Although fictional the main elements presented in the film do match to an actual murder case. On 27th January 1943 Harry Dobkin was executed at Wandsworth prison for the murder of his wife Rachel. The murder was likely committed in April 1941 at Vauxhall Baptist Church in London. She was reported missing by her sister, was strangled, was identified by dental records, was last seen alive when she met her husband in a cafe to discuss outstanding maintenance payments, and there was a mysterious fire at the church a few days after she went missing where her husband was the firewatcher. See more »
Opening credits prologue: SCOTLAND YARD a dramatised adaptation on one of the many crimes investigated by the most celebrated police centre in the world -. See more »
Most notable as the first of 39 episodes of the SCOTLAND YARD series, directed by Ken Hughes, THE DRAYTON CASE is noticeable for the first appearance of Edgar Lustgarten, in an ornate sitting-room surrounded with too much furniture and narrating the episode straight to camera. This is also noticeable for the only appearance of DAD'S ARMY star John le Mesurier in the role of a police inspector. He doesn't have much to do, other than mutter lines under his breath and cast a calming presence over the whole proceedings.
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