Attempt to Kill

Date: 1961
Director: Royston Morley
Production Company: Jack Greenwood and Jim O'Connolly

Stars: Tony Wright, Richard Pearson, Freda Jackson, J.G.Devlin, Patricia Mort, Derk Farr
Location(s): London, Surrey

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

A wealthy business man fires one of his employees and becomes the victim of a murder attempt. The fired man becomes the prime suspect, but it appears that he himself has been murdered.

Additional Information:

Screen captures and uncredited now shots uploaded by Richard Lovejoy

This film forms part of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries – Volume 2

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The home of Frank Weyman (Richard Pearson) who has recently fired an employee, an attempt on his life is made in the boat house.

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A police car pulls off the Victoria Embankment to enter Scotland Yard setting the scene that the police are to investigate the attempt on Frank’s life.

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Now very much the place to park tourist coaches.

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D.I. Minter (Derek Farr) and Sgt. Bennett (Clifford Earl) make their way to Weymans home. The same footage was used in "Man at the Carlton Tower".

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Seems appropriate therefore to use the same "now" shot.

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Via Piccadilly Circus, corner of Piccadilly and Lower Regent Street, London W1

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A moment without a bus of some size or shape obscuring the scene.

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Turning up into Regent Street, London W1

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I was lucky to capture the scene with such minimal traffic.

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Weyman’s friend Gerry Hamilton (Tony Wright), who witnessed the employee being fired and threatening Frank sees a police car pull up and ask a local “bobby” for directions. High Street, Cookham, Surrey

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The Blue Plaque to Sir Stanley Spencer is certainly part of the changes.

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The police arrive at the front of the house.

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Following their interviewing Frank and the staff, Minter and Bennett make their way to the local police station. High Street, Cookham. Also seen in "Operation Diplomat".

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Once again that free two hour parking proved invaluable.

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The sacked employee Fraser calls and is turned away by the housekeeper but he enters by a side door.

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Whilst rifling the Frank’s desk, Frank returns.

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As Bennett and Minter leave the police station........ High Street, Cookham. It would seem that this was a Weslyan Chapel at the time of filming.

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What is now the entry to the Sir Stanley Spencer Gallery is out of the shot and the new glass doors firmly closed.

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……they see Gerry filling Frank’s secretary’s car.

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And it is still a garage.

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Minter arranges to meet with Frazer in a Mr Elliott’s (J.G.Devlin) garage but finds him dead and a further attempt is made on Frank’s life in the boathouse. Minter and Frank walk by the water to discuss.

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As they walk Gerry Hamilton approaches showing off how to steer a boat.

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Minter and Bennett leave Elliott’s house after interviewing him about his relationship with Fraser

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Is that Elliots’s house? To help with the location.

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Minter and Bennett visit the estranged Mrs Weyman, “in Reading”. Thames Side, Henley On Thames, Oxon This property has certainly been absorbed into re-development.

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They drive off to pursue their inquiries. Thames Side Henley On Thames.

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Gerry delivers Frank’s new boat in which he takes his secretary Elisabeth Gray (Patricia Mort) for a trip leaving Det. Insp. Minter on shore with Gerry. Following a further attempt on Frank’s life events get resolved.