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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent film, 14 July 2009
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P. Ridley-thomas "paul ridley-thomas" (essex england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Voice of Merrill [DVD][1952] (DVD)
Great black and white atmospheric drama. James Robertson- Justice does what he always does so well, booms and blusters, Valarie Hobson is cool and full of glamour, the story is probably not the most original but it has a good quirkiness, the costumes are great and there are some brilliant cars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Voice of Merrill, 25 Jan 2013
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Valerie Hobson! She's a wow! Anyway, back to the film - well worth having in any B & W collection with fine support from James R-J.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A murdered blackmailer..., 28 Oct 2008
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C. FULLER (Brixham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Voice of Merrill [DVD][1952] (DVD)
The Voice of Merrill made in 1952 is an interesting melodrama with atmospheric photography by Monty Berman and it is one of the early Tempean productions (Robert S Baker & Monty Berman) and was made for around 20,000. See Odeon Entertainments release Blackout also from Tempean.
The stars are Valerie Hobson towards the end of her movie career, Edward Underdown still a star name in British films at the time and James Robertson Justice and there are lots of other well known faces too...including Garry Marsh and Sam Kydd.
The incidental music by Frank Cordell adds to the early 1950s feel and this film has much more of a first feature impact about it. Music was always an important part of a Tempean film and more often than not it was Stanley Black providing it.
The film is directed and written by John Gilling who worked for the company on a number of occasions and one gets the feeling that such a team effort produced the goods to a high quality time after time.
Odeon have produced an excellent liner booklet with plenty of stills and information on the actors, director and production company. Inside the DVD box is reprinted a trade ad from possibly Kine Weekly and this all adds to the great interest for the collector. Please note that the picture quality if definitely better than the sound which is somewhat distorted on the opening and closing credits. Overall, very enjoyable and leaving you wanting to sample more Tempean titles.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a rainy afternoon!, 26 Oct 2010
This review is from: Voice of Merrill [DVD][1952] (DVD)
Having read James Robertson Justice's biography recently, I wanted to see more of his lesser known films. I was not disappointed with this one! Its a cracking good film with an unexpected ending. I would say get the kettle on, break open some chocolate digestives and let this film unfold!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hah Hah! Murder Will Out., 29 Aug 2014
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The Voice of Merrill (AKA: Murder Will Out) is directed by John Gilling who also adapts the screenplay from a story written by Terence Austin and Gerald Landeau. It stars Valerie Hobson, James Robertson Justice, Edward Underdown, Gary Marsh and Henry Kendall. Music is by Frank Cordell and cinematography by Monty Berman.

A British Who Done It? Thriller Out of Tempean Films, The Voice of Merrill begins with the murder of a pretty lady, the perpetrator unseen of course, and thus begins a tale of blackmail, illicit affairs, dastardly plotting, sleuthing and the vagaries of fate. It’s a complex screenplay in many ways, perhaps unnecessary so, and Gilling strains to make all the threads amount to anything akin to suspense. However, once the momentum builds, and the net closes in on the suspects, the makers unleash some genuine surprises that in turn lead to a dramatic climax of some memorable impact. The acting is only ok, though it’s always fun to see Robertson Justice doing one of his big bluff cantankerous acts. 6.5/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Merrill, 1 Sep 2013
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So glad I bought this film. Way above the average British "B movie", this 1952 crime mystery is full of twists and turns and even the occasional bit of over-acting from James Robertson Justice and underdone acting from Edward Underdown does not detract from Valerie Hobson's (the future Mrs John Profumo) great female lead. As British as the BBC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one hell of a twist!, 14 Feb 2014
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I enjoyed the film more than I expected to.. Certainly did not expect the ending. Quality superb, will watch again at some point
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent mystery, 20 Feb 2013
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This is an excellent mystery with several twists and turns. Keeps your interest until the very end. Well acted with good picture quality. Sound seems a bit overmodulated during opening credits, but not enough to be a nuisance. Highly recommended for mystery and noir fans.
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