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The Body Vanished (1939)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
1939. Drama. Directed by Walter Tennyson. Starring Anthony Hulme, C. Denier Warren & Ernest Sefton. This murder mystery poses the dilemma of a vanishing corpse.


Walter Tennyson


Ian Walker (screen play)




Complete credited cast:
Anthony Hulme Anthony Hulme ... Rodney Paine
C. Denier Warren C. Denier Warren ... Pip Piper
Ernest Sefton Ernest Sefton ... Sergeant Hopkins
Evelyn Foster Evelyn Foster ... Miss Casson (as Eve Foster)
Frank Atkinson Frank Atkinson ... Hobbleberry
Wilfred Noy Wilfred Noy ... Snelling
Hamilton Keene Hamilton Keene ... Captain Hallam
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Auctioneer
Frederick Keen Frederick Keen ... Mr. Williams
Charles Paton ... Mr. Briggs
Fred Withers Fred Withers ... George Billings


(1939) Anthony Hulme, Evelyn Foster, Ernest Sefton, C. Denier Warren. An Inspector from the yard (Hulme) goes on holiday with reporter pal. When they stop in a small village, they discover that the owner of a local mansion has been murdered. This video has been manufactured from the best quality video master currently available; audio or image quality may vary. Written by Anonymous

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Although made in 1939 this film does not appear to have been trade shown until 24 November 1942 (Kinematograph Year Book 1943). In the same source it is listed as being registered at the Board of Trade on 8 December 1942 and released in February 1943. The BBFC website does not have it as having been submitted for classification until 1951, when it would seem to have been reissued. However, and despite what it says above, in all contemporary listings the title is given as "The Body Vanishes", clearly its original release title. It is very likely, therefore, that "The Body Vanished" is only a title given it at a later date, perhaps when it was first aired on television. See more »

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The Body Vanished review
23 April 2020 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

A brisk British quota-quickie that follows the Holmes and Watson template, with hapless news reporter C. Denier Warren playing Watson to Anthony Hulme's Holmes. More humour than normal - with no less than three comic relief characters - and a mildly diverting mystery that's wrapped up in double-quick time prevent The Body Vanished from being a bore.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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