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Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective (1981)

When D. C. Dangerous Davies, not held in high regard by his superiors, is assigned to find a notorious criminal kingpin, he uncovers the details of 15 year old cold case.

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Bill Maynard ...
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Sergeant Ben
Frank Windsor ...
Fred Fennell
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Dave Boot
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Ena Lind
Cindy O'Callaghan ...
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Madame Tarantella
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Ken Jones ...
Jeremy Sinden ...
Det. Sgt. Green
Peter Bland ...
George Tilth
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Det. Const. "Dangerous" Davies is not known for his finesse, but often finds himself on the receiving end of violence in various forms. Only thrown into cases where others fear to tread, or to shake up the natives with his bumbling, he is given a mission to find and flush out a local criminal recently returned from abroad, possibly for "a big job". In his research he inadvertently stumbles upon a 15 year-old case, long considered cold, of the disappearance a young girl. His compassion for the missing girl and her parents draws him into an obsession with solving the case, which ultimately results in unexpected repercussions. Written by Raj Rijhwani

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Comedy | Crime | Family

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Trivia

The last film of Lucy Griffiths. See more »

Quotes

Madame Tarantella: [about her romance with Fennell] I couldn't see a future for us then.
Dangerous Davies: If you couldn't, who could?
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Crazy Credits

Initial caption in opening credits: "This is the story of a man who became deeply concerned with the unsolved murder of a young girl. He was a born stumbler, but patient and very dogged...". See more »

Connections

Remade as The Last Detective (2003) See more »

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Once more into the breach
30 August 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched the original broadcast of this television film which got a big build up on ITV. I even recall while promoting this film, Bernard Cribbins got cornered by Eamonn Andrews for This is your Life.

It suspiciously looked like pilot for a television series that never materialized well not until it was rebooted over two decades later with Peter Davidson in the lead role.

Cribbins plays Dangerous Davies. A tenacious detective, regarded as a plodder, he drives a vintage car and accompanied by a big dog. Sometimes his best friend played by Bill Maynard helps out.

Right from the initial scenes he ends up getting beaten up, so appears in bandages, gets beaten up again and progressively gets bandaged up more and more. Not sure how he survived the multiple baseball attacks. By the end of the movie he is in a wheelchair and bandaged up almost head to toe.

Davies is asked to investigate a 15 years old cold case, the disappearance of a teenage girl who might had been raped and killed. Davies is doggedly determined to get to the bottom of the case.

The film had an uneasy mix of comedy and dark drama which is probably the reason why it never materialized as a series. It also relied on too many plot contrivances and you are left wondering why this case was left unsolved for so long as Davies seems to have solved it rather too easily which kind of points to some dirty cops.

The film has a nice mix of well known faces such as Joss Ackland, Pam St Clement and Maureen Lipman as well as actors who were well known at the time but some of them are no longer with us.

I recall enjoying the film at the time but now does not stand up too well as a drama outside its nostalgia.


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