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Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

Busman's Honeymoon (original title)
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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Storyline

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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Lord Peter Wimsey and his new wife find marital bliss and murderous mystery under their country roof. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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

The film's Warner Archive Collection DVD sleeve notes state that this film "marked the second screen appearance of Dorothy L. Sayers' dilettante detective". See more »

Goofs

When Peter examines his new bracelet, it changes its appearance between shots. See more »

Quotes

Insp. Andrew Kirk: [addressing Lord Wimsy while they were searching on the moors] Well, come on, we want to be in on the kill.
Lord Peter Wimsey: I ah, I think I'll wait here, if you don't mind, my ah,feet ache.
Insp. Andrew Kirk: Well, so do mine.
[impatiently]
Insp. Andrew Kirk: What's the matter with you?
Lord Peter Wimsey: Well, I have a slight headache too.
Insp. Andrew Kirk: [mockingly] Oh, you poor little fellow.
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Connections

Referenced in From the Ends of the Earth (1939) See more »

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Oddly cast but entertaining.
21 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Only Hollywood would cast a very American actor as a member of the British aristocracy...but here they cast Robert Montgomery (with his very nice AMERICAN accent) to play Lord Peter Wimsey! With that huge strike against it, can "Busman's Honeymoon" be any good?

When the film begins, Lord Peter Wimsey is about to marry Harriet (Constance Cummings). To surprise her, he's bought her childhood home which has been owned by a horrible sort of rotter, Mr. Noakes (Roy Emerton). Peter doesn't know that Noakes is a total jerk who owes everyone and is a nasty piece of work. When the couple come to take possession of the home, Noakes is no where to be found. Eventually his body is discovered and this challenges the couple, as they both promised to retire and Peter is supposed to stop his sleuthing ways and she is to stop writing murder mysteries. Wanna make a bet as to whether or not they keep this promise?

Despite terrible casting, the film works reasonably well...mostly because MGM had a great knack at making good looking movies. An interesting plot.


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