Director William K. Howard
Music director Miklos Rozsa
Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery
Story by Edgar Wallace
Country United Kingdom
|Release date 6 November 1937 (UK)|
Based on novel by Edgar Wallace
Writer Ted Berkman (screenplay), Bryan Edgar Wallace (scenario), Edgar Wallace (novel)
Cast Edmund Lowe (Inspector Barrabal), Sebastian Shaw (Frank Sutton), Ann Todd (Carol Stedman), Tamara Desni (Tamara), Robert Newton (Larry Graeme), Allan Jeayes (Inspector Elford)
Similar movies Sherlock Holmes, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, Gaslight, Inspector Clouseau
Tagline Who's hand writes these messages of death?
The Squeaker is a 1937 British crime film directed by William K. Howard and starring Edmund Lowe, Sebastian Shaw and Ann Todd. Edmund Lowe reprised his stage performance in the role of Inspector Barrabal. It is based on the novel The Squeaker by Edgar Wallace. The Squeaker is underworld slang for informer. The film is sometimes known by its U.S. alternative title Murder on Diamond Row.
The squeaker 1937
London's thieves are at the mercy of a super fence, who is in on every big jewellery robbery in the city. If the thieves won't split the loot with him, 'The Squeaker' shops them to the Police. A disgraced ex-detective believes there may be an opportunity to clear his name if he can capture 'The Squeaker'.
TV Guide wrote, "(it) has its moments, but is bogged down by the unnecessary characterizations, some occasionally inept lensing, and slow-paced direction"; while the Radio Times wrote, "Edgar Wallace's classic whodunnit has been reworked into an efficient crime story by producer Alexander Korda...Confined within starchy studio sets, William K Howard directs steadily, but the removal of that touch of mystery leaves him with precious little to play with, to the extent that he has to bolster the action with protracted love scenes between Lowe and Ann Todd. Robert Newton and Alastair Sim put in pleasing support appearances"; and Leonard Maltin wrote, "classy cast in first-rate Edgar Wallace mystery."
ReferencesThe Squeaker (1937 film) Wikipedia
The Squeaker (1937 film) IMDb The Squeaker (1937 film) themoviedb.org