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The Green Finger (1946)

Send for Paul Temple (original title)
Novelist and amateur sleuth, Paul Temple, meets a newspaper woman called "Steve." Together they investigate a gang of diamond robbers.

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John Argyle

Writers:

Francis Durbridge (based on the radio thriller by), John Argyle (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Hulme Anthony Hulme ... Paul Temple
Joy Shelton ... Steve Trent
Tamara Desni ... Diana Thornley
Jack Raine ... Sir Graham Forbes
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Miss Marchment
Hylton Allen Hylton Allen ... Doctor Milton
Maire O'Neill Maire O'Neill ... Mrs. Neddy
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Dixie
Richard Shayne Richard Shayne ... Chief Inspector Dale
Edward V. Robson Edward V. Robson ... Inspector Merritt
Philip Ray ... Horace Daley (as Phil Ray)
Leslie Weston Leslie Weston ... Skid Tyler
Olive Sloane ... Ruby
H Victor Weske H Victor Weske ... Snow Williams (as H. Victor Weske)
Norman Pierce Norman Pierce ... Sergeant Morrison
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Storyline

This is the first film based on Francis Durbridge's long-running BBC Radio serial. A gang has been executing a daring series of smash and grab robberies. A policeman on the case appears to commit suicide, but crime novelist and amateur sleuth, Paul Temple, suspects foul play. With the help of the victim's sister, reporter Louise Harvey (who uses the pseudonym "Steve Trent"), Paul sets about tracking down the notorious diamond robbers... Written by L. Hamre

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1946 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mystery of the Green Finger See more »

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Butcher's Film Service See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Steve began the 'Send for Paul Temple' campaign in her capacity as journalist on the "Morning Mercury". See more »

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Version of Paul Temple (1969) See more »

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Routine British detective movie.
5 May 2008 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The attempt to turn radio's Paul Temple into a movie series had limited success.

This film is uneven and all the information is carried in its radio writer dialog. The cast are undistinguished but production values get by. They even have a go at a staged in the studio Ram Raid, which is a whole lot better than their toy car bridge crash. Pacing is surprisingly quite lively.

The characters can be divided into regulars, including an unfunny "yellow face" comic butler, and suspects. The stamp of the pre-war Edgar Wallace thrillers is firmly upon it all, without the film reaching even their modest levels of interest.

With its eye firmly on the Empire quota, it's so stodgily British as to numb an audience into wondering what the Big Picture in the program will be like. Our suit and tie wearing, BBC accented hero was never going to be a threat to Charly Chan and Michael Shayne.


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