The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940)

Article #478 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 7-6-2002
Posting date: 11-29-2002

Scotland Yard investigates murder on the grounds of an English manor in which victims are found strangled with Indian scarves.

This movie was based on a stage play by Edgar Wallace; the fact that it is a stage play will indicate that the movie will be a little stage bound, but the fact that it’s by Edgar Wallace makes it more interesting. Overall, it’s not a bad little movie; I found the first half kind of confusing as it was a little difficult to sort through the characters, but things work themselves out in the second half well enough. It’s only very marginally in the bounds of horror, and this is largely due to the fact that one of the characters is really mad, though to say any more beyond this would give away too much. It was directed by George King, who, if my memory serves me correctly, was the director responsible for a great many of the Tod Slaughter movies. I do wonder why the above title was used; one of the alternate titles is THE SCARF MURDER MYSTERY, which is a lot more interesting and descriptive.

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