The Man Who Changed His Name (1934)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Run Time - 71 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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This British Edgar Wallace derivation was originally released as The Man Who Changed His Name. That ripe old barnstormer Lyn Harding plays Shelby Clive, who has been obliged to shorten his last name so that he won't be confused with a notorious (and never-apprehended) wife murderer. Not long afterward, Clive tries to claim a valuable piece of Canadian property, owned by his wife Nita (Betty Stockfield). When it develops that he can only take possession of the property upon his wife's death, the audience is immediately primed to suspect the worst. Sure enough, several mysterious "accidents" befall poor Nina, leading her to believe that she's actually married to that infamous wife-killer mentioned earlier. But there's more to this than meets the eye, as Clive reveals in the film's final moments. Though the story is rife with melodrama, The Man Who Changed is believably acted throughout, even by the chop-licking Lyn Harding.

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accident, ex-boyfriend, false-accusation, husband, suspicion