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directed by Wolf Rilla

UK 1953


A taut, complex whodunit with a brilliantly nerve-racking climax, Noose for a Lady marked the directorial debut of German-born writer, producer and director Wolf Rilla - best known for 1960's Village of the Damned, his masterly adaptation of John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos. This rare and compelling feature, released in 1953, is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original film elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Simon Gale returns from Uganda to find his cousin, Margaret, has been convicted of poisoning her husband, and her execution is only seven days away. Refusing to believe in her guilt, Simon and Margaret's stepdaughter Jill set out to find the real killer, questioning everyone remotely connected with the dead man. As far as Simon is concerned, everyone is a suspect, and when the man who had promised him vital information is found poisoned, he believes he has solved the mystery...

Theatrical Release: April 1953

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

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Runtime 1:10:09 (4% PAL speedup)

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.99 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Original Theatrical Trailer (1:54)
• Image Gallery
• Promotional Materials PDF (script and story synopsis with cast listing)

DVD Release Date: May 5th, 2014
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Chapters 10



Noose For a Lady is a clandestine gem of Brit thriller pulp. The cliché "Someone in this room is the killer" is deliciously played out. All good here.


Network's SD image quality is very strong. Aside from a few speckles the image is pleasingly clean with impressive contrast. This is single-layered but the bitrate is high. I enjoyed my viewing. There are few artifacts and the SD provides a decent presentation even on a larger system. The audio is not strong but probably a respectable representation of the original with no major hiss or fatal distractions. There are no subtitles offered on the PAL transfer.

Extras include an original theatrical trailer, and Image Gallery and the disc has two Promotional Material PDFs - the script and another with the story synopsis with cast listing - typewriter written.

Yes, I would recommend this - no worries of it coming to Blu-ray and this DVD provides a pleasant presentation of a an enjoyable, although short, UK mystery charmer with great vintage atmosphere.

  - Gary Tooze

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