The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: The Clue of the Twisted Candle

London: Merton Park Studios, 1960. Final Shooting script for the 1960 British film, later rebroadcast as Season 1, episode 1 of the British series, "The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre." Based on Wallace's 1918 novel.

John Lexman, is a murder-mystery writer, happily married but with financial troubles, leading him to borrow money from less-reputable figures. He is framed for murder of the lenders, perhaps by the estranged lover of his new wife.

"The Edgar Wallace Mysteries" constituted a run of 47 films, all produced at Merton Park Studios for Anglo-Amalgamated between 1960 and 1965 as second features for distribution in British cinema houses. They were generally based on adaptations of original late Victorian/early twentieth century stories by Edgar Wallace, updated to reflect contemporary settings. The features were rebroadcast later the same year on "The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theater," which ran in both the US and UK. The opening was a slowly revolving bust of Edgar Wallace to the accompaniment of the "Man of Mystery Theme," written by Michael Carr, later recorded by The Shadows, and a No. 1 hit record in the UK.

Cream titled wrappers. Title page present, dated May, 1960, noted as FINAL SHOOTING SCRIPT, with credits for screenwriter Mackie and for writer Wallace. 70 leaves, with last page of text numbered 69. Mechanically reproduced. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good plus, bound internally with three silver brads.

Grant UK.


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