Norman Lee

  • Norman Lee – Murder in Soho AKA Murder in the Night (1939)

    1931-1940CrimeMysteryNorman LeeUSA

    In this pulpy crime drama, a murder stirs up trouble at London’s Cotton Club, threatening the livelihood of its controlling owner. When Steve Marco (Jack LaRue) kills a club employee who was blackmailing him, he also steals a valuable string of pearls. Scotland Yard jumps on the case, and recruits club beauty Ruby Lane (Sandra Storme) to try to retrieve the pearls. Notable talent includes Jack LaRue and Bernard Lee (James Bond’s “M”).Read More »

  • Norman Lee – The Monkey’s Paw (1948)

    1941-1950HorrorNorman LeeThrillerUSA


    Oft-filmed black-and-white thriller of coincidence or inexorable fate based on the popular play by W.W. Jacobs. The Monkey’s Paw was filmed at Kay Carlton Hill Studios at St Johns Wood in London by low-budget producers Butchers. Despite its atmospheric finale amid the thunder and rain, the films expectant chills fail to materialise leaving only a tale of morality.

    A curio shop owner sells a monkey’s paw an antiques dealer (Sydney Tafler) that can grant three wishes, but warns it has its drawbacks and tragedy follows each wish. The paw comes into the possession of Irish shopkeeper Trelawne (Milton Rosmer) who needs to pay off his gambling debts. As a consequence his son Tom is killed in a speedway race; the compensation pays the debt. Mrs Trelawne (Megs Jenkins) wishes her son back to life but her husband counters this by wishing he rest in peace.Read More »

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