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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Maynard ...
Mod Lewis
Chief Insp. Yardbird
Sergeant Ben
Frank Windsor ...
Fred Fennell
Dave Boot
Ena Lind
Cindy O'Callaghan ...
Josie Norris
Det. Supt. Carter
William Lind
Avril Angers ...
Mrs. Fulljames
Ken Jones ...
Mr. Norris
Jeremy Sinden ...
Det. Sgt. Green
Peter Bland ...
George Tilth


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





Release Date:

4 January 1981 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last film of Lucy Griffiths. See more »


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 »


Remade as The Last Detective (2003) See more »

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A great story that stuck in my mind for 20 years after seeing it once!
17 May 2005 | by (Bolton, England) – See all my reviews

Now available on DVD, many more people have a chance to view this lost classic of British TV.

A belting story about a cold case file, a young girl's disappearance is reopened by 'The Last Detective' anyone would give a decent case to, played by Bernard Cribbins.

The story opens on the 'North West Frontier'... of London with Cribbins tackling yet another dirty police job, breaking into a besieged flat with a dustbin on his head for protection.

We soon warm to this robust and human policeman and we discover that he gets all the nasty jobs because his bosses think he's the last detective anyone in their right mind would assign to a murder case.

Then by a seeming twist of fate, a seemingly nondescript case involving a recently deceased officer is 'given' to him and through it he unfolds a mystery from long ago, aged witnesses lead him where no one has been before, to clues no one has bothered to follow and to a startling conclusion.

A good cast and a fine script, a haunting score underpins the action and the nice unexpected twist in the tale brings a brilliant end to a riveting piece of storytelling.

I can still whistle the theme tune even after so long.

See it. If you can find a copy. Whistle with me.

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