The Lad

The Lad is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Henry Edwards and starring Gordon Harker, Betty Stockfeld and Jane Carr.[1] It was made at Twickenham Studios.[2] The film is based on a novel by Edgar Wallace.

The Lad
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Directed byHenry Edwards
Produced byJulius Hagen
Written byEdgar Wallace (novel)
Gerard Fairlie
StarringGordon Harker
Betty Stockfeld
Jane Carr
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Music byW.L. Trytel
CinematographySydney Blythe
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
27 February 1935
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


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.


Critical reception

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."[3]


  1. "The Lad (1935)". BFI.
  2. Wood p.86
  3. David Parkinson. "The Lad". RadioTimes.


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927–1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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