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Smokescreen (1964)

| Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1964 (UK)
A fastidious insurance assessor investigates a potential case of insurance fraud in Brighton and uncovers a murder.

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Roper
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Trevor Bayliss
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Janet Dexter
Gerald Flood ...
Graham Turner
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Inspector Wright
John Glyn-Jones ...
Player
Sam Kydd ...
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Penny Morrell ...
David Gregory ...
Pete, The Smudger
Jill Curzon ...
June
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Miss Breen
Bert Palmer ...
Barman
Tom Gill ...
Reception Clerk
Edward Ogden ...
Police Sergeant
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When a blazing car goes over the cliff to the east of Brighton an insurance investigator is sent to the coast to poke around. As the driver had recently taken out life insurance, suspicions mount when no body can be found. The wife who would benefit from the policy, the business partner who has financial troubles, and the guy who sold the policy and fancies the wife are all in the frame. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Ealing on a shoe-string
13 January 2015 | by See all my reviews

A gently, wryly humorous fairly engrossing who-done-what lacking top names but packed with familiar and able players who'd supported many a British classic. Sam Kydd - was there a British post-war film without him as able seaman, workman, stuttering gang-member or as here,once again, a waiter? Derek Guyler in a neat cameo reminding us of a time before "have-nice-day" came to these shores. Typecast they might have been but familiar because they were the best of their type. I didn't then know the name of Penny Morell but certainly recognised a top performance as the very obliging but drunken secretary. Budget production it might have been but one gets the impression of an esprit de corps of director, cast and crew of professionals working for beer-money but rightly proud nevertheless.


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