The Case of the Frightened Lady (1940)

UK, 1940
80m 41
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

A British horror film directed by George King.

Plot Summary

Ilsa Crane, secretary and niece of Lady Lebanon, feels increasingly threatened by the sinister family and staff at the family mansion, Mark’s Priory. The arrival of a young architect, Richard Ferraby, to inspect the home in advance of renovations, seems to offer her a way out but bodies are soon piling up as long buried secrets start to surface and the strange family threatens to implode.


* = uncredited

Directed by: George King
© [not given on screen]
British Lion Film Corporation Limited presents
Produced by: S.W. Smith
Production Supervisor: Herbert Smith
Screen Play: Edward Dryhurst
Adapted from the play by: Edgar Wallace
Assistant Director: Hal Mason
Photography: Hone Glendinning
Camera: Harry Rose
Stills: Max Rosher *
Editor: Leslie Norman
Music: Jack Beaver
Sound: C.V. Thornton [real name: Cecil Thornton]
Art Director: Bernard Robinson
Produced at the British Lion Studios, Beaconsfield, England

Marius Goring (Lord [William] Lebanon)
Penelope Dudley Ward (Isla Crane)
Helen Haye (Lady Lebanon)
Felix Aylmer (Dr Amersham)
George Merritt (Det. Inspector Tanner)
Ronald Shiner (Sergeant Totty)
Patrick Barr (Richard Ferraby)
Roy Emerton (Gilder)
George Hayes (Brooks)
John Warwick (Studd)
Torin Thatcher [Jim Tilling, the gamekeeper] *
Elizabeth Scott [Mrs Tilling] *
Roddy Hughes [vicar] *
Mavis Clair

Alternative Titles

Den Farliga skuggan – Sweden
The Frightened Lady – USA
The Scarf Murder Mystery – USA
Der Schrecken von Marks Priory – West Germany
Der Würger – Austria



  • Kine Weekly no.1731 (20 June 1940) – review
  • Kine Weekly no.1918 (20 January 1944) – note
  • Kine Weekly no.2027 (21 February 1946) – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.7 no.79 (July 1940) p.109 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Today’s Cinema vol.54 no.4430 (19 June 1940) – review
  • Today’s Cinema vol.62 no.4981 (14 January 1944) – note
  • Today’s Cinema vol.66 no.5307 (20 February 1946) – review


  • British Sound Films: The Studio Years 1928-1959 by David Quinlan p.198 – credits, synopsis
  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.31
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.57 – credits