The Frightened Lady (1932 film)

The Frightened Lady is a 1932 British thriller film directed by T. Hayes Hunter and starring Emlyn Williams, Cathleen Nesbitt, Norman McKinnel and Belle Chrystall.[1] It was adapted from the Edgar Wallace play The Case of the Frightened Lady, which was adapted again for a 1940 film.

The Frightened Lady
Hunter directing Nesbitt
Directed byT. Hayes Hunter
Produced byMichael Balcon
Written byAngus MacPhail
Bryan Edgar Wallace
Edgar Wallace (play)
StarringEmlyn Williams
Cathleen Nesbitt
Gordon Harker
Belle Chrystall
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation
Release date
March 1932 (London) (UK)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film is also known as Criminal at Large in the US.


A young woman goes to stay at the house of Lord Lebanon, but two murders in quick succession lead to the arrival of detectives and cause the woman to fear for her life.[2]



Emlyn William's performance was voted best in a British film for 1932.[3]

The New York Times found it "considerably more diverting on the stage than it is on the screen...It is a rugged shocker, and when it was not stripped of some of its good scenes it kept the spectator guessing...It is, however, a talented performance that Mr. Williams gives. Cathleen Nesbit does very well as the somewhat sinister dowager Lady Lebanon and Norman McKinnel, although handicapped by the direction, lends a certain distinction to the rĂ´le of Tanner." [4]


  1. "The Frightened Lady". BFI.
  2. "The Frightened Lady".
  3. ""SUNSHINE SUSIE"". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950). Perth, WA: National Library of Australia. 19 August 1933. p. 19 Edition: HOME EDITION. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  4. Mordaunt Hall (20 December 1933). "Criminal at Large - A British Pictorial Version of the Late Edgar Wallace's Play "Criminal at Large."". The New York Times.

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