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Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

Busman's Honeymoon (original title)
Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 20 September 1940 (USA)
Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise ... See full summary »

Directors:

Arthur B. Woods, Richard Thorpe (uncredited)

Writers:

Monckton Hoffe (screen play), Angus MacPhail (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Lord Peter Wimsey
Constance Cummings ... Harriet Vane
Leslie Banks ... Inspector Kirk
Seymour Hicks ... Mervyn Bunter (as Sir Seymour Hicks)
Robert Newton ... Frank Crutchley
Googie Withers ... Polly
Frank Pettingell ... Puffett
Joan Kemp-Welch Joan Kemp-Welch ... Aggie Twitterton
Aubrey Mallalieu Aubrey Mallalieu ... Rev. Simon Goodacre
James Carney James Carney ... Constable Sellon
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Noakes
Louise Hampton Louise Hampton ... Mrs. Ruddle
Eliot Makeham ... Simpson
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... MacBride
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Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise not to get involved with any more crimes as they are 'retired'. As a wedding present, Peter purchases the old Jacobean home, where Harriet grew up, called Tall-boys. After the marriage, they go to their new house to get the keys from the previous owner named Noakes. Noakes, who now has money, has no intention of paying wages or any debts that he owes. Upon arriving at the house, Lord and Lady Wimsey find no one at home and finally borrow a key to get in. They have supper and retire for their honeymoon. The next day, people are brought in to clean the house, the chimneys and the grounds and they find the body of Noakes in the cellar. Lord and Lady Wimsey try to stay out of this murder as they promised, but that may not be so easy after all. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Mystery Thrills in a LOVE NEST! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Haunted Honeymoon See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Thorpe was the original director starting 4 August 1939, traveling to various locations in England. World War II started in early September, and the film was shelved until March 1940 with Arthur B. Woods as director. See more »

Goofs

After Bunter announces a small inconvenience in the kitchen during the Wimseys' dinner and leaves, Harriet's hand changes position instantaneously. See more »

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Harriet Vane: May I ask what is your motive for liquidating this little animal?
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Boring Mix of Romance and Murder
2 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

British film from MGM has Lord Peter Wimsey (Robert Montgomery) marrying mystery writer Harriet Vane (Constance Cummings) but their honeymoon is very short as they investigate a murder together. If you look at the title and are expecting some sort of supernatural film then it's best to get that out of your mind. After viewing this film I started to look around and read some other reviews and it seems that the majority of them were negative, although very few were as negative as my thoughts on the film. To me this was one of those films where as soon as something happens it hits your eyes, travels to your brain and then your brain forgets what you just saw in the matter of seconds. I really can't remember too many films where what was going on was simply traveling past me simply because of how uninterested I was in anything going on. I think there are a couple major problems with this picture but the main one is Montgomery. There's no question that he was a fine actor but this here has to be one of his worst performances if not the worst. I think to say he was miscast would be an understatement because it's clear that he was just the wrong person for this part. Perhaps had the film stayed closer to its source material, the play Busman's Honeymoon, then the actor could have done more with it. This film version goes for more romantic charms than mystery and the actor just suffers the entire time. Cummings really isn't any better and the two lack any real chemistry. Another major problem is that the director just never makes anything interesting happen on the screen in terms of style, energy or anything else that you can think of. HAUNTED HONEYMOON is a real snoozer from start to finish.


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