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Mrs. Pym of Scotland Yard (1940)

An eccentric woman detective investigates the murders of several people who visited the same medium.


Fred Ellis (as Fred Elles)


Nigel Morland (original story), Nigel Morland (dialogue) | 5 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
Mary Clare ... Mrs Pym
Edward Lexy ... Det.-Inspector Shott
Nigel Patrick ... Richard Loddon
Janet Johnson Janet Johnson ... Maraday Wood
Anthony Ireland ... Henry Mencken
Irene Handl ... Miss Bell
Vernon Kelso Vernon Kelso ... Frank Wood
Robert English Robert English ... Commissioner of Police
Lionel Dymoke Lionel Dymoke ... Assistant Commissioner
Arthur Ridley Arthur Ridley ... Divisional Surgeon
Ben Williams Ben Williams ... Detective-Constable
Arthur E. Owen Arthur E. Owen ... Hall Porter (as Arthur Owen)
Jack Jameson Jack Jameson ... Clerk from Criminal Record Office
Joan Halliday Joan Halliday ... Eliza Puttick (as Joan Halladay)


An eccentric woman detective investigates the murders of several people who visited the same medium.

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Release Date:

13 April 1940 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Visatone Sound System)
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This was originally intended to be the first in a series of films based on the Mrs. Pym novels. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: "The Green Valley Psychic Club is an imaginary organisation invented for the purpose of the story and without any counterpart in real life" See more »

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The New Broom
29 November 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

As a film this is only so-so, although it does contain some extremely atmospheric compositions by "lighting expert" (as the credits call him) Brian Langley. But in addition to early glimpses of Nigel Patrick (in his film debut) & Irene Handl it provides a meaty role for Mary Clare in the title role, probably inspired by RKO's Hildegarde Withers.

I don't recall a Mr Pym (just as I don't think the film tells us that her first name is 'Palmyra'). But Mrs Pym is refreshingly an actual Scotland Yard detective for once - albeit an extremely eccentric one constantly patronised by her colleagues - rather than yet another amateur sleuth; while Edward Lexy's Det-Inspector Shott, although always several steps behind Mrs Pym, is not the dunce James Gleason always was as the cop in the Hildegarde Withers films.

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