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Inquest (1939)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery | December 1939 (UK)
Margaret Hamilton (Elizabeth Allan) faces trial by Coroner's Court, an archaic British institution where justice can't be guaranteed.


Roy Boulting


Michael Barringer (adapted from the play by), Francis Miller (scenario) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Philip Friend ... Richard Neale
Harold Anstruther Harold Anstruther ... Sir. Denton Hulme
Malcolm Morley Malcolm Morley ... Doctor Macfarlane
Jean Shepeard Jean Shepeard ... Mary Trelease (as Jean Shepherd)
R. Watts-Philipp R. Watts-Philipp ... Owen
Richard Coke Richard Coke ... The Landlord
Charles Stevenson Charles Stevenson ... William Trelease
Jack Greenwood Jack Greenwood ... Sergt. Foster
Peter Madren Peter Madren ... A Journalist
Olive Sloane ... Lily Prudence
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Wyatt
Basil Cunard Basil Cunard ... Inspector Mullin
Hay Petrie ... Norman Neale K.C.
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Thomas Knight, Coroner
Elizabeth Allan ... Margaret Hamilton


Margaret Hamilton (Elizabeth Allan) faces trial by Coroner's Court, an archaic British institution where justice can't be guaranteed.

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Crime | Mystery


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Release Date:

December 1939 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Visatone Sound Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Herbert Lomas and Basil Cunard played the same roles in a television broadcast of the play the same year. See more »


Version of Inquest (1939) See more »

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Not a bad courtroom drama
4 July 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This early Boulting brothers film is a low budget quickie based on a stage play with an axe to grind on the role of the Coroner's court.

However the Boutlings turn this into superior courtroom drama with some comedy presided over a fussy, supercilious, biased and officious Coroner.

A gun is found hidden behind a wall in an attic with what looks like a bullet being fired. A young woman who was the previous occupier of the house ends up being accused of killing her husband who was previously labelled as dying of heart failure. The Coroner's inquest will decide the actual cause of death and his verdict could lead to the young woman being sent to stand trial for murder in the Old Bailey.

A distinguished King's Counsel who is a family friend is acting for her, but the widow wants to maintain her silence and is fatalistic. It seems she is protecting somebody and her case is also hampered by the attitude of the Coroner.

This is actually a rather enjoyable yarn, the denouement was slightly complicated and unlikely. The setting kind of gives the film's stage bound origins away.

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