June 20, 2019 Subject:
Another Good Mystery With Unfortunate Comic Relief
Inspector Hornleigh started as a straight suspense-mystery radio series. The n someone had the "bright" idea of making Inspector Hornleigh movies and adding - as was usual - a comic sidekick. Other reviewers see this film and, no doubt, the other two Hornleigh films as comedy, good comedy, with some mystery mixed in. I find it to be a solid mystery - well, a little convoluted solid mystery - that relied as much on Hornleigh's luck as on his detective skills - to solve. And, a good part of this problem was on account of Bingham's gross inefficiency - or comic relief. This second Hornleigh film has more of Alastair Sim's portrayal of the inept, woman-chasing, silly Sgt. Bingham than the first and less than the third. Well, you can't blame Sim - he only did what he was hired to do. Fortunately, Sim didn't want to be typecast as this sort of character and wouldn't make any more movies in this series. Yes, it is enjoyable even with Sim - but would have made a more intelligent and suspenseful mystery without him.
September 24, 2011 Subject:
Funny characters and interesting to the end. Gordon Harker is always excellent.
August 18, 2011 Subject:
I thought this movie was very funny. Hornleigh uses his skills in a comical way to find out information from kids he is suppossed to be teaching to get information about one of the professors. He also used his skills in a suprising way to help solve the mystery. Very entertaining and funny.
I very much enjoyed these two. One the braggart who thinks he's the smartest man alive and the other who accidentally the smartest or it ends up that wy by all appearances. The best part was the poetic justice for Det Blow. Shouldn't every movie end as sweet even though I nodded for a short time toward the end?
November 10, 2010 Subject:
A Fantastic Movie
This is a really good film to watch if you like British Movies from the 1940's. It was released in the UK just a few weeks before 'Ghost Train' featuring Arthur Askey and both directed by Walter Forde.
Gordon Harker is fantastic in the role of Inspector Hornleigh assisted by Alastair Sim as the bumbling Sgt.Bingham. Look out for Raymond Huntley,Edward Chapman,Phyllis Calvert and poor Betty Jardine who sadly died in childbirth a few years later.
The film quality is good as is the audio. If anybody has the other two Inspector Hornleigh movies and they are also PD ... Please, Please upload them!!!
November 8, 2010 Subject:
Well acted and written, this British crime drama is laced with understated humor. Gordon Harker (Inspector Hornleigh) and Alastair Sim (Sergeant Bingham) play well off of one another, with Bingham's weakness for the fairer sex and his hangdog looks providing most of the humor. The movie is evenly paced throughout all 83 minutes. I'd like to see the other two Inspector Hornleigh movies Inspector Hornleigh and Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday.
I downloaded the 676MB AVI file. There are 3 bad points in the movie, probably at reel changes, and the movie is 4 minutes shorter than reported at IMDb. Video quality is very good, and the audio was clean.
Reviewer:slugs and urchins
November 8, 2010 Subject:
British Comedy Rocks
This was very enjoyable and well made. Most of British Comedy is good and this is one of the better ones on PD. Thanks.
November 7, 2010 Subject:
Well there we are then
I thought that it was only Alastair Sim character that was the comedy relief for this series of films.....