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The Face Behind the Scar (1937)

Return of a Stranger (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Romance | 29 February 1940 (USA)
James Martin and Carol Wall have plans to elope, but a fight with her father's solicitor ends in murder committed by an unknown third-party, and Martin is hunted for the crime, knowing the ... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Hanbury (as W. Victor Hanbury)

Writers:

Rudolph Lothar (from the original play by), Ákos Tolnay (screen story) (as Akos Tolnay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Griffith Jones ... James Martin
Rosalyn Boulter Rosalyn Boulter ... Carol Wall
Cecil Ramage ... John Forbes
Ellis Jeffreys Ellis Jeffreys ... Lady Wall
Athole Stewart Athole Stewart ... Sir Patrick Wall
Sylvia Marriott ... Mary
James Harcourt James Harcourt ... Johnson
Tarva Penna Tarva Penna ... (as Tarver Penna)
Roy Russell Roy Russell
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Sir Herbert Tompkin
Howard Douglas ... Mr. Van Der Geun
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James Martin and Carol Wall have plans to elope, but a fight with her father's solicitor ends in murder committed by an unknown third-party, and Martin is hunted for the crime, knowing the solicitor was alive when he left him. Carol refuses to speak to him, and he escapes on a ship to South Africa. There, he is the victim of an accident that disfigures his face, and he returns to England to clear his name, believing he won't be recognized. Other than by everybody who knew him, it turns out. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Drama | Romance

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The Face of Another
30 January 2020 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

This is not an earlier version of Max Varnel's 1961 Danzigers quickie of the same name, although it it does also share a certain morbidity of subject; involving as it does a hero who returns after an absence of four years supposedly disfigured in a laboratory explosion and rendered unrecognisable by a couple of faint scars, a different hairstyle and the loss of his moustache.

Well photographed by veteran cameraman Jimmy Wilson but otherwise pedestrian and badly acted (except for Ellis Jeffreys as the heroine's mother commenting wryly from the sidelines, and Sylvia Marriott as the nice girl left back in the Transvaal who the hero should have married).

Victor Hanbury called it a day as a director after making this film, and is now best-known for the film he signed but didn't direct, 'The Sleeping Tiger', on which he 'fronted' for blacklistee Joseph Losey.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 February 1940 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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