|Original title||Man Detained|
|Country of production||United Kingdom|
|script||Richard Harris , Edgar Wallace|
Jack Greenwood ,
|cut||Robert Jordan Hill|
Man Detained (translated "man arrested") is a British thriller by Robert Tronson from the year 1961 . It was produced by the film company Merton Park Studios . The screenplay comes from the screenwriter Richard Harris (* 1934) and builds on the novel A Debt Discharged by Edgar Wallace . The film was one of the first ten 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 crook Frank Murray is caught with 10,000 pounds of counterfeit money that he stole from the photographer Thomas Maple's safe. The police come to their investigation on Maple, who asks James Helder, a well-known criminal, for help. Helder kills the photographer to protect himself. Stella Maple, the wife of Maple and ex-lover of Helder, wants to avenge her husband and gives the police clues about Helder. This kidnaps Stella's secretary Kay Simpson in order to bribe her and capitalize on it. With the help of Murray, the police set a trap for Helder and free Kay Simpson and arrest Helder.
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 . She describes the film as a "tight and impulsive addition to the Edgar Wallace series". She praises Elvi Hale's acting as "a secretary who is a little too keen on her own gain." The film has "few surprises, but the performances are quite usable, and events are happening at a smart pace."
- Richard Harris at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 25, 2020 .
- "Man Detained (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. 408-409. ISBN 3-89602-508-2 .
- Review of the Monthly Film Bulletin from December 1961, quoted from "Man Detained (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. 408-409. ISBN 3-89602-508-2 .