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The Body Vanished (1939)

| Comedy, Crime, Mystery
(1939) Anthony Hulme, Evelyn Foster, Ernest Sefton, C. Denier Warren. An Inspector from the yard (Hulme) goes on holiday with reporter pal. When they stop in a small village, they discover ... See full summary »

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Anthony Hulme ...
Rodney Paine
C. Denier Warren ...
Pip Piper
Ernest Sefton ...
Sgt. Hopkins
Evelyn Foster ...
Miss Casson (as Eve Foster)
Frank Atkinson ...
Hobbleberry
Wilfred Noy ...
Snelling
Hamilton Keene ...
Capt. Haller
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Auctioneer
Frederick Keen ...
Mr. Williams
Charles Paton ...
Mr. Briggs
Fred Withers ...
George Billings
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(1939) Anthony Hulme, Evelyn Foster, Ernest Sefton, C. Denier Warren. An Inspector from the yard (Hulme) goes on holiday with reporter pal. When they stop in a small village, they discover that the owner of a local mansion has been murdered. This video has been manufactured from the best quality video master currently available; audio or image quality may vary. Written by Anonymous

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The poster for the sale of the "contents of the mansion" names "Tew, Tennyson and Walker" as the selling agents. The film was directed by Walter Tennyson and the screenplay was by Ian Walker. See more »

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Plenty of humour in this short murder mystery
4 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A snappy, rather amusing little murder mystery courtesy of the unknown-to-me Venture Films. It should be noted that THE BODY VANISHED clocks in at a mere 46 minute running time, which means that it has little time to faff around and instead gets on with telling an involving if rather predictable type of storyline.

The setting is a rural village and the mystery involves a country house where a body was discovered by the butler before disappearing. Thankfully, a visiting police detective and his journalist friend happen to be in the area and decide to investigate the crime themselves, and they soon discover a rather complicated plot which I won't go into here.

What I liked most about THE BODY VANISHED is the plentiful humour, which gives this film a lightness of touch, a quality that others from the era lack. There are no less than three comic characters in support; the dumb village policeman, the flustered journalist, and the old yokel wants his tricycle back. They certainly give this mystery a lively edge, and Anthony Hulme's lead is pretty good too.


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