Director: Norman Lee
Writers: Edgar Wallace, John Argyle, Gilbert Gunn, Norman Lee
Composer: Guy Jones
Starring: Leslie Banks, Lilli Palmer, Romilly Lunge, Gina Malo, David Horne, Richard Bird, Cathleen Nesbitt, J.H. Roberts, Aubrey Mallalieu, Harry Hutchinson, Ross Landon, Philip Ray, Robert Montgomery, George Street
More info: IMDb
Tagline:Blonde captive enslaved in an asylum of horrors!
Plot: Dr. Manetta is a mass murderer with a penchant for puzzles. He lures several heirs to a fortune to their deaths in his maze-like mansion, which is festooned with cryptic clues leading to the location of a valuable treasure. He goes too far when he abducts June, whose boyfriend invades the mystery house, rescues the girl, and puts an end to Manetta's perfidy.
My rating: 6/10
Will I watch it again? No.
Here's a case where it would have been OK to have one of those 1930s/40s hour long films instead of 86 minutes. It drags a little but there's a bit of redundancy in an effort to pad it out to feature length. They had a composer but there's not much music in it which would have helped a lot to have more. It's a tidy little murder mystery that's got a great ending in how the villain meets his fate. That's the best part. I just watched another film the other day that was from this era and was kind of slow but picked up by the end to deliver a great finale. It's got a few laughs, though.
There's nothing really all that lacking except for the movie being a bit tedious and slow. But there are a few torture devices that are fun to see. There's a lot going on so much that it requires more attention on the audience's part than what you'd typically get from this time.