Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It Film Details
Overview: The plot pits Hornleigh and Bingham against a clever gang of Nazi espionage agents. Most of the action takes place aboard a speeding train, with our heroes never quite certain who can be trusted and who can’t. Phyllis Calvert contrib
Review: The third and final film in the series, “Inspector Hornleigh Goes To It” (trade shown 4 March 1941 and generally released in the U.K. on 5 May 1941) is often described as not quite up to the standard of “On Holiday”, but I thought it equally entertaining. True, the plot tends to side-step its noirish elements to concentrate on thrills rather than shivers, and Alastair Sim fans will be unhappy their hero doesn’t figure in the great mail train climax (which starts with a flourish but actually finishes up rather lamely); but the support players, led by the lovely Phyllis Calvert in an unusual role as the heavy (which she handles with amazing skill) and the ever-reliable Raymond Huntley (whose suavity masks a heart of ice) more than make up for these little disappointments. It’s also good to see competent character impersonators like Betty Jardine (Sims’ girl), Percy Walsh (the crowing Blow), O. B. Clarence (the candidate Harker leans on), Bill Shine (the school porter who partners Harker in a delightful exchange), and Edward Chapman (an insistent patient who fastens himself on Sim) in such well-written roles that do full justice to their talents. The movie was again most skilfully directed by Walter Forde who made the most of both the comic and suspense elements in the Val Guest/Major “Joc” Orton screenplay (based on an original story by Frank Launder). For its American release, 20th Century-Fox altered the title to “Mail Train”, an inappropriate change because the mail train only figures at the climax (and, as said, somewhat disappointingly brief the sequence is too).
Country: United Kingdom
Duration: 87 min
Genre: Crime, Drama
Also known as: Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It,La fuga,Spioncentralen,Mail Train,O Correio da Noite