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Issue Details: First known date: 1950... 1950 Mr. Denning Drives North
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'A thriller novel later turned into a screenplay in which the eponymous Mr Denning murders a blackmailer with whom his daughter has fallen in love and, in panic, dumps the body in a lonely rural area.' (The Bibliography of Australasian Judaica 1788-2008, p. 12)


form y separately published work icon Mr Denning Drives North Alec Coppel , ( dir. Anthony Kimmins ) United Kingdom (UK) : London Film Productions , 1952 6394986 1952 single work film/TV crime thriller

A largely negative review in the London Times offered the following synopsis:

'That brilliant aircraft designer Tom Denning (Mr. Mills) clearly has something on his mind and spends more time pouring out drinks than working at his drawing-board, but the secret and the suspense are kept artfully in being and the audience, like a small child listening to a story, is anxious to know what is going to happen next. And it knows, by the sacred pen of Conan Doyle, it knows! Tom has committed a murder, knocking out his daughter's blackmailing lover (Mr. Herbert Lom) by a neat upper-cut with the result that the man hits his head against the grate and promptly expires. Suspension of belief is a favour asked by, and freely bestowed on, all kinds of murder stories, but the stories, on their side, are expected to put as little strain on credulity as possible; the slow, lengthy flashback which shows Tom disposing of the body is one long strain on credulity which shatters patience and the film into fragments.'


'New Films in London. Strain on Credulity', The Times, 24 December 1951, p.2.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Other imprints include: US - NY: Dutton, 1951.
    • London,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Harrap ,
      1950 .
      person or book cover
      Extent: 269p.
Language: French
    • Paris,
      Western Europe, Europe,
      Gallimard ,
      1953 .
      Alternative title: L'assasin revient toujours
      Extent: 183p.p.
      • Number 172 in Série noire.
      • '(Mr. Denning drives north). Adapté de l'anglais par J.G. Marquet'.
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