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    I saw about 15 minutes of this film many years ago (on a black and white TV so I can't even say if it's colour or b/w). I'm pretty sure it's British. I'm reasonably certain it was post Second World War - late 40s or 50s - at a pinch very early 60s.



    It's a detective story. The detective is probably not a police officer. He is probably in his 60s or even 70s and upper class/upper middle class. (I don't think it is, but the actor is similar to Wilfred Hyde-White in later years). He drives a large black car (Rolls Royce or similar).



    In the course of his enquiries he visits the flat of a woman probably in her 30s and (I think) with short blonde hair. She may possibly be meant to be French. She is wearing a skimpy negligee. She makes a very obvious pass at him and says the line "Love can be beautiful".



    At this point he makes his excuses and leaves. (Well, it was long before Viagra!)



    I didn't see the beginning and had to go somewhere so missed the end.



    Any suggestions gratefully received.

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    This doesn't sound familiar, but it could be one of the film versions of John Creasey's 'The Toff'. I haven't seen them so I am not certain of this and John Bentley doesn't look much like WHW.



    Hammer the Toff (1952)



    Salute the Toff (1952)



    The only other one that springs to mind is Park Plaza 605 with Tom Conway, he meets a blonde in her hotel room during this film.

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    Of course, he may have only said he was a detective so as to be able to hang out with blonde French women in negligees

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    Thanks for getting back. I don't really think any of these are my film.



    I haven't found any pictures of John Bentley online, but he was born in 1916, so he would have been 35/36 when the "Toff" films were shot. The detective in the film I'm after was a lot older than that.



    "Park Plaza 605" is available on DVD via Amazon (where else?). They've reproduced the original poster and although you do have a blonde Eva Bartok slipping out of a skimpy negligee (plus Sid James in the background looking his usual dishevelled self), Tom Conway isn't old enough. Also, the storyline (mysterious blonde lures principal character to hotel room, he wakes up next day next to body) isn't my film.



    Let's hope someone else manages to nail it. In case it interests anyone I found a short piece on the "Toff" books by John Creasey:



    Review: JOHN CREASEY - Double for the Toff.

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    name='FrancisPhelan']I haven't found any pictures of John Bentley online.






    John Bentley.

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    Definitely not my guy - but he should have got an Oscar for the Mr Whippy hairdo...

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    Valentine Dyall (who would have been 41 though never looked young) who starred in a radio adaptation from Hammer called



    Dr Morelle: The Case of the Missing Heiress ?

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    Valentine Dyall




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    Thanks, Windthrop and Batman. Dayall doesn't look like the guy to me and the storyline I've found doesn't square with what I recollect - the setting of my film was urban - no old manor houses:-



    Dr. Morelle: The Case of the Missing Heiress (1949)

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    It's not this bloke is it?




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    Just wondering if you mean Fabian of the Yard who used to drive a Humber Hawk



    BFI Screenonline: Fabian of the Yard (1954-56)

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    batman - I'm probably going to display crass ignorance, but who was that bloke in your last post? (And it wasn't my guy anyway).



    jonpsych - it wasn't Fabian - I managed to find a photo of [Sir] Bruce Seton (he really was!) - definitely not my guy - though you were on the right track with the Humber Hawk and the London setting.



    I'd just add that the character in my film was quiet and not overtly aggressive (think Alec Guinness as George Smiley). The saga continues...

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    Sorry ... it was Patrick Barr.

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    Could it be a scene featuring Stringer Davis doing a bit of 'tec work on his own from one of the Miss Marple films? I seem to recall one occasion where he does visit a woman and gets sort-of propositioned, though no recollection whether she was young, old or whatever.

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    I know it doesn't answer your question but it reminds me of the sixties television show The Baron starring Steve Forrest. The show was made in Britain.



    In the series the main character posed as an antique dealer but was really working as an undercover agent.

    He frequently drove around in a Rolls or Bentley.



    Dave.

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    Stringer Davis




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    name='David Brent']I know it doesn't answer your question but it reminds me of the sixties television show The Baron starring Steve Forrest. The show was made in Britain.



    In the series the main character posed as an antique dealer but was really working as an undercover agent.

    He frequently drove around in a Rolls or Bentley.



    Dave.


    The Baron drove a Jensen C-V8.

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    name='Santonix']The Baron drove a Jensen C-V8.


    He never let me drive it!



    John

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    I'm pretty sure it wasn't a Marple film - I'd have remembered M Rutherford - definitely the best Marple. I think it was darker than a "Christie" film - most of which have a hint of campness whenever made and with whatever cast.



    I'd forgotten "The Baron" - an excellent series - up there with the Saint - but Steve Forrest is way too young, the "Swinging Sixties" setting isn't right and the car's wrong.



    By the way, was there a third (possibly only a few episodes) British spy/crime TV series in the 60s like The Saint/Baron with a suave playboy hero cruising around in a sports car?

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    PS re my last (off topic) paragraph - I should probably have said "fourth" TV series - though I don't think I'd call Steed a "playboy" exactly.

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