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Edgar Wallace Presents: Crossroads to Crime [DVD]

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  • Actors: Anthony Oliver, Arthur Rigby, Miriam Karlin, Patricia Heneghan, George Murcell
  • Directors: Gerry Anderson
  • Format: PAL, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CLQB7CG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,986 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This crime thriller for Anglo-Amalgamated was Gerry Anderson's directorial film debut, and the only feature-length production to be made by AP Films, co-founded by the legendary puppet pioneer in 1957.

Released in 1960 between the making of Four Feather Falls and Supercar, Crossroads to Crime features the talents of several of Anderson's later Supermarionation collaborators, including George Murcell, David Graham, Anderson's future wife Sylvia and Barry Gray, whose iconic themes famously complemented the Supermarionation series of the 1960s. The film negative was physically edited in the 1960s to replace the original titles with ones for the Edgar Wallace Mystery series and it is from these film elements that this brand-new transfer has been made. The original titles are included as a separate special feature.

PC Don Ross suspects that a gang of lorry hijackers, operating from a transport café, is behind a series of vehicle thefts. When his suspicions are dismissed by his superiors, Ross decides to conduct his own undercover investigation, and sets out to collect vital evidence that could convict the gang...

SPECIAL FEATURES
[] Original UK titles
[] Theatrical trailer
[] Crossroads To Crime Remembered: a brand-new retrospective featuring contributions from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By nicsview on 25 Sept. 2013
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At first glance, it's easy to wonder why such an obscure film was considered worthy of release. But therein lies the point : this is a DVD for true enthusiasts of the byways of British cinema. Rather like the other Edgar Wallace contemporary short features, it offers a fascinating insight into aspects of Britain in the early 1960s, with much background detail to be absorbed (the climax of the film, for instance, takes place in a dingy warehouse with an atmospheric aural backdrop of a steam train shunting nearby). Some of the dialogue, also, is fascinating ( "This is a transport cafe. We don't cater for the upper classes" - Discuss, as they used to say in examination papers).

It is essential, therefore, to regard the film as an interesting 'B' feature of the time and not to expect too much more. The 'extras' on the disc are useful to have - again, such a minor film would not normally warrant such attention, so this is another bonus. We should be extremely grateful to Network for including it in their choice of rare British film releases - even a few years ago, one would never have hoped to find material like this being given such attention.

The male 'lead', Anthony Oliver (1923-1995) is a familiar face to those who have made a study of this period of British films - interestingly, he doesn't seem to receive a single mention from either of the people who are interviewed, except an oblique reference as 'the copper'. He was usually in supporting roles, probably not being quite charismatic enough for major stardom, but he turns in an adequate performance here.

So, to sum up - a most enterprising release, well worth purchasing for the reasons outlined above.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Aug. 2013
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That is what Nat Cohen apparently said at the screening prior to Anglo Amalgamated distributing the film.
Personally, this film has some excellent location shooting and the copy is crystal clear with excellent sound too. If you compare even this film with those made by 2 brothers down the road it stands out overall as much better. The film was made by AP films and some scenes filmed at Halliford studios. The script is mediocre and the actors could have been better directed however I never expected to see this film released on DVD so I am happy. The price is great and the bonus alternative titles and 9 minute documentary are interesting. I would like to know what Edgar Wallace story the screenplay was based upon...does anyone know?
More hidden gems please Network...
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Aug. 2013
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Well, Network are to be applauded for sticking their proverbial necks out (yet again) after digging out and dusting down yet another obscure, largely forgotten B-movie for release. In this skid-row budget production from 1960, Anthony Oliver stars as PC Don Ross who suspects that a lorry hijacking operation is running behind the scenes of a transport café which is owned by Miriam Karlin. After deciding to go it alone, Ross infiltrates the gang headed by Miles and Diamond (Ferdy Mayne and George Murcell) in an attempt to break up the nefarious activities.

Directed by "Supermarionation King" Gerry Anderson, this is an unremarkable crime yarn with a lightweight script. This relatively short running second feature has some scenes shot on location, and does at least boast a good cast which includes familiar character performers Victor Maddern and Harry Towb as a couple of lorry drivers. In between the clichéd dialogue, in scenes that would turn a modern-day public health inspector's hair white, ciggie smokin' Miriam Karlin almost disappears in a haze of smoke behind her café counter (ah, memories!)

Although a very routine crime drama with performances on autopilot, this AP production possesses a cosy, rather quaint quality, and is essentially aimed at collectors of vintage black & white B-movies, a pleasant & inoffensive way to pass 50-odd minutes on a rainy day. This Network release has very good B/W picture & sound quality. There are no subtitles. The extras include the alternative movie titles, as well as the theatrical trailer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jokeroom on 17 Mar. 2014
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As far as I'm aware, this is not an Edgar Wallace film. Indeed, as the alternative original opening titles show, it was simply a 1960 B movie that was later repackaged with the opening Edgar Wallace theme and bust. It's not one of the 47 Edgar Wallace mysteries, nor is it related to any of the other 8 extra films included in that Anthology. It's 'quality' is more than discussed in the other reviews, so let me just say that firstly, there are some quite strong scenes for what was a 1960 'U' certificate film and that lastly, the DVD manages to include two uses of the word f***ing in the retrospective special feature and still achieve a PG certificate!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thbrookes on 10 Jan. 2014
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This like all the stories written by Edgar Wallace is fantasic and wiil keep you intrested right to the very end
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Ladbrook on 13 Mar. 2014
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Bought as a present for a friend who loves british cinema and murder mysteries.
Gift was well received and appreciated. Nice job!
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