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The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939)

During a charity soccer match between top professional side Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans, the Trojan's new star player collapses. When he dies, Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard ... See full summary »

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Ian McLean ...
Sgt. Clinton (as Ian Maclean)
Liane Linden ...
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Brian Worth ...
Philip Morring - Trojan Team Member
Richard Norris ...
Wyndham Goldie ...
Alastair MacIntyre ...
Carter (as Alastair Macintyre)
George Allison ...
Himself
Tom Whittaker ...
Himself
E.V.H. Emmett ...
Himself
Dennis Wyndham ...
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David Keir ...
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During a charity soccer match between top professional side Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans, the Trojan's new star player collapses. When he dies, Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard is called in and declares it was murder. It takes all his ingenuity and another death before the motive is discovered and the killer revealed. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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November 1939 (UK)  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The football match from which the main action sequences were taken was between Arsenal and Brentford, and took place on Saturday 6th May 1939 with The Bees playing in a a special striped kit to simulate The Trojans. (Closer shots feature the Oxford and Cambridge Blues as the Trojans.) See more »

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When Inge visits Philip, he pours the same glass of milk twice. See more »

Quotes

[Arsenal manager giving pre-game talk]
George Allison: ...they don't play your game, they play the attacking game.
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Sons of the Brave
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Music by Harry Bidgood
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Interesting curio for soccer fans and vintage mystery lovers
13 June 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Arsenal Football Club were the leading lights of English soccer in the 1930's and this diverting ,and very British ,movie is an attempt to capitalise on the acclaim they rightly had --and still enjoy today.

A star member of an amateur team playing a charity match at the Arsenal ground in North London is killed and Scotland Yard is called in to investigate.The Inspector -played with tongue firmly in cheek by Leslie Banks-is a decidedly eccentric character ,one who sports a range of diverse headgear throughout .His methods are effective however and the case brought to a successful conclusion.

Thorold Dickinson directs with shrewd attention to detail and the movie while no masterpiece works as a murder mystery while the little utilised soccer background adds interest especially for students of the game curious to see how the media of the time treated "the beautiful game"

Guest slots from Arsenal stars of the period add interest.


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