Wanted for Murder

Wanted_for_Murder_programme

I got curious about my blog banner tonight. Here’s what I found out…

Wanted for Murder was written by Percy Robinson and Terence de Marney and ran at the Lyceum Theatre in London between 25th August and 4th December 1937. I’m assuming that’s what we can see above.

Lawrence Huntington made Wanted for Murder into a film in 1946. Wikipedia gives the plot as follows:

Anne Fielding is delayed on the London Underground making her late for a meeting with her friend, Victor James Colebrooke. There, she meets Jack Williams who is also delayed. The two take an immediate liking to each other. After emerging from the Underground, Jack helps her locate Victor.

Victor is gradually becoming insane. He is the grandson of a notorious hangman, and he finds himself unable to resist the urge to strangle women to death. Although he is in love with Anne, he does not know how much longer he can prevent himself from killing her. Inspector Conway investigates Victor’s murders and pieces together all of the evidence he finds that Victor appears to be purposely leaving behind.

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3 Responses to Wanted for Murder

  1. Oh, that does sound intriguing, Rich! Thanks for sharing what you’ve found.

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  2. realthog says:

    Here, for what it’s worth, is my own slightly-longer-than-Wikipedia’s summary of the movie (all codings lost!):

    Wanted for Murder (1946)
    vt A Voice in the Night
    UK / 95 minutes / bw / Exclusive, TCF Dir: Lawrence Huntington Pr: Marcel Hellman Scr: Emeric Pressburger, Rodney Ackland, Maurice Cowan Story: Wanted for Murder (1946 play) by Terence de Marney, Percy Robinson Cine: Mutz Greenbaum Cast: Eric Portman, Dulcie Gray, Derek Farr, Roland Culver, Stanley Holloway, Barbara Everest.
    Shop assistant Anne Fielding (Gray), en route to meet posh boyfriend Victor James Colebrooke (Portman) on Hampstead Heath, gets delayed in the Tube, where she meets friendly bus conductor Jack Williams (Farr). He escorts her until they locate Victor; after all, a strangler has been murdering young women in the London parks. The strangler, we soon learn, is Victor, fixated on his mother (Everest) and on the fact that his grandfather was The Happy Hangman, a public executioner now immortalized at Madame Tussaud’s; he yearns to be able to control his strangulatory urges, sends self-incriminating postcards to the cops, and believes marrying a girl like Mom might be the cure. Of course, now Anne has ditched him for a mere bus conductor she’s no longer a marital candidate, so . . . In pursuit are Chief Insp. Conway (Culver) and Sgt. Sullivan (Holloway) of the Yard. Hitchcockian stuff.
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    I recall enjoying the movie quite a lot.

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  3. As I said before, I absolutely love that picture: and the bigger version is even better. An intriguing plot for the play and subsequent movie….

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