The Man Outside (1933)

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A murder at a country house centres around the whereabouts of a horde of stolen diamonds and the unmasking of people who are not as they at first seem.


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2 June 2016 | Leofwine_draca
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| A very average quota quickie, although not without interest
THE MAN OUTSIDE is another routine quota quickie courtesy of director George A. Cooper, who must have directed dozens of similar films during the 1930s. Once again the story is set in and around a country mansion where a cast of characters come up against mysterious figures and sudden murder.

The outset of this film offers something a little different to the norm, with a spooky scene involving a guy breaking into a safe with an oxyacetylene torch. However, as soon as this is over the action shifts to the normal settings with just a couple of rooms brought into play, and the usual caricatures in the cast: the idiotic policeman, the shifty servant, the obnoxious aunt. I have to say I did love the material with the masked guy lurking in the bushes outside which adds a spooky atmosphere to the proceedings.

I find films like THE MAN OUTSIDE either work or fail depending on their humour quotient. Those which take things deadly serious tend to feel very dull as a result. Thankfully there's humour present in this film in the form of a visiting wisecracking character who enjoys taking the mickey out of those assembled. Watch out for future Hollywood star Louis Hayward in an early role.

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