Man Detained
Directed byRobert Tronson
Written byRichard Harris
Based onA Debt Discharged
by Edgar Wallace
Produced by
CinematographyBert Mason
Edited byRobert Jordan Hill
Music byBernard Ebbinghouse
Merton Park Studios
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated
Release date
October 1961
Running time
59 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Man Detained is a 1961 British crime film directed by Robert Tronson and starring Bernard Archard, Elvi Hale and Paul Stassino.[1] Part of the series of Edgar Wallace Mysteries films made at Merton Park Studios, it is loosely based on the 1916 novel A Debt Discharged by Edgar Wallace.[2]


Frank Murray breaks into the office safe of photographer Thomas Maple. Maple hushes up the fact that £10,000 was taken. When Murray is arrested the police find that the stolen money is counterfeit. Maple is murdered by crime boss James Helder, who had been having an affair with Maple's wife Stella, whom he then abandons. Seeking revenge, Stella alerts Detective Inspector Verity. Helder kidnaps Maple's secretary Kay Simpson because she knows too much. Verity arrests Helder and rescues Kay.



The film's sets were designed by the art director Peter Mullins.

Critical reception

The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote: "Taut and vivid addition to the Edgar Wallace series, coolly played by Elvi Hale as the secretary who is a bit too clever for her own good. There are few surprises, but the presentation is quite sound and the thing bowls along at a smart pace."[3]


  1. ^ "Man Detained". British Film Institute Collections Search. Retrieved 26 January 2024.
  2. ^ Goble, Alan (1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. p. 246. ISBN 9783598114922.
  3. ^ "Man Detained". The Monthly Film Bulletin. 28 (324): 171. 1 January 1961 – via ProQuest.