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Smokescreen (1964)

| Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1964 (UK)
A fastidious insurance assessor investigates a potential case of insurance fraud in Brighton and uncovers a murder.

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Trevor Bayliss
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Janet Dexter
Gerald Flood ...
Graham Turner
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Inspector Wright
John Glyn-Jones ...
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Sam Kydd ...
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Helen - Turner's Secretary
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Miss Breen
Bert Palmer ...
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Tom Gill ...
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Edward Ogden ...
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When a blazing car goes over the cliff to the east of Brighton an insurance investigator is sent to the coast to poke around. As the driver had recently taken out life insurance, suspicions mount when no body can be found. The wife who would benefit from the policy, the business partner who has financial troubles, and the guy who sold the policy and fancies the wife are all in the frame. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Above average, low-budget fare
5 June 2017 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

A blazing car crashes over a cliff. No body is found. It belonged to a co-owner of a business. Both owners had recently taken out large insurance policies. The insurance company is naturally suspicious and send an agent (Peter Vaughn) to investigate. The time frame of the accident adds to his suspicions. To complicate matters it turns out that there was an offer to buy the business that the missing man rejected but which his partner wanted to accept. To further complicate matters the local insurer (John Carson) who sold the policies loves the missing man's wife (the beautiful Yvonne Romain).

The film has a bit more depth than normal B-movie fare. Throughout there is a running theme about Vaughan's expenses. This seems to be for low comedic effect but later we learn why he is so tight with money. Similarly with the denouement we learn why the film's title is appropriate.

This is a pleasant, undemanding little B-movie for all the family. I give it a 7 because it's a well-made, well-written, well-acted low budget film lacking star names. Had it had an A-list budget I'd have given it a 6.


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