Tower of Terror (1941 film)

Tower of Terror is a 1941 British thriller film directed by Lawrence Huntington and starring Wilfrid Lawson, Michael Rennie and Movita.[1] It was made at Welwyn Studios with location shooting on Flat Holm off the Welsh coast.[2]

Tower of Terror
Directed byLawrence Huntington
Produced byJohn Argyle
Written byJohn Reinhardt (story)
John Argyle
StarringWilfrid Lawson
Michael Rennie
Movita
Morland Graham
Music byCharles Williams
CinematographyRonald Anscombe
Walter J. Harvey
Bryan Langley
Edited byFlora Newton
Production
company
Distributed byPathé Pictures
Monogram Pictures (US)
Release date
27 December 1941
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

Plot

Anthony Hale is a British secret agent in Germany who takes a job as assistant to lighthouse keeper Wolfe Kristan and plans to return to Britain with some valuable papers. The plan is for him to be picked up by a British boat. He meets and befriends Marie, who has escaped from a concentration camp. She had tried to evade capture by the local police by jumping into the sea but was rescued and taken to the lighthouse by the deranged Kristan, who sees in her the image of Marthe, his wife whom he killed 16 years earlier and buried in the basement of the lighthouse. After several violent encounters with Kristan Hale and Marie manage to make their way down to the beach where they board the British boat. The lighthouse is destroyed by gunfire from a Germam destroyer whose captain had been alerted by Hale's signal to his rescue vessel; Kristan, prostrate with grief over his wife's opened grave, is killed during the bombardment.

Cast

Critical reception

The New York Times reviewer called it a "dire little melodrama...A penny dreadful thriller about a mad lighthouse keeper on the German-occupied coast, it cannot overcome the lacks of a preposterous story preposterously acted or a sound track which gives the impression that every one is speaking with a gag over the mouth. Even Wilfrid Lawson, that excellent actor, gives a ludicrously overwrought portrait of insanity as the keeper...Not good".[3]. In Beacons in the Dark, film historian Robyn Ludwig critiques the film for its "deranged lighthouse keeper... a threatening presence, with bulging eyes, unkempt moustache and mutilated arm with a sharp metal prosthetic in place of a right hand."[4]

References

Bibliography

  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.
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