Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It

Mail Train

1941

Walter Forde
Director

In the last film of the series, Hornleigh and Bingham join the Army to investigate scrounging of military supplies, but end up uncovering fifth columnists, who are using the Royal Mail in a novel way to pass along info.

Quite amusing film, with a fairly suspenseful spy plot tagging along with the comedy. Calvert makes a quite lovely femme fatale, and Huntley a nicely unctuous villain. The setpiece with Harker convincing a professor the school he is applying to is actually a reformatory for violent youths is priceless.

Note: Wally Patch is prominently credited, but nowhere to be seen. He must have been replaced by Noel Dainton, who, though wearing corporal's stripes, is carrying a swagger stick and addressed as "sergeant major" by Harker.

-Dave W.



17th May 1941
Cinema


87 mins
1.37:1


1st July 1941
Cinema


87 mins
1.37:1




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Gordon Harker
Inspector Hornleigh
Alastair Sim
Sergeant Bingham
Phyllis Calvert
Helen Wilkinson
Edward Chapman
Mr. Blenkinsop
Charles Oliver
Dr. Charles J. Wilkinson
Raymond Huntley
Dr. Alfred Kerbishley
Percy Walsh
Inspector Blow
David Horne
Commissioner
Peter Gawthorne
Colonel
Wally Patch
Sergeant Major
[see note]
Betty Jardine
Daisy Johnson
O.B. Clarence
Professor Alec Mackenzie
John Salew
Mr. Tomboy
Unknown
P.C. Looking for Insp. Blow
(uncredited)
Unknown
Police Sergeant
(uncredited)
Allan Jeayes
Brigadier Lloyd
(uncredited)
Unknown
Major Harvey
(uncredited)
Unknown
Medical Hut Corporal
(uncredited)
Unknown
'Sick' Soldier
(uncredited)
Noel Dainton
Sergeant Major
(uncredited)
[see note]
George Street
Stores Sergeant
(uncredited)
James Knight
Cinema Manager
(uncredited)
Unknown
Policeman in Cinema
(uncredited)
Unknown
Wilkinson's Assistant
(uncredited)
Unknown
Police Operator
(uncredited)
Unknown
Printer (uncredited)
Bill Shine
Hotel Porter (uncredited)
Derek Prendergast
Schoolboy (uncredited)
Unknown
Schoolboy with Knife
(uncredited)
Stuart Latham
Mr. Jennings
(uncredited)
Unknown
Hotel Desk Clerk
(uncredited)
Unknown
Schoolboy (uncredited)
Unknown
Schoolboy (uncredited)
Unknown
Schoolboy (uncredited)
Unknown
Sam, Hotel Waiter
(uncredited)
Unknown
Postmaster
(uncredited)
Arthur Hambling
Joe Buzby, Mail Supervisor
(uncredited)
Cyril Cusack
Foster, Night Mail Sorter
(uncredited)
Unknown
Conductor
(uncredited)
Arthur Denton
Train Guard (uncredited)
Edward Underdown
Soldier on Train
(uncredited)
Geoffrey Johnson Smith
Mail Handler (uncredited)
Sylvia Cecil
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Richard Cooper
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)
Marie Makine
Undetermined Role
(uncredited)

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