The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939)

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During a charity soccer match between top professional side Arsenal and touring amateur side Trojans, the Trojan's new star player collapses. When he dies, Inspector Slade of Scotland Yard ... See full summary »


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14 November 2020 | richardchatten
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The third, last and - according to Rachel Low, the best - of three quality potboilers shot at Dehham during the spring and early summer by G. & S. Films (formed the previous year by Josef Somlo, who had arrived in Britain as a refugee in 1935) after an ambitious Technicolor production of 'The Mikado'.

In Low's words 'The Arsenal Stadium Mystery' "turned a routine newspaper serial into a lively and imaginative whodunnit with a footballing background". Thorold Dickinson (who had worked in a minor capacity on 'The Mikado') put his hours spent in the dark at the Film Society to good use with Soviet-style photography & editing of the football scenes; while his friend Leslie Banks enjoys himself as a detective with flamboyant taste in hats.

(Banks had ironically lost an eye in the First World War, since Edmond Knight was to lose one in North Africa in 1943; the same year that Richard Norris - also one of the footballers - was himself killed in action.)

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