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Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939)

It comes as no surprise when Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant, Sergeant Bingham, go to enjoy the winds and rains on their annual seaside vacation, when they run into a "busman's ... See full summary »

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Walter Forde

Writers:

Sidney Gilliat, Leonard Reginald Gribble (novel) (as Leo Grex) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gordon Harker ... Inspector Hornleigh
Alastair Sim ... Sergeant Bingham
Linden Travers ... Miss Angela Meadows
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Police Sergeant
Edward Chapman ... Captain Edwin Fraser
Philip Leaver Philip Leaver ... Bradfield
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Dr. Manners
John Turnbull ... Chief Constable
Wyndham Goldie Wyndham Goldie ... Sir George Winbeck
Cyril Conway Cyril Conway ... Minor Role
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It comes as no surprise when Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant, Sergeant Bingham, go to enjoy the winds and rains on their annual seaside vacation, when they run into a "busman's holiday." One of their fellow boarders at Balmoral Guest House, Captain Fraser of the Royal Navy, goes out one dismal night, with his pet terrier, and is found crushed and burned to death, in his wrecked roadster at the foot of a cliff. Hornleigh and Bingham, residing at Brighthaven incognito and the last people to see Fraser,are taken into custody by the local police. It was impossible to identify the charred body and the dog is missing. Hornleigh, suspecting murder, identifies himself and goes to work on the case. Hornleigh proves that the crash was neither suicide nor accident, and that the body is not Fraser, despite an identifying tattoo on the back of the hand. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inspector Hornleigh on Vacation See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first feature of Michael Denison See more »

Goofs

When Bingham and Hornleigh think they are talking to the villain 'Spider Joe' on the telephone Hornleigh doesn't disguise his voice. Surely Bingham would have worked out who was at the other end of the line. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Bingham: Can you not forget your profession just for 5 minutes and stop behaving like a prize bloodhound. I tell you, we'd have had a better holiday at Scotland Yard.
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Followed by Mail Train (1941) See more »

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I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside
(uncredited)
Written by John Glover Kind
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Vaudeville Lives!
10 September 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

The comedy team of Harker & Sim hits its stride in "Inspector Hornleigh On Holiday", a laugh-a-minute comedy film from the 1930's British arm of Twentieth-Century Fox. Attempting to capitalize on the first in the series, "Inspector Hornleigh", Gordon Harker as Insp. Hornleigh once again plays the straight man to Sgt. Bingham, the buffoonish Alastair Sim character.

Wait a moment, though. This is supposed to be a murder mystery, a genre which normally conflicts with attempts at humor. Oddly enough, these two qualities were blended in movies made before WW II, and with what I consider disappointing results. A case in point would be "The Cat And The Canary" (1939), which I felt lost all credibility with Bob Hope in a key role.

But there is good news. This film works! Despite the Harker-Sim shenanigans, it is a fascinating mystery story with some neat plot twists and red herrings and holds the viewers interest to the finale. Following the pattern of sequels, it is not as good as the first picture but is good enough for a rating of seven.


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