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Mail Train (1941)

Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 1 July 1941 (USA)
The plot pits Hornleigh and Bingham against a clever gang of Nazi espionage agents. Most of the action takes place aboard a speeding train, with our heroes never quite certain who can be ... See full summary »

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Walter Forde
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Harker ... Inspector Hornleigh
Alastair Sim ... Sergeant Bingham
Phyllis Calvert ... Mrs. Wilkinson
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Blenkinsop
Charles Oliver ... Dr. Wilkinson
Raymond Huntley ... Dr. Kerbishley
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Inspector Blow
David Horne ... Commissioner
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Colonel
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Sergeant Major
Betty Jardine Betty Jardine ... Daisy
O.B. Clarence O.B. Clarence ... Professor Mackenzie
John Salew John Salew ... Mr. Tomboy
Cyril Cusack ... Postal Sorter
Bill Shine ... Hotel Porter
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The plot pits Hornleigh and Bingham against a clever gang of Nazi espionage agents. Most of the action takes place aboard a speeding train, with our heroes never quite certain who can be trusted and who can't. Phyllis Calvert contributes to the intrigue as one Mrs. Wilkinson, who is, not all she seems to be. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mail Train See more »

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Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The locomotive hauling the southbound mail train from Carlisle appears to be an LMS Patriot class 4-6-0, 5XP, number 5513. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Hornleigh: And don't forget, if there's a barmaid there, when she pours out your beer don't pour out your soul.
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Crazy Credits

The mail train incidents in this story are entirely fictional. G.P.O. safeguards would preclude any such happenings. No reflection is made on any member of the Post Office staff. See more »

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Follows Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939) See more »

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Excellent, fast-paced thriller
12 November 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

Having never seen the other 'Inspector Hornleigh' flicks I was unsure what to expect here, which sure made it all the more exciting. Harker was splendid as the droll Hornleigh but definite kudos go to Sim, his side-kick Bingham, who blunders his way through to heroics each time. The plot is your average war-spy-drama - who is sending the secret code to the Germans and how are they doing it? - but this is easily one of the better of the genre. It was also fascinating to see sweet little Phyllis Calvert playing an out-and-out bad girl. It's a shame she didn't get to play more of the same type of role!


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