Mrs. Pym of Scotland Yard (1940)
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Death by vacuum cleaner is one of the most ludicrous things anyone could possibly have dreamed up, ludicrous, but entertaining. Mary Clare is utterly delightful in the role of Mrs Pym, the characters are big and well drawn, particularly Miss Bell, who is beautifully played by the wonderful Irene Handl.
The courtroom scene featuring the maid giving evidence is comedy gold, ridiculously funny, and there are chuckles throughout the remainder of the film.
Don't take it too seriously and you'll love every minute. 7/10
A lot of the film's goodwill comes from the comic pairing of Mrs. Pym with her associate, played by the delightful Edward Lexy who steals all his scenes as the long-suffering detective inspector. The mystery stuff itself is overshadowed by the endless humour, although death by vacuum cleaner is a novel concept, I suppose, if not entirely believable. A young Nigel Patrick and Irene Handl show up in support.