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Mail Train (1941)

Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 1 July 1941 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Walter Forde
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Cast

Cast overview:
Gordon Harker ... Inspector Hornleigh
Alastair Sim ... Sergeant Bingham
Phyllis Calvert ... Mrs. Wilkinson
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Blenkinsop
Charles Oliver ... Dr. Wilkinson
Raymond Huntley ... Dr. Kerbishley
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Inspector Blow
David Horne ... Commissioner
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Colonel
Wally Patch Wally Patch ... Sergeant Major
Betty Jardine Betty Jardine ... Daisy
O.B. Clarence ... Professor Mackenzie
John Salew John Salew ... Mr. Tomboy
Cyril Cusack ... Postal Sorter
Bill Shine ... Hotel Porter
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Storyline

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 contributes to the intrigue as one Mrs. Wilkinson, who is, not all she seems to be. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mail Train See more »

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Sound Mix:

B.A.F. Sound System

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The locomotive hauling the southbound mail train from Carlisle appears to be an LMS Patriot class 4-6-0, 5XP, number 5513. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Kerbishley: One of them's tall, bald, looks intelligent but isn't. The other's short, sour-faced, doesn't look intelligent but is.
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Crazy Credits

The mail train incidents in this story are entirely fictional. G.P.O. safeguards would preclude any such happenings. No reflection is made on any member of the Post Office staff. See more »

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Follows Inspector Hornleigh (1939) See more »

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Jungle Lullaby
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Written by Art Noel, Don Pelosi and John Rivers
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This one surprised me--the more I watched, the more I enjoyed this mystery film.
10 March 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film, "Mail Train", is also known as "Inspector Hornleigh Goes to It". The Inspector (Gordon Harker) is a very talented but very serf-assured member of Scotland Yard. Through much of the film you doubt his competence (since he's so self-assured you can't but think he's a bumbler), but through the course of the film he proves himself to be a very capable and intelligent officer. He is assisted by Sergeant Bingham (Alastair Sim)--a more bumbling sidekick I cannot recall! The film begins with the two being assigned to a rather dull case involving tracking down missing supplies from the army--stuff that's gone missing and probably found its way to the black market. However, along the way the case diverges to a ring of so-called 'fifth columnists'--spies working for the Nazis. At this point in the film, Hornleigh uses his wits and through some good detective work is able to learn about an ingenious German method for smuggling information out of the country. About that time, bumbling Bingham is captured by the enemy and Hornleigh rises to the occasion--in a rousing ending to this exciting film.

"Mail Train" rather surprised me. At first, I wasn't all that impressed by the film but through the course of it, good writing, an excellent mystery and a nice blend of comedy (Sim) and action made this a very good WWII propaganda film. Very nice....I just hope I can find copies of the other two Hornleigh films Gordon Harker made.


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