A pretty barmaid receives an unusual Christmas gift, a music box from a thief dead for ten years.

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A pretty barmaid receives an unusual Christmas gift, a music box from a thief dead for ten years.

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14 August 1956 (UK)  »

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Inspector Ames (Ewan Roberts) describes the late Johhny Blake as being 160 pounds in weight, as in the American system. The 1960's were before the current metric system came into being and weights would have been 'stones, pounds and ounces'. Ames, therefore, should have said 14 stone, 6 pounds. See more »

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March with a Holmesian flavour
23 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE DEADLY GIFT is a pretty interesting thriller from the Colonel March TV show. It stars blonde actress Sandra Dorne (a fixture of B-movie fare from the period) who randomly receives a mysterious carved box as a Christmas gift. The twist is that the guy who sent it to her has been dead ten years! She visits March who agrees to investigate.

This short tale is enlivened by the presence of a present-day murderer who works his way through the assorted cast members. Karloff and Roberts are posited as Holmes and Watson in this case which has a distinctive Holmesian flavour. Alongside Dorne we get a brief appearance from George Coulouris and a generally effective script.


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