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

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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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Secret of the Blue Room (1933)

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     On July 20, 1933, Universal Pictures released Secret of the Blue Room (1933).  Produced by Carl Laemmle, the film is set in a castle, where 20 years earlier three people were mysteriously murdered.  Secret of the Blue Room opens with three suitors present for the twenty-first birthday of Irene von Helldorf, played by Gloria Stuart.  The inimitable Lionel

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The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)

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     The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935) is an adaption of one of the Ellery Queen novels.  Two cousins, Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee, who wrote a number of detective novels under the pseudonym of the title character.  In this film, Ellery Queen is taking a vacation to California with his friend Judge Macklin.      Of course, they are

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The Greene Murder Case (1929)

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      The Greene Murder Case (1929) is a Philo Vance film starring William Powell.  The film also stars Jean Arthur in an early talking film role.  The Greene Murder Case was based on the Philo Vance books by S.S. Van Dine.  Van Dine wrote the book version of The Greene Murder Case in 1928.      The film begins with the executor of the Greene estate meeting

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Inspector Hornleigh (1939)

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     On March 7, 1939, Twentieth Century-Fox Film Company released the first of the Inspector Hornleigh films, Inspector Hornleigh (1939).  Inspector Hornleigh is a Scotland Yard Inspector assisted in his investigations by Sergeant Bingham.  Gordon Harker played Hornleigh, while Alastair Sim provides the comic relief as Sergeant Bingham.      Inspector Hornleigh opens with the discovery of a murdered

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