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Inspector Hornleigh
     

Inspector Hornleigh

Director: Eugene J. Forde

Cast: Gordon Harker, Alastair Sim, Miki Hood

 
Inspector Hornleigh was the first of three lively British crime films inspired by the popular BBC radio serial "Monday Night at Eight." Hornleigh is played by Gordon Harker, while Alastair Sim assumes the comic-relief responsibilities inherent in the character of Sergeant Bingham. The "maguffin" in this film is a set of bags stolen from the Chancellor of the

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Inspector Hornleigh was the first of three lively British crime films inspired by the popular BBC radio serial "Monday Night at Eight." Hornleigh is played by Gordon Harker, while Alastair Sim assumes the comic-relief responsibilities inherent in the character of Sergeant Bingham. The "maguffin" in this film is a set of bags stolen from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Hornleigh and Bingham set about to retrieve. The principal suspect is an unscrupulous millionaire who hopes to corner the British stock market. Based on characters created by Hans Wolgang Priwin, Inspector Hornleigh inspired two cinematic sequels, both filmed in 1939.

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All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Good lines, eccentric characters, and ironic twists make this 1939 Eugene Forde film as much a delight today as it was to audiences when it debuted. Sim, who went on to fame as Scrooge in the 1951 film classic A Christmas Carol, is especially good as Hornleigh's sidekick Bingham. He takes to heart the old literary axiom that a comedy is just a tragedy gone wrong, and vice versa, and plays his role with a sternly straight face in viciously funny scenes. Miki Hood, Wally Patch, and Hugh Williams also turn in fine performances in supporting roles. At times, video viewers may need to turn up the sound and cock their ears toward the TV to pick up the sometimes thick British and Scottish accents.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2015
UPC:
0644827111329
Original Release:
1939
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
6,900

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gordon Harker Inspector Hornleigh
Alastair Sim Sgt. Bingham
Miki Hood Ann Gordon
Wally Patch Sam Holt
Steven Geray Kavanos
Edward Underdown Peter Dench
Hugh Williams Bill Gordon
Gibb McLaughlin Alfred Cooper
Ronald Adam Wittens
Eliot Makeham Leather Worker

Technical Credits
Eugene J. Forde Director
Bretton Byrd Score Composer
James B. Clark Editor
Gerald Elliott Screenwriter
Robert Kane Producer
Richard Llewellyn Screenwriter
Philip Tannura Cinematographer
Bryan Edgar Wallace Screenwriter
Derek Williams Cinematographer
Derek Williams Cinematographer

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