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The Malpas Mystery

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The Malpas Mystery
Directed bySidney Hayers
Written byPaul Tabori
Gordon Wellesley
Based onnovel The Face in the Night by Edgar Wallace
Produced byJulian Wintle
Leslie Parkyn
StarringMaureen Swanson
Allan Cuthbertson
Geoffrey Keen
CinematographyMichael Reed
Edited byTristam Cones
Music byElisabeth Lutyens
Independent Artists
Langton Productions
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • October 1960 (1960-10) (UK)
Running time
69 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Malpas Mystery is a 1960 British B movie crime film, directed by Sidney Hayers and starring Maureen Swanson.[1]

Although originally made by Independent Artists at Beaconsfield studios, it was included in the Merton Park series of Edgar Wallace Mysteries.[2][3] It went on general release on the ABC Cinemas circuit on 17 September 1961 supporting Raising the Wind (1961).


When Audrey Bedford is released from prison, she finds herself embroiled with mysterious doctors, missing heirs, diamonds and murder.



The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "As intriguing as most films featuring an apparently maimed, shaggy and faceless recluse holed up in a derelict house, The Malpas Mystery grips because a sparkling pace manages to conceal most of its narrative shortcomings. Slightly above the average of Merton Park’s recent Edgar Wallace adaptations, it is competently made [and] maintains its air of mystery."[4]

Kine Weekly wrote: "Intriguing mystery melodrama. ... The plot is a tangled skein, but the cast and drirector quickly unravel it in circumstances that furnish all round lively entertainment."[5]

Variety said: "Very complicated plot, involving jewel thieves and the reunion of a father with a long-lost daughter can be followed if attention is paid. Maureen Swanson makes an appealing heroine, her vulnerability adding to the suspense."[6]


  1. ^ "The Malpas Mystery". British Film Institute Collection Seach. Retrieved 15 October 2023.
  2. ^ "The Edgar Wallace Mysteries Volume 1".
  3. ^ "The Malpas Mystery (1961)". BFI. Archived from the original on 20 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Breakout". Monthly Film Bulletin. 28 (324): 23. 1 January 1961.
  5. ^ "The Malpas Mystery". Kine Weekly. 523 (2778): 10. 29 December 1960.
  6. ^ "The Malpas Mystery". Variety. 255 (1): 6. 31 December 1962.

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