MAN FROM INTERPOL
"This is the world of Interpol- the International Police Organisation, a network uniting 63 countries against crime... and this is a story of the Man from Interpol. Crime is international, but so is the law. In constant touch with all the police forces of the world is the Man from Interpol."

3 Soul Pedlars 8*
4 Odds on Murder
5 The Key Witness
6 Escape Route
8 No Other Way
9 The Trap
11 All the Dead Were Harrisons
12 The Man Who Sold Hope
13 The Murder Racket
14 Death Via Parcel Post
15 Out Of Thin Air
16 The Case Of Mike Krello
17 Killer with a Long Arm
19 The Front Man
20 The Last Words
21 Maharajah Of Den
22 Murder Below Decks
23 Diplomatic Courier
24 Tight Secret
25 International Diamond Incident
26 Inside Job
27 A Woman In Paris
28 Man Alone
29 Mistaken Identity
30 Missing Child
32 The Big Thirst
33 Death In Oils
34 Multi Murder
36 The Art Of Murder
37 Child of Eve
38 The Big Racket
39 The Golden Shiri
In this 1960 series made by the Danziger Brothers, starring as Inspector Anthony Smith was Richard Wyler, with his boss Superintendent Mercer portrayed by veteran star John Longden. Man from Interpol has a period charm with even the most hardened criminals quite genteel in their language. The series had the distinction of being the first British one since Robin Hood to be networked in America. NBC showed the first story on Saturday January 30th 1960 at 10.30pm. Sadly it quickly flopped. Not surprising as it's really a kind of B movie for telly. It was never a success in Britain either as Associated Rediffusion bought it up only to show it to insomniacs. After lying dormant for over 25 years, satellite channel Bravo bought some bootleg copies and screened all the episodes listed above, numerous times from 1989 to 1996. Since then Man from Interpol has dropped back into forgotten obscurity. There is however one fan, me!
A report in 'The Stage' for October 8th 1959 reads, "for the past 8 weeks, Tony Crombie has been occupied full time writing original music and arranging and conducting it... The Danziger Brothers were looking for fresh musical talent for Man from Interpol. Persuasion from Tony's friend and manager Jeff Kruger, who played every one of Tony's big band discs until three o'clock one morning to the Danzigers, convinced them that in Tony they had the very top talent they were searching for. In the short space of eight weeks Tony has viewed 39 half hour films and written an entire original score."
My favourite episode: 6 Escape Route- a wonderful part for James Hayter, a fine example of a British B film, taut, well constructed, fun
Best moment: 14 I like the simple opening location scene in Death via Parcel Post- effective, peaceful and yet it has slightly sinister overtones
Best acting: Peter Vaughan in 17 Killer with a Long Arm. It proves there really is good acting in Danziger series!
Funniest moment: Unintentional, but in 20 Last Words, the improbable searching for a clue that has been overlooked is appallingly executed
Dud episode: 37 Child of Eve, not Lisa Daniely's finest hour- tho' it's not her fault the script is so poor
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SOUL PEDLARS

A tale of modern slave running,"the cruellest most vicious racket worked in Europe today." It's very well told.
Miklos Hatvany (Sandor Eles) had escaped to England after the Hungarian Revolution and he's informed Zita his wife can be brought here also "at a price." He steals 300 from Lord Crowley his employer, who catches him in the act. But he's sorry for Hatvany and Inspector Smith is summoned from his bed to hear the sad story. Smith persuades the Hungarian to pose as a big time crook who has stolen 10,000, and this is sufficient to attract the attentions of the racketeers. The villain is Patrak (Michael Peake) whom he meets in the West End. He promises to reunite him with Zita.
Patrak takes him to Vienna, putting up at the Bahnhof Hotel, Smith tailing them. From here Hatvany is driven to the rendezvous, but of course the Soul Pedlars never had any intention of producing his wife. The boss (Robert Dorning) says the cash is only a down payment, more can be got from Lord Crowley. But Smith has been trailing, and there's a punchup before the final tearful reunion beween Mr and Mrs Hatvany. Fortunately, the Austrian police had learnt that Zita had got over the border off her own bat- so there's a joyful ending for this happy couple at least.

