The Share Out (1962)

Genres - Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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Bernard Lee, better known as "M" in the James Bond movies, makes one of his periodic appearances as novelist Edgar Wallace's diligent Scotland Yard investigator protagonist in The Share Out. This time Lee takes on a clever blackmailing ring which preys upon above-suspicion government officials. As usual, Lee wraps things up in little more than an hour, permitting this film to slip comfortably into the syndicated Edgar Wallace Theatre weekly TV package. Reliable supporting players like Patrick Cargill (the inspector in the Beatles' Help!) and Alexander Knox (the Canadian actor best known for playing the title role in 1945's Wilson) lend credence to the proceedings. The Share Out was the 35th in producer Jack Greenwood's 47-installment Edgar Wallace series.

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agent [representative], blackmail, Britain, criminal, detective, expose [revelation], extortion, gangster, investigation, investigator, killing, love, observations, opal, private-detective, Scotland-Yard, tracking [following]