"Hotel Reserve", directed by Lance Comfort, Mutz Greenbaum and Victor Hanbury

Movie, 1944

Movie dramatisation of Eric Ambler’s Epitaph for a Spy, whose departures from the book rather let it down. A young James Mason is good value, but a little switched on and glamorous as the bungling ‘hero’ Vadassy and the amateurish antics in the novel, which give it its tension, are rather smoothed out. Still, there’s a dreamy interplay and set and some great support acting in a film which is still curious and well worth watching. Possibly ripe for a remake, but still colourful enough and with a contemporary resonance.¬†

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