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Inspector Hornleigh (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery | 14 August 1939 (UK)
Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant Sergeant Bingham are called in to investigate a murder that involves the theft of government secrets.

Director:

Eugene Forde
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gordon Harker ... Inspector Hornleigh
Alastair Sim ... Sergeant Bingham
Miki Hood Miki Hood ... Ann Gordon, Owner Pheasant Inn
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Sam Holt aka Keyhole Charlie
Steven Geray ... Michael Kavanos
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Peter Dench the Chancellor's Secretary
Hugh Williams ... Bill Gordon, Ann's Brother
Gibb McLaughlin ... Alfred Cooper, Pheasant Inn Porter
Ronald Adam ... Wittens, Pheasant Inn Manager
Eliot Makeham ... Alexander Parkinson, Leather Worker
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Storyline

When a landlady finds one of her tenants murdered, Inspector Hornleigh is sent to investigate. Hornleigh's assistant, Sergeant Bingham, soon finds an attaché case that had been stolen from the murdered man. When Hornleigh examines the case, inside it he finds a bag that was used to carry important government documents. The documents have been taken, and to make things even more confusing, a duplicate of the stolen bag soon turns up. Written by Snow Leopard

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Genres:

Comedy | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated

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Quotes

Sergeant Bingham: I wonder what he was?
Inspector Hornleigh: Hotel porter
Sergeant Bingham: Ah, hotel porter? I thought that
[pause]
Sergeant Bingham: How do you know?
Inspector Hornleigh: This piece of chalk. It's got blacking on it. He used it to chalk the room numbers on the boots he cleaned. See?
Sergeant Bingham: Oh, marvelous! All life's problems solved.
Inspector Hornleigh: Well, I have been wrong...
Sergeant Bingham: Last week's football pools for instance?
Inspector Hornleigh: That! Why the whole of Scotland Yard couldn't deduce what Chelsea will do next!
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Connections

Followed by Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939) See more »

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Watchable mainly for Alastair Sim fans
2 April 2020 | by russjones-80887See all my reviews

The first in the Inspector Hornleigh series starring Gordon Harker in the title role with humour supplied by his partner Sergeant Bingham, played by the Scottish actor Alastair Sim, later to star as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol.

Average film watchable particularly for fans of Mr Sim but some of the anti-Scottish comments by Hornleigh now make the viewer feel rather uncomfortable.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1939 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Inspector de la secreta See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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