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The Brown Wallet
Picturegoer Magazine: July 18, 1936
The Brown Wallet
First National British "A" certificate
Crime drama. Runs 67 minutes
Patric Knowles John Gillespie Nancy O'Neil Eleanor Henry Caine Simmonds Henrietta Watson Aunt Mary Charlotte Leigh Miss Barton Shayle Gardner Wotherspoone Edward Dalby Minting Eliot Makeham Hobday Bruce Winston Julian Thorpe Jane Millican Miss Bloxham Louis Goodrich Coroner Dick Francis Detective George Mills Detective Directed by Michael Powell
Based on a story by the late Stacy Aumonier
This is not a very satisfactory adaptation of the Aumonier's crime story dealing with a penniless publisher who steals some money by finding and keeping and later, when his aunt dies of poisoning, is in danger of a murder charge because he is unable to answer questions satisfactorily owing to his theft.
The opening is unduly prolonged and there is a suplus of dialogue but one or two of the situations are neatly handled and some detail work is effective.
Patric Knowles is fair as the publisher and Nancy O'Neil effective as his wife.
Actually the acting honours go to the minor characterisations.
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