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The Drayton Case (1953)

During the early years of World War II, a bomb from a German airplane uncovers the corpse of a strangled woman.

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writer:

Ken Hughes
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edgar Lustgarten Edgar Lustgarten ... Himself - Narrative by
Victor Platt Victor Platt ... Drayton
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry ... Mrs. Drayton
John Le Mesurier ... Divisional Superintendent Henley
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Henley's Assistant
Bartlett Mullins Bartlett Mullins ... Mr. Taylor
Edward Malin Edward Malin ... Caretaker (as Eddie Malin)
Geoffrey Bewian Geoffrey Bewian
Eric Evans Eric Evans
Humphrey Morton Humphrey Morton ... Dental Technician (as Humphry Morton)
Bruce Beeby Bruce Beeby ... Policeman (as Bruce Bebe)
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Storyline

During the early years of World War II, a bomb from a German airplane uncovers the corpse of a strangled woman.

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Genres:

Crime | Short

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Casebook: The Case of the Drayton Case See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Black and White | Black and White (archive material)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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The First "Scotland Yard" Adaptation
1 February 2018 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

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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