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The Dain Curse 

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

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Robert W. Lenski
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1978  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Runtime:

| (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Hamilton Nash private eye character is known as "The Continental Op" in the source Dashiell Hammett novel and other stories by him. See more »

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An edited version of the TV mini-series was released as a feature on home video during the 1980s. See more »

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19 December 2006 | by lcalabraroSee all my reviews

This did have the last actor to play Charlie Chan in a movie series. However, it was Roland Winters, not Sidney Toler. Nevertheless, mystery buffs should see this on DVD and not VHS as you will see the entire series. It is a lot less confusing that way.

James Coburn is brilliant in it. You will see a young Star Trek: Next Generation "Data" here. I think this may before he appeared in Night Court.

So get a DVD copy of this and take your time watching it. You will see an intricate mystery, actually multiple mysteries, unfold before your eyes. It may even take a couple of viewings to get it all.

While slow paced it could only be presented that way for maximum enjoyment. The story has an extra treat as you get a glimpse of life in bygone times. It is fairly authentic to those by-gone times.

Enjoy.


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