Inspector Hornleigh Goes To It (1941)

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On May 17, 1941, Twentieth Century – Fox released the third and last Inspector Hornleigh feature film, Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It (1941).  The series blends comedy and crime drama to create a unique product.  Gordon Harker plays Inspector Hornleigh, while Alistair Sims reprises his role as Sgt. Bingham. The film opens with Inspector Hornleigh dictating his memoirs to Sgt.

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The Pearl of Death (1944)

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Sherlock Holmes in The Pearl of Death (1944) is the ninth of fourteen movies in the series starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes.  In this film, Holmes is battling archcriminal Giles Conover, played by Miles Mander.  Conover is attempting to steal a valuable pearl from the British Museum.  He is aided in his crimes by accomplices Naomi Drake and The Creeper.  Naomi Drake,

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Passport to Suez (1943)

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On August 19, 1943, Columbia Pictures released Passport to Suez (1943).  Warren William plays Michael Lanyard, the Lone Wolf, for the final time in this film.  The film opens in Alexandria, Egypt, where Lanyard has just arrived.  Lanyard meets up with his old friend Johnny Booth, a successful cafe’ owner.  However, Lanayard’s real purpose is a mission for British Intelligence.

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The Speckled Band (1931)

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     One of the earliest talkie films based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, The Speckled Band (1931) is a public domain film heavily edited from its original form.  British and Dominion Films Corporation produced the film, which they released on March 5, 1931.  Raymond Massey has his first starring role as Sherlock Holmes.      The film is set

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Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

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Republic Pictures produced many quality movie serials in the 1930s and 1940s.  One of their finer offerings was Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941), a twelve chapter serial based on the popular comic book super hero.  Captain Marvel is known as Shazam today.  Billy Batson, played by Frank Coghlan, Jr., accompanies the Malcolm Expedition to Siam.  While searching an ancient temple,

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The Phantom (1931)

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     On November 1, 1931, Weiss Brothers Artclass Pictures released The Phantom (1931), a low-budget thriller.  The film opens with a death row inmates escape from the prison on the day of his execution.  After he jumps from the prison wall to the top of the train, a plane with a rope ladder picks up the prisoner.  While the

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Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939)

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     On December 1, 1939, Twentieth Century-Fox released Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday (1939), the second film in the three film series.  Gordon Harker starred as Scotland Yard Inspector Hornleigh.  The film opens in Brighton-on-the-Sea, where a storm has kept Inspector Hornleigh and his assistant Sergeant Bingham, played by Alastair Sim, inside for their first few vacation days.    

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