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The Man Who Finally Died

  • Mystery
  • Drama
  • 1962
  • Quentin Lawrence
  • 96 mins
  • PG

Summary

Thriller starring Stanley Baker and Peter Cushing. After the Second World War, German-born Joe Newman returns to the Bavarian village where his father lived. He is told that his father died after escaping from the Communists, but further investigation leads Joe to believe that several of his contacts are, for some reason, hiding information from him.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Some ham-fisted heroics from Stanley Baker throw the audience off the scent in this intriguing Cold War thriller adapted from a seven-part ITV serial. Director Quentin Lawrence makes atmospheric use of the Bavarian locations, as Baker's German-born jazz musician tries to uncover the fate of the father presumed perished during the war. The suspicious behaviour of stepmother Mai Zetterling and her doctor friend Peter Cushing induces Baker to seek assistance from local cops Eric Portman and Nigel Green. But matters are further complicated by insurance adjuster Niall MacGinnis and Czech refugee Georgina Ward, and Baker blunders between graveyards with a swaggering arrogance that betrays his political naivety. Lawrence doesn't always resolve the problems posed by the screenplay's episodic origins, but he keeps its secrets cannily under wraps, in spite of blaringly obvious prompts from Philip Green's intrusive score.

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Credits

Cast

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Joe NewmanStanley Baker
Dr von BrechtPeter Cushing
HofmeisterEric Portman
LisaMai Zetterling
BrennerNiall MacGinnis
HirschNigel Green
MariaGeorgina Ward
MarthaBarbara Everest
HeinrichAlfred Burke

Crew

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DirectorQuentin Lawrence

Details

Theatrical distributor
White Cross Productions Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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