A Javanese dancer is murdered after alerting Colonel March of danger.



(screenplay), (based on "The Department of Queer Complaints" by) (as Carter Dickson)

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Episode cast overview:
Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
Inspector Ames
Sheila Burrell ...
Joan Forsythe
Arthur Cabot
Sonya Hana ...
Francine Rapport (as Dagmar Wynter)


A Javanese dancer is murdered after alerting Colonel March of danger.

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

28 July 1956 (UK)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Second of three episodes stitched together and released as Colonel March Investigates (1955). Serving as the series pilot, they were filmed in 1952, one year before production resumed on the final 23 episodes ("Hot Money" and "The New Invisible Man" were the other two). See more »


Edited into Colonel March Investigates (1955) See more »

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Second episode from 1952
10 September 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Death in the Dressing Room" was the second of the three pilot episodes that formed the basis for the feature film "Colonel March Investigates" ("Hot Money" was first, "The New Invisible Man" came third). Set at the Embassy Club run by Arthur Cabot (Richard Wattis), Colonel March is invited to watch a genuine Javanese dance performed by Francine Rapport (Dana Wynter), who is blackmailing Joan Forsythe (Sheila Burrell) by threatening to expose certain letters to the mother of Joan's fiancée. During the performance, March notices a movement indicating a cry for help; not surprisingly, Francine is soon discovered lying dead on the floor of her dressing room, right after March prevents a nervous Joan from making a quick exit. As would so often be the case, a paucity of suspects makes the culprit easy to spot, but a good cast led by Karloff keeps things moving. Dana Wynter (billed as Dagmar Wynter) was making the first of her numerous television appearances, remaining best known for her female lead in 1955's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." The busy Richard Wattis, also making his TV debut, had already worked with Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff's old horror co-star, in 1951's "Mother Riley Meets the Vampire," and would later work with Peter Cushing in 1957's "The Abominable Snowman," one of several Hammer credits from 1952 to 1973.

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