The Squeaker

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Clumsy casting and sloppy direction from the once-promising alcoholic Howard drain the vitality from Edgar Wallace's story of the unmasking of a master criminal who holds the underworld in thrall and uses Scotland Yard for his own advantage. Vincent Korda's elegant sets and Georges PĂ©rinal's subtle, inventive lighting are memorable, but the attempt to substitute atmosphere for suspense fails, despite a flamboyantly melodramatic climax. Fading American star Lowe seems out of his element in English crime, and Tamara Desni struggles in vain to bring exoticism to the British cinema. Fortunately there is compensation in young Alastair Sim, and in Robert Newton's passionate jewel thief, desperately trying to 'give up crime and live like a human being'.

Release details

Duration: 77 mins

Cast and crew

Director: William K Howard
Screenwriter: Edward O Berkman, Bryan Edgar Wallace
Cast: Edmund Lowe
Ann Todd
Sebastian Shaw
Alastair Sim
Tamara Desni
Robert Newton
Stewart Rome
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