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Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

Busman's Honeymoon (original title)
Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 20 September 1940 (USA)
Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise ... See full summary »

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Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise not to get involved with any more crimes as they are 'retired'. As a wedding present, Peter purchases the old Jacobean home, where Harriet grew up, called Tall-boys. After the marriage, they go to their new house to get the keys from the previous owner named Noakes. Noakes, who now has money, has no intention of paying wages or any debts that he owes. Upon arriving at the house, Lord and Lady Wimsey find no one at home and finally borrow a key to get in. They have supper and retire for their honeymoon. The next day, people are brought in to clean the house, the chimneys and the grounds and they find the body of Noakes in the cellar. Lord and Lady Wimsey try to stay out of this murder as they promised, but that may not be so easy after all. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Thorpe was the original director starting 4 August 1939, traveling to various locations in England. World War II started in early September, and the film was shelved until March 1940 with Arthur B. Woods as director. See more »

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After Bunter announces a small inconvenience in the kitchen during the Ramseys' dinner and leaves, Harriet's hand changes position instantaneously. See more »

Quotes

Harriet Vane: May I ask what is your motive for liquidating this little animal?
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Version of Busman's Honeymoon (1957) See more »

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A lightweight comedy-thriller, given lots of sparkle and interest by a luminous cast.
16 June 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

A bit hit on the Asian-Pacific circuit of pay-TV during 2000-2001, "Haunted Honeymoon" (to give the film its broadcast title) has won many new fans for both its celebrated players and its once extremely popular writer.

So far as the players are concerned, just look at that cast! True, the script is pretty lightweight, but all the actors are professional enough to give each of their characterizations that special glow and charisma, that realistically distinctive individuality that keeps an audience both sympathetic and enthralled.

As for Miss Sayers, she was once second only to Agatha Christie in popularity with British and Australian mystery readers. "Busman's Honeymoon" is not really one of her best works. It was originally conceived as a stage play. (It opened in London at the Comedy Theatre on December 16, 1936, and ran a highly successful 413 performances). The novel was based on the play, not vice versa as is usually the case. Miss Sayers described her play as "a detective comedy", whereas the book is "a novel of manners rather than a crossword puzzle." Both descriptions fit the film. If you're looking for a brain-cracking mystery or edge-of-the seat thrills, you're going to be disappointed. But if you expect to spend a delightfully casual 99 minutes in superb company, you'll go away singing.


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