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Someone at the Door (1936)

A penniless brother and sister move back into their childhood home, a rundown country manor. Their plans to launch his journalistic career by faking her murder go awry when they fall foul ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Brenon

Writers:

Campbell Christie (play), Campbell Christie (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Aileen Marson ... Sally Martin
Billy Milton ... Ronnie Martin
Noah Beery ... Harry Capel
John Irwin John Irwin ... Bill Reid
Charles Mortimer Charles Mortimer ... Sergeant Spedding
Edward Chapman ... Price
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Dignon Edward Dignon ... Soames
Jimmy Godden Jimmy Godden ... Police Constable O'Brien
Lawrence Hanray Lawrence Hanray ... Poole (as Laurence Hanray)
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A penniless brother and sister move back into their childhood home, a rundown country manor. Their plans to launch his journalistic career by faking her murder go awry when they fall foul of a gang of jewel thieves trying to find the loot stashed somewhere in the house. Written by Ian Harries <ih@doc.ic.ac.uk>

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Genres:

Comedy | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1936 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The films boasts an excellent Gothic country house set. See more »

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Version of Someone at the Door (1950) See more »

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Aileen Marson and Billy Milton
13 August 2018 | by drednmSee all my reviews

SOMEONE AT THE DOOR is one of those comedy thrillers that were so popular. This one boasts a gorgeous print and excellent set design (creepy old country house with hidden passageways, etc.) but the plot just doesn't come together. Billy Milton and Aileen Marson play siblings. He's a hack writer looking for an angle and she's just inherited said spooky old house in the country. With a pal in tow (John Irwin), they go down to the house to hatch a plan. Believe it or else, the plan is to fake her murder and get him arrested so he can write some "my confession" stories and make some money. There's a surly butler (Edward Chapman), a bumbling cop (Charles Mortimer), and a visiting businessman Noah Beery) in the mix. There's also a missing missing servant and a cleaning woman (Hermione Gingold in her second film). Directed by Herbert Brenon from a play by Campbell and Dorothy Christie. Milton is quite brash. Marson gets a lot of loving close-ups. She made 16 films in the 1930s and died in childbirth in 1939.


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