A. E. W. Mason's Inspector Hanaud was one of the great detectives of early mystery fiction. There are at least five British films featuring Haunad. Sadly, this is the only one known to exist. And what a great little treat it is. Hanaud is called in by a jealous heir to probe the death of his wealthy sister-in-law. The complaining heir suggests his sister-in-law was murdered by her adopted daughter, the beautiful Betty Harlowe. Hanaud's probe quickly dismisses the brother-in-law's claim. The man, upset at being shut out of his sister-in-law's will, created the story in the hopes of getting his hands on the estate.
But the mystery is not over. Although the brother-in-law's charge has been dismissed, Hanaud has come to believe that the old woman was indeed murdered. Oscar Homolka is fantastic as the eccentric, extroverted Inspector Hanaud. He takes command of the scenes he is in and displays an extreme confidence that is consistent with his character. Not to be missed by lovers of British mysteries.
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