Notes: The outside of Lord Crowley's home is in reality the Edgwarebury Hotel in Elstree, a favourite Danziger location - indeed a favourite filmmakers' location!
Sandor Eles (1936-2002) was born in Budapest where he studied the theatre. He lost both his parents in the revolution. With some help from the British Red Cross he managed to reach England. So making this programme must have been a poignant one for him.
Nyree Dawn Porter has half a line before being thumped across the face. Later she utters just 3 more words. Everyone has to start somewhere. Still she spends one long scene preening her fingernails, or something.
Superintedent Mercer does not appear in this story.
Uncredited speaking parts: Lord Crowley. Inspector Gatt. Hans an Austrian policeman

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ODDS ON MURDER
Sunday April 23rd- the Grand Prix D'Europ. The favourite Golden Girl is being ridden by experienced jockey Tim (Bill Owen).
"Oh la la," exclaims Countess Salon (Noel Dyson ) "what's Tim holding back for?" But Tim knows what he's doing and moves up to win. Owner Count Salon (John le Mesurier) rewards him handsomely. Next race is the Queen's Cup at Epsom.
But Tim receives a warning not to enter that race, on penalty of death. He chucks the note away.
At that old Danziger haunt in London The Purple Shade nightclub he goes boozing with Nicki his girl friend (Lisa Daniely), drinking perhaps a little too much. When he receives a second threatening note and is shot at on the galops, he contacts the police. The Man from Interpol takes up the case and discovers some home truths about:
Tim - he feels he is 10 feet tall when he's rich! Said nicely tongue in cheek by Bill Owen.
Nicki - on whom Tim lavishes his cash generously. "This makes me look like his er... well you do realise?"
The Count - he has had a "harmless flirtation" with another girl called Eileen.
The Countess - an inveterate gambler. But she has been cured of her addiction, even though her large jewellery bill is still outstanding... Smith meets the couple at another Danziger location, the Albion Court Hotel.
Anyway Inspector Smith decides they are all in the clear. So he asks Tim to act as "decoy," or as Tim puts it "a sitting duck." The police guard is removed from Tim to lure the crooks who arrive at 2.40am as Tim retires to bed. "One of the biggest illegal bookmakers in the world," Harry Ar (Arnold Bell) is behind the plot. "That darned horse was going to put me out of business!"
Final scene is - you can't guess! - Tim winning the Queen's Cup.

Bill Owen plays his role as the jockey with some enthusiasm. The end of the story however is weak, with new character Harry appearing out of the blue.
Uncredited speaking extra: thug. Smith drives UTM495
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Escape Route
James Hayter has a choice role as Henry Roper, conscientious cashier at Challoner's Bank. President Arnold Pickerton is wishing him a happy fortnight's holiday, and it certainly will be, for Henry is planning to help himself to the day's takings.
He flies away to the sun. Mexico, but where after that? Interpol finds the trail goes cold, so where has he taken the 100,000?
The redoutable Mrs Emma Roper (Beatrice Varley) can't believe it of her husband. He had amassed brochures for all sorts of exotic locations, like India and Hawaii, "all those foreign places where nobody in their right mind wants to go"(!) In fact it's Tahiti that he had made for, a local police chief (Warren Mitchell) informs Interpol, but then breaks the bad news to Inspector Smith that Roper has now ensconced himself on the remote island of Tamua, where extradition papers are not valid. "How do I bring him back?" puzzles Smith.
On this sleepy isle, Roper enjoys the good life with native girl Lila (Anna Gerber) and he is never going to leave Tamua with any words from Smith. "You can do nothing," he happily tells the inspector. But Wyler has a trick or two to play. First he wires his boss Superintendent Mercer, and then convinces the local barman that Roper's stolen pounds will not be honoured by any bank. So now Roper has a problem, as he can't spend his money at the only trading post on Tamua.
Lila tries to persuade Smith to leave, but met with a refusal, she chucks a spear at Smith while he sleeps.
"It wouldn't have been Lila," Roper believes, yet she has gone into hiding somewhere. Smith makes Roper think she only wants his money, yes Roper's paradise is crumbling. But he won't give himself up and return to a British jail. That is until Smith's trump card arrives... Mrs Roper. She says she has come to share his good fortune and commences by ticking him off quite badly for his behaviour. As for Henry Roper, he decides he'd rather spend his time in jail.
"I almost feel sorry for him," concludes Supt Mercer.
Uncredited speaking extra: Larry the first bank teller
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The Trap

A payroll snatch at anl aircraft factory in Mill Hill, two employees shot dead. Joe Walsh (Peter Reynolds) drives hastily away with 30,000 and flees to Tokyo, where he owns a property. The bad news that Inspector Smith receivs when he pursues him there is that Colonel Masuto of Japanese Interpol cannot extradite Walsh since he is a Japanese citizen.
"If only Walsh were on British soil, sighs Supt Mercer back in London. His comment gives Smith the idea for his scheme. He meets Walsh at a swish restaurant, posing as a Harry Carter. Col Masuto interrupts their cosy drink with a warning to this Carter, a put up job, but it endears Carter to his new friend.
Half a million in gold, that's what Carter is planning to steal, a US shipment headed via Japan for Germany. Carter's plan is to force the plane down over Italy where his getaway car will be waiting for him to drive away with the gold. He offers a 50-50 split with Walsh.
Smoothly goes this flight, until Carter and Walsh demand the pilot (Sheldon Lawrence) that he change course. In fact the pilot is expecting all this, and the landing is not at all what Walsh is expecting, for as Walsh steps off the plane, Superintendent Mercer is waiting at Blackbush Airport near London to arrest him.

