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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
Sidney James ...
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 ...
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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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entertaining UK-made Tom Conway mystery
27 May 2003 | by (south Texas USA) – See all my reviews

This review is of the US release of the film, under the title NORMAN CONQUEST. One of the many interesting UK pick-ups released by the fading Lippert Pictures in the early 50s to pad its schedule, this mystery should satisfy any fan of B-movie mysteries. Star Tom Conway made a big impression as the Falcon on film and Sherlock Holmes on radio (taking over from Basil Rathbone), and his charm and wit and style pretty much make any film he is in worth watching. The Conquest character--evidently well-known in the UK as there is no attempt to "introduce" his character in the film--has elements of Boston Blackie and the Thin Man and The Shadow (the interplay with his jealous fiancee is very Shadow-like)and Ellery Queen. He is a financially stable dabbler in detection and has a nemesis within the police force who always seeks to get him out of the way. This film should get some kind of record as the mystery begins in an outrageous manner within the first ten seconds of the film! I couldn't believe it, but you have to take films like this one with a LOT of willing suspension of disbelief, and if you go along for the ride, it's quite a bit of fun. There's still one thing I'm not sure about, though. In the scene where Conway spanks Eva Bartok, what is that little clown-like figure in the corner of the room? It's only seen once and never explained. I rewound the tape to watch the scene a few times to make sure I wasn't hallucinating. What's going on here? In conclusion, a solid little mystery here, and one of Tom Conway's last starring roles.


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