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Case of the Frightened Lady [DVD] [1940] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Marius Goring , Penelope Dudley-Ward , George King    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marius Goring, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Helen Haye, Felix Aylmer, George Merritt
  • Directors: George King
  • Writers: Edgar Wallace, Edward Dryhurst, Robert Stevenson
  • Producers: S.W. Smith
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Wham! USA
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2009
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,621 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic British murder mystery 3 Feb 2010
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This is an all regions DVD which may be helpful to anyone ordering from outside the UK. A young Marius Goring features as one of the lead actors as well as Felix Aylmer and Ronald Shiner (who plays a jokey character akin to his other more comedic roles). It is Black and White (made in 1940), running for over 80 minutes and the picture quality is very good though it doesn't indicate it has been restored.

It is quite intriguing and well acted as a "whodunnit". I like this era of cinema so am somewhat biased in favour. Three stars seems a bit mean and the 4 stars I've given slightly generous but in the end this is quite an average film of this kind and might well not appeal to a more modern audience. No explicit violence worth mentioning and no explicit sex and does not suffer from the loss of either which I personally consider degrade many films and are used to distract from the poor quality. This film does have a kind of quality but it is still unexceptional in my opinion. However, if you like this era of cinema I think you will enjoy it, and for a price less than seeing it at the cinema you cant complain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What's the secret of Mark's Priory? 29 Jun 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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The Case of the Frightened Lady is directed by George King and based on a play by Edgar Wallace. Edward Dryhurst adapts to screenplay, Jack Beaver scores the music and Hone Glendinning is the photographer. It stars Helen Haye, Marius Goring, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Patrick Barr, Felix Aylmer, Ronald Shiner and George Merritt.

Mark's Priory: The ancestral English family home of the Lebanon's. Mark's Priory: Home to secrets, suspicion and possibly a psychotic murderer.

One of a number of old British films newly discovered for DVD release, George King's movie is a mystery thriller in the classic "old dark house" mode. Edgar Wallace's play had already been adapted to the screen in a 1932 film version directed by T. Hayes Hunter, with two subsequent television versions appearing in 1938 and 1983. Clearly it's a source story that has proved popular with producers. Although creaking with its undoubted stage bound origins, film delivers the goods for those willing to accept that the first half is driven by dialogue and character development. After an initial "shriek" opening, the picture settles into a literary stride where there's no real sense of impending menace or creepy atmospherics: in fact a good portion in this quarter is jovial as plot takes in major characters at a community dance party. However, conversations are relevant and it seasons the ingredients for the stew about to be cooked.

Once back at Mark's Priory, we at last reach the realms of mystery/thriller land and the hunt and guess who begins. Characters are strong for the formula; a head of the family who appears to be hiding something, a doctor who may have an iffy past, shifty footmen servants and naturally a pretty girl catching the eye of some debonair suitor.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual murder mystery. 30 Mar 2010
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Strange and unusual murder mystery starring a young Marius Goring - for once playing an Englishman!

People in and surrounding an isolated mansion keep getting strangled for no apparent motive. For awhile, one person is suspected, until they themselves fall victim to the unknown murderer. The woman who owns the house keeps a room locked where her husband died years before, and her son (Goring) is expected to marry into his own family - all very odd...

Also stars Felix Aylmer in an unusual role.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Frightening for this Lady 24 Nov 2013
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Not very frightening to be honest and although OK will not be one of those films I would watch time after time.

The story takes place at Mark's Priory which is owned by the Lebanon Family. Lady Lebanon tells her son that to continue the family line he must marry his cousin. Her son has no intention of marrying his cousin and to make matters slightly more complicated his cousin is slowly falling in love with the architect who has come to draw up new renovation plans. There is also the strange behaviour of the two footmen and the family physician which adds to the mystery. The sound and picture are of brilliant quality but the film was just not for me.
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