Strangely, Peter Reynolds is not credited in the on screen credits. Also with uncredited speaking parts: the restaurant manager. A bouncer. A passenger on the plane, plus another couple of male and female passengers. A radio operative

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The Man Who Sold Hope

Captain Karl Moger (Walter Gotell) gives passage, for cash, to refugees, displaced persons, who want to leave Bremen for a new life. Destination England.
Anton and his son are two desperate men making the trip, but as they near England a coastguard patrol gives chase and the passengers have to be hidden in crates. Moger callously ditches them overboard.
On the upper reaches of the Thames and by the cliffs of Dover, the two boxes are washed ashore.
In a Bremen cafe is Franz Borche, desperately seeking work. Moger offers him and his wife passage to Britain. Also here, having learned this Bierhaus is a haunt of refugees, is leather clad Inspector Smith posing as Ivan, another displaced person. Ivan says he is friendless and he's ripe for Moger's attentions. Start a new life, I'll fix that, Moger offers, and a price is agreed.
Next evening, the boat sets off with Franz, his seasick wife and Smith on board, a stack of crates ominously deposited near them. When the policeman is caught signalling to the coastguard, he is knocked out and shut inside one of those crates as Anton had been earlier. Amazing, but Smith, Houdini-like, gets himself free, in time to prevent Franz and his wife being bumped off. They help Smith take Moger and his gang prisoners. In return Smith promises Franz that he'll personally sponsor their legal entry into Britain.

Uncredited speaking parts: Anton (Joseph Furst?), Anton's son (Sandor Eles?), A barman, Bremen police inspector

Compare this plot with Interpol Calling: You Can't Die Twice

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The Murder Racket
A Paris businessman is brutally murdered as he leaves his office. Insp Veroux (John Serret who is usually Insp Gouthier) has learnt the killer spoke English, and walked with a limp. Since the murder weapon is a 38, an English gun, Interpol are called in.
Inspector Smith spots similarities between this killing and that of an Englishwoman 15 months ago in Edgware. The same type of gun, and a limping man, never found, was chief suspect. We meet him, he is called Crichton (Anthony Jacobs) and he is already lining up his next contract.
Major Dartford is the owner of the 38 but claims it had been stolen, he rather suspects his ex-gardener Tim Fowler (Arnold Yarrow)- however this employee didn't walk with any sort of limp. Smith does question him and he admits selling the gun to a known felon Freddy Mason (John Martin), and this crook is kept under surveillance.
He is seen receiving a parcel from a Mrs Michelle Wright- is it a payoff? She is married to a businessman and the other victims had run respectable businesses too. Smith thinks it like the old Murder Incorporated. Well maybe, though on a smaller scale.
Smith warns Harold Wright (Jack Melford) of the danger he might face, "I can't believe it." Smith offers his protection to the nervous Wright, who bravely sits in his office waiting for the killer to strike.
"This may be it," Smith warns his boss, who has joined "a little ambushing party." Here's a well filmed final scene, the target pacing nervously to Tony Crombie's jazzy music, then we hear Crichton's footsteps as he slowly limps up the stairs. A knock at the door. Wright swallows, "come in." A gun goes off, but Wright himself is safe.
Notes: uncredited speaking extras: Veroux's assistant. Concierge (Andreas Malandrinos). Wright's secretary. Police car: SCX909. Smith drives UTM495, the crooks drive UTM496. The ending with Jack Melford in his office has echoes of the ending of Mark Saber 5:9 The Scream in the Dark
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Death Via Parcel Post

