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Smokescreen (1964)

| Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1964 (UK)
A fastidious insurance assessor investigates a potential case of insurance fraud in Brighton and uncovers a murder.

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Roper
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Trevor Bayliss
Yvonne Romain ...
Janet Dexter
Gerald Flood ...
Graham Turner
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Inspector Wright
John Glyn-Jones ...
Player
Sam Kydd ...
Hotel Waiter
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Station Master (as Derek Guyler)
Penny Morrell ...
Helen - Turner's Secretary
David Gregory ...
Pete, The Smudger
Jill Curzon ...
June
Barbara Hicks ...
Miss Breen
Bert Palmer ...
Barman
Tom Gill ...
Reception Clerk
Edward Ogden ...
Police Sergeant
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When a blazing car goes over the cliff to the east of Brighton an insurance investigator is sent to the coast to poke around. As the driver had recently taken out life insurance, suspicions mount when no body can be found. The wife who would benefit from the policy, the business partner who has financial troubles, and the guy who sold the policy and fancies the wife are all in the frame. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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1.37 : 1
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Ignore the zero budget, a fun movie!
13 October 2000 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

Made on a zero budget as a programme filler in the mid-Sixties. Don't let this put you off. Worth watching for the quirky, amusing script and the central performance from the always excellent Peter Vaughan. The murder mystery isn't perhaps up to Agatha Christie's standard, but the idea of insurance investigator as detective is a fairly novel one. (OK so they did it in 'Double Indemnity') Also a decent document of Britain in the early sixties.


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