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Publisher's Summary

Francis Matthews stars in this trilogy of crime capers spoofing 1930s Hollywood movies.

Paul Temple star Francis Matthews gives his best Cary Grant impression as suave PI Dick George in these three comedy adventures, with Margaret Robertson channelling Katherine Hepburn as his glamorous ex-wife, Dora; 'Man in Black' Edward de Souza as his valet, Blore; and Ronald Herdman as Pasta the dog.

The Case of the Cool Canary - Dick George's leisurely breakfast is disturbed by the arrival of a mysterious, satin-clad beauty, who promptly passes out on his doorstep. Heiress Ruth-Anne Rogers is in trouble - can Dick and Dora protect her from gangsters intent on stealing her fortune? Starring Lisa Jacobs, Nigel Anthony and Harry Towb.

The Case of the Substitute Spouse - Married once more, the Georges are spending a weekend in Maine with Dora's old school pal, Connie Morgan. But, arriving at her holiday cottage, they find a sheriff's car parked outside, a body on the rug and Connie under suspicion of murder. It's up to Dick and Dora to clear her name - and find the killer. Starring Bonnie Hurren, Liza Ross, Bob Sherman and Don Fellows.

The Case of the Vanishing Vamp - Dick and Dora are on the brink of divorce - again - and Dick's planning to make film star Loretta Raine the next Mrs George. But his romance with 'The Oops Girl' takes a back seat when he sets out to trace missing ingenue actress Irene Smith. Meanwhile, Dora's playing the leading role in a drama of her own.... Starring Liza Ross, Ed Bishop and Nicky Croydon.

Cast and credits:

Written by Susan Maxwell. Directed by Glyn Dearman. Starring Francis Matthews as Dick George, Margaret Robertson as Dora, Edward de Souza as Blore and Ronald Herdman as Pasta the dog.

The Case of the Cool Canary

Ruth-Ann Rogers/Lucille Lamont - Lisa Jacobs, Louie - Nigel Anthony, Mugsy Moran - Harry Towb, Charlie - Alan Tilvern. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 9th September 1986.

The Case of the Substitute Spouse

Antony Legrange - Liza Ross, Barrett Legrange - Blain Fairman, Zebediah - Don Fellows, Connie Morgan/operator/librarian - Bonnie Hurren, Sheriff Johnson - Bob Sherman. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 16th February 1989.

The Case of the Vanishing Vamp

Mugsy Moran - Harry Towb, Loretta Raine - Liza Ross, Harry Loomis - Ed Bishop, Jonathan Dane - Peter Whitman, Marie Celeste - Nicky Croydon, Central Casting - Bonnie Hurren. First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 16th July 1992.

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  • Christopher Snazell
  • 12-17-21


Three terrible pastiches of "Thin Man" style adventures.

The plots seem to have been written by someone who'd never read the actual Dashiell Hammett story and assemble a crude facsimile based on a third-hand description of the inspiration's plot. Dialog was wooden and for some reason a bad Cary Grant impression was sporadically effected throughout. Which is odd given he did make these kinds of movies.

Miscast & poorly directed.