I do like the title and the opening sequence. This shows a postman strolling along a peaceful village street, in his hands a parcel that is delivered to a picturesque cottage. It's for Professor Ernest Gladstone, of Ivy Cottage Totteridge Lane N21. But it explodes and the archaeologist is killed.
Local Inspector Jamieson calls in Interpol, for Gladstone's colleague Prof Baker had recently died in a dark alley. Their other colleague is Prof Thomas (Jack Melford), the three had been excavating in Iran, where a farmer had threatened to kill them all. He is Saleb Gowali (Garrard Green). Inspector Smith flies to Iran to learn more about the fearsome Gowali, "he'd be hard to lose in a crowd," Smith comments on his evil-looking face. But somehow he has disappeared from view. Is he in England?
Smith returns to London to inquire at the Aliens' Office, but nothing is known of Gowali's presence in Britain. Smith questions the fifteen registered immigrant Iranians to see if any can help, but none can, though one Ahmed, a shoemaker, seems evasive.
Police are keeping watch to esnure that Prof Thomas is not attacked. However Ahmed alias Gowali is making his plans, buying materials to make another bomb at a local shop. "Very expensive, sir, 3.12/6d."
But when an old lady in Croydon and a housewife in Chelsea are attacked in similar circumstances, it seems the killer must be striking randomly. Smith suspects these two murders are cruelly designed to try and throw police off the scent. When the assistant at the ironmongers reads the story in the paper, he tells Inspector Smith of the surly man with a foreign accent, yet they don't identify him as Gowali.
However light dawns when the Iranian police learn that a Dr Ashanti had performed plastic surgery on Gowali, and his new features are wired to London. At once, Smith recognises the shoemaker.
But the man has fled from his shop. Obviously he is hiding, waiting to kill Prof Thomas, so Smith arranges for the police guard to be withdrawn. "He won't harm you professor," Smith adds comfortingly, though naturally Thomas is not quite so keen.
We see him fishing by a peaceful river as Gowali catches up with him. Smith gives chase through the woods and after a poorly staged scrap, Gowali is arrested.

Uncredited speaking extras: The sergeant with Inspector Jamieson. A reporter. The clerk in the Aliens Office. Charlie at the ironmongers. A messenger in Mercer's office. Larry Noble plays the postman in the opening scene, but he does not speak.
Note: Jack Melford similarly played a 'sitting duck' on behalf of the police only a year or so earlier in the Saber of London story
The Scream in the Dark

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Out Of Thin Air
On a lonely straight French lane, a police road block is smashed by a truck. Police wildly shoot at it as though this were America, and the vehicle crashes. Driver and passenger killed. Their cargo explains their reluctance to stop- solid gold lighters, clearly smuggled.
The FBI confirm that the lighters were made by a firm in Dayton Ohio, and were imported only to England. So it's via Britain that these goods had made it into France.
Inspector Gouthier fills Anthony Smith in on the case. The odd thing is, his men cannot trace where on earth this lorry came from. Smith learns from the garage owner of the truck that there is a disused airfield nearby, though later we are informed there is no such airstrip.
Smith returns to London after a seemingly pointless journey. He interviews the importer of the lighters, Carleton (Brian Worth), who also happens to run cheap student flights to France. Smith proceeds to write a cheque to hire the plane, at some expense for Interpol! He spots a suspicious crate being loaded on to today's flight by Carleton and his assistant George (Michael Balfour). When this flight lands in France it is immediately searched- but no ligthers are discovered. They must have been dropped by parachute.
Now a host of extras, the students, are transported on Smith's charter flight, with Mercer also on board, watching for the drop. Mercer feigns illness to distract the stewardess (Jill Melford), giving Smith the chance to catch Carleton in the act of jettisoning his lighters. In the subsequent struggle, George almost succeeds in pushing Smith out of the open aircraft door, but Mercer arrives in time. In a comic conclusion, Mercer nearly topples out of the open door himself.

Smith drives UTM495. There is film of him by the SNCF station and at a French garage. Uncredited speaking extras: 1 the garage owner (Andreas Malandrinos). 2 Holloway of the FBI (Gordon Tanner). 3 a male passenger with "girl friend"
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The Case of Mike Krello

9.14am October 21st in London, American atomic expert Mike Krello is abducted from his boarding house, with his papers.
Granz his boss (Colin Tapley) of Lake Electronics informs Inspector Smith that Krello, seconded from Dayton Ohio, was due to assemble a missile head with his British counterpart, Smithers. When we meet this archetypal scientist, he is so absent minded you wonder how such a weapon could ever be effective!
Miss Mary Moore (Sylvia Francis), Granz's secretary, "a very capable girl," was friendly with Mike, indeed, she tells Smith privately later that they were in love, and only this morning at 8.30 he'd phoned her to say he'd been offered a better job in Istanbul. The storyline could have followed through this subplot to advantage, but we never see Mary's reaction to news of Mike's death.
Krello's landlady Miss Mullins confirms she had served breakfast at 9am, after which the scientist had left with "another man" in a car.
Despite narrowing down the time of the disappearance, the investigation grinds to a dead end until Supt Mercer receives a report from Istanbul stating that Krello has been found, dead.
Captain Kara of the Turkish police explains the missing man had been run over by a car, run over three times, certainly no accident. However he had already been dead at this point, for he died of carbon monoxide poisoning. A description of the driver indicates he had a head wound himself.
A doctor reports treating such a person, and Wallace, the kidnapper, is found at his apartment. He is chased all round, up on the rooftop and down again, he grabs an elderly lady as hostage, but she faints and Smith gets in a shot and an arrest is effected. Miss Mullins identifies him as the kidnapper.
After being unsubtly threatened with medieval Middle Eastern torture, he caves in and admits he'd been paid 5,000 for the kidnap. Krello had been tortured to reveal his electronic secrets, but he hadn't cracked up, in fact he died suffering. This is an overlong epilogue, but the gist is that the spy ring has been smashed.

