Attempt to kill
|Original title||Attempt to kill|
|Country of production||United Kingdom|
Jack Greenwood ,
|cut||Edward B. Jarvis|
Attempt to Kill ( "killing attempt" translated) is a British thriller by Royston Morley from the year 1961 . It was produced by the film company Merton Park Studios . The script comes from the screenwriter Richard Harris (* 1934) and builds on the novel The Lone House Mystery by Edgar Wallace . The film was one of the first parts of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries , a series of 47 Edgar Wallace film adaptations made by Merton Park Studios between 1960 and 1965; it was never shown in Germany.
The businessman Frank Weyman barely escapes an assassination attempt after a threat and hires Detective Minter to investigate the case. He finds several suspects who could be connected to the murder. This is Weyman's wife, Mrs. Weyman, who is jealous of his secretary and lover, Elisabeth Gray. This was taken into account by him in his will and therefore also has a motive. Add to this Fraser, a former employee of Weyman, and Elliott, the former business partner who was defrauded and financially ruined by Weyman. Gerry Hamilton, a garage owner in love with Elisabeth Gray, also plays a role. During the investigation, Fraser is murdered, and Minter realizes that Gray and Hamilton are a gangster couple who have been ripping Weyman for some time.
In their Das Edgar Wallace Lexikon from 2004, Joachim Kramp and Jürgen Wehnert cite a review of the film in the 1961 Monthly Film Bulletin . This writes that " Derek Farr's performance and the locations on the Thames are the only assets of this unoriginal Edgar Wallace thriller".
- Richard Harris at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 25, 2020 .
- "Attempt to Kill (film)." In: Joachim Kramp, Jürgen Wehnert: The Edgar Wallace Lexicon. Life, work, films. It is impossible not to be captivated by Edgar Wallace! Verlag Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2004; Pp. 27-28. ISBN 3-89602-508-2 .
- Critique of the Monthly Film Bulletin from October 1961, quoted from “Attempt to Kill (Film).” 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; Pp. 27-28. ISBN 3-89602-508-2 .