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Dateline Diamonds (1965)

An ex-con manages a top band in the UK, and he wants to re-enter the crime scene.


Jeremy Summers


Tudor Gates (screenplay), Harold Shampan (original idea)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Lucas ... Major Fairclough
Kenneth Cope ... Lester Benson aka Arthur Gittins
George Mikell George Mikell ... Paul Verlekt
Conrad Phillips ... Tom Jenkins
Patsy Rowlands ... Mrs. Edgecomb
Burnell Tucker ... Dale Meredith
Anna Carteret ... Gay Jenkins
Vanda Godsell ... Mrs. Jenkins
Gertan Klauber Gertan Klauber ... Meverhof
Doel Luscombe Doel Luscombe ... Assistant Commissioner
Peter Zander Peter Zander ... Spankharen
Geoffrey Lumsden Geoffrey Lumsden ... Army Officer
Ronald Bridges Ronald Bridges ... Garage Attendant
David Kirk David Kirk ... Dock Policeman
Small Faces ... Themselves (as The Small Faces)


Lester Benson manages one of the biggest rock bands in 1960s Britain, the Small Faces (as themselves). He happens to be an ex-con who wants to return to the crime scene. He summons the help of Major Fairclough who safe-cracks diamonds to smuggle into the Netherlands via the Big L's ship. It seems a perfect crime as no-one served as a witness, except for an intellectually-challenged bus conductress called Mrs. Edgecomb who saw Major Fairclough ("a military-looking man"). Written by Reece Lloyd

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The hottest rocks in Britain being smuggled by the hottest rockers in Britain


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Release Date:

27 September 1965 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Harwich, Essex, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Viscount Films Ltd. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?


Small Faces, The Chantells, Kiki Dee, Mark Richardson and Kenny Everett all receive 'Guest Artistes' credits. See more »


During the dance sequence (filmed at the Rank Ballroom, Watford), there only appear to be about twenty people present. Yet when The Small Faces perform, there seems to be the sound of several hundred teenagers screaming. See more »


Mrs. Edgecomb: Not a bit like "Z Cars" is it?
Tom Jenkins: No, not at the moment. It's not a bit like "Z Cars".
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References Z Cars (1962) See more »


I Think Of You
Sung by The Chantelles
Composed by Keith Mansfield & Dave Gold
Arranged & Directed by Alan Tew
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Depressingly poor
27 October 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

DATELINE DIAMONDS is one of those cheesy British films that attempts to prop up a flagging plot by incorporating a number of musical routines into the running time; on offer here are performers including The Small Faces and Kiki Dee. How much you enjoy said music depends on your liking of the talent involved, so as ever, your mileage may vary on this one.

The rest of the film is a kind of quasi-crime thriller in which old hands William Lucas and Kenneth Cope are a couple of robbers who attempt to get away with the perfect crime. The only problem is that CARRY ON stalwart Patsy Rowlands happened to witness the crime, leading to plenty of nonsensical plotting and weak attempts at comedy.

Another stalwart of British crime cinema, Conrad Phillips, also makes an appearance. It's a pity that DATELINE DIAMONDS has such a poor script as with the right tinkering it might have been something more interesting, like the wacky GONKS GO BEAT. As it stands, it's depressingly poor.

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