Horatio Spink, Detective

1934 , Derby (Derbyshire)

A hapless detective ties himself in knots in this short comedy caper.

Amateur filmmaker and cinema historian H.A.V. Bulleid plays up slapstick and detective serial conventions in a comedy about a hapless private investigator for whom even the simplest tasks are fraught with mistakes and misunderstandings. Upon leaving his house one fine morning, Horatio Spink is asked to cash a cheque by his long-suffering wife. Heading straight to the bank, he collects the money, which he precedes to count on the street in full view of the local pickpocket. Unaware that he is now £15 lighter, Horatio walks home through the streets of Derby, bumping into the pickpocket outside his home. Startled, the boy runs away and Horatio gives chase. Given the slip by the pickpocket, who launches the cash over the houses, our hero ends up in a neighbour's backyard with a glamorous young sunbather. And having been spotted by a neighbour, Horatio seems destined for trouble. How will he get out of this one? What will his wife do? And will he ever get that money back?

Keywords

Detectives; Crime

Intertitles

"Don't forget to cash this cheque...Horatio, dear."

  • Maker : H. A. V. Bulleid

  • Director : H. A. V. Bulleid

  • Script : Audrey Cooke

  • Horatio Spink Elmer Quane (aka H.A.V. Bulleid)

  • Mrs. Spink Kathleen Bennett

  • Other Woman Winifred Poyser

  • Pickpocket Bill

Manifestations

Horatio Spink, Detective

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    Unknown
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    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:08:26
    Modification Date
    26/09/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    728699
  • Barcode
    INV353630
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:08:26
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    724681
  • Barcode
    INV320574
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    MP4 H264 digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:08:26
    Modification Date
    31/08/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    723887
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV366285
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    DV digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:05:24
    Modification Date
    10/05/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    710769
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV385797
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:05:30
    Modification Date
    18/03/2011
    Parts
    Reference
    704415
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV304575
    Canonical Identifier
    2009/59
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Details
    Carrier Type
    9.5mm film
    Colour Type
    bw
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:17:00
    Has Image
    Y
    Has Sound
    N
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    pos
    Modification Date
    18/11/2009
    Parts
    Reference
    680925
    Sound
    silent

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