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directed by Quentin Lawrence
UK 1963


Routine mystery-drama set in Germany and based on a1950s TV series. The plot is full of twists and turns but Quentin Lawrence’s direction shows pace and the occasional touch of imagination. Stanley Baker gives the role of a forthright tough-guy some credibility if nothing more, but the best performance is reserved for Eric Portman’s crooked police chief.

In the quite Bavarian town of Konigsbergen, a horse-drawn hearse containing the coffin of Kurt Deutsch creaks across the town square whilst two men anonymously phone London to request the deceased’s long-lost son, jazz musician Joe Newman (Stanley Baker), come to Germany. Newman arrives a week later, he is told that his father had only recently died, but Joe believed his father died 20 years ago in action during WWII.

Excerpt of review from Britmovie located HERE


Theatrical Release: December 1963 (London)

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:36:21

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.52 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 Dolby Digital Mono 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Gallery
• PDF file of original press brochure

DVD Release Date: July 1st. 2013

Chapters 13


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Here is another British thriller from mid-1960's. It's not quite mod yet, so there is still little of noir. Stanley Baker can be wooden at times, but the picture is fun with the great cast of supporting character actors - Peter Cushing, Mai Zetterling, Eric Portman, Niall MacGinnis, Georgina Ward.

The DVD comes to region 2 from Network as part of their British Collection and the transfer was done by StudioCanal. The anamorphic image looks very clean with very little damage and is in proper CinemaScope aspect ration of 2.35:1. The mono 2.0 soundtrack is fine, the memorable score by Philip Green coming loud and clear. It would have been great if ITV included some episodes of the 1959 series of the same name with a different cast, but I'm not sure if any of 7 episodes survive. The extras include a gallery and a pdf file of original press brochure. A recommended release for British noir fans and Peter Cushing completists.

  - Gregory Meshman


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