Hyde Park Corner (film)

Hyde Park Corner is a 1935 British comedy crime film, directed by Sinclair Hill and starring Gordon Harker, Binnie Hale and Eric Portman. Harker portrays a policeman investigating a crime in 1930s London, which proves to have its origins in the 1780s.[1] The film takes its name from Hyde Park Corner in Central London where the events of the film occur. It was based on a play by Walter C. Hackett. The film was made at Welwyn Studios.

Hyde Park Corner
Directed bySinclair Hill
Written byD. B. Wyndham-Lewis
Selwyn Jepson
Walter C. Hackett (play)
Produced byHarcourt Templeman
StarringGordon Harker
Binnie Hale
Eric Portman
Gibb McLaughlin
CinematographyCyril Bristow
Edited byMichael Hankinson
Music byLouis Levy
Grosvenor Films
Distributed byPathé Pictures International
Release date
  • 22 November 1935 (1935-11-22)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



In the 1780s, after an evening of illegal gambling, two of the participants fight a duel in which the wronged party is killed by a villain, who has just cheated to win a newly built house at Hyde Park Corner from him. Officer Cheatle of the Bow Street Runners is able to arrest those present for gambling, but is unable to prove that a murder has occurred.

A hundred and fifty years later, the Officer's great-grandson, Constable Cheatle, is intrigued by reports of another murder at the same house at Hyde Park Corner. Cheatle sees this as a way of fulfilling his ambition to join the plainclothes detective branch. His attempts to solve the case are initially interrupted by Sophie, a petty criminal whom he arrests while she is shoplifting in a department store. Eventually, with her help, he is able to uncover the true culprit of the crime that has its roots in the fatal evening in the eighteenth century.






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