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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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Ben Toney is shown in the radio studio watching The Chantelles perform, and seconds later on the deck of the ship. 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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References Z Cars (1962) See more »


Come On Children
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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The best diamond-smuggling,'60s Brit music B-picture ever!
31 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

You're unlikely to come across this movie unless you're a) a big fan of the Small Faces, b) a connoisseur of British B-pictures, or c) an insomniac. However, should an opportunity to see DATELINE DIAMONDS present itself to you, there are worse ways to spend an hour and a half, such as watching Birmingham City FC.

The plot manages to encompass diamond smuggling, '60s music, international police co-operation, safe-cracking, pirate radio, and the frantic plugging of as many different bands as the running time would permit.

There is the customary fun to be had spotting various British actors and actresses although I, as a David Hemmings fan, was disappointed to discover he wasn't in it (unless it was literally a blink-and-you'll-miss-him appearance). There is also quite a well detailed sequence where the chief bounder breaks into a safe in, where else, Hatton Garden.

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