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Edgar Wallace Mysteries: Back Fire (Merton Park 1962, Alfred Burke, Zena Marshall)

Edgar Wallace Mysteries Backfire Alfred Burke

In Edgar Wallace Mystery Backfire businessman Bernard Curzon runs a cosmetics company, Venetia, with his shady partner Mitchell Logan. The company is in dire straits and on the verge of going under.

Logan has a plan to turn things around though, unfortunately it’s not strictly on the up and up. He wants to hire professional arsonist Willy Kyser to burn down the factory for the insurance money.

A pre Public Eye Alfred Burke plays the bad guy here and is putting on a pretty dodgy American-ish accent that drifts all over the place.

Not the best of the Edgar Wallace stories but enlivened by an appearance from Mr Burke and an excellent light-hearted riff on the soundtrack that has a few Joe Meek overtones to it.

production details
UK / Merton Park – Anglo Amalgamated / 56 minutes / 1962

Writer: Robert Banks / Producer: Jack Greenwood / Director: Paul Almond

cast
Alfred Burke as Mitchell Logan
Zena Marshall as Pauline Logan
Oliver Johnston as Bernard Curzon
Noel Trevarthen as Jack Bryce
Suzanne Neve as Shirley Curzon
Derek Francis as Arthur Tilsley
John Cazabon as Willy Kyser
Madeleine Christie as Hannah Chenko
Claire Isbister as Valentina Chenko
Frank Hawkins as Inspector Hawkins
Donald Eccles as Hargreaves
Melody O’Brian as Thelma
Edwin Brown as Commissionaire
Beresford Williams as Night watchman
Bernard Kay as Fire Chief