Penny Gold: Rare Treat or Curate’s Egg?

In this 1973 mystery thriller from Fanfare Films, two policemen investigate the connection between the disappearance of a rare Victorian stamp and the murder of a boutique owner in her flat. The victim’s twin sister and her guardian are soon in danger as the hunt leads the police to a rival collector in Amsterdam. Where do the murdered woman’s American PA and fashion photographer boyfriend fit into the picture?

Penny Gold is a genuinely weird film. Not in a ‘wilfully odd’ arty way, but in a ‘not sure what it wants to be’ kind of way. It’s not unenjoyable, just that its switches in tone are, to say the least, unexpected…

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