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The Dark Man (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller, Drama | 6 August 1951 (Sweden)
A killer called 'The Dark Man' commits double murder. This is witnessed by the young aspiring actress Molly Lester. The Dark Man tries everything to put Molly out of the way. Detective ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Detective Inspector Jack Viner
Maxwell Reed ... The Dark Man
Natasha Parry ... Molly Lester
William Hartnell ... Superintendent of Police (Harry)
Barbara Murray ... Carol Burns
Robert Long Robert Long ... Charles Burns
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Samuel Denny
Leonard White Leonard White ... Detective Sergeant Evans
Ernest Haines Ernest Haines ... Mostyn
Walter Horsbrugh Walter Horsbrugh ... Commander (Scotland Yard)
Denis Webb Denis Webb ... Inspector (Scotland Yard)
John Derrick John Derrick ... Sergeant Wells (Scotland Yard)
Gerald Andersen Gerald Andersen ... Inspector (Walsham Bay)
Geoffrey Bond Geoffrey Bond ... Police Sergeant (Walsham Bay)
Geoffrey Sumner ... Major


A killer called 'The Dark Man' commits double murder. This is witnessed by the young aspiring actress Molly Lester. The Dark Man tries everything to put Molly out of the way. Detective Inspector Viner of Scotland Yard investigates the murders. Written by Robert

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Set in one of Britain's Forbidden Areas.....this is one of the most fascinating films ever screened! See more »


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Release Date:

6 August 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann in Schwarz See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Independent Artists See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play being performed at the Walsham Bay Repertory Theatre is "Night Alone", starring Hugo Bale, Molly Lester, John Flaxton and Carol Burns. This was a genuine play from the late-'30s and is an in-joke as, like this film, it was written by Jeffrey Dell. See more »


When the Army officer is giving his briefing in medium close up Sam Kydd can be seen to his left.In a longer shot Kydd has disappeared. See more »


Superintendent of Police: Now don't you kid yourself, you're paid to have dreams like that. For 8/10 a week you're supposed to be a psychologist, doctor, lawyer, chemist, thought-reader, crystal-gazer and the lot. You don't know it, Glover, but you're a ruddy miracle.
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Harry Chelm Solves Murder Mystery
31 December 2011 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I noticed the weighted average user rating on IMDb.com for this film was only 5.6 and mainly voted for by males/females aged 45+.I thought it a cracking murder mystery and watching it tonight on YouTube.com and I voted 7/10.I had just started infants school when this was filmed in 1951 (I am now 65) but was attracted to it by seeing Edward Underdown in the cast list and seeing it was a wholly British film.The afore mentioned actor (1908-1989) played "Harry Chelm" in the cult John Huston 1953 film "Beat The Devil" playing the husband of my personal sex goddess film favourite, the late Jennifer Jones.

Like another reviewer I enjoyed seeing England as I remember it in my childhood.We too holidayed in Kent in the late 1940s/early 1950s.I particularly enjoyed seeing the almost complete absence of private cars and how one could park almost anywhere without seeing those wretched double yellow lines/no parking/"resident parking only" signs we see today.Maxwell Reed seems to be a favourite of the few reviewers above and I too have the DVD of him in "The Clouded Yellow" (1951) starring another of my raven haired favourite film actresses, the late Jean Simmons.

I was intrigued by the user comment that Edward Underdown (1908-1989) was much older than Natasha Parry who plays "the love interest" and indeed she is apparently still with us being born in 1930 and so was only 21 when this was filmed, while Edward was 43 during filming a sizable age difference.You rarely see detectives kissing the heroine on films of this age but Edward made a wry comment that "little detectives have to be born sometimes"!

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