The Arsenal Stadium Mystery

The Arsenal Stadium Mystery

Thorold Dickinson (1939)

82min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This far-from-baffling murder mystery may not be premier league stuff, but it has become something of a cult item in art house circles. There's plenty to enjoy as maverick Scotland Yard inspector Leslie Banks tries to find out who murdered star player Anthony Bushell during a friendly match, not least the chance to see members of the 1937/38 Arsenal championship-winning side in action. Working from Leonard Gribble's novel, director Thorold Dickinson reveals a talent for authentic detail; there's also a pleasing lightness about the action, which stands in stark contrast to his later films such as Gaslight and The Queen of Spades.

Summary

An amateur football team take on Arsenal for a charity event, only for their star player to drop dead during the game. A dedicated Scotland Yard inspector steps in to investigate and becomes convinced the player was murdered - but how remains a mystery. British thriller, starring Leslie Banks, Greta Gynt, Ian Maclean and Esmond Knight.

Cast & Crew

Insp Slade Leslie Banks
Gwen Lee Greta Gynt
Sgt Clinton Ian Maclean
Raille Esmond Knight
Inga Liane Linden
Philip Morring Brian Worth
John Doyce Anthony Bushell
Director Thorold Dickinson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama