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Strange Boarders (1938)

Pre-war intelligence man Tommy Blythe interrupts his honeymoon to investigate the discovery of vital Air Ministry blueprints on a woman killed in a London road accident. The trail leads to ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Mason

Writers:

Sidney Gilliat (as S. Gilliat), E. Phillips Oppenheim (novel) (as E.P. Oppenheim) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Tom Walls ... Tommy Blythe
Renée Saint-Cyr ... Louise Blythe
Googie Withers ... Elsie
Ronald Adam ... Barstow
C.V. France ... Col. Lionel Anstruther
Nina Boucicault Nina Boucicault ... Mrs. Anstruther
Leon M. Lion ... Luke
C. Denier Warren C. Denier Warren ... Fry
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Dewar
Marda Vanne Marda Vanne ... Mrs. Greatorex
Arthur Goullet Arthur Goullet ... Senor Torres
George Curzon ... Sir Charles
Bryan Powley Bryan Powley ... George Gateshead
Tyrell Davis ... Hayes (as Tyrrell Davis)
Martita Hunt ... Miss Pitter
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Storyline

Pre-war intelligence man Tommy Blythe interrupts his honeymoon to investigate the discovery of vital Air Ministry blueprints on a woman killed in a London road accident. The trail leads to a boarding house in Notting Hill and its varied tenants. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Mystery

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Goofs

During the taxi scene Louise removes the high-heel and stocking from Elsie's right leg then starts on the left, but is interrupted when the stocking is halfway down Elsie's leg. When she resumes her task the stocking has somehow gone back up the leg and Louise has to start again. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Dewar: Was that how he got his game leg?
Tommy Blythe: No, that was later - he was sniped in the Khyber Pass.
Mrs. Dewar: Very painful!
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Soundtracks

Amoresque
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Music by Sid Phillips
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My brief review of the film
16 December 2005 | by sol-See all my reviews

An archetypal mystery film with elements of comedy and thriller, there are enough amusing parts, interesting performances and well paced sections that it is overall okay viewing, and it certainly improves towards the end. The beginning and the middle sections of the film contain events that are predictable and lame comedy bits, but the conclusion and the events leading to it have an intriguing nature. It is not an extraordinary film, rather ordinary in most aspects, other than some excellent sound recording. The mystery plot is not too fascinating at all, but the film ends on a good note though, so it is quite possible that the film will leave one satisfied, even if not much more than that.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'étrange pensionnaire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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