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Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

Busman's Honeymoon (original title)
Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 20 September 1940 (USA)
Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise ... See full summary »

Directors:

Arthur B. Woods, Richard Thorpe (uncredited)

Writers:

Monckton Hoffe (screen play), Angus MacPhail (screen play) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Lord Peter Wimsey
Constance Cummings ... Harriet Vane
Leslie Banks ... Inspector Kirk
Seymour Hicks ... Mervyn Bunter (as Sir Seymour Hicks)
Robert Newton ... Frank Crutchley
Googie Withers ... Polly
Frank Pettingell ... Puffett
Joan Kemp-Welch Joan Kemp-Welch ... Aggie Twitterton
Aubrey Mallalieu Aubrey Mallalieu ... Rev. Simon Goodacre
James Carney James Carney ... Constable Sellon
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Noakes
Louise Hampton Louise Hampton ... Mrs. Ruddle
Eliot Makeham ... Simpson
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... MacBride
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Storyline

Lord Peter Wimsey is an amateur detective. He is to be married to Harriet Vane, who writes crime novels, at a big Society wedding. Harriet has little charms made so that they both promise not to get involved with any more crimes as they are 'retired'. As a wedding present, Peter purchases the old Jacobean home, where Harriet grew up, called Tall-boys. After the marriage, they go to their new house to get the keys from the previous owner named Noakes. Noakes, who now has money, has no intention of paying wages or any debts that he owes. Upon arriving at the house, Lord and Lady Wimsey find no one at home and finally borrow a key to get in. They have supper and retire for their honeymoon. The next day, people are brought in to clean the house, the chimneys and the grounds and they find the body of Noakes in the cellar. Lord and Lady Wimsey try to stay out of this murder as they promised, but that may not be so easy after all. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Mystery Thrills in a LOVE NEST! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Haunted Honeymoon See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Robert Donat pulled out of the film at the last minute, and was replaced by Robert Montgomery, who happened to be in Britain on other business. See more »

Goofs

When Peter examines his new bracelet, it changes its appearance between shots. See more »

Quotes

Insp. Andrew Kirk: [addressing Lord Wimsy while they were searching on the moors] Well, come on, we want to be in on the kill.
Lord Peter Wimsey: I ah, I think I'll wait here, if you don't mind, my ah,feet ache.
Insp. Andrew Kirk: Well, so do mine.
[impatiently]
Insp. Andrew Kirk: What's the matter with you?
Lord Peter Wimsey: Well, I have a slight headache too.
Insp. Andrew Kirk: [mockingly] Oh, you poor little fellow.
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Version of Busman's Honeymoon (1947) See more »

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Move It!
4 July 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

The story, I mean. This picture takes forever to get underway, as it isn't until 20 minutes in that a crime is committed. Then ensues a lot of dialogue and alternate plot development, and then 30 minutes later, the body is discovered. That leaves less than 25 minutes to track down the murderer.

I did not read the book so I cannot comment on the pale comparison between the book and the film, or the unsuitability of Robert Montgomery as Lord Peter Wimsey. I can say that I am never disappointed by Montgomery's presence in a movie, and here he was dapper and sophisticated as always - although perhaps slightly out of place with an American accent.

I enjoyed the banter between Montgomery and Constance Cummings, the staid and stuffy presence of Seymour Hicks and the threatening appearance of Roy Emerton. The solution to the murder seemed slapped together and almost an afterthought, and the whole mood of the picture seemed as though it couldn't decide if it was a romantic comedy or a murder mystery. I have to say, though, that the whole picture had a very agreeable cachet about it that worked for me.

I thought the overall effect was delightful, and I enjoyed it thoroughly, warts and all. If you are a Robt. Montgomery fan or an aficionado of peculiar murder stories, this picture is for you. And there is plenty of 'down' time to go to the fridge. It aired on TCM the other morning.


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