At the Villa Rose (1940 film)

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At the Villa Rose
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Directed by Walter Summers
Written by Doreen Montgomery
Based on At the Villa Rose by A.E.W. Mason
Starring Kenneth Kent
Judy Kelly
Cinematography Claude Friese-Greene
Edited byLionel Tomlinson
Distributed by ABFD (UK)
Release date
  • 2 March 1940 (1940-03-02)(UK)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

At the Villa Rose, also known as House of Mystery, is a 1940 British detective film directed by Walter Summers and starring Kenneth Kent and Judy Kelly. Based on the popular At the Villa Rose (novel) by A.E.W. Mason, it featured French detective Inspector Hanaud and was its fourth film adaptation.




Allmovie called the film a "modest but intriguing British melodrama." [1]

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  1. Hal Erickson. "House of Mystery (1941) - Walter Summers - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.