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Dangerous Davies: The Last Detective (1981)

When D. C. Dangerous Davies, not held in high regard by his superiors, is assigned to find a notorious criminal kingpin, he uncovers the details of 15 year old cold case.


Val Guest


Leslie Thomas (from the original novel by), Val Guest (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Cribbins ... Dangerous Davies
Bill Maynard ... Mod Lewis
Joss Ackland ... Chief Insp. Yardbird
Bernard Lee ... Sergeant Ben
Frank Windsor ... Fred Fennell
John Leyton ... Dave Boot
Maureen Lipman ... Ena Lind
Cindy O'Callaghan Cindy O'Callaghan ... Josie Norris
Derek Bond ... Det. Supt. Carter
Patsy Rowlands ... Madame Tarantella
Colin Baker ... William Lind
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Mrs. Fulljames
Ken Jones Ken Jones ... Mr. Norris
Jeremy Sinden Jeremy Sinden ... Det. Sgt. Green
Peter Bland Peter Bland ... George Tilth


Det. Const. "Dangerous" Davies is not known for his finesse, but often finds himself on the receiving end of violence in various forms. Only thrown into cases where others fear to tread, or to shake up the natives with his bumbling, he is given a mission to find and flush out a local criminal recently returned from abroad, possibly for "a big job". In his research he inadvertently stumbles upon a 15 year-old case, long considered cold, of the disappearance a young girl. His compassion for the missing girl and her parents draws him into an obsession with solving the case, which ultimately results in unexpected repercussions. Written by Raj Rijhwani

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Comedy | Crime | Family


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Release Date:

4 January 1981 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The last film of Avril Angers. See more »


Madame Tarantella: [about her romance with Fennell] I couldn't see a future for us then.
Dangerous Davies: If you couldn't, who could?
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Crazy Credits

Initial caption in opening credits: "This is the story of a man who became deeply concerned with the unsolved murder of a young girl. He was a born stumbler, but patient and very dogged...". See more »


Remade as The Last Detective (2003) See more »

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Top class effort.
29 September 2005 | by it001k0306See all my reviews

Back in my teens I became a big fan of the novels of witty Welshman Leslie Thomas. Rude but never sleazy, funny, bordering on slapstick but never becoming childish, emotive without being mawkish and dramatic enough to make you care. Very few of Thomas' novels appear to make their mark on screen and I reckon that's because too much of Thomas' work would have to be cut, leaving what remained on screen too uninvolving. The Peter Davison TV series of recent years has been OK - I like Davison and that show has been a decent comedy drama but it has rarely felt like classic Thomas. It has taken me some 25 years to view the Cribbins version and I love it! It really is a top class effort that makes the most of everything that made Thomas so great in the first place. The film may look a little dated now but rather than spoiling it, this simply makes the whole thing more nostalgic. And what a cast! A cavalcade of British TV screen greats including Maureen lipman, Bill Maynard, a future Doctor Who and a future Eastender. Check this one out if you are proud of your Brit heritage - if you're an American who likes our sense of humour - and there seems to be quite a few of you - then you'll love it too.

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