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Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective (1981)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy | Crime | Family  -  4 January 1981 (UK)
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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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Fred Fennell
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Dave Boot
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Ena Lind
Cindy O'Callaghan ...
Derek Bond ...
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Madame Tarantella
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Avril Angers ...
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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The last film of Lucy Griffiths. See more »

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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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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 »

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Remade as The Last Detective (2003) See more »

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A hidden gem
4 July 1999 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This film maintains a great atmosphere while the detective encounters a variety of characters in his investigation of a case. For anyone who wants a taste of England that is not glamorous or rural or grimly urban, this is the movie to see. It's full of regular folks. Plus, the plot is well constructed (with only one rushed development) and unfolds nicely. Bernard Cribbins is an appealing actor, playing a plodding copper with a light touch. Very amusing moments at times, which contrasts with another mood, that of youthful happiness -- now lost. I'm convinced that this could have been expanded into an even longer film (or 3-part TV show). It's that kind of story, with interesting characters you want to see more of. Loved the old man! I stumbled on this as a late night broadcast and just happened to record it (with commercials). Boy was I glad I did! It appears to be unavailable for purchase.


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