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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (2012)

A man is murdered in 19th century Melbourne. The investigation uncovers a trail of secrets and scandal.


Shawn Seet


Glen Dolman, Fergus Hume (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Waters ... Mark Frettlby
Marco Chiappi Marco Chiappi ... Duncan Calton
Shane Jacobson ... Detective Samuel Gorby
Jessica De Gouw ... Madge
Oliver Ackland ... Brian Fitzgerald
Chelsie Preston Crayford ... Sal Rawlins
Felix Williamson ... Detective Kilsip
Charlie Cousins ... Roger Moreland (as Charles Cousins)
Gerry Connolly Gerry Connolly ... Reginald Valpy
Helen Morse ... Mother Guttersnipe
Anna McGahan ... Rosanna Moore / The Queen
Michael Carman ... Malcolm Royston
Brett Climo ... Oliver Whyte
Nathan Lovejoy ... Felix Rolleston
Kerry Walker ... Mrs. Sampson


Based on the best-selling novel by Fergus Hume. Melbourne, 1886. Two gentlemen climb into a hansom cab late one night. One man climbs out, the other travels on to St Kilda. On arrival, the driver finds the second man dead. The murder sends shock waves through the young city. Written by Adam Smith

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Failed to Convince
28 October 2012 | by mpm1958See all my reviews

The original novel was a best-seller in its day. This screen adaptation was about as convincing as a junior high school production. Nothing seemed to work ... accents were inconsistent and inaccurate, delivery was appalling, script was poorly constructed. Sets, costumes, sound, make-up and lighting were ridiculously caricatured. At times it seemed as if the whole thing were supposed to be some sort of joke. I kept waiting for a punchline which never arrived. As it progressed, I felt more and more uncomfortable and acutely embarrassed that overseas viewers might think that we're actually proud of material such as this.

It's hard to understand how such a talented group of Australian actors could put their names to such amateurish rubbish.

Such a disappointment!

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28 October 2012 (Australia) See more »

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Crima din trasura See more »

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia See more »

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