Merton Park Noir

by karljhickey14 | created - 05 Jan 2016 | updated - 24 Mar 2018 | Public

British second features made by Anglo Amalgamated at Merton Park . Including the Edgar Wallace and Edgar Lustgarten series .

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1. Assassin for Hire (1951)

67 min | Crime, Mystery

Pretending to be rare stamp dealer, a man devotedly supports wife and musically talented younger brother as a professional hit-man.

Director: Michael McCarthy | Stars: Sydney Tafler, Ronald Howard, Katharine Blake, John Hewer

Votes: 44

2. Mystery Junction (1951)

65 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Larry Gordon, well-known crime writer, is on a train journey when a scream is heard. Upon investigation, the guard had been mugged and a man murdered. Another man is arrested but the full story is yet to be discovered.

Director: Michael McCarthy | Stars: Sydney Tafler, Barbara Murray, Martin Benson, Patricia Owens

Votes: 84

3. The Floating Dutchman (1952)

76 min | Crime, Drama

In England, two men working on the docks close to London's Tower Bridge find a dead body of an unidentified man floating in the River Thames, they call the local police. The police later ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Dermot Walsh, Sydney Tafler, Mary Germaine, Guy Verney

Votes: 64

4. Wide Boy (1952)

67 min | Crime, Drama

The title, in British police parlance of the day, defines a petty crook whose criminal activities are minor and legal-borderline, but the title character in this film appears to stretch the... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Sydney Tafler, Susan Shaw, Ronald Howard, Melissa Stribling

Votes: 56

5. Crow Hollow (1952)

69 min | Thriller

A story of a newly-wed wife of a young doctor who goes to live with him in an oppressive old house where various mysterious attempts are made on her life.

Director: Michael McCarthy | Stars: Donald Houston, Natasha Parry, Patricia Owens, Esma Cannon

Votes: 212

6. Ghost Ship (1952)

Approved | 74 min | Horror

A luxury ship is haunted by the ghosts of a crew that had disappeared off the ship years before.

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Dermot Walsh, Hazel Court, Hugh Burden, John Robinson

Votes: 391

7. The Drayton Case (1953)

26 min | Crime, Short

During the early years of World War II, a bomb from a German airplane uncovers the corpse of a strangled woman.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Victor Platt, Hilda Barry, John Le Mesurier

Votes: 43

8. The Shadow Man (1953)

Approved | 76 min | Crime, Drama

Small-time Soho hustler gets caught up in the murder of an ex-girl friend, evades the police and finally helps them to corner the real murderer.

Director: Richard Vernon | Stars: Cesar Romero, Kay Kendall, Edward Underdown, Victor Maddern

Votes: 140

9. The Missing Man (1953)

30 min | Crime, Short

Through a mother's terrible dream, her son's body is discovered in France and his killer is arrested in England.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Tristan Rawson, Evelyn Moore, Axel Moller

Votes: 44

10. Undercover Agent (1953)

68 min | Drama

An auditor comes into possession of an envelope containing prints and drawings which the British government is anxious to obtain and also a great many other people, all of whom try to get ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Dermot Walsh, Hazel Court, Hermione Baddeley, Alexander Gauge

Votes: 69

11. The Candlelight Murder (1953)

32 min | Crime, Short

A Scotland Yard inspector investigates the murder of an old recluse.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Gerald Case, Jack Lambert, Robert Cawdron

Votes: 33

12. The Strange Case of Blondie (1954)

32 min | Short, Crime

Scotland Yard investigates a murder where the prime suspect is a female cat burglar.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Russell Napier, Derek Aylward, Lee Sinclaire

Votes: 34

13. The Blazing Caravan (1954)

32 min | Crime, Short

Just prior to World War II, a salesman murders a drunken man who just won a football pool. Through dogged investigation and the assistance of a bank manager, Scotland Yard arrests the killer.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Alexander Gauge, Edgar Driver, Alan Robinson

Votes: 45

14. The Dark Stairway (1954)

32 min | Crime, Short

A blind man who is a "nose witness" to a murder, is asked to select the killer from a line-up based on his acute sense of smell.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Russell Napier, Vincent Ball, George Manship

Votes: 35

15. Late Night Final (1954)

Crime, Short

Scotland Yard detectives race to find a crippled man, the only witness to crime, who has mysteriously disappeared.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Colin Tapley, Terry Yorke, Frank Forsyth

Votes: 35

16. The Sleeping Tiger (1954)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

After a convict breaks in a psychotherapist's home, he agrees to rehabilitation rather than arrest but the therapist's wife becomes infatuated with him.

