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The Deadly Gift 

A pretty barmaid receives an unusual Christmas gift, a music box from a thief dead for ten years.

Director:

Bernard Knowles

Writers:

Paul Monash (script), 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
Sandra Dorne ... Rosie
George Coulouris ... Harwood
Tommy Duggan Tommy Duggan ... Lawton
John Gabriel John Gabriel ... Jeweller
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A pretty barmaid receives an unusual Christmas gift, a music box from a thief dead for ten years.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Goofs

Inspector Ames (Ewan Roberts) talks of Scotland Yard's "Homicide Department". Scotland Yard does not have a "Homicide Department" See more »

Soundtracks

The Twelve Days of Christmas
(uncredited)
Written by Frederic Austin
Performed by Music box and Ewan Roberts
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March with a Holmesian flavour
23 October 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE DEADLY GIFT is a pretty interesting thriller from the Colonel March TV show. It stars blonde actress Sandra Dorne (a fixture of B-movie fare from the period) who randomly receives a mysterious carved box as a Christmas gift. The twist is that the guy who sent it to her has been dead ten years! She visits March who agrees to investigate.

This short tale is enlivened by the presence of a present-day murderer who works his way through the assorted cast members. Karloff and Roberts are posited as Holmes and Watson in this case which has a distinctive Holmesian flavour. Alongside Dorne we get a brief appearance from George Coulouris and a generally effective script.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 1956 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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