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Dead Man's Evidence (1962)

Spy David Baxter is sent to Ireland to investigate the death of a defected colleague apparently found dead on a beach. But is the body really him?

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Conrad Phillips ...
David Baxter
Jane Griffiths ...
Linda Howard
Veronica Hurst ...
Gay Clifford
Ryck Rydon ...
Mark Fallon
Godfrey Quigley ...
Supt. O'Brien
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Col. James Somerset
Harry Webster ...
Andy
Maureen Halligan ...
Mrs. Mac
Laurie Leigh ...
Pat
Tommy Duggan ...
Mr. Casey
Alex MacIntosh ...
Paul Kay
Frank Sieman ...
Barman
Middleton Woods ...
Kim
Fergus O'Kelly ...
Night Porter
Gordon Waine ...
Hotel Waiter
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Spy David Baxter is sent to Ireland to investigate the death of a defected colleague apparently found dead on a beach. But is the body really him?

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August 1962 (UK)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Filmed on location in the upmarket locations of Killiney and Dalkey in Co. Dublin. The Killiney Court Hotel is the hotel location. Also a scene near the end of the film takes place in Johnny Fox's Pub, the highest pub in Ireland. See more »

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Slightly plodding but enlivened by a good ending
17 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The best thing about this low rent spy film from cheapie director Francis Searle is that it was filmed on location in Ireland, so we get to see some nice rural locations around Dublin instead of the usual studio-bound settings. Conrad Phillips is the erstwhile hero, a spy who is sent to discover the identity of a fellow agent discovered washed up on the beach in Dublin. He soon uncovers a hotbed of intrigue and must piece together the puzzle in order to finish his mission.

DEAD MAN'S EVIDENCE is very much an average film for the genre, hampered by the cheapness of the budget and a slightly plodding feel to the story. Phillips isn't the most exciting of leading men, although he does have one of the loveliest actresses accompanying him: Jane Griffiths, whose early death at the age of 45 remains one of cinema's forgotten minor tragedies. She's fantastic here, really sparkling in her vibrant part. The one place that DEAD MAN'S EVIDENCE is excels is at the ending, which contains a massive twist I didn't see coming, and is very novel for this genre of film-making.


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