Friday, May 29, 2020

THE TERROR / An Edgar Wallace Murder Mystery - 1938

This is the second movie version of Edgar Wallace's play, The Terror, the first was a silent movie in 1928. The story goes like this... A mysterious criminal mastermind plots a spectacular gold robbery. After the robbery is completed. he makes sure his gang is caught by the police and keeps all the gold for himself, then disappears. After his former accomplices are released from prison ten years later, they go searching for their former boss to take their revenge and get their share of the heist.

This British production has a lot of actors from the distant past that I don't really care much about, and the plot is twisted all over the place, so, watch the movie for all the details. I'm basically just enjoying the purdy pitchers here on a lazy Friday...

It starts with three men meeting on a desolate road at night, ready to put their plan to rob a security truck into action...

They put on their gas masks and open the valves on the tanks. The driver and his partner are both gassed and they fall into unconsciousness before the gold is carted away...

Two of the men are friends, the mastermind dude is just an acquaintance of theirs. Well what do you know, the cops come to arrest them for committing the robbery! As they're being taken away, the mastermind creep is sitting there in costume, gleefully giggling to himself!

Ten years later the two men are being released from prison and they're mad as Hell. They say they will hunt down their nemesis and kill him! The officials say like.. Well, you can try, but don't count on it.. Oh, and have a nice day! Try putting that into focus nowadays!!

Meanwhile at Crazy Castle, dude has two young women living there with him, one's a psychic... He's an animated old rich fart!

There have been strange things going on at night, like an organ that plays by itself.

Then, old fart gets strangled (or maybe not) from behind a curtain, more running around the huge place ensues.

Yes, the old gasser is the mastermind behind the crime, he's actually in love with one of the girls that lives there with him...

But, since she's in love with another, it's time for him to die!

Both of the men wanting revenge the old man had come to the castle only to be murdered by him, or so he thought... This one comes out from behind the wall and attacks the old coot, but, the freak enjoys the pain!

Our girl gets her beau untied and he attacks!.. One very cool part of the plot is that you think he's a booze hound that irritates everyone, when, he's a police detective on the case!!

He punches the old man so hard it sends him into the posts holding his precious organ up, sending it crashing down on his skull, a perfectly satisfying end to a little bitch of a person.

And, we discover the secret of where the gold was hidden!! Great little story, huh? Tune in tomorrow when we're back with our last post of May...


Secret Squirrel said...

I thought that was the unmistakable face of Alastair Sim I saw in one of the screen shots. Now I'll have to check out this movie.

TABONGA! said...

Yes, that is Alastair Sim there, you really need to watch the movie to appreciate all the terror, the crazy guy was very twisted, very clever and was definitely a loon, the look on his face as he played the organ at the end, whoa! Thanks for checking in Secret, always appreciated ~

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