Uncredited speaking extras: 1 Professor Smithers (Derek Prentice). 2 Miss Mullins. 3 The female hostage.
In London, Smith drives a Vauxhall. The Turkish police car is a Citroen

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Killer With a Long Arm

This Brian Clemens script has a satisfying storyline, with some well defined main characters in the marksman (Peter Vaughan), and the scientist (Ian Fleming).

10am in a quiet suburb, a most untypical suburb where a hired killer is purchasing a precision rifle in a shop. By way of payment, the gunsmith, Phillips, is shot dead.
Inspector Jenkins (Robert Raglan) brings in Interpol, when fingerprints found in the shop prove to be those of professional gunman Karl. Now, with his assistant Sando (Maurice Kaufmann), he has taken over the house of astronomer Professor Wilmot, who has his own observatory on the top floor, "a perfect set up."
Inspector Smith is methodically tracing Karl's steps. A nearby milliner recalls seeing a white van outside the shop, and Mr Hemmings, a grocer, even remembers it was a laundry van, the company called Welldale. However it transpires this firm does not exist.
An alert constable spots the abandoned van, and Smith keeps watch on it, from the vantage point of a nearby cottage, owned by Johnny Peto aka Mr Olympic (Richard Shaw). As Peto does his workout, the radio is left on, with a commentary describing a ceremony to the background of music supplied by highland pipers (this same soundtrack had previously been used in Saber's Bow and Arrow).
Karl has used the observatory to fix up his rifle aimed at a position one mile away. He too listens to the radio commentary. He readies his rifle as nearby Superintendent Mercer and Inspector Smith ponder what Karl might be up to. Peto points out the neighbouring properties, including Wilmot's. The penny drops when they are told the scientist has an observatory in his home, but who is Karl trying to kill? The radio provides the answer, though our detectives take an age before they finally put two and two together. With Peto, they burst into the professor's house. It's "unbelievable", but Karl had been attempting an audacious assassination of a visiting Foreign Minister. At the last minute, The Killer with the Long Arm has been thwarted. "The law has an even longer arm," concludes Smith brightly.

The basic plot was used again in Thriller 3.3 The Eyes Have It (1973). Though it is much developed, the basic theme of an assassination from a high vantage point of an important political person is the same. Furthermore, Peter Vaughan starred in both stories!

Uncredited speaking extras: J Phillips. Mrs Farrell the milliner. Police cars seen include 892FPC and 894FPC

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Front Man
'Tis Paris in the spring, as Inspector Smith is seen arriving at Le Bourget and wandering round town before consulting with Insp Gouthier about forged pound notes, the source of which that has been tracked to the city. Jacques Gerard (Peter Dyneley) who had been a hero of the Resistance is the suspect, maybe he'd obtained the Nazi presses that were known to have been constructed in the war. In the Rue Royale, Smith, posing as a British importer, calls on Gerard's export company, but his foreceful secretary Nadia (Bandana Das Gupta) won't let anyone see her boss.
Smith has an intruder in his hotel room, a young girl who is called Jeanette (sympathetically played by Christina Lubicz), whom Smith had seen at Gerard's office. She had been his fiancee, but has been jilted, she's very worried that he has got in with a bad lot and is up to something crooked. Together they work out a scheme.
A persistent Smith calls with Jeanette at Gerard's office. He waves a forged pound note in his hand. It turns into a very sad scene as Nadia gets Jacques to tell Jeannette to go away as he no longer loves her.
Jeannette is sure Jacques is being forced into saying this and Smith comforts her with the likelihood that he is being blackmailed. His surmise is correct, for Nadia knows that Gerard killed a man during the war, Jeannette's brother in fact, who had been a traitor. Nobly, Jacques won't tell anyone the truth about the traitor in order to protect Jeanette.
To get Smith off their back, Nadia goes to Smith's room and shoots him as he sleeps in bed. Her only error is that Smith has been kindly tipped off by Jacques, and is ready for her- he isn't in his bed. She gets another shock when Jacques decides to tell the police about the whole forged note operation. This cold blooded woman stabs him in the stomach. In walks Smith to arrest her, Jacques fortunately is not seriously injured and the story ends happily with him in Jeanette's arms.

