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Mystery at the Burlesque (1949)

Murder at the Windmill (original title)
A man watching a musical show at the Windmill theatre is shot apparently from the stage. The cast continues the performance so that the detective can solve the murder.


Val Guest


Val Guest (original screenplay)




Credited cast:
Garry Marsh ... Detective Inspector
Jon Pertwee ... Detective Sergeant (as Jon Pertwer)
Jack Livesey ... Vivian Van Damm
Eliot Makeham ... Gimpy
Jimmy Edwards Jimmy Edwards ... Self
Diana Decker Diana Decker ... Frankie
Donald Clive Donald Clive ... Donald
The Windmill Theatre Troupe The Windmill Theatre Troupe ... Performers
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jill Anstey Jill Anstey ... Patsy
Peter Butterworth ... Police Constable
Ivan Craig Ivan Craig ... Policeman #2 (as Ivan Graig)
Anita D'Ray Anita D'Ray ... Dancer
Pamela Deeming Pamela Deeming ... Pamela
Johnnie Gale Johnnie Gale ... Johnnie
Genine Graham Genine Graham ... Usherette


A man watching a musical show at the Windmill theatre is shot apparently from the stage. The cast continues the performance so that the detective can solve the murder. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama | Musical | Mystery


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A plaque at the beginning of the film boasts "stars of today" who got their starts at the Windmill Theater. Among the names are Peter Sellers and Jean Kent. See more »


References Call Northside 777 (1948) See more »


By Ronald Bridges and Charles Rose
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Walk Down Windmill Street
30 June 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A man is killed at that most dangerous place in the world: a theater. Movie stalwart Detective Inspector Garry Marsh shows up with comic-relief sergeant Jon Pertwee to investigate. This involves recreating the show, during which the front-row victim was offed.

The Windmill, for those of you who haven't seen MRS HENDERSON PRESENTS, was the London music hall that included tableaux vivantes to get around British law that forbade nudity on the stage -- unless the performer didn't move. Alas, the film producers never offer much more than the sort of semi-revealing costumes that I saw at Radio City Music Hall as a child. Neither was I terribly impressed by the mystery aspect. I spotted the killer early on, but found no clue leading to the detection until the final revelation.

Still, there are some good, if not particularly memorable revue numbers, and the performers are pretty young women. There is also one particularly funny bit in which a comic, used to a large, appreciative audience, is forced to go through his routine for two tired, stony-faced detectives. Although it's strictly a B movie, it's a very pleasant, bright time-waster.

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16 April 1950 (USA) See more »

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Mystery at the Burlesque See more »

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Angel Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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