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

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Turning up into Regent Street, London W1

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

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.

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.

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.

……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.