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Inspector Hornleigh (1939)

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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Ann Gordon, Owner Pheasant Inn
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Sam Holt aka Keyhole Charlie
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Michael Kavanos
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Peter Dench the Chancellor's Secretary
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Bill Gordon, Ann's Brother
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Alfred Cooper, Pheasant Inn Porter
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Wittens, Pheasant Inn Manager
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Alexander Parkinson, Leather Worker
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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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14 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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Inspector Hornleigh: You pestiferous elongated flat-footed bald-headed bunch of haggis. Why didn't you stay on your own native heath tossing yer sporran... instead of unloading yourself on the long-suffering English?
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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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Very Good Verbose Murder Mystery
7 March 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

I am a sucker for a good whodunit, and "Inspector Hornleigh" was an excellent one. It had an elaborate plot and I could not guess the murderer until... come to think of it, I didn't guess the murderer until it was revealed at the end of the picture, so well-written was the screenplay. And, brother, it was written, and written, and...

This picture was loaded with dialogue, enough for 2 or 3 pictures, but in the end I felt it was all worth it. I enjoy Gordon Harker more each time I see him and he is very convincing when playing a police inspector. Here he is Insp. Hornleigh of the title, and he was every bit as good as he was as Insp. Elk in "The Frog" (1937). He is aided by Alastair Sim, playing his weak-minded sidekick police sergeant. Speaking for myself, I did not mind his antics, as films of the 30's and early 40's often tried to blend comedy and mystery, more often than not a futile effort, I have found. But it worked here.

The rest of the cast was competent, although two of the suspects looked very much alike, causing occasional confusion. Another reviewer mentioned that the sets looked cheap - that may be, but I gave it a pass and was not conscious of an effort to pinch pennies in any phase of the production.

All in all, a worthy effort and worth your while, because I always feel that, ultimately, the play's the thing, don't you?


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