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Calling Paul Temple (1948)

A maniac is murdering the patients of a doctor who specializes in nervous disorders. A detective is called in to catch the killer.

Director:

Maclean Rogers

Writers:

Francis Durbridge (based on the radio thriller by), A.R. Rawlinson (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bentley ... Paul Temple
Dinah Sheridan ... Steve Temple
Margaretta Scott ... Mrs. Barbara Trevellyan
Abraham Sofaer ... Dr. Charles Kohima
Celia Lipton Celia Lipton ... Norma Rice
Jack Raine ... Sir Graham Forbes
Alan Wheatley ... Edward Lathom
Hugh Pryse Hugh Pryse ... Wilfred Davies
John McLaren John McLaren ... Leo Brent
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Frank Chester
Ian McLean Ian McLean ... Inspector Crane (as Ian MacLean)
Shaym Bahadur Shaym Bahadur ... Rikki
Merle Tottenham ... Millie
Mary Midwinter Mary Midwinter ... Carol Reagan
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Spider Williams
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Storyline

A woman is found dead on a train, the name "Rex" written on the pull-down blind. It is the third in a mysterious string of murders. Later, while detective novelist Paul Temple, his wife Steve, and Scotland Yard's Sir Graham Forbes are at a nightclub, they receive a message from singer Norma Rice concerning the "Rex" murders. But before Sir Graham has the chance to speak to her, she drops dead in the middle of her act... Can Paul solve the case before "Rex" strikes again? Written by L. Hamre

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Crime | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Wer ist Rex? See more »

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Production Co:

Nettlefold Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paul spent some of WWII attached to the Canadian forces. See more »

Goofs

Rather than the boat tour-guide's estimate of "about 1208", it is believed that Greyfriars (the first monastery built in England by Franciscan monks) was established in 1267. See more »

Quotes

Paul Temple: Gosh, I must get dressed. We shall be late for lunch!
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What's Cookin' in Cabaret
by Steve Race & Bunti Race (as Steve & Bunti Race)
Performed by Celia Lipton (uncredited)
Accompanied by Steve Race (piano) (uncredited)
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They Should've Called For Phillip Morris, Or Perhaps William Morris
28 November 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Paul and Steve Temple are back, even if this time they're John Bentley and Dinah Sheridan. They're helping Scotland Yard track down a blackmailer who signs his murders "Rex". This puzzles the Yard, since dead women rarely pay ransom.

I agree with their reasoning. The trail leads to Abraham Sofaer, who's a psychiatrist and hypnotist, his suspicious-seeming secretary Margaretta Scott, who comes to Bentley for help, then seems to almost get him and Miss Sheridan blown up. Then there's..... oh, everyone, to the extent that I was growing suspicious of Shaym Bahadur, who plays their valet, Rikki. He didn't look like that in the last movie!

The mystery aspect of this one is not as good as the last one. The red herrings get piled on in such confusion that when the bad guy was revealed, it seemed a random choice. Canterbury seems to be about three minutes by car from Scotland Yard. In addition, the movie-serial nature of this movie stuck out, including a couple of cornball cliffhangers that went out of style in the 1930s, and the sort of canned music that Universal kept in stock to be plugged in just before the the car went over the cliff and the gong sounded.

Sigh. Well, it's Maclean Rogers directing; I'm sure that if you gave him a good budget, a good script and some real talent, he could direct a heck of a good movie. I don't think anyone ever did. This was Nettlefold Studios with Butcher's Film Service distributing, so money was tight; besides, the character was established on the radio and in the first movie, so it was likely a matter of they didn't need it good, they needed it Tuesday. At least there's some nice second-unit shot of Canterbury and some pleasant night-time shooting by Geoffrey Faithfull.


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