Where else can you find Ebenezer Scrooge playing a character named Soapy Marx? Or James Bond's Q as someone called Ferdy Fane? And an old house with secret passages, a phony psychic, a criminal genius, and a gang out for revenge? Nowhere else but The Terror, a 1938 potboiler based on the play by Edgar Wallace, one-time king of the British thriller.
Helmed by Richard Bird, an actor who has only one other movie (1938's MEN OF IRELAND) and adapted by William Freshman, perhaps better known -- if at all -- as Lord Hastings in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL), The Terror is an interesting combination of broad humor and melodramatic thrills ( if not chills).
As far as I can tell, this is a flick you will either love or hate. Which side will you be on?