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Norman Conquest (1953)

Park Plaza 605 (original title)
A private detective solves a murder of which he has been accused, and tracks down a gang of jewel smugglers.

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Norman Conquest
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Nadina Rodin
Joy Shelton ...
Pixie Everard
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Supt. Williams
Richard Wattis ...
Theodore Feather
Carl Jaffe ...
Boris Roff
Frederick Schiller ...
Ivan Burgin
Robert Adair ...
Baron von Henschel
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Gregor
Ian Fleming ...
Colonel Santling
Edwin Richfield ...
Mr. Reynolds
Michael Balfour ...
Ted Birston
Martin Boddey ...
Stumpy
Terence Alexander ...
Hotel Manager
Victor Platt ...
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A private detective solves a murder of which he has been accused, and tracks down a gang of jewel smugglers.

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Fun, British slice of film noir
3 November 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

PARK PLAZA 605 is a low budget British film noir in which a stock detective-type character helps the police to track down a gang of Russian thieves and murderers. The American title is NORMAN CONQUEST, although it's not to be confused with the filmed Alan Ayckbourn plays starring Tom Conti.

Instead this is a straightforward police procedural with a good little cast and some tight suspense. Tom Conway (George Sanders's less well-known brother) plays a guy who finds himself caught up in a murder when a body is chucked out of a window; he's the main suspect so must discover the identity of the real crooks in order to clear his name.

Although this is a low rent film throughout, it has a fast pace and fair direction from Bernard Knowles. The supporting cast is also a lively one, with a nice turn from Sid James as a comedic cop which foreshadows his later work in the likes of CARRY ON SERGEANT. Richard Wattis appears in a rare non-comedy part, and there are bit parts for genre regulars like Anton Diffring and Terence Alexander. Overall, PARK PLAZA 605 is a fun little film and one I can recommend to genre fans.


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