“Case of the Frightened Lady” is a 1940 British crime thriller film directed by George King and based on a play by Edgar Wallace. The film stars Marius Goring as Lord Lebanon, a wealthy nobleman who is desperate to keep his family line going, but whose unmarried daughter, Lady Lebanon (Penelope Dudley-Ward), is terrified of marriage.
When a series of mysterious deaths occur in the family’s ancestral home, Mark’s Priory, a detective named Inspector Tanner (played by Felix Aylmer) is called in to investigate. He soon discovers that there is a sinister plot afoot involving Lady Lebanon’s inheritance and a conspiracy to keep her unmarried.
With the help of the family’s secretary, Isla Crane (played by Helen Haye), Tanner sets out to uncover the truth behind the murders and protect Lady Lebanon from harm. Along the way, he must navigate a web of deceit and treachery, as well as the strange and unsettling behavior of Lady Lebanon herself.
As the investigation unfolds, Tanner uncovers a shocking secret that has been hidden for years and is ultimately able to bring the perpetrators to justice. The film builds to a thrilling conclusion, with plenty of twists and turns along the way.
Edgar Wallace, Edward Dryhurst, Robert Stevenson
Marius Goring, Penelope Dudley-Ward, Helen Haye