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Murder on Approval (1955)

Barbados Quest (original title)
Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Mystery | July 1955 (UK)
J. D. Everleigh, a wealthy American, purchases a rare stamp in London from Geoffrey Blake, who says he represents Robert Coburn, a stamp agent. Everleigh begins to suspect the stamp is a ... See full summary »

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Delphi Lawrence ...
Jean Larson
Brian Worth ...
Geoffrey Blake
Michael Balfour ...
Barney Wilson
Campbell Cotts ...
Robert Coburn
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Det. Insp. Taylor
Ronan O'Casey ...
Stefan Gordoni
Launce Maraschal ...
J.D. Everleigh
Colin Tapley ...
Lord Valchrist
Alan Gifford ...
Henry Warburg
Grace Arnold ...
Lady Hawksley
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Mustachioed Henchman (as John Collicos)
Mayura ...
Yasmina
John Watson ...
Detective Sgt. Grant
Reggie Morris ...
Cleanshaven Henchman (as Reg Morris)
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J. D. Everleigh, a wealthy American, purchases a rare stamp in London from Geoffrey Blake, who says he represents Robert Coburn, a stamp agent. Everleigh begins to suspect the stamp is a counterfeit and hires private-detective Tom Martin to investigate. In London, Martin, assisted by Barney Wilson, a reformed crook, learns that the real stamp is still in the hands of Lady Hawksley but she refuses to show it to him. Martin gets friendly with Lady Hawksley's secretary, Jean Larson, and learns that Blake is a neer-do-well nephew of Lady Hawksley. Murder also rears its ugly head as Martin finds clues that seem to indicate that everybody he encounters is involved in one way or another with stamp counterfeiting. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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When Tom Martin and Barney Wilson are discussing a rendezvous, Martin refers to the dancer Mayura, which is the name of the actress playing the dancer. Her character name is Yasmina. See more »

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Tom Conway as "Duke" Martin
6 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Murder on Approval" aka "Barbados Quest" from 1955 is evidently the second film about this character, Tom "Duke" Martin, a private investigator. In this one, Martin is hired by an American who believes that while in England, he paid $10,000 for an overprint of a Barbados stamp which he believes is fake. He wants his money back.

Martin flies to London and meets up with his Barney Wilson (Mark Balfour). Soon the two are up to their necks in fraud, murder, and robbery.

"Murder on Approval" doesn't have much of a budget, and Tom Conway in is a familiar Falcon/Saint type role -- a smooth, elegant ladies' man who gets in the way of a police investigation. Nothing new there. The attractive Delphi Lawrence plays the secretary of a wealthy woman who inherited a Barbados stamp.

Michael Balfour adds a little spice to the proceedings.

It's slow-moving and not very exciting.

Just okay.


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