The Lad is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Henry Edwards and starring Gordon Harker, Betty Stockfeld and Jane Carr. It was made at Twickenham Studios. The film is based on a novel by Edgar Wallace.
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|Directed by||Henry Edwards|
|Produced by||Julius Hagen|
|Written by||Edgar Wallace (novel) |
|Starring||Gordon Harker |
|Music by||W.L. Trytel|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|27 February 1935|
Bill Shane is The Lad, an opportunistic petty criminal mistaken for a private detective. When Shane arrives at a remote country estate, he's offered lots of money not to delve into the private affairs of the Fandon family. Shane is all for taking the money and duping the family, but on being reunited with ex-girlfriend Pauline, now the Fandon's maid, he decides to turn over a new leaf.
- Gordon Harker as Bill Shane aka The Lad
- Betty Stockfeld as Lady Fandon
- Jane Carr as Pauline Grant
- Michael Shepley as Arthur Maddeley
- Gerald Barry as Lord Fandon
- Geraldine Fitzgerald as Joan Fandon
- Sebastian Shaw as Jimmy
- John Turnbull as Inspector Martin
- Ralph Truman as O'Shea
- David Hawthorne as Major Grannitt
- Wilfrid Caithness as Tanner
- Barbara Everest as Mrs. Lorraine
The Radio Times wrote, "Gordon Harker was such a favourite of crime writer Edgar Wallace that he frequently had material especially tailored for him. It's hardly surprising, therefore, that the actor is totally at home in this serviceable adaptation of one of Wallace's most popular thrillers...Director Henry Edwards wisely keeps the action brisk and on the light side, as the mystery is hardly baffling and the performances are painfully stiff."
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