Saloon Bar (1940)

Genres - Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Whodunit  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Director Walter Forde, a past master at blending mystery, melodrama and comedy (vide The Ghost Train and Bulldog Jack), is at his best with Saloon Bar. Most of the action takes place during one busy evening in an English pub, with a rich variety of believable comic characters weaving in and out of the scene. A murder is committed, and everyone falls under suspicion. Hero and heroine Gordon Harker and Elizabeth Allen solve the mystery with becoming modesty (compare this to the wisecracking protagonists in similar American films). Saloon Bar was based on a long-running stage play by Frank Harvey.



bar [pub], barmaid, bookie, convict, customer, false-accusation, fiancee, friendship, innocence, investigation, killing, lynching, murder, name-clearing