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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Rarities!
These two rare films will prove more interesting for "buffs" and viewers fascinated by early macabre and ghostly cinema than for the general public. Though definitely not in the league of such classics as "Dead of Night" they still provide gentle chills and period detail if not much creative inspiration or the imagination a director such as Val Lewton would have brought...
Published 19 months ago by Adrian Drew

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3.0 out of 5 stars Curios of the period.
I would agree with Adrian Drew, these two films are curios and therefore most likely to be of interest to those who follow films of the period. Of the two in this package "The House In Marsh Road" has the best of both sound and picture quality, the other is difficult to follow at times. Yes, a little overpriced I would have to say.
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Rarities!, 19 May 2013
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These two rare films will prove more interesting for "buffs" and viewers fascinated by early macabre and ghostly cinema than for the general public. Though definitely not in the league of such classics as "Dead of Night" they still provide gentle chills and period detail if not much creative inspiration or the imagination a director such as Val Lewton would have brought to the subject matter.

"The House on Marsh Road" (aka The Invisible Creature) is one of the four novels written by prolific author Laurence Meynells' to be made into films - the others being "The Umbrella", 1933, based on a short story; "Crown versus Stevens", 1936, based on Third Time Lucky and directed by Michael Powell and arguably the best; "Street of Shadows"(released in the USA as Shadow Man), 1953, based on The Creaking Chair; "The Price of Silence", 1960, based on One Step from Murder and "The Breaking Point" (released in the USA as The Great Armoured Car Swindle), 1961, and based on the novel The Breaking Point.

The 1959/60 production of "The House on Marsh Road" is a dated, rather cliched but quite enjoyable and surprisingly "cold" and unsentimental little thriller in which a writer, and his long-suffering but tough wife, move into the house in question where the obligatory strange events are not quite what they seem. A rather wooden Tony Wright and Sandra Dorne together with the excellent Patricia Dainton lead the cast with a nice performance from Anita Sharp as the quirky housekeeper. At Marsh Road things go bump in the day and night!

The 1948 chiller The Monkey's Paw (64mts) is based on W.W. Jacobs classic tale but comes across more as a moral lesson than a full blooded horror film.
It is a low-budget feature filmed at the London based Kay Carlton Hill Studios at St Johns Wood in London by low-budget producers Butchers and the print used for this DVD is not a particularly good one with numerous "jumps" and missing frames in evidence as well as frequent lack of definition.

Awash with conflicting locations and even more conflicting accents, the film flounders, despite good direction and atmospheric sets, because of a weak and very "padded" script. The resulting plot does not have the gritty realism and pain of the original tale, despite some good performances. Antiques dealer (Sydney Tafler) sells the paw, that can grant three wishes, with the expected tragic consequences for an Irish shopkeeper Trelawne (Milton Rosmer) who wants to pay off his gambling debts and his wife (Megs Jenkins). By transforming the piece into a very simplistic morality tale much of the poignancy of the original short story is lost and the ending does not pack the punch it requires and deserves through an unnecessary and weak "coda". However this rare little film - despite the far from perfect print - will undoubtedly provide considerable interest for film buffs and lovers of the supernatural alike regardless it's many and very obvious flaws and limitations.

Production Team
Norman Lee: Director
Bryan Langley: Cinematography
Stanley Black: Music Direction
Ernest G Roy: Producer
Norman Lee: Script
Barbara Toy: Script

Cast
Milton Rosmer: Mr Trelawne
Megs Jenkins: Mrs Trelawne
Michael Martin Harvey: Kelly
Joan Seton: Dorothy Lang
Norman Shelley: Monoghan
Eric Micklewood: Tom Trelawne
Brenda Hogan: Beryl
Mackenzie Ward: Noel Lang
Alfie Bass: Speedway Track Manager
Rose Howlett: Mrs Gurney
Hay Petrie: Grimshaw
Sydney Tafler: The Dealer
Patrick Ward: Sgt Lawson
Vincent Lawson: Morgan
The DVD is released by UK Production and Distribution Company Renown Pictures which is doing an interesting job reviving many old British films which have been unavailable for decades and producing documentaries too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ye Olde British Chillers., 30 Aug 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The House in Marsh Road (1960)

Four Winds Wytherley

The House in Marsh Road is directed by Montgomery Tully and adapted to screenplay by Maurice J. Wilson from the novel written by Laurence Meynell. It stars Tony Wright, Patricia Dainton, Sandra Dorne, Derek Aylward, Sam Kydd, Llewellyn Rees and Anita Sharp-Bolster. Music is by John Veale and cinematography by James Harvey.

When Jean Linton (Dainton) inherits a house in the country she hopes her hard drinking novelist husband David (Wright) will settle down and make something of himself and their marriage. However, when sultry Valerie Stockley (Dorne) arrives on the scene it's not long before David's head is turned and he begins to plot the murder of his wife. Jean is in trouble, but she has an ally, the resident poltergeist of Four Winds House...