Director: Joseph Losey | Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Alexis Smith, Alexander Knox, Hugh Griffith

Votes: 692

17. The Silent Witness (1953)

32 min | Short, Crime

A man phones the police to confess to killing his wife accidentally, but investigations prove that his story is not as straightforward as it first appears.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Kenneth Henry, Frank Forsyth, Ivan Craig

Votes: 34

18. Fatal Journey (1954)

30 min | Crime, Short

A Scotland Yard detective investigates the connection between a man who suffers from amnesia, a blackmailer and murder.

Director: Paul Dickson | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Gordon Bell, Edward Forsyth, Jack Melford

Votes: 31

19. Terror Ship (1954)

72 min | Crime, Drama

A yacht in the English channel is helped to port - when the police arrive there are no crew, no papers and no clues. What is the mystery of the ghost ship?

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: William Lundigan, Naomi Chance, Vincent Ball, John Warwick

Votes: 105

20. Passenger to Tokyo (1954)

32 min | Crime, Short

A murderer attempts to escape justice by shipping his victims body to Tokyo in a trunk.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Kenneth Henry, Ken Marshall, Peter Penn

Votes: 30

21. The Brain Machine (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Thriller

A doctor is taken hostage by a drug smuggler whom she has diagnosed as psychotic. Her estranged husband has to find her before the smuggling gang find him and kill them both.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Patrick Barr, Elizabeth Allan, Maxwell Reed, Vanda Godsell

Votes: 123

22. Night Plane to Amsterdam (1955)

31 min | Crime, Short

Scotland Yard detectives investigate a diamond robbery and track the gems to a female criminal who specializes in fencing stolen gems.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Gerald Case, Shay Gorman, Selma Vaz Dias

Votes: 33

23. The Stateless Man (1955)

29 min | Crime, Short

Scotland Yard detectives investigate the murder of a young woman, with the investigation focusing on her landlady's son.

Director: Paul Dickson | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Frank Leighton, Robin Wentworth, Theodore Wilhelm

Votes: 33

24. The Case of the Red Monkey (1955)

Approved | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Several murders of nuclear scientists, that baffles Scotland Yard, occur in London about the same time that Bill Locklin, a special officer from the United States State Department, arrives ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Richard Conte, Rona Anderson, Russell Napier, Sylva Langova

Votes: 85

25. The Mysterious Bullet (1955)

31 min | Short, Crime, Drama

A Scotland Yard ballistics expert is called into identify a murderer through a scientific analysis of the bullet that killed a man.

Director: Paul Dickson | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Robert Churchill, Robert Raglan, John Stuart

Votes: 37

26. The Atomic Man (1955)

76 min | Sci-Fi

An atomic scientist is found floating in a river with a bullet in his back and a radioactive halo around his body. The radioactivity has put him seven-and-a-half seconds ahead of us in time... See full summary »

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Gene Nelson, Faith Domergue, Peter Arne, Joseph Tomelty

Votes: 223

27. Murder Anonymous (1955)

31 min | Crime, Short

A Scotland Yard detective investigates the murder of a man who the lover of a blind man's wife.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Travers Humphreys, Jill Bennett, Peter Arne

Votes: 31

28. The Way Out (1955)

86 min | Crime, Drama

A man tells his wife that the police are after him for having killed a bookie during an alcoholic binge, but that he is innocent and is being framed for the murder. The wife and her brother... See full summary »

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Mona Freeman, Gene Nelson, John Bentley, Michael Goodliffe

Votes: 26

29. The Deadliest Sin (1955)

74 min | Crime, Drama

A falling-out between thieves over the proceeds of a stickup results in several killings and a priest being marked for murder because of a confession he heard from one of the gang members.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Sydney Chaplin, Audrey Dalton, Jefferson Clifford, John Bentley

Votes: 99

30. Postmark for Danger (1955)

Approved | 84 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A woman's painted portrait and a post card with a sketch of a woman's hand holding a Chianti bottle are the main clues used by the Scotland Yard to solve a string of murders connected to a diamond-smuggling ring.

Director: Guy Green | Stars: Robert Beatty, Terry Moore, William Sylvester, Geoffrey Keen

Votes: 319

31. Johnny You're Wanted (1956)

70 min | Crime, Drama

A truck driver is accused of the murder of a hitch hiker.

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: John Slater, Alfred Marks, Garry Marsh, Chris Halward

Votes: 33

32. The Wall of Death (1956)

30 min | Short, Crime

A Scotland Yard detective investigates the death of a man who died on an amusement park ride

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Cyril Chamberlain, Vernon Greeves, Vanda Godsell

Votes: 30

33. Finger of Guilt (1956)

Approved | 95 min | Drama

A married movie studio executive's life, starts to fall apart when he is intimately stalked by a beautiful woman he claims he does not know.

Directors: Joseph Losey, Alec C. Snowden | Stars: Richard Basehart, Mary Murphy, Constance Cummings, Roger Livesey

Votes: 314

34. The Case of the River Morgue (1956)

34 min | Crime, Short

Scotland Yard detectives investigate an insurance scam, where a "drowned" man proves to have been dead before he was thrown in the water.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Hugh Moxey, Gordon Boyd, Jane Welsh

Votes: 30

35. Destination Death (1956)

31 min | Crime, Short

When Scotland Yard detectives investigate the murder of a man in the London airport, the trail leads to Lisbon and a international currency smuggling gang.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Russell Napier, Arthur Gomez, Paula Byrne

Votes: 32

36. Person Unknown (1956)

32 min | Crime, Short

A spy from behind the Iron Curtain changes identities with an assassin.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Russell Napier, Edward Cast, Alan Robinson

Votes: 29

37. The Lonely House (1957)

33 min | Crime, Short

Scotland Yard investigates a marriage brokerage service where the clients have a high mortality rate.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Russell Napier, Gordon Boyd, Frank Forsyth

Votes: 33

38. The Counterfeit Plan (1957)

Not Rated | 80 min | Crime, Drama

A reformed forger runs into an acquaintance from his past, now an escaped murderer, who blackmails him into resuming his criminal career.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Zachary Scott, Peggie Castle, Mervyn Johns, Sydney Tafler

Votes: 93

39. Bullet from the Past (1957)

33 min | Crime, Short

While investigating an attempted homicide, a Scotland Yard detective solves a murder that occurred 27 years earlier.

Director: Kenneth Hume | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Ballard Berkeley, Duncan McIntyre, Donovan Winter

Votes: 29

40. Inside Information (1957)

32 min | Crime, Short

Scotland Yard is called in when the effigy used in a Guy Fawkes Day celebration turns out to be the burned corpse of a real man.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Ronald Adam, Bernard Fox, Basil Henson

Votes: 25

41. Scotland Yard Dragnet (1957)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Thriller

A test pilot is injured in a plane crash, following which his fiancee takes him to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist is unhappily married and has a crush on the fiancee. He attempts to ... See full summary »

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Roland Culver, Patricia Roc, Paul Carpenter, William Hartnell

Votes: 67

42. The Case of 'The Smiling Widow' (1957)

31 min | Short, Crime

A Scotland Yard detective investigates the murder of an artist who dabbled in blackmail.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Russell Napier, Vernon Greeves, Carl Jaffe

Votes: 29

43. Violent Stranger (II) (1957)

83 min | Crime, Drama

A woman's husband has been convicted of murder. Knowing he is innocent, she sets out to find the real killer.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Zachary Scott, Faith Domergue, Peter Illing, Faith Brook

Votes: 16

44. The White Cliffs Mystery (1957)

32 min | Crime, Short

Scotland Yard detectives investigate the suspicious death of a rocket scientist and discover the man was being blackmailed by his secretary, who intern was threatened by foreign agents.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, Russell Napier, Julian Strange, Alan Robinson

Votes: 27

45. The Tyburn Case (1957)

32 min | Crime, Short

When a woman is found drowned under suspicious circumstances, Scotland Yard detectives investigate a lawyer for possible insurance fraud.

Director: David Paltenghi | Stars: Edgar Lustgarten, John Warwick, Gordon Boyd, Howard Marion-Crawford

Votes: 37