John Longden not in this story. Uncredited speaking extra: A French policeman in Gouthier's office
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The Last Words

In Wormwood Scrubs, Roger Miles is on his last legs. He has a weak heart. His cell mate Ken Haynes (Peter Murray) is with him when he dies. The police then ask Ken a strange question, what did he say before he died. Nothing says Ken. Ken and Julie reach home, but then Ken pops out. His destination is a pawnbroker. He collects some candlesticks belonging to Julie that he had had to pawn. Smith pounces and searches the bag in which Haynes is carrying the candlesticks. Nothing else in it. Then the heavies attack Ken, snatching the bag. Smith plays the Good Samaritan.
Miles had been in prison for stealing the contents of a Royal Mint van, carrying new South American currency notes. The money had never been recovered. Haynes still insists Miles told him nothing. But Parro snatches Julie, believing Ken does know something.
Of course the house where Miles had lived had been searched. But Smith does a double check when he hears Miles had often laughed about "a padded call." After some searching, Smith notices that Miles' bedroom has thicker wallpaper on one wall. Behind this is the cash.
Haynes returns home to discover his wife is being held at gunpoint. But Mercer breaks up the party.

The crooks' car is UEW863. Uncredited speaking parts: Miles (Kevin Stoney). A Scrubbs warder. Ben the pawnbroker

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International Diamond Incident
The optimistic title hides a tale of a minor swindle of a fake ruby. American John Day (Paul Carpenter) purchases for $1,000 from Jonker, an established Amsterdam dealer a two carat diamond ring, "hey, that's really something."
Back in Chelsea he presents it to his girl Gloria Richards (Jill Melford). So now they are engaged, and "everything's going to be just perfect," specially now her ex boyfriend Freddy has been seen off the scene. But when Gloria quietly takes it to a jewellers for an insurance appraisal, she gets a shock when she is told it is made of glass, "cheap dirty glass," she screams at John as she throws the ring back at him.
Supt Mercer deals with Day's complaint by sending Inspector Smith straight to Amsterdam on a rather fruitless trip. The company is indeed reputable, and that convicnes Smith that the solution to the mytsery lies back in London.
Smith checks on Danny, one of Gloria's boyfriends from a year back. He's a soldier serving in the Middlesex regiment. But he says he has not seen her for a couple of months. So to a private club frequented by Freddy (Geoffrey Bayldon). Smith poses as a salesman, and Freddy offers to get Gloria to pose for Smith, as a model, "she's a dish."
Another member at this club, rather improbably for he has little money, is Peter Langdon, and when Smith gently probes him, he readily admits his crime, that he had made the glass substitute, easy since he works at a glass factory. It's quite an impressive scene, as Smith and Langdon chat in his front room, with his kid sister watching on, his only excuse is his straightened family circumstances. Smith promises "to go to bat" for him, if he gives himself up.
Freddy and Gloria are sharing a cigarette when Inspector Smith comes a-calling with Peter. It would appear that Gloria had not been in on the swindle, and she now finds out rather too late that she had needlessly ditched John.
A taxi used is VLK166. Uncredited speaking extras: The London jeweller. Joe the Yard lab technician. A Dutch policeman. Peter's kid sister
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Murder Below Decks
About to depart Southampton for New York, a liner is delayed when the corpse of Ali Duando is found knifed in Cabin 74. This Pakistani from Hammersmith had been emigrating to America.
His Hammersmith landlady tells Inspector Smith that he did have a girlfriend, a Miss Barlam, whereabouts unknown. He had worked at a spice company, Moturno his boss tells of a quiet boy, "a very fine worker." But he'd left when his uncle had offered him a job in the States. His girl friend turns out to be Moturno's secretary, but she's a little evasive, claiming Ali had been more interested in his old mother back in Pakistan than her.
"It's a conspiracy of silence," observes Superintendent Mercer, and Smith concurs. They're afraid of something. So Smith flies to Karachi, and then drives on to West Pakistan and Ali's home village.
In Arraka, the local police chief informs Smith that Mrs Duando had died three months ago of natural causes. But it is clear Ali had left his homeland in order to make enough money for his starving family. Kuali, the village moneylender, had paid for Ali's passage to England.
The conspiracy of silence is broken when Miss Barlam is persuaded to talk. Evidently Moturno had been running "the old kick back routine" forcing his employees to pay back their fare to England at extortionist rates of interest. They are also forced to carry packages on their journey from Pakistan, which Smith surmises must contain narcotics. proof of this is found in Moturno's office, but Moturno catches Smith and Miss Barlam rifling his desk. Before he sets his thugs on them, he helpfully explains that he had ordered Ali's death, since Ali was trying to break away by fleeing to America.
However the henchmen are pretty anaemic and Smith knocks them both out before Supt Mercer steps in to make his arrests. "Bless you daddy-o," concludes Smith.

