Paul Temple's Triumph (1950)

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A husband-and-wife detective team look into the murder of one of her friends, whose father--a prominent scientist--has been kidnapped. They find themselves up against a sinister crime ... See full summary »


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21 May 2016 | Leofwine_draca
5
| An acceptable mystery thriller
PAUL TEMPLE'S TRIUMPH is the third of four Paul Temple films, shot on the cheap at Nettlefold Studios and adapted from the radio plays by Francis Durbridge. This follows on from the stodgy SEND FOR PAUL TEMPLE and the acceptable CALLING PAUL TEMPLE and was followed by PAUL TEMPLE RETURNS, which is my personal favourite of the four.

These films are hampered by a low budget and Maclean Rogers's indifferent execution, but for fans of the era they provide a few thrills. Once again the usual go-to guy, John Bentley, essays the role of Temple with Dinah Sheridan his reliable partner Steve. The plot of this one begins with the kidnapping of a scientist and the subsequent investigation turns up a sinister criminal gang with murder in mind.

PAUL TEMPLE'S TRIUMPH was considered to be a lost film for a while, much like the two TOFF adaptations also starring Bentley. It lacks a decent supporting cast (PAUL TEMPLE RETURNS had the likes of Christopher Lee in support) but it still manages a few good twists along the way, including one ahead-of-its-time shocking moment. And the short running time means that this is one quota quickie that never outstays its welcome.

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