Arsenal Stadium Mystery, The

Date: 1939
Director: Thorold Dickinson
Production Company: Greenspan & Seligman Enterprises Ltd.

Stars: Leslie Banks, Greta Gynt, Ian McLean, Liane Linden, Anthony Bushell, Esmond Knight
Location(s): London



A murder is investigated when an amateur football team’s star player collapses and dies during a charity match against a professional side.

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In a private theatre, players from The Arsenal and The Trojans watch newsreel footage of themselves. Peter advises that this is Chelsea Football Club's ground at Stamford Bridge in SW3.

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On the screen, the crowd at Highbury see another goal scored by the world famous amateur club The Trojans. Stamford Bridge recognised by Peter.

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The band plays as spectators enter the stadium for the following year’s match. This is Arsenal's Highbury stadium in London N5 which was opened in 1913. The club moved to a new stadium in 2006 and the site of their old ground has since been replaced by Highbury Stadium Square. Houses on Avenell Road are visible in the left background.

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Arsenal Manager George Allison and Gaumont News reporter E.V.H. Emmett settle into the commentary box. The Grade II listed East and West Stands remain as part of the residential development.

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The fans look on as the match is halted when The Trojans' star player Jack Doyce is carried off the field after falling to the ground. The centre background properties stood on Avenell Road to the north of Elphinstone Street but have since been replaced by Herbert Chapman Court.

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In a fairly obvious studio set, Inga Larson (Liane Linden) reads that police are looking for a woman who fits the description of her friend Gwen Lee.

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Trojan team members practice under the watchful eye of manager Tom Whittaker before Sergent Clinton arrives.

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Players stop work as the Sergeant walks to the shooting box where he finds their teammate Philip Morring. This is the area to the south of the former stadium with the rear of buildings on Highbury Hill in the background.

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The charity match replay goes ahead before Inspector Anthony Slade reveals Jack Doyce's murderer. Highbury stadium in London N5 with houses on Avenell Road in the distance.