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Colonel March Investigates (1955)

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Col. March (archive footage)
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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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Comprised of three episodes of the forthcoming TV series, all filmed in the fall of 1952: "Hot Money," "Death in the Dressing Room," and "The New Invisible Man." 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
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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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Very mild tele-series compendium
3 March 2006 | by (London) – See all my reviews

A compendium of three adventures for Boris Karloff as the eye-patched Scotland Yard man in charge of D3 - Department for Queer Complaints (really). Stitched together (without ceremony) as a plug for the British television series, it clearly worked, since twenty-odd subsequent episodes appeared over the next four years, keeping Karloff in genial, efficient work.

Here, he investigates a bank robbery, the murder of a Japanese dancer and a young couple whose house is apparently haunted by a pair of murderous gloves. I bow to no man in my admiration for the director, a victim of the McCarthy blacklist, but he brings no distinction to this assignment, filming flatly and cheaply (Richard Wattis' nightclub appears to be no more than one table, a tiny stage, an even smaller bar, and a dressing room) and apparently most interested in getting to the end of each story.

Which leaves only the plots, and these are mild indeed. Each turns on a supposedly mysterious twist which only Colonel March's brilliantly insightful mind can discover - the culprits are never in much doubt, the question is how they thought they could get away with it - but the audience is never allowed into the deductive process. We're left with Karloff twinkling away (always a pleasure) and a lot of ropey old technique. The Endfield who made, for instance, "The underworld story", is nowhere in evidence.


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