Edgar Wallace Presents: The Missing Million

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REVIEW

The quintessential Edgar Wallace film, The Missing Million's celluloid DNA is so densely saturated with his touchstone plot points that a surgical cross-section would undoubtedly show Wallace's name running through its core like a stick of Blackpool rock. Luminous English Rose Linden Travers (who gives a similar, effortlessly stylish performance in Wallace's The Terror) plays a plucky young lady who assists a clueless-but-headstrong police inspector in the search for her brother (who has gone missing on the eve of his wedding).

The Missing Million

Of course, being a Wallace tale, what superficially appears to be a parochially glamorous setting twists and turns into something decidedly other - an alternate Wallace Dimension populated with cheerfully mithering maidservants, deferential bobbies and (hitting all the bullseyes) a misogynistic comedy Cockney safecracker sidekick. Add in a fair sprinkling of stiff upper-lippery, bodies in closets, dialogue delivered in the best "Mr Cholmondley-Warner" style and a main villain called The Panda ("The Prince of Blackmailers"...) and it's no wonder that Wallace's films continue to entertain so many decades after they were made.

Harry Martineau

The Missing Million

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

Silent-era star John Stuart, Linden Travers and Patricia Hilliard feature in this atmospheric British wartime thriller, adapted from a story by Edgar Wallace – one of the twentieth century’s most celebrated and prolific crime-writers. The Missing Million is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements.

Rex Walton, millionaire man-about-town, mysteriously disappears on the eve of his wedding after an attempt at blackmail by infamous criminal The Panda. His plucky sister Joan aids the police in their investigations, but Rex’s disappearance sets in motion a chain of violent and incomprehensible events when blackmail turns to murder...

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Reference
7953938
Barcode
5027626393847
Classification
TBC
Number of Discs
1
Picture
1.33:1 / Black and White
Sound
Mono / English
Subtitles
None
Region
2 / PAL
Time
84 mins approx