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Colonel March Investigates (1955)

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(as Cyril Enfield)

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(stories) (as Carter Dickson), (screenplay)
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Col. March (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheila Burrell ...
Joan Forsythe (archive footage)
Anthony Forwood ...
Jim Hartley (archive footage)
Sonya Hana ...
Paula (archive footage)
John Hewer ...
John Parrish (archive footage)
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ...
Ireton Bowlder (archive footage)
Roger Maxwell ...
Maj. Rodman (archive footage)
Patricia Owens ...
Betty Hartley (archive footage)
Bernard Rebel ...
The Count (archive footage)
Ewan Roberts ...
Insp. Ames (archive footage)
Joan Sims ...
Marjorie Dawson (archive footage)
Richard Wattis ...
Cabot (archive footage)
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Francine Rapport (archive footage) (as Dagmar Wynter)
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22 August 1955 (Denmark)  »

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Colonel March of Scotland Yard  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Although Cy Endfield is credited as director, all three episodes that form the basis for this pilot list Donald Ginsberg as sole director. Certainly the blacklisted Endfield could have used the work, and must have benefited from this favor. See more »

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Col. March: [opening narration] I saw a city of many faces. One a Queen's of courtly graces; one a clown, his tearful grin; one a child, and one for sin. I've been inside these hidden places and seen behind these many faces. But what was behind this face
[shows mask]
Col. March: ; this mask, this idiot expression made by the thousands to be sold to small children? I saw it and I was participating in a witches' sabbath in the refined heart of a quiet London bank. Now it lies, this strange object amongst others equally ...
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Genial '50s-era anthology with an on-form Karloff
1 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

American-financed but shot in London, COLONEL MARCH OF Scotland YARD was a short-lived 1950s-era TV series starring Boris Karloff as a detective in charge of Department 3 at Scotland Yard - a department commonly nicknamed 'The Department of Queer Complaints'. It's a period-era X-FILES, with Karloff investigating various supernaturally-tinged crimes.

This film version is an anthology of three episodes from the show, all of them featuring a typically imposing Karloff as the eyepatch-sporting hero. It's always great to see the genial Karloff playing the hero for a change, and his gruff charm adds immeasurably to the pleasure of this otherwise rather ordinary little anthology. My main disappointment with COLONEL MARCH INVESTIGATES is that the supernatural stuff is kept distinctly limited in favour of the more ordinary explanation.

The first story, HOT MONEY, is about a bank robbery in which the loot vanishes; it's short and snappy, and worth seeing for Joan Sims, impossibly young and playing a lawyer's secretary. The second story, DEATH IN THE DRESSING ROOM, has some fun in the form of exotic dance and the atmospheric nightclub scenes, and features the lovely Dana Wynter alongside an on-form Richard Wattis, cast against type. The third story, THE NEW INVISIBLE MAN, sounds great but is in fact the least, a simple tale with a simple twist. Still, these are great fun for the era, and it's worth seeing for Karloff alone.


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