Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Haunted Honeymoon (1940)

Starring Robert Montgomery, Constance Cummings, Leslie Banks, Seymour Hicks, Robert Newton
Directed by Arthur B. Woods
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

Lord Peter Wimsey, who dabbles in solving murders, and his crime novelist bride agree to give up mysteries, but find themselves plunged into one when they arrive at their honeymoon cottage.  

Bringing together American stars with a British supporting cast, the MGM studio delivers a fine mystery with many whimsical touches of humor, an appealing lead in Montgomery, and a very lovely Cummings as his partner.  The filmmakers cleverly distract us with the wealthy couple's efforts to give up crime-solving, and so we ignore the clues to the murderer's identity until Montgomery unveils him in the film's climax, and then realize they were right in front of our eyes.  It's very well-executed, and tops the cake of what was already a charming piece of entertainment.  

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