The Return of the Frog

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The Return of the Frog is a 1938 British crime film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Gordon Harker, Hartley Power and Rene Ray.[1] It is a sequel to the 1937 film The Frog, and was based on the 1929 novel The India-Rubber Men by Edgar Wallace.[2] It was shot at Beaconsfield Studios.[3] The film's plot concerns a police hunt for the criminal known as The Frog.[4]

The Return of the Frog
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Directed byMaurice Elvey
Produced byHerbert Smith
Herbert Wilcox
Screenplay byGerald Elliott
Ian Hay
Based onnovel The India-Rubber Men by Edgar Wallace
StarringGordon Harker
Hartley Power
Rene Ray
Music byJohn Blore Borelli
CinematographyGeorge Stretton
Edited byPeggy Hennessey
Alan Jaggs
Imperator Films
Distributed byBritish Lion
Release date
24 November 1938
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical receptionEdit

Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings wrote "On the plus side, this movie is well-acted, is full of amusing one-liners, and features Una O’Connor. On the minus side, the plot is confusing and it feels alternately rushed and dull. I get the feeling they were trying to shoehorn too much story into its 73 minute running time, and as a result, it feels cramped and doesn’t flow well";[5] while TV Guide noted "an enjoyable mix of comedy and drama," and singled out Gordon Harker as "likable in a role he had filled before in the movies and on stage."[6]


  1. ^ "The Return of the Frog (1938)". BFI.
  2. ^ Goble, Alan (8 September 2011). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Wood p.99
  4. ^ "The Return of the Frog (1938) - Maurice Elvey - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  5. ^ Sindelar, Dave (24 September 2016). "Return of the Frog (1938)".
  6. ^ "The Return Of The Frog - TV Guide".


  • Low, Rachael. Filmmaking in 1930s Britain. George Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.

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