|Original title||Accidental death|
|Country of production||United Kingdom|
|script||Arthur La Bern|
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Accidental Death is a British crime film directed by Geoffrey Nethercott in 1963 . It was produced by the film company Merton Park Studios . The screenplay comes from Arthur La Bern and builds on the novel Jack O'Judgement (German The Death Card ) by Edgar Wallace . The film was part of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries , a series of 47 Edgar Wallace film adaptations made by Merton Park Studios between 1960 and 1965, and was never shown in Germany.
The film tells the story of Paul Lanson, who returned to England after the Second World War as a former fighter for the French Resistance to kill the wealthy Colonel Johnnie Paxton. He assumes that Paxton betrayed several French families to the Gestapo during the war . Paxton's adopted daughter Henriette, whose parents were killed by the German National Socialists, falls in love with Lanson and Colonel Paxton is unimpressed by his allegations and chases him away. Shortly afterwards, Lanson arranged a bicycle accident in which Paxton was only slightly injured. For a second attack, Lanson electrifies the Laxtons swimming pool and Paxton has the same plan. However, when Henriette wants to go into the pool, both Paxton and Lanson want to save their lives and die trying in the pool.
In their Das Edgar Wallace Lexikon from 2004, Joachim Kramp and Jürgen Wehnert cite a review of the Monthly Film Bulletin from March 1964. According to this, the film in the Edgar Wallace adaptations was “a bit unusual” and, above all, “the method, the central mystery To leave unsolved in the exciting climax of the swimming pool scene ”is called“ unusual ”. The viewer is left with a series of unresolved questions about the guilt or innocence of Colonel Paxton in the allegations made against him and the actual motives Paxton to kill Lanson. The Monthly Film Bulletin attributes this primarily to the "convincingly portrayed role of Richard Vernon".
- "Accidental Death." In: Joachim Kramp, Jürgen Wehnert: Das Edgar Wallace Lexikon. Life, work, films. It is impossible not to be captivated by Edgar Wallace! Verlag Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2004; P. 8. ISBN 3-89602-508-2 .
- Review from Monthly Film Bulletin 3/1964, quoted from "Accidental Death." In: Joachim Kramp, Jürgen Wehnert: Das Edgar Wallace Lexikon. Life, work, films. It is impossible not to be captivated by Edgar Wallace! Verlag Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2004; P. 8. ISBN 3-89602-508-2 .