Dateline Diamonds (1965)

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An ex-con manages a top band in the UK, and he wants to re-enter the crime scene.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Lucas ...
Major Fairclough
Kenneth Cope ...
Lester Benson aka Arthur Gittins
George Mikell ...
Paul Verlekt
Conrad Phillips ...
Tom Jenkins
Mrs. Edgecomb
Burnell Tucker ...
Dale Meredith
Anna Carteret ...
Gay Jenkins
Vanda Godsell ...
Mrs. Jenkins
Gertan Klauber ...
Doel Luscombe ...
Assistant Commissioner
Peter Zander ...
Geoffrey Lumsden ...
Army Officer
Ronald Bridges ...
Garage Attendant
David Kirk ...
Dock Policeman
Kenney Jones ...
Himself (as The Small Faces)


Lester Benson manages one of the biggest rock bands in 1960s Britain, the Small Faces (as themselves). He happens to be an ex-con who wants to return to the crime scene. He summons the help of Major Fairclough who safe-cracks diamonds to smuggle into the Netherlands via the Big L's ship. It seems a perfect crime as no-one served as a witness, except for an intellectually-challenged bus conductress called Mrs. Edgecomb who saw Major Fairclough ("a military-looking man"). Written by Reece Lloyd

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The hottest rocks in Britain being smuggled by the hottest rockers in Britain





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27 September 1965 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound System)
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During the dance sequence (filmed at the Rank Ballroom, Watford), there only appear to be about twenty people present. Yet when The Small Faces perform, there seems to be the sound of several hundred teenagers screaming. See more »


Mrs. Edgecomb: [seeing a moustache on the identikit] My, he has a moustache like that!
Paul Verlekt: Who, the one we're looking for?
Mrs. Edgecomb: No, my brother Fred
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I've Got Mine
Written by Steve Marriott (as Steven Marriott) and Ronnie Lane
Arranged by Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane, Jimmy Winston (as Jimmy Langwith) and Steve Marriott (as Steven Marriott)
Performed by The Small Faces
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Don't watch it for the music!
4 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I did! I'm a great fan of 60s music but the Small Faces are a huge part of the build up and a minor part of the film. It's "interesting" to watch Kiki Dee, The Chantelles and other pop "legends" but this is not a musical (in fact it's probably best to shut your eyes and ears when most of the music is on!).

The plot is, actually, not bad and all of us who are old enough to remember the Pirate Stations will be fascinated to see Big L used as a smuggling drop off point! Pretty predictable plot but the list of British movie stalwarts (Kenneth Cope, Conrad Phillips, William Lucas etc.) and Kenny Everett (wonderful to see him in 1965) make this a B movie that deserves an "average rating".

If you like 60s stuff then step this way!

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