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Dick Francis: In the Frame (1989)

After two friends have their houses looted of expensive paintings and vintage wine collections, Cleveland finds those responsible when he travels to Germany.



(novel), (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Marina Zimmer
Amadeus August ...
Peter Sattmann ...
Ivor Wexford
Rainer Grenkowitz ...
Inspector Frost
Ray Sharp
Laura Dickson ...
Ginny Stuart
Hans-Peter Korff ...
Peter Fröhlich
Jack Duffy ...
Liliane Clune ...
Susan Sharp
Karin Rasenack ...


Cleveland visits two Canadian friends, Don Stuart and Ray Sharp, and admires their collections of racetrack art and vintage wine. When Ray's wife Susan returns to her house, she finds the house bare with every stick of furniture stolen, including a priceless Munning painting. While she is on the phone to her husband , an explosion destroys the house and her. Ray,Don and his wife, and Cleveland rush to the smoldering ruins, and in the interim, thieves also rob the Stuart house, stripping it bear of everything including the contents of his $200,000 wine cellar. When Stuart is falsely accused of mob activity by a suspicious policeman investigating the two crimes, Cleveland journeys to Germany to renew his acquaintance with a German beauty and pick up the trail of the stolen paintings. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Hermann Forster: Are you a gambling man, David?
David Cleveland: Not for money, but there are certain risks worth taking.
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3 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

Why, why, why, when producers decide a book is good enough to make a film, do they then change it all? And especially why do they take English stories and make them into poor American versions of the original? And, most of all, why do the authors allow it to happen? This was a good book, based in England, with British characters, and then shifting to exciting action in Australia. So, of course, they shifted the story to Canada and Germany. Ian McShane should have been a good choice for the character (whose name, of course,was changed, seemingly for no good reason, to that of a character in a totally different DF book). He is not too bad, but he is now an investigator for the British Jockey Club, instead of the book's painter of horses, a fact which was crucial to the plot of the book. Fail, fail, fail! I bought the set of 3 TV movies, and this one was so bad I don't know if I can bear to watch the other two! (which, on Googling, I find have also been altered). Grrrrrrrrrrrr!

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