Pipe + Siamese
I didn't even know people sat like this in the Fifties.
"Sherry or beer?"
A spot of Larry Adler on the record player
"And this is the third room, which I used to have as a studio..."
This brief mystery film feels more like an episode of an Alfred Hitchcock Hour-type TV show (but even then a little padded). A hint of psycho-sexual, portrait-painting creepiness builds some sly suspense, but writer-director Maxwell Mundon makes nothing of the potentially eerie location. In fact, the scenes set in a Thameside apartment building have more atmosphere, thanks to "the Shellaley's perpetual party", a nonstop cocktail binge going down at the neighbours' flat. Still, the largely unseen McGuffins (poisonous mushrooms and something buried under a large rock) are pretty fun, and Howard and Gough make perfectly-matched sparring partners.