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Send For Paul Temple [DVD][1946]

Anthony Hulme , Joy Shelton , John F. Argyle    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anthony Hulme, Joy Shelton, Tamara Desni, Jack Raine
  • Directors: John F. Argyle
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Renown Productions Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2010
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003H1OOQU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,341 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Scotland Yard calls in novelist and amateur detective Paul Temple (Anthony Hulme) to help track down a gang of diamond robbers. In the course of his investigations he meets Steve (Joy Shelton), a girl reporter, whose detective brother has been killed by the gang and they join forces to unmask the gang leader. However did Scotland Yard manage without Paul Temple...

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Anthony Hulme Send For Paul Temple

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3.0 out of 5 stars Early film version of Paul Temple 23 May 2010
Paul Temple (author and amateur detective) and wife Steve featured in a number of radio serials written by Francis Durbridge who became famous for his mystery stories and serials with "cliffhanger" endings to the episodes. They started in the 1930s and went on into the 50s and were immensely popular. Many are available on BBC audio publications.

A later TV series starring Francis Matthews as Paul Temple was not written by Francis Durbridge and bore virtually no relation to the radio serial except that they used the characters of Paul and Steve.

This is an early (1948) film version of one of the radio serials with the same name "Send for Paul Temple". Frankly it is not one of the best stories but is a convenient starting point as it is the story where Paul first meets Steve, then a press reporter. Of course, there is little opportunity for cliffhanger breaks though Francis Durbridge co-wrote the screenplay.

The style is very much British black and white 40s B movie. It has been digitally remastered but not restored so there are a few jumps, dubious moments of speech synchronisation etc but these can add to the "feel" of an old film. I doubt it would appeal much to an audience who do not have an affinity for that type of film but who knows?

The 3 stars rating takes into account all the failings but if, like me, you like this genre that will seem a bit mean and I think you will enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to the Paul Temple series... 7 July 2010
Anthony Hulme who had quite a short film career (late 1930s to early 1950s) stars as Paul Temple and Joy Shelton plays his to be wife Steve in this John Argyle production for Butcher's. The film is fast paced and is a mix of location and studio filming (Nettlefold Studios) and establishes the character next to be played by John Bentley in 1948. This film is firmly in the "B" picture stable and yet is an enjoyable watch and as such a good introduction to the detective on film. Look out for other Renown films also available on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic to watch again and again 2 Oct 2010
By Hopeh
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I was first introduced to Paul Temple a few years ago when a neighbour gave my father one of the audiobooks, and I haven't looked back since then. Eager to learn more, I now own a fair few of the vintage books, most of the audiobooks and the films that have been re-released.

Send For Paul Temple is the first of the series, introducing the characters to us and each other. The plot is excellent, with twists and turns that leaves the viewer unsure of the criminal mastermind right until the very end.

An excellent example of classic British detective films and something I will never tire of watching even when I know the plot inside out!
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