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The Dain Curse 

Private eye investigates diamond theft, and becomes involved with an ancient family curse.


Robert W. Lenski

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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
James Coburn ...  Hamilton Nash 3 episodes, 1978
Jason Miller ...  Owen Fitzstephans 3 episodes, 1978
Paul Stewart ...  The Old Man 3 episodes, 1978
Nancy Addison Nancy Addison ...  Gabrielle Leggett 2 episodes, 1978
Hector Elizondo ...  Ben Feeney 2 episodes, 1978
Jean Simmons ...  Aaronia Haldorn 2 episodes, 1978
Beatrice Straight ...  Alice Dain Leggett 2 episodes, 1978


Hard-boiled private dick Hamilton Nash is hired to investigate a case of stolen diamonds, which leads him to a lovely and odd young woman named Gabrielle, who believes she has been stricken with the ancient curse of the Dain family. The curse has historically caused its victims to die prematurely. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Release Date:

22 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dashiell Hammett's The Dain Curse See more »

Filming Locations:

Easton, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


| (4 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film's source novel has three sections, each featuring its own mystery story. They are entitled: "Part One: The Dains", "Part Two: The Temple", and "Part Three: Quesada". See more »

Alternate Versions

The production produced both a feature length cut and mini-series versions of the story. The mini-series was made first for television then a feature length cut was produced for home video. See more »

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Confusing Murder Mystery/waste of talent
6 April 1999 | by camielaSee all my reviews

This confusing story begins like a movie you came into after it began.The charactors all knew each other before, and make reference to things we don't see that appear to have something to do with all the strange goings on.

It involves a weird cult, a girl who is a drug addict and who may have killed her husband, and the detectives efforts to get the girl off drugs.

Mostly it's forgettable and sometimes laughable.

The stupidest mistake here is that the cast includes Jean Simmons and they made very poor use of her talents. She only had four scenes and only spoke in two of them (in one scene she is tied up on an altar and is in danger of becoming a human sacrifice).The film could have been better if they had made the female lead older and used Simmons in the part instead of in the supporting role. Even that however, could not have made this less confusing...just more watchable!

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