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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 ...
Mod Lewis
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Chief Insp. Yardbird
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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 ...
Josie Norris
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Det. Supt. Carter
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William Lind
Avril Angers ...
Mrs. Fulljames
Ken Jones ...
Mr. Norris
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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4 January 1981 (UK)  »

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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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A real gem.
21 October 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Yet another of those gentle British comedy/dramas that they churn out without any effort. No strained humour or laugh tracks. Bernard Cribbins seems to have played the same sort of character throughout his career, and here He does it to a tee. The title character is supposed to be a younger man and Cribbins must have been over 50 when He did this, but it doesn't show. Bill Maynard supplies the foil for Cribbins one liners, and the rest of the supporting cast are strong too. The scene with the randy drunken woman in the elevator is hilarious. I wish I could get a copy of it. The book by Leslie Thomas is a good read too. Thomas worked on the script and it runs flawlessly.


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