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The Body Vanished (1939)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Anthony Hulme ...
C. Denier Warren ...
Pip Piper
Ernest Sefton ...
Sgt. Hopkins
Evelyn Foster ...
Miss Casson (as Eve Foster)
Frank Atkinson ...
Hobbleberry
Wilfred Noy ...
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Hamilton Keene ...
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Cyril Chamberlain ...
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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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Incorrectly listed in the British Film Catalogue (1895-1970) as "The Body Vanishes". See more »

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Surprisingly effective British mystery
7 March 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Despite a short run time this is a breezy, effective British mystery. A Scotland Yard Inspector (Anthony Hulme) is on holidays with his friend, a newspaper reporter. The two come into a small village for rest and refreshments before continuing their holiday. Their peace is disturbed when a villager runs into the local pub declaring the owner of a nearby mansion has been murdered.

The two quickly journey to the mansion and find that there is no corpse to suggest a murder. The local authority in charge of the investigation is not up to the task, prompting the Scotland Yard man to stick around. Hulme's first goal is to learn if a murder actually occurred. There are enough clues present to suggest this is so, so now the detective turns his attention to finding the corpse.

Step by step, Hulme first finds the corpse, then he unveils the motive for murder and ultimately the killer. All nicely done against a backdrop of eccentric rural characters.


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