The half-dozen films in VCI's British 'B' collection #1 include two by the legendary Tod Slaughter, plus a story of cornered anarchists, a convalescent nurse implicated in murder for the second time, an honest man and son who foolishly break the law, and an industrial safe heist.
CRIMES AT THE DARK HOUSE-- Tod Slaughter portrays a murderer who assumes the identity of his wealthy Australian victim and then travels to England to claim the man's inherited estate.
FRIGHTENED MAN-- A struggling antique shop owner fences some stolen goods to raise money for his son's university education. The boy comes home looking for some fast cash; he gets involved in a gang-style robbery that goes terribly wrong.
GIRL IN THE NEWS-- A nurse acqutted in the death of an elderly patient changes her name and takes a job as assistant to a wheelchair-bound man whose wife and butler want to kill him and frame the girl for the crime. Directed by Carol Reed ("The Third Man").
HOODED TERROR-- Master sleuth Sexton Blake pursues the "Snake," and his gang of masked thugs, the "Hooded Terror." A fine opportunity to watch Tod Slaughter (as our bad guy) devour the scenery with his usual gusto.
SIEGE OF SIDNEY ST.-- Anarchists trying to raise money in aid of Latvia's freedom fight are involved in a deadly robbery. The building they take shelter in is surrounded by 100 policemen. Story of the failed robbery is told in flashback as the seige unfolds. Based on a true event from 1911.
TREAD SOFTLY STRANGER-- Calculating woman plays upon the affections of two brothers, convincing them to rob a safe at the steel mill where one of them works. During the heist, a night watchman is killed, and his son sets out to find those responsible.
CLASSIC BRITISH THRILLERS features two 1930s movies, plus one film noir from the '40s that stars James and Pamela Mason.
Parenthetical numbers preceding titles are 1 to 10 viewer poll ratings found at a film resource website.
(7.0) Crimes At The Dark House (UK-1940) - Tod Slaughter/Sylvia Marriott/Hilary Eaves/Geoffrey Wardwell/Hay Petrie
(5.7) The Frightened Man (UK-1952) - Dermot Walsh/Barbara Murray/Charles Victor/John Blythe/Michael Ward
(6.5) Girl in the News (UK-1940) - Margaret Lockwood/Barry K. Barnes/Emlyn Williams/Roger Livesay/Margaretta Scott
(4.1) The Hooded Terror ("Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror") (UK-1938) - George Curzon/Tod Slaughter/Greta Gynt
(6.0) The Siege of Sidney Street (UK-1960) - Donald Sinden/Nicole Berger/Kieron Moore/Peter Wyngarde
(6.8) Tread Softly Stranger (UK-1958) - Diana Dors/George Baker/Terence Morgan/Patrick Allen/Jane Griffiths