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Inspector Hornleigh (1939)

 -  Comedy | Mystery  -  19 August 1939 (UK)
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Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant Sergeant Bingham are called in to investigate a murder that involves the theft of government secrets.

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Complete credited cast:
Gordon Harker ...
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Miki Hood ...
Ann Gordon, Owner Pheasant Inn
Wally Patch ...
Sam Holt aka Keyhole Charlie
Steven Geray ...
Michael Kavanos
Edward Underdown ...
Peter Dench the Chancellor's Secretary
Hugh Williams ...
Bill Gordon, Ann's Brother
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Alfred Cooper, Pheasant Inn Porter
Ronald Adam ...
Wittens, Pheasant Inn Manager
Eliot Makeham ...
Alexander Parkinson, Leather Worker
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Storyline

When a landlady finds one of her tenants murdered, Inspector Hornleigh is sent to investigate. Hornleigh's assistant, Sergeant Bingham, soon finds an attaché case that had been stolen from the murdered man. When Hornleigh examines the case, inside it he finds a bag that was used to carry important government documents. The documents have been taken, and to make things even more confusing, a duplicate of the stolen bag soon turns up. Written by Snow Leopard

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19 August 1939 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Inspector de la secreta  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Chancellor: But it seems incredible to me that anybody should be allowed to rob the Chancellor of the Exchequer with impunity.
Inspector Hornleigh: Quite so, sir. Generally the other way around.
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Followed by Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939) See more »

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Rock a Bye
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Music by 'Lee Sims (I)'
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For Rabid Alastair Sim Fans. Others, Beware!
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In 1939, Fox amazingly went to all the trouble to send Eugene Forde to England to direct Inspector Hornleigh. Based on a totally boring BBC radio series by Hans Priwin, the movie had a Poverty Row budget that even Monogram would be ashamed of. Virtually nothing was spent on sets or effects, the extremely limited budget being roughly divided 50% on the cast, 30% on technicians and only 20% on studio overheads. The title character was played by Gordon Harker (who did a reasonable job, considering the wordy, almost actionless screenplay), while Alastair Sim was cast as his incompetent assistant, Sergeant Bingham. Although this movie has its fans, I was not impressed. Sims over-acts and over-reacts to a most irritating degree, while the minor characters make no inroads at all into the suffocatingly dialogue-bound screenplay in which a host of tedious, z-grade thespians propound no mystery worth penetrating. The only player who comes out of this melange of boundless talk with any credit is the lovely Miki Hood who not only manages to survive Philip Tannura's warts-and-all photography, but still contrives to look attractive and retain the viewer's interest even when mouthing the most inconsequential lines.


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