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The Strange Event at Roman Fall 

A woman is accused of killing her reclusive mystery writer husband.


Bernard Knowles


Paul Monash (script), John Dickson Carr (based on: "The Department of Queer Complaints" by) (as Carter Dickson)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
Ewan Roberts ... Inspector Ames
Philip Friend ... Hamilton
Rachel Kempson ... Helen Rune
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Crowder
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Hocksby
John McLaren John McLaren ... Peter Ford


A woman is accused of killing her reclusive mystery writer husband.

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Crime | Drama







Release Date:

4 February 1956 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Philip Friend is featured in opening credits
19 September 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

Episode 25, "The Strange Event at Roman Fall" is set on the coast, at a spooky isolated manor called Cliffside House, next to Roman Fall, several hundred feet above the raging sea. The real estate agent Hocksby (Russell Waters) is selling Cliffside to Helen Rune (Rachel Kempson), who likes the seclusion, no neighbors to pry into her husband Stanley's private life. Mr. Rune is a reclusive figure, author of 5 best selling mystery novels, making his work very attractive for Hollywood dealmaker Ben Crowder (Lionel Murton), who has thus far been unsuccessful trying to pin Stanley down, or get Helen, both his wife and secretary, to sign away any movie rights. Professor John Hamilton (Philip Friend) is an old friend of Mrs. Rune, who never really noticed her before she was married, but now wants her to tell her husband about their affair so that they can marry. There's a snooping reporter, Peter Ford (John McLaren), who has heard rumors about Stanley Rune living with a tribe in Pakistan, commenting on how no one has ever seen famous mystery man Rune, or even knows what he looks like. When Mrs. Rune phones the police about her husband's accidental death upon the rocks below Roman Fall, the eavesdropping Crowder decides it's the perfect time for a little blackmail. Further complicating matters is the reporter, who publishes an article telling his own eyewitness account of Stanley Rune's death. Despite this being his sole series appearance, Philip Friend receives billing alongside Karloff and Ewan Roberts during the opening credits. A leading man in Britain since the early 40s, he made his final feature, "The Vulture," in 1966, followed by five more TV credits before his death in 1987.

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