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The House of the Spaniard (1936)

A mild-mannered young British man finds himself caught up in a web of smuggling, counterfeiting and political chicanery, and falls for a beautiful Spanish senorita whose father is one of the heads of the criminal gangs threatening him.

Director:

Reginald Denham

Writers:

Arthur Behrend (novel), Basil Mason
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brigitte Horney ... Margarita de Guzman
Peter Haddon Peter Haddon ... David Grey
Jean Galland ... Ignacio
Allan Jeayes Allan Jeayes ... Don Pedro de Guzman
Gyles Isham Gyles Isham ... John Gilchrist
Hay Petrie ... Orlando
Ivor Barnard ... Mott
Minnie Rayner ... Mrs. Blossom
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gibson Gowland ... 1st Captain
David Horne ... 2nd Captain
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Man in Train
Fred O'Donovan ... McNail
Abraham Sofaer ... Vidal
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A mild-mannered young British man finds himself caught up in a web of smuggling, counterfeiting and political chicanery, and falls for a beautiful Spanish senorita whose father is one of the heads of the criminal gangs threatening him.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1936 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This'll make you sit up. Or sit down.
15 December 2018 | by chaswe-28402See all my reviews

One of the other reviewers has to say that this is one of the most confusing films he has ever seen. I would say that it is not only the most confusing I have ever seen, but also the outright silliest, as well as being exceptionally funny. I found myself frequently laughing, hilariously, though mostly not with the cast but at them. After a few minutes I completely gave up on the utterly inconsequential plot, which seemed to be non-existent. The lead man had apparently drifted in from a pantomime, and the lead female thought she was in a musical. What the rest of the cast thought they were doing I have no idea. The director must have been insane, or drunk throughout. The continuity was random, and that's putting it mildly. Suddenly the extras were firing machine guns at each other. All action stopped however, when the female star corralled a band and started to sing. Come to think of it, it must be one of the most extraordinary films ever made. Somebody must have had buckets of money to waste. Lovely cars, lovely houses, fantastic shots and scenery. It far outstrips The Outlaw in riotous, ludicrous, incomprehensibiliity. Congratulations. A 1936 time capsule.


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