Inquest (1939 film)

Inquest is a 1939 British crime film directed by Roy Boulting and starring Elizabeth Allan, Herbert Lomas, Hay Petrie and Barbara Everest.[1] In the film, a young widow is accused of murder, and enlists the support of a King's Counsel to help prove her innocence.[2] It was based on a play by Michael Barringer which had previously been adapted as a film in 1931. The film was a quota quickie made at Highbury Studios to be used as a supporting feature.[3]

Directed byRoy Boulting
Produced byJohn Boulting
Written byMichael Barringer (play)
Francis Miller
StarringElizabeth Allan
Herbert Lomas
Hay Petrie
Barbara Everest
Music byCharles Brill
CinematographyD.P. Cooper
Edited byRoy Boulting
Charter Film Productions
Distributed byGrand National Pictures
Release date
December 1939
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

TV Guide concluded, "not bad as courtroom dramas go. This was the first attempt by the Boulting brothers to give higher production values to programmer filmmaking." [4]


  1. malcolmgsw (1 December 1939). "Inquest (1939)". IMDb.
  2. "Inquest (1940)". BFI.
  3. "Three Silent Men & Inquest".
  4. "Inquest".
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