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Tight Secret
Tom Gates is making up to Mitzi, the daughter of a retired jeweller named Otto Kaufman (Gerard Heinz) who hoards his wealth in his own private strongroom. Tom also has some undesirable friends in Vic (George Pastell) and a defrocked doctor named Courant (John Gabriel).
The trio plan to rob Kaufman, but how to obtain the secret code, known only to the jeweller, that will open the strongroom and the safe?
But Kaufman is suspicious of Tom and he seeks Interpol's advice. Supt Mercer and Inspector Smith identify Tom as ex-jewel thief Tom Groves who has at least been going straight for the past ten years. Smith promises to keep a watch, and Kaufman plays along with Tom, showing him his airtight strongroom. The secret of the combination to his safe is also a tight secret.
The next evening, after Tom and Kaufman have dined, Kaufman feigns tiredness. Tom lets his friends in the house, but when he sees that Courant is to administer pentathol, the truth drug, on the old man, he objects, and finds himself tied up. The drug soon takes effect and Kaufman tells Vic the number to open the strongroom, 1-4-6-8-1-4. Now for the combination of the safe, 9-4-3-8-6-9, or does he say 'eins' for that last digit? He is relapsing into German.
The room is unlocked easily, now to the safe. A problem with that last digit. When 9 is dialled in, the outer door of the room swings shut. A trap. So though the crooks can open the safe at the second attempt, and help themselves to the gold and the pearls, they cannot get out. What's more there is little air!
Inspector Smith breaks into the house and unties Tom. Now to rescue the crooks. The old man, in German, tells Smith Die Nummer and the suffocated Vic and Courant are released, but only to be informed, "you're on your way to Scotland Yard."
This proved an interesting role for Jack May as the crook who develops a conscience

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Inside Job

A simple start to a world ranging story. A man in the London suburbs is knocked down and killed by a Ford Consul. Papers show he was an Italian named Julius, from Rome, but in his case is a consignment of heroin. In his pocket a card bearing the name John Frawley.
This person is currently in prison, so Supt Mercer and Insp Smith question him there. For some time off his sentence he is agreeable to admit Julius was a pusher trying to break in on the British scene. But of course Frawley had refused to have any dealings with the crook. However in case Frawley changed his mind, he did have the name of who to contact, a Harry Peters of 265 West 65th Street New York.
With FBI backing, Smith poses as Frawley and contacts Peters (Robert Arden). He's an importer and exporter of textiles. Peters asks Smith for the dough for the consignmen. Smith has to stall. He is unable to wheedle the name of the top man behind the operation from Peters, who decides to keep close tabs on Smith.
Peters shows Smith the sights, including Eddie's Club where there's an interval as they sip bourbon and a group plays jazz. The number Cheeky Chappie is the sign for Peter's mate Joe to deliberately pick a fight with Smith. It's a test of Smith's fighting ability and he sure comes thru that one OK, "hey mister, you can certainly use your dukes."
That seems to sway Peters and the two are soon as thick as thieves. Smith can now meet the boss, however to do so they have to fly all the way to Rome.
At the Albergo Merulana, they wait until sent for. Smith snatches the chance to contact the carabineri, but what Inspector Ricardi overhears at his end of the line is Smith being found out by Peters' right hand man Basset. Smith knocks Basset out and hides the unconscious body just as Peters comes in to say the meeting is all fixed up.
There's a surprise, as the boss is Signora Alexis (Nyree Dawn Porter), "I'm not used to dealing with a woman," Smith admits. Her response, "I like a man who asks questions." But there's no more time for small talk as Basset must have regained consciousness for he bursts in. Hasty plans are hatched to "get rid" of traitor Smith, but luckily the police have followed Basset and the game is up. "A very tough assignment," concludes Smith.

Notes: The Ford car is 358KMT. Uncredited speaking extras: John Frawley. A barman (Harry Towb). Joe, the man who picks a fight. Customer at bar. Italian page boy.
The end titles, though not the music, are strangely in the style of Saber of London, ie not the usual map of the world as a background

