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Murder at the Windmill - 1949

Released as 'Mystery at the Burlesque' in North America - 1950

'Mystery at the Burlesque', otherwise known as 'Murder at the Windmill' - Courtesy Maurice Poole

Above - 'Mystery at the Burlesque', otherwise known as 'Murder at the Windmill' - Courtesy Maurice Poole

'The tantalizingly titled Mystery at the Burlesque was originally released in England as Murder at the Windmill. It must be explained that, for many years, London's Windmill Theatre was famous for its scantily clad chorus girls and potty-mouthed comedians. Filmed on location at the Windmill, the story gets under way when a corpse is found in the last row of the theater. To reconstruct the crime, the detective inspector (Garry Marsh) insists that the Windmill troupe repeat the same show they'd performed on the night of the murder. The film's high or low point (depending on one's own tastes) occurs when one of the seedy Windmill comedians performs his magnificently unfunny monologue before an audience of one. Featured in the cast as Marsh's assistant is future "Dr. Who" Jon Pertwee.' - Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide.

Cast:

Garry Marsh - Detective Inspector
Jon Pertwee - Sergeant
Jack Livesey - Vivian Van Damm
Eliot Makeham - Gimpy
Jimmy Edwards - Jimmy
Diana Decker - Frankie
Peter Butterworth - Police Constable
Genine Graham - Usherette
Pamela Deeming
John Powe
Margo Johns
Barry O'Neill
Constance Smith
Ivan Craig

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