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 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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Corsair (1931)

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     Roland V. West directed fourteen films in his career.  Critics consider three of his films to be excellent.  West directed the silent thriller The Bat in 1926.  West directed his most acclaimed film, Alibi (1929), which resulted in an Oscar nomination for his friend Chester Morris.  In 1930, West and Morris again collaborated on his last classic, The Bat

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The Bat Whispers (1930)

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     On November 13, 1930, Roland V. West released The Bat Whispers (1930), the talkie version of his silent classic, The Bat (1926).  The film follows faithfully the script of the original.  However, West is able to experiment with film techniques like tracking shots, still a novelty in early sound cinema.  Editing still dominated as the continuity and story

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After The Thin Man (1936)

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     Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) released After The Thin Man (1936), the sequel to the popular Thin Man (1934), on Christmas Day 1936.  The film is one of 14 films William Powell and Myrna Loy made together.  Powell and Loy play Dashiell Hammet’s characters Nick and Nora Charles respectively.      Nick Charles formerly worked as a private detective before marrying

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Sergeant York (1941)

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     On September 27, 1941, Warner Brothers Film Corporation released Sergeant York (1941).  The film tells the story of Sergeant Alvin C. York, a reluctant World War I hero from the small town of Pall Mall, Tennessee.  Western film veteran Gary Cooper stars as Sergeant York.      The film begins with the contrast of a Sunday church service

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