The Man Who Finally Died Reviews

  • Feb 06, 2015

    Directed by Quentin Lawrence (Cash on Demand (1961), We Shall See (1964) and The Secret of Blood Island (1964)), this espionage thriller is based on a TV serial broadcast on ITV in 1959 written by Lewis Greifer, who did the screenplay here with Louis Marks. This has a very good cast, and it's a mystery which takes a lot of twists and turns, and absolutely nothing is what it seems in this film. Musician Joe Newman (Stanley Baker) was born in Germany but raised in England when war broke out. He received a call to say that his father had died, but Joe has always believed his father had been dead for 20 years. But people aren't very keen to talk about Joe's father, and Joe later discovers that his father had defected to the West from behind the Iron Curtain, and went to live with Dr. von Brecht (Peter Cushing) and that he married Lisa von Deutsch (Mai Zetterling). But, after Joe can't get any answers from local Police Inspector Hofmeister (Eric Porter), Joe suspects a cover-up then he discovers more dark secrets about his father. This manages to hold up rather well, although you'll have to pay attention to keep up with the revelations throughout the film, but it has a good cast of supporting actors, and it was filmed in Bavaria and it makes good use of the locations too, and it owes a debt of gratitude lot to Bad Day At Black Rock (1955).

    Directed by Quentin Lawrence (Cash on Demand (1961), We Shall See (1964) and The Secret of Blood Island (1964)), this espionage thriller is based on a TV serial broadcast on ITV in 1959 written by Lewis Greifer, who did the screenplay here with Louis Marks. This has a very good cast, and it's a mystery which takes a lot of twists and turns, and absolutely nothing is what it seems in this film. Musician Joe Newman (Stanley Baker) was born in Germany but raised in England when war broke out. He received a call to say that his father had died, but Joe has always believed his father had been dead for 20 years. But people aren't very keen to talk about Joe's father, and Joe later discovers that his father had defected to the West from behind the Iron Curtain, and went to live with Dr. von Brecht (Peter Cushing) and that he married Lisa von Deutsch (Mai Zetterling). But, after Joe can't get any answers from local Police Inspector Hofmeister (Eric Porter), Joe suspects a cover-up then he discovers more dark secrets about his father. This manages to hold up rather well, although you'll have to pay attention to keep up with the revelations throughout the film, but it has a good cast of supporting actors, and it was filmed in Bavaria and it makes good use of the locations too, and it owes a debt of gratitude lot to Bad Day At Black Rock (1955).

  • Nov 19, 2013

    Interesting, if a little plodding, post-war thriller with good character performances from Peter Cushing, Eric Portman and Niall McGinnis.

    Interesting, if a little plodding, post-war thriller with good character performances from Peter Cushing, Eric Portman and Niall McGinnis.