Simplicity of plot and economical of running time and technical attributes, The House in Marsh Road should not be sought out by any "horror" fan craving poltergeist terror. This is a quaint and fun chiller for the most part, even with an air of jauntiness for the first half, in fact very much like The Uninvited (1944) in how the presence of a ghost is not seen as something to be outright feared. Then the mood for the latter stages of the play notably shifts into darker territory, here the dastardly David starts to put his plans in motion, something which signals time for the poltergeist to take a hand in proceedings. Which leads to a very good and genuinely edgy denouement at pics finale.

It never lacks for atmosphere or period flavours, or indeed for competency of performances and direction, where although it never breaks out into the upper echelons of other classic British chillers, it's still something of a "B" chiller worthy of inspection by those who don't need to be jolted out their seats. As for "Patrick the Poltergeist", he's rightly kept off screen, or is he? One scene appears to show him? Either that or a prop guy is guilty of standing in the shot? See if you can spot the moment and judge for yourself. It's just another fun part of a movie that provides gentle chills and honest entertainment. 7/10

Monkey's Paw (1948)

It's a talisman...

Based on the famous story written by W.W. Jacobs, The Monkey's Paw is directed by Norman Lee who also co-adapts the screenplay with Barbara Toy. It stars Milton Rosmer, Megs Jenkins, Michael Martin Harvey, Eric Micklewood and Brenda Hogan. Filmed out of Kay Carlton Studio, music is by Stanley Black and cinematography by Bryan Langley.

Story finds the Trelawne family purchasing a fabled Monkey's Paw from a peddler, it is said to be an item that can grant three wishes, but many believe that those wishes come at a cost. The Trelawne family is about to find out if the tale of The Monkey's Paw is fact or fiction...

It's such a strong premise in story it has been mined many a time over the decades, in film, radio and television. Here we go back to a time of British cinema of minimal budgets, straight backed delivery of scripts and economical running times of just an hour. Norman Lee's film is a splendid piece of atmospheric unease that makes the most of some sparse but effective sets, however, that is on proviso you can allow for its obvious limitations. It's safe to say this will not terrify anybody, but it has the capacity to tingle the spine as the story builds to a finale played out in the flashes and bangs of a thunder storm. Right there, before a cheeky coda, suggestion is everything, proof once more that quite often what you don't see is more frightening...

It's no must see lost British Chiller Classic, and the best available print from Renown Pictures Ltd (paired with The House in Marsh Road) is still scratchy and has the odd reel jump and unintentional patches of blackness, but it's still a watchable print and of interest to those with a bent for really old British chillers. 6.5/10
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curios of the period., 19 July 2013
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I would agree with Adrian Drew, these two films are curios and therefore most likely to be of interest to those who follow films of the period. Of the two in this package "The House In Marsh Road" has the best of both sound and picture quality, the other is difficult to follow at times. Yes, a little overpriced I would have to say.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD B&W, 20 Feb 2014
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TWO GOOD OLD MOVIES CLASSICS NOT BIG NAMES JUST GOOD OLD STORIES AND PLOTS,VERY GOOD ACTING AND ENTERTAINING OLD COLLECTION
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good film, 13 Jan 2014
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There's not much to say,this is a great two films. The DVD came quick and is enjoyable to watch. I really like the old black and white films they are so good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE THE MONKEY'S PAW!!, 14 Nov 2013
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Two good films. The best is definitely "The Monkey's Paw", a hard to get British classic, which still has the power to put a chill down your spine!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars double value, 20 Aug 2013
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two long missing thrillers not great movies but fun to watch quality okay but not up to the standard of many renown dvds
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, 2 Sep 2013
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Joanne A. Musumeci "lover of old movies" (stanthorpe queensland australia) - See all my reviews
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Loved watching the over dramatic actors - great to see an old black and white movie without screeching tyres and telephones going off every couple of minutes
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Middle rank but watchable., 12 Jun 2013
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Purchased this double bill (approx. 60 minutes each) on spec, mainly because of the films' themes. The casts were largely unknown to me (apart from Megs Jenkins & Sam Kydd in a minor role) and the plot lines are quite flimsy but they at least hold the viewers' interest throughout. Although I would have liked to have seen more of 'Patrick' in 'The House in Marsh Road', thankfully, we don't see the dead son rattling the cottage door at the end of 'The Monkey's Paw' and, to be fair, this is quite a chilling and effective moment in the film.

I don't regret this purchase but I think it rather overpriced.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 interesting films..., 13 Jun 2013
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C. FULLER (Brixham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I am happy to give this a 4 because both films have reasonable sound and are interesting to watch. I like in particular The House in Marsh Road directed by Montgomery Tully which has good atmosphere. There are sound performances from Tony Wright; Pat Dainton & Sandra Dorne. The Monkey's Paw made at Kay Carlton Hill studios has a favourite of mine Megs Jenkins and both films are fast moving putting a lot into their running time. Renown have done a good job on both films and I suspect that they will do well sale wise. Price wise good value as a double bill.
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