Lesley Wareing ... Veronica Elvery
Alastair Sim ... 'Soapy' Marx
John Turnbull ... Superintendent Hallick
Richard Murdoch Richard Murdoch ... Detective Lewis
Edward Lexy ... Inspector Dobie
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A mysterious criminal mastermind plots a spectacular gold robbery, then after the robbery is completed he makes sure his gang is caught by the police, keeps the gold and disappears. After his former accomplices are released from prison, they go searching for their former boss to take their revenge and get their share of the loot. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1938 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Edgar Wallace's The Terror See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 28 May 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). See more »

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Remade as The Sinister Monk (1965) See more »

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Too Much Talk
16 October 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Terror (1938)

** (out of 4)

Three thieves rob a shipment of gold and two of them are sent to prison for a decade. After the two are released they travel to a creepy old house to track down the man who turned them in and hope to find some of the treasure.

Edgar Wallace wrote the play that this here is based on. There are a couple interesting things in THE TERROR but sadly it's another British film that has way too much talk and boring talk at that. The main reason most people are going to want to watch this is because of the actors who appear here. You've got Bernard Lee from James Bond fame playing a drunk and Alastair Sim playing one of the convicts. Sherlock Holmes fans will also note Arthur Wontner in the cast.

The actual story is decent but there's no question that this "old dark house" movie just runs way too slow for its own good and even at just 70 minutes it feels rather long. It doesn't help that the majority of the dialogue is just downright boring and there's really no energy from the direction. The cast and genre might attract some to THE TERROR but there's certainly much better out there.


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