The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre: The Clue of the New Pin

London: Merton Park Studios, 1960. Shooting script for the 1960 British film noir, "Clue of the New Pin," later rebroadcast as Season 1, episode 5 of the British series, "The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre."

Based on Wallace's 1923 novel. Trasmere is thrifty and does not trust banks, so he keeps all of his money in his house. One day he turns up dead, in a completely locked vault, the only clue being a new pin.

Wallace's novel was first adapted for a 1929 British film of the same name, directed by Arthur Maude. "What Have You Done to Solange?" (1972), a Giallo film directed by Massimo Dallamano, is loosely based on the novel.

"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.

Titled self wrappers, noted as SHOOTING SCRIPT on the front wrapper, dated September 1960, with credits for screenwriter Mackie and novelist Wallace. Title page integral with front wrapper. 67 leaves, with last page of text numbered 66. Mechanically reproduced. Very Good plus overall, bound with two silver brads.

Grant UK. Spicer UK.


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