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Man Alone
A long sequence depicting a robbery outside a bank starts this one off. 50,000 snatched, and one guard shot. The robbery has all the trademarks of the crook Paul Lloyd, who is reported to have left Blackbush Airport, destination Florence. At the Albergo Meruluna in a remote village in northern Italy, he hides, safe since snow has all but cut off the area.
The local policeman Giovanni (Robert Rietty) spots a chance for promotion when he recognises Lloyd. He calmly arrests the criminal, playing everything by the book.
The inexperienced local policeman had permitted Lloyd the traditional phone call, but Lloyd used the opportunity to phone Rome to warn the rest of his gang. They show up to rescue their boss, shooting dead the most unfortunate Giovanni.
Insp Anthony Smith is on his way! However I couldn't see any sign of the snow at all! Smith arrives in time to arrest Lloyd. But the gang are on hand to stop him leaving. They pace down below, while Smith, in the prisoner's bedroom, ponders his next move. One crook Barney (Michael Balfour) bursts into Lloyd's room, but Smith wounds him and he retreats.
As a time filler, Lloyd reviles Smith and tries to bribe him. This sequence is quite informative, as the writer gives us some background to Smith's character, his father had been a "cop" dying on duty. Smith had taken a law degree. The two of them are on opposite sides of the law.
Smith puts the handcuffs on his prisoner and walks out. A shooting match inevitably ensues. One crook, Charley, readies to shoot Smith. But he is shot down... by Lloyd.
Perhaps their conversation had done some good after all.

The crooks drive a Humber HMJ868. Uncredited speaking role: Anna the wife of Giovanni
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Mistaken Identity
What's a burnt-out car doing beside a quiet French road? And whose body is inside? Not that of Frederick Benson, despite the corpse wearing Benson's ring and watch, for his wife Ruth (Dorothy Gordon) is positive it is not he. Inspector Gouthier is baffled, so he calls in Interpol.
Harris takes fingerprints Benson has left at his home and office, and the fact is established beyond doubt, that the corpse is not Benson's. Now follows a sequence of shots showing police footwork, it is a montage of clips from other Man from Interpol stories, including The Murder Racket, All The Dead Were Harrisons, and Killer with a Long Arm. Finally the dead man is proved to be smuggler Peter Lacey, who had gone to Paris three days previously, according to his wife, "for an easy way to make money." She breaks down when told he is dead. She just doesn't know who had lured him there, but a barman at the local remembers he had been drinking with a man, identity also unknown. However this man's girlfriend is a dancer at the Alhambra named Julie Marsh (Lois Dane). Her flatmate says Julie isn't at home, she'd left three days ago to get married. Her husband is Frederick Benson.
So where is Benson now? Evidently he had helped himself to 25,000 of his firm's cash, according to their accountant, and these banknotes have been deposited in a Rome bank! The deposit made by a Mrs Harry Walters but the address supplied to the bank is a false one. Inspector Smith waits with Inspector Ricardi for Mrs Walters to make a withdrawal. When she does so she proves to be Julie Marsh, and she is followed back to her husband who is Benson (Charles Leno). They had been getting ready for a new life in South America. Ruth Benson identifies her husband in a sad scene, which could have been made more poignant. The fugitives are arrested.
One police car is MGF287. Smith drives UTM495. Uncredited speaking extras: Harris (Howard Lang), Miss Prentice Benson's secretary, Mrs Lacey, Barman (Denis Shaw), Julie's room mate, A policeman in Mercer's office, Field an accountant (John Stuart), a bank cashier
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Missing Child
A half minute scene shows Inspector Smith driving up round Belgrave Square to a foreign embassy. His Excellency Haja (Ferdy Mayne) is worried as his eight year old son Steven has been missing for three hours. His nanny Miss Tanner (Marion Mathie) is even more upset as she had been in charge of Steven when, returning from their daily trip to the park, she had stopped off at a newsagents. Steven had waited outside, but when she emerged, he had gone, "my baby!"
Her distress is in contrast to Haja's calmness. Also upset is Steven's mother, who has removed herself to the Albion Court Hotel. There's something she seems to be hiding from Smith.
After six hours, a breakthrough. The French chef at the Embassy had been sacked recently, and he's been spotted driving round in a posh car. When Smith calls, the chef (Derek Blomfield) is enjoying a slap up meal with his family, but he's in the clear for his fortune has come from a win on the pools. But the chef reveals that Haja and his wife had been already living apart, after the ambassador's matrimonial indiscretion.
At last a communication from the kidnapper. A demand for 200.
Smith fetches the rather pathetic Mrs Haja back to the embassy and explains his theory to the family. This paltry demand for 200 has helped him solve the case, you see, Steven wrote that note, his way of trying to get his mother and father together again. His favourite hiding place is the attic, Miss Tanner reveals, and it's here that he is found, a storm in a teacup! He apologises and it all ends happily. Haja admits he's been a middle aged fool and gives his thanks to Mercer and Smith.

Uncredited speaking extra: Dr Felix (Colin Tapley). Smith drives UTM495. The plaque on Mercer's door is incorrectly spelled "Superintendant Mercer"
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Death in Oils

John C Terence's private US art collection is on display at a London gallery. Nightwatchman Albert