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A shady businessman collapses on an oceanside jetty, the apparent victim of a heart attack, but a vacationing March discovers blood and a needle near the body.


Phil Brown (as Philip Brown)


Leslie Slote (script by), John Dickson Carr (based on: "The Department of Queer Complaints" by) (as Carter Dickson)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Boris Karloff ... Colonel March Of Scotland Yard
Ewan Roberts ... Inspector Ames
Robert Brown ... Hastings
Patricia Marmont Patricia Marmont ... Marion
Lloyd Lamble ... Kane
Adrienne Corri ... Clara
Richard O'Sullivan ... Roger


Norman Kane, a shady businessman accused of swindling investors, collapses on a seaside jetty just prior to taking a swim in the cold ocean. Although his attending physician pronounces him dead of an apparent heart attack, a vacationing Colonel March discovers a sharpened needle near the body and connects it to an air rifle which Kane's secretary was using on the beach. Unfortunately by the time the police arrives, the body has disappeared, apparently taken out to sea by the advancing tide. Written by (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Drama


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Death by the Seaside.
1 December 2020 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Colonel March is trying hard to relax on a beach, but a conversation with young lad is followed by a suspicious death.

It's a decent episode, there's nothing in this one I would say makes it feel unique or different, the twist is good when it comes, but the events are pretty straightforward to predict.

Ewan Roberts is always great value as Inspector Ames, he's such a charismatic actor, a clear, strong personality, and that accent is wonderful.

Richard O'Sullivan is instantly recognisable as the young boy on the beach. You can easily see who he is.

Fancy introducing yourself as being from The Department of Queer complaints, it does make me chuckle when Karloff utters it.

Decent, 6/10.

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25 February 1956 (UK) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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