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The Case of the Mirror of Portugal 

When a priceless gem comes within grasp, detective Horace Dorrington cuts more than a few corners to get his hands on it. But he battles a surprisingly worthy adversary from an unexpected quarter, one as ruthless and determined as himself.

Director:

Mike Vardy

Writers:

Arthur Morrison (by), Julian Bond (dramatization)
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Episode cast overview:
Peter Vaughan ... Dorrington
Paul Eddington ... Hamer
Ingrid Hafner Ingrid Hafner ... Maria Hamer
Kenneth Colley ... Farrish
Petronella Barker Petronella Barker ... Miss Parrot
Oscar Quitak Oscar Quitak ... Leon Bouvier
Nancy Nevinson ... Madame Bouvier
Michael Forrest Michael Forrest ... Jacques Bouvier
Arnold Diamond ... Solomons
Lloyd Lamble ... Inspector Brent
Michael Nightingale Michael Nightingale ... Harkness
Jeremy Irons ... Nephew
Jeremy Mason Jeremy Mason ... Young Man
Michael Burroughs Michael Burroughs ... Boy
Alison Hughes Alison Hughes ... Maid
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When a priceless gem comes within grasp, detective Horace Dorrington cuts more than a few corners to get his hands on it. But he battles a surprisingly worthy adversary from an unexpected quarter, one as ruthless and determined as himself.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1971 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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His supporting role of "Nephew" was the first role for Jeremy Irons. See more »

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The Case of the Mirror of Portugal
29 July 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Peter Vaughan returns for his second story as the dastardly amoral detective Horace Dorrington.

A poor charcoal burner Jacques from France tells Dorrington a story of a stolen diamond, The Mirror of Portugal acquired by some shady means by his great grandfather during the French Revolution.

However many people in his family have died an unnatural death courtesy of sibling rivalry over the diamond. It is now in the possession of his cousin Leon who resides in London. Jacques wants Dorrington to steal the diamond.

Of course Dorrington is intrigued by the story done his own research and gathered that the diamond is valued at a princely sum of £100,000. He plans to steal the diamond for himself.

Dorrington takes some money of the poor Frenchman in a further meeting to listen to his tale and then sends him away telling him that his story is preposterous and returning the money.

It is all a ruse to show Jacques that Dorrington is not interested in the diamond when he actually is. It so happens cousin Leon loses the diamond stolen, it is stolen and someone mentions that he goes to see Dorrington who eyes a chance to be paid by Leon for his time investigating the matter.

Dorrington investigates the theft and finds an interesting lead but someone is unhappy with Dorrington's greed.

It is hard to root for Dorrington as he swindles everyone and even is mean to his staff who aid and abet him. Vaughn infuses some conniving charm but I was never persuaded by him.

The story is a little too simplistic as Dorrington encounters the Hamers. It is also just a tad convenient that Leon is sent to see Dorrington.

Jeremy Irons makes his television debut in a small role as a posh type. From his appearance it would be hard to believe that 20 years later he would win a Best Actor Oscar.


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