INSPECTOR HORNLEIGH - ALASTAIR SIM #11
Inspector Hornleigh was the first of three lively British crime films inspired by the popular BBC radio serial "Monday Night at Eight". Hornleigh is played by Gordon Harker, while Alastair Sim assumes the comic-relief responsibilities inherent in the character of Sergeant Bingham. The "maguffin" in this film is a set of bags stolen from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Hornleigh and Bingham set about to retrieve. The principal suspect is an unscrupulous millionaire who hopes to corner the British stock market. Based on characters created by Hans Wolgang Priwin, Inspector Hornleigh inspired two cinematic sequels, both filmed in 1939
INSPECTOR HORNLEIGH GOES TO IT
Like the other films in the Hornleigh series this is breezy with a nice touch of humor. The plot has Hornleigh working for the British army to find out who has been pilfering army supplies. He finds this work beneath his talents and is glad to shift his interest to a case involving the radio transmission of messages by German spies in England. The radio transmission is sent from a different location each time and Hornleigh digs to finds out how they are doing it and who is behind it.
INSPECTOR HORNLEIGH ON HOLIDAY
In this mystery, the last entry in the Inspector Hornleigh series, Inspector Harker and his assistant take a two-week vacation to the English seaside. Just as the vacation is about to end, a fellow guest in their boardinghouse drives over a cliff and is burned to death. The local cops consider it an accident, but the Inspector has his own suspicions and begins to investigate. He soon exposes a gang of crooks planted the car with another body to cash in on an insurance policy.
BONUS MOVIE: THE NAKED KISS
Kelly (Towers) is a prostitute who shows up in the small town of Grantville, just one more burg in a long string of quick stops on the run after being chased out of the big city by her former pimp. She engages in a quick tryst with local sheriff Griff (Eisley), who then tells her to stay out of his town and refers her to a cat-house just across the state line. Instead, she decides to give up her illicit lifestyle, becoming a nurse at a hospital for handicapped children. Griff doesn't trust reformed prostitutes, however and continues trying to run her out of town.