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The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939)

During a charity soccer match between top professional side Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans, the Trojan's new star player collapses. When he dies, Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard ... See full summary »

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Ian McLean ...
Sgt. Clinton (as Ian Maclean)
Liane Linden ...
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Brian Worth ...
Philip Morring - Trojan Team Member
Richard Norris ...
Wyndham Goldie ...
Alastair MacIntyre ...
Carter (as Alastair Macintyre)
George Allison ...
Himself
Tom Whittaker ...
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E.V.H. Emmett ...
Himself
Dennis Wyndham ...
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David Keir ...
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During a charity soccer match between top professional side Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans, the Trojan's new star player collapses. When he dies, Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard is called in and declares it was murder. It takes all his ingenuity and another death before the motive is discovered and the killer revealed. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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November 1939 (UK)  »

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Arsenalmysteriet  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Gunners/Trojans replay kicks off at 3pm on Wednesday 26th April (dating the film to 1939), with the original match therefore presumably being held on Saturday 22nd April. See more »

Goofs

When Slade and Clinton are searching Doyce's flat, at one point Slade leans on the telephone wire and accidentally pulls the receiver off the hook. See more »

Quotes

[Arsenal manager giving pre-game talk]
George Allison: ...they don't play your game, they play the attacking game.
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Home on the Range
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Lyrics by Brewster M. Higley and music by Daniel E. Kelley
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Unintentionally amusing, weak, but look out for the inspector!
24 August 1999 | by (Bradford, Yorkshire, England) – See all my reviews

When it was shot, the tie up this film made with 'the Arsenal'- using their stadium and some of their players- must have seemed a good idea. Now, sadly, the main selling point that gives the movie is the unintentional humour of the short brilliantined hair and big baggy football shorts.

The less said about the plot and the cinematography, the better!

Leslie Banks as Inspector Slade is, however, another matter. He plays a curious character who we meet rehearsing policemen in full uniform AND tutus for some sort of theatrical performance! Further, he has a large selection of different hats that he self-consciously picks from every time he has to go and perform some task; when he has to delegate an arrest to his sergeant, he even delegates the appropriate (fishing) hat to him also! Altogether, the character played is fascinating and odd: an English eccentric or a (coded- it is 1939!) gay characterization? Either way, it is Leslie Banks' playing that makes this film at all worth watching...


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