A shady businessman collapses on an oceanside jetty, the apparent victim of a heart attack, but a vacationing March discovers blood and a needle near the body.


(as Philip Brown)


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

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Norman Kane, a shady businessman accused of swindling investors, collapses on a seaside jetty just prior to taking a swim in the cold ocean. Although his attending physician pronounces him dead of an apparent heart attack, a vacationing Colonel March discovers a sharpened needle near the body and connects it to an air rifle which Kane's secretary was using on the beach. Unfortunately by the time the police arrives, the body has disappeared, apparently taken out to sea by the advancing tide. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Drama





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17 July 1956 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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The body of Kane could not have been washed out to sea as the part of the jetty where he was lying, would not have been covered by the in-coming tide. See more »


Marion: You're an evil, horrible old man.
Col. Perceval March: Most distressing but quite irrelevant.
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March goes to the beach - and solves a murder
14 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

ERROR AT DAYBREAK is a bit of a staid entry in the Colonel March TV series. The murder method in the film is slightly odd but other than that this is a very ordinary murder mystery which it doesn't take long for our vacationing hero to solve. The one interesting thing about it is that it was shot on location on the beach, once again taking our detective out of his urban surroundings to get a breath of fresh air.

The story sees a wealthy man heading out to sea for a swim but mysteriously collapsing. A heart attack is suspected, but March finds traces of blood and isn't convinced. He soon gets to the bottom of a rather ordinary mystery. The supporting cast is pretty good, including future Bond actor Robert Brown, Adrienne Corri, and Richard O'Sullivan as a lad. However, there are some inexplicable moments, such as mystery being made of whether a body should have been washed away by the tide (it wasn't in a position to be able to be washed away) and the bizarre heavy accent that Inspector Ames slips into at one point.

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