Unstable security chief of an auction house becomes increasingly obsessed with his female neighbor, who's being stalked, and a supposedly cursed jewel that's being auctioned. Is he losing his mind or is the curse real?

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Frank Lane
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Eva Bailey
Terence Alexander ...
Hammond
Stephen Yardley ...
Stanley Knowles
Paul Bacon ...
Roulier
Timothy Morand ...
Collier
Mollie Maureen ...
Elderly Lady, Courtney
Leonard Trolley ...
Viner
Robert Swales ...
Gordon Brophy
Benedick Blythe ...
Bob Fraser (as Benedict Blythe)
Marianne Borgo ...
Madame Roulier
Johnnie Wade ...
Taxi Driver (as Johnny Wade)
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Williams
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The lonesome daily routine of a top-notch Security Chief of a London auction-house, who's a bit nerdy and unstable and so completely obsessed with his work that he even spies on his neighbors from his home seeing it not as an invasion of privacy but as the natural extension of his job, is interrupted when a scared female neighbor rings his doorbell to complain of a ski-masked stalker. He helps her secure her apartment and falls for her, but she rejects his advances. Meanwhile, the auction-house handles a valuable Renaissance collection which includes a necklace said to bear a deadly curse. It belonged to a medieval nobleman who was betrayed by his wife and killed by her lover, a member of the notorious medieval Corvini assassin family. The jewelry supposedly continued to bring only betrayal, murder and madness to those who later owned it.

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8 June 1985 (USA)  »

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25 October 2003 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

First viewing: November 1984 / Second viewing: October 2003

And so it comes to a close. The final `Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense' has just been viewed after a nineteen year gap. `The Corvini Inheritance' is a downbeat tale of loneliness - not unlike Francis Ford Coppola's `The Conversation'. David `Invisible Man' McCallum plays the part of a troubled auction house head of security whose sanity suffers when a collection of valuable Italian jewellery is delivered to his premises. The camerawork is fantastic but the ending is sadly inevitable and almost an anti-climax. Notwithstanding this - the series has been something to cherish and we will never see its like again. 6/10


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