The Clue of the Silver Key (1961)
|Original title||The Clue of the Silver Key|
|Country of production||United Kingdom|
|script||Philip Mackie , Edgar Wallace|
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The Clue of the Silver Key (translated “The Secret of the Silver Key”) is a British crime film directed by Gerard Glaister in 1961 . It was produced by the film company Merton Park Studios . The screenplay comes from Philip Mackie and builds on the novel of the same name by Edgar Wallace (Eng. "The silver key"). 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.
While investigating the murder of a hated moneylender, Superintendent Meredith comes across other crimes in which the dead man's butler and his niece are implicated. At the scene of the crime, a silver key is found that gives Meredith a clue about the murderer. He is able to track down a criminal who is wanted around the world and who is also responsible for these murders.
In their Das Edgar Wallace Lexikon from 2004, Joachim Kramp and Jürgen Wehnert cite a review of the film in the Monthly Film Bulletin from 1961, in which it was described as “a correct drama”. Accordingly, the film is "a straightforward Whodunit conception of the script", with a touch of humor and a correct cast. Above all, the performance of Bernard Lee as Superintendent Meredith is praised , who turn the film into "one of the better Edgar Wallace thrillers".
- "Clue of the Silver Key, The (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. 89-90. ISBN 3-89602-508-2 .
- Review of the Monthly Film Bulletin from October 1961, quoted from "Clue of the Silver Key, The (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. 89-90. ISBN 3-89602-508-2 .