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Wanted for Murder

In this 1946 British thriller, a young clerk in a gramophone shop (Dulcie Gray) must choose between a modest bus conductor (Derek Farr), who truly loves her, and a silver-tongued toff (Eric Portman), who has murdered several women and would like to wring her neck. The killer is grandson of a notorious royal hangman, and in the movie's most delirious scene, set at Madame Tussauds, he locates the wax statue of his ancestor and shatters its head with his walking stick. Most of this is pretty stiff, though, puttering along in various drawing rooms before director Lawrence Huntington wraps it all up with a foot chase through Hyde Park. Emeric Pressburger (The Red Shoes) collaborated on the screenplay, and Stanley Holloway (Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady) turns up as a wisecracking police sergeant. Also known as A Voice in the Night.

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