6 user 2 critic

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 »


Walter Forde


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




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 ... Bradfield
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Dr. Manners
John Turnbull ... Chief Constable
Wyndham Goldie Wyndham Goldie ... Sir George Winbeck
Cyril Conway Cyril Conway ... Minor Role


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery


See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The first feature of Michael Denison See more »


The amateur radio call sign changes. Linden Travers says in one scene 'This is GCG43' and other times she says 'This is CG43'. See more »


Inspector Hornleigh: Now I'm the sort of bloke who's seasick when he looks at the Serpentine, but I know the difference between port and starboard and Captain Fraser, late of the Royal Navy, does not!
See more »


Followed by Mail Train (1941) See more »


Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Arranged by 'Louis Levy'
See more »

User Reviews

Bright Sequel Has Faded Over the Decades
14 April 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

In the second of three movies, Gordon Harker and his very Scotch assistant, played by Alastair Sim, are enduring a rainy vacation in Brighton. One of their fellow guests is killed in a car accident, and the pair are called in to identify the body. Harker suspects murder; when Sim spots the dead man walking on the street, the two investigate.

Inspector Hornleigh was invented as a radio serial puzzle mystery for the BBC. The movies, under the direction of Walter Forde, turned them into comic efforts. They were produced by Twentieth Century-Fox; like Warner Brothers and MGM, they were producing movies in the years leading up to the Second World War.

Although the Hornleigh movies were well received and the talent involved was topnotch (Sidney Gilliat and FrankLaunder are two o the writers) and Harker & Sim make an amusingly contrasting pair of coppers, I don't find the movie to be of much greater than average competence; some o the details of the mystery seem to be more melodramatic than intelligent and Sim's character began to pall quickly. Perhaps that's why he turned down any further efforts after the following episode.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 6 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

1 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inspector Hornleigh on Vacation See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed