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Murder on Approval (1955)
"Barbados Quest" (original title)

 -  Adventure | Crime | Mystery  -  July 1955 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Conway ...
Delphi Lawrence ...
Jean Larson
Brian Worth ...
Geoffrey Blake
Michael Balfour ...
Barney Wilson
Campbell Cotts ...
Robert Coburn
John Horsley ...
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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"Philately Is Not My Specialty"
2 February 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Murder On Approval casts Tom Conway the screen's former Falcon as a private investigator hired by Launce Maraschal an American who got swindled while he was on the other side of the pond. Although Conway says philately is not his specialty he takes the case probably because the considerable retainer of $10,000.00 has something to do with it.

The purloined stamp that was being sold from a private collection is only the tip of an iceberg. Conway and his trusty sidekick Michael Balfour get themselves involved in a nice little ongoing fraud involving a purloined rare stamp from Barbadoes from the collection of the late former husband of Grace Arnold. In fact Ms. Arnold is in some considerable danger herself from some who are around here.

The film which was shot in Great Britain and released in the USA by RKO has the look and feel of a television pilot. Conway like so many players took to the small screen as the B picture was being phased out of existence. He starred for a few seasons as Inspector Mark Saber on the small screen.

Given the budget and limited cast members suspects are not many and in fact it's rather obvious what's going on halfway through the film. Cute racket though.


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