Inspector Hornleigh – 1939 | 76 mins | Comedy, Mystery | B&W
Wordy but well told comedic thriller inspired by the characters created for the popular BBC radio detective serial Monday Night at Seven by Hans Priwin. Inspector Hornleigh was successful enough to spawn two cinematic sequels: Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939) and Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It (1941).
Inspector Hornleigh (Gordon Harker), along with bumbling sidekick Sergeant Bingham (Alastair Sim) investigate a murder involving the theft of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s bag. The murder leads the Inspector on to an inn run by Bill Gordon (Hugh Williams), and then the home of chief suspect Kavanos (Steve Geray), a foreign millionaire. Bill becomes yet another murder victim before Hornleigh and Bingham uncover a plot to profit from advance knowledge of the government budget details.
Eugene J Forde: Director
Derick Williams: Cinematography
Philip Tannura: Cinematography
James B Clark: Editing
Bretton Byrd: Original Music
Robert T Kane: Producer
Gerald Elliott: Script
Richard Llewellyn: Script
Bryan Edgar Wallace: Script