Meet Maxwell Archer

Meet Maxwell Archer is a 1940 British mystery film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring John Loder, Leueen MacGrath and Athole Stewart.[1] The screenplay concerns a private detective who attempts to clear a man wrongly accused of murder. The film was based on the 1938 novel by Hugh Clevely.[2] It was released in the U.S. in 1942 as Maxwell Archer, Detective.[3]

Meet Maxwell Archer
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Original British trade ad
Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byWilliam Sistrom
Written byKatherine Strueby
Based onthe novel Archer Plus Twenty by Hugh Clevely
StarringJohn Loder
Music byW.L. Trytel (uncredited)
CinematographyClaude Friese-Greene
Edited byAlan Jaggs
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures (UK)
Release date
17 February 1940 (UK)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summaryEdit

Maxwell Archer, a private detective, attempts to clear a young man wrongly accused of murder.


Critical receptionEdit

The film was coldly received. TV Guide wrote, "Oh where is Sherlock Holmes when you need him? Poorly made with a dopey script that gives the actors little room to breathe, let alone act."[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110951943 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ "Maxwell Archer, Detective (1939) - John Paddy Carstairs - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie".
  4. ^ "Maxwell Archer, Detective".

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