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Crossing the Line 

Murder at the Cinema and Dr Blake is there to solve it. Was it the manager? An usher? The candy girl? One of the audience? All is revealed as Doctor Blake unravels one mystery to find an even darker one involving young girls of Ballarat.

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Doctor Lucien Blake
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Jean Beazley
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Charlie Davis
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Mattie O'Brien
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Chief Supt Matthew Lawson
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Richard Taylor
John Wood ...
Patrick Tyneman
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Alice Harvey
Andrew Blackman ...
Miles Mclaren
Lee Beckhurst ...
Edward Tyneman
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Amelia Yorke
Lauren O'Callaghan ...
Bella Stapleton
Jesse Velik ...
Paddy Yorke
Tod Strike ...
Adam Summers
Nick Russell ...
Vincent Foster
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Murder at the Cinema and Dr Blake is there to solve it. Was it the manager? An usher? The candy girl? One of the audience? All is revealed as Doctor Blake unravels one mystery to find an even darker one involving young girls of Ballarat.

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The movie being shown when the fire breaks out is Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" (1958). See more »

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There are 2 linguistic anachronisms in this show. The first is that it was claimed that someone "passed". Ah, no. That is a modern usage of the last few years. In the 50's they were not afraid to say they "died or to say passed away" Also, the captain says someone "gifted" something. That too is a very modern usage. In the 50's "gifted" was never used as an active verb; only as a noun. He gave Harry a gift. " Funny script writers did not catch that. See more »

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Sinister Episode About Exploitation
6 December 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode of the Australian detective series begins with a screening of Hitchcock's VERTIGO at the local Ballarat cinema: wherever it might have been filmed, director Pino Amenta and designer Carrie Kennedy have made an excellent job of recreating the atmosphere of a late Fifties picture-house, even down to the girl selling cigarettes and sweets in the auditorium.

The murder of the cinema projectionist paves the way for a sinister tale of exploitation, in which rich guy Edward Tyneman (Lee Beckhurst) believes that his wealth renders him immune from any legal obligations. The arrogant way in which he threatens to call his lawyer, despite Blake's (Craig McLachlan's) suspicions is positively breathtaking. Needless to say Tyneman's arrogance is deflated at the end in a satisfying sequence where he screams for his father's (John Wood's) assistance in vain.

Yet still what Blake and Chief Spt. Lawson (Joel Tobeck) uncover is a sinister tale lurking beneath the surface of an apparently respectable society, in which young women are ruthlessly exploited and subsequently blackmailed into silence. No one, it seems, is immune from suspicion. While the murder is eventually exposed, Blake reflects rather bitterly on the corruption of the world, where 'good' and 'evil' seem almost impossible to distinguish.


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