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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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The crack detective of them all...takes you on the trail of a THOUSAND THRILLS! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

Inspector Hornleigh: And don't forget, if there's a barmaid there, when she pours out your beer don't pour out your soul.
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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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Soundtracks

The Beer Barrel Polka
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Written by Lew Brown, Wladimir A. Timm, Jaromir Vejvoda & Vasek Zeman
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Fast-paced and witty thriller
12 July 2011 | by Charlot47See all my reviews

Let me join other reviewers in praising this fast-paced and witty thriller featuring strong characters.

Scotland Yard, rather than a hive of ruthless efficiency, is populated by posturing egomaniacs, yet Gordon Harker and Alastair Sim get their man (and his very glamorous sidekick) in the end. While their time in the Army may drag a bit nowadays, then it was part of the nation's collective experience and a suitable case for affectionate satire. Once our pair are on the trail of the spies, things move faster and the other settings of creepy dentist's house, eccentric boarding school, country hotel and final mail train are all well evoked.

Enjoyable double entendre abounds whenever Sim encounters a good-looking woman. My favourite is Phyllis Calvert as the dentist's apparent widow, who promises him she will hide nothing as she takes off her cloak and puts her décolletage under his nose. When shortly after that she disappears with the contents of the murdered dentist's safe, it is handy for her that Sim had previously disabled the alarm.

So many characters to applaud that I'll just give a special mention to Raymond Huntly for relentless sneering as principal villain: it takes a real professional to keep it up.


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