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Hyde Park Corner (1935)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 22 November 1935 (UK)
In this British farce, a legendary duel is destined to be repeated in an old house at Hyde Park Corner when the two descendants of the original combatants mysteriously reconvene. Based on Walter Hackett's play.

Director:

Sinclair Hill

Writers:

Walter C. Hackett (by) (as Walter Hackett), Selwyn Jepson (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Binnie Hale Binnie Hale ... Sophie
Gordon Harker ... Constable Cheatle
Gibb McLaughlin ... Sir Arthur Gannett
Eric Portman ... Edward Chester
Robert Holmes Robert Holmes ... Concannon
Eileen Peel ... Barbara Ainsworth
David Horne ... Judge
Harry Tate Harry Tate ... Taxi Driver
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In this British farce, a legendary duel is destined to be repeated in an old house at Hyde Park Corner when the two descendants of the original combatants mysteriously reconvene. Based on Walter Hackett's play.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1935 (UK) See more »

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Grosvenor Films Ltd. See more »
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Mono (Ambiphone System)

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1.37 : 1
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For those who are unfamiliar with British currency of pre-1971: At c.52 minutes the taxi driver's fare was 14 shillings and sixpence. He was given a one pound note and told to keep the change. This was an extraordinarily generous tip. In decimal terms, the driver's fare was 72.5p and his "tip" was therefore 27.5p - and this explains his surprised reaction. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: LONDON 1780 See more »

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You Don't Know the Half of It
(uncredited)
Written by Maurice Sigler, Al Goodhart and Al Hoffman
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It's Deja Vu All Over Again
26 March 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

1780: Two gentlemen gamble in a house on Hyde Park corner. One cheats the other, is discovered and they duel in front of two witnesses; one dies, pronouncing a curse on the house, as the other is led away. 1935: The same actors, same names, but distant descendants of the characters come together in a series of murders.

Based on a popular West End play of the previous season (Harker had starred in his dual role in it), this stars Gordon Harker as a constable and Binnie Hale as a woman he arrests for shoplifting. As they wrangle and wind up solving the first murder and the new one. It's easy to see why this had been a success, with its combination of Harker's clowning, Sinclair Hale's singing and dancing and liberal doses of mysticism and whodunnits.

Producer/Director Hill wanted to produce good movies, and he would eventually get a knighthood for his efforts; this one clearly has a good budget for the era, but it's all carried on the shoulders of the leads ... who have the strength to carry the movie.


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