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Mark of the Phoenix (1958)


I've just been putting up a new entry on my Noirish site for this UK borderline noir. The good news is that it's an adaptation of a novel by the tremendous thriller writer Desmond Cory and stars people like Julia Arnall, Anton Diffring and Eric Pohlmann, with Roger Delgado (of Dr Who's The Master fame) in a minor role; the bad news is that it was made by Poverty Row studio Butcher's. Even so, the movie's quite fun in its creaky cheapo way. I can't help feeling, though, what a colossal shame it was that, while novels by his contemporaries like Alistair MacLean and Hammond Innes were getting A-list blockbuster movie adaptations, Cory was being given the C-movie treatment.

A couple of pix, the inimitable Anton Diffring featuring in the upper one:


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smallship1
Dec. 10th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
Desmond Cory! I loved Bennett!
realthog
Dec. 11th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
I missed Bennett -- in fact, on reading your comment I had to look the book up! My favourite of his was High Citadel, which I read several times during my teens and early twenties.

Your comment inspired me to go check the local library system on the offchance they might have a copy of Bennett. No such luck: the only Cory book they have is The Mask of Zeus, which I don't remember reading, so I've out it on order.
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