A happily married couple plan a vacation in the city to see several stage plays, as the wife is an ex-actress. They arrange to temporarily swap residences with an older couple who want to ...
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A happily married couple plan a vacation in the city to see several stage plays, as the wife is an ex-actress. They arrange to temporarily swap residences with an older couple who want to visit the country. The older couple are actually part of a team of antiques thieves but are interrupted by a friend of the actress-wife. When the cottage couple find there is no city residence, and are told they are probably being robbed, they return home to find everything intact....except their pets and plants were poisoned. Someone seems to be taking advantage of the situation to upset their lives.Written by
This is one of a series of a few dozen second features from Britain in the early 60s sold under the banner of Edgar Wallace mysteries. Although the German-made Wallace-based "krimi" series was simultaneously popular in Europe, the two couldn't have been more different in approach. The latter emphasized eccentric archcriminals and bizarre, violent crimes in very flamboyant 60's fashion, while the Brits specialized in clever, twisty, pared-down domestic murder plots along the lines of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. This title is considered one of the best of the series. Although like most B mysteries of the time it has an episodic, grey TV look with a bit more adult content, director Bridges provides enough complex camera set-ups and angst-ridden atmosphere to raise it above the pedestrian level stylistically. The plot is absorbing and well-executed, particularly the jarring outdoor climax, but remains rather under-motivated (possibly due to running-time constraints). In retrospect, the realistic style of the time can't rival the moody film noir approach which had by this time fallen out of favour.
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