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Release Date:
3 August 1939 (France) See more »
Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant Sergeant Bingham are called in to investigate a murder that involves the theft of government secrets. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Gordon Harker ... Inspector Hornleigh

Alastair Sim ... Sergeant Bingham
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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cecil Bevan ... Auctioneer (uncredited)

Charles Carson ... Chief Superintendent (uncredited)
Peter Gawthorne ... Chancellor (uncredited)

Vi Kaley ... Landlady (uncredited)
Arthur Mullard ... (uncredited)

Charles Paton ... Auction Bidder (uncredited)
Julian Vedey ... Cafe Owner (uncredited)
Jack Vyvyan ... Sgt Hawkins (uncredited)

Directed by
Eugene Forde 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerald Elliott  writer
Richard Llewellyn  writer
Bryan Edgar Wallace  writer
John P. Wynn  characters (as Hans Wolfgang Priwin)

Produced by
Robert Kane .... producer
Roland Gillett .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bretton Byrd (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Philip Tannura 
Derick Williams 
Film Editing by
James B. Clark 
Douglas Robertson 
Art Direction by
John Bryan 
Production Management
Leslie F. Baker .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William N. Boyle .... assistant director (as William Boyle)
Roy Parkinson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
W.H. Lindop .... sound (as W. Lindop)
Music Department
Bretton Byrd .... musical director
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UK:87 min | USA:76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Inspector Hornleigh:Where is Mr Gordon?
Sam Holt aka Keyhole Charlie:In the bar, Inspector. I'll take you along
Inspector Hornleigh:Thank you - it isn't necessary. I never had any difficulty finding my way to a bar yet.
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Very Good Verbose Murder Mystery, 7 March 2012
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

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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