Event Film and Video Screenings Clue of the New Pin (1961) & Ricochet (1963)

Date and Location

  • When: Thursday, May 23, 2024

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

  • Where: James Madison Building - Pickford Theater (LM302)

    101 Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540

Request ADA accommodations five business days in advance at (202) 707-6362 or ADA@loc.gov.

U.K. Crime Classics: Edgar Wallace

CLUE OF THE NEW PIN (Merton Park Studios, U.K., 1961).  Directed by Allan Davis.  Screenplay by Philip Mackie, from the novel of the same name by Edgar Wallace.  With Paul Daneman, Bernard Archard, James Villiers, Katherine Woodville, Clive Morton, Leslie Sands. (58 min, black & white, 35mm print from the Copyright Collection, rights courtesy of Rialto Pictures)

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RICOCHET (Merton Park Studios, U.K., 1963).  Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey.  Screenplay by Roger Marshall, based on the novel “The Angel of Terror” by Edgar Wallace.  With Maxine Audley, Richard Leech, Alex Scott, Dudley Foster, Patrick Magee, Frederick Piper. (64 min, black & white, 35mm print from the Copyright Collection, rights courtesy of Rialto Pictures)

Between 1960 and 1965, the London-based Merton Park Studios produced a series of 47 films adapted from the works of English writer Edgar Wallace. Made quickly and cheaply, the films (on average an hour long) starred established character actors and emerging young talent, and were shown in British cinemas as supporting features on double bills. The series made it to the U.S. repackaged for TV, with individual entries shortened to 45 min in order to fit the 60 min commercial broadcast slots. The Library of Congress holds uncut versions of many of the Merton/Wallace films, and we are pleased to be able to show a sampling of these taut and concise mystery/crime fables on the big screen, as they were originally intended to be seen.

Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.