Murder at the Windmill

Murder at the Windmill, titled Mystery at the Burlesque in the U.S., is a 1949 British crime film directed by Val Guest and featuring Garry Marsh, Jon Pertwee, and Peter Butterworth.

Murder at the Windmill
Directed byVal Guest
Produced byNat Cohen
Daniel Angel
Written byVal Guest
Based onoriginal story by Val Guest
StarringGarry Marsh
Jon Pertwee
Peter Butterworth
Music byRonald Hanmer
CinematographyBert Mason
Edited byDouglas Myers
Angel Productions
Distributed byAssociated British Film Distributors (UK)
Monogram Pictures (USA)
Release date
1949 (UK)
1950 (UK)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was shot at Walton Studios and was the first film to show footage inside the Windmill Theatre.[1]


A spectator is shot during a performance at London's Windmill Theatre, causing the Metropolitan police to investigate.[2]


Critical reception

In the Radio Times, David McGillivray wrote, "partly filmed in situ, with performers and staff playing themselves, this creaky whodunnit is a valuable record, within the bounds of the strict censorship of the day, of the lowbrow songs and sketches that made the theatre famous. Jimmy Edwards's spot, dreadful now, was thought hilarious at the time, and won the whiskery comic his part in radio's celebrated Take It from Here" ;[3] while TV Guide thought the film was "hampered by trite dialog and an easy solution," and "the mystery is little more than an excuse to film a few song and dance numbers. These are nicely staged and come off a good deal better than the investigation."[4]


  1. Article on the Film "Murder at the Windmill." From the 1949 magazine 'Film and Art Reel.' No 1. Vol 6 at Arthur Lloyd website accessed 24 June 2014
  2. Page on movie at Arthur Lloyd accessed 24 June 2014
  3. David McGillivray. "Murder at the Windmill". RadioTimes.
  4. "Mystery At The Burlesque". TV Guide.
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