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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (2012)

A man is murdered in 19th century Melbourne. The investigation uncovers a trail of secrets and scandal.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Frettlby
Marco Chiappi ...
Duncan Calton
Detective Samuel Gorby
Brian Fitzgerald
Sal Rawlins
Detective Kilsip
Roger Moreland (as Charles Cousins)
Gerry Connolly ...
Reginald Valpy
Mother Guttersnipe
Rosanna Moore / The Queen
Michael Carman ...
Malcolm Royston
Oliver Whyte
Felix Rolleston
Kerry Walker ...
Mrs. Sampson


Based on the best-selling novel by Fergus Hume. Melbourne, 1886. Two gentlemen climb into a hansom cab late one night. One man climbs out, the other travels on to St Kilda. On arrival, the driver finds the second man dead. The murder sends shock waves through the young city. Written by Adam Smith

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28 October 2012 (Australia)  »

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Gyilkosság a nyílt utcán  »

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28 October 2012 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

The original novel was a best-seller in its day. This screen adaptation was about as convincing as a junior high school production. Nothing seemed to work ... accents were inconsistent and inaccurate, delivery was appalling, script was poorly constructed. Sets, costumes, sound, make-up and lighting were ridiculously caricatured. At times it seemed as if the whole thing were supposed to be some sort of joke. I kept waiting for a punchline which never arrived. As it progressed, I felt more and more uncomfortable and acutely embarrassed that overseas viewers might think that we're actually proud of material such as this.

It's hard to understand how such a talented group of Australian actors could put their names to such amateurish rubbish.

Such a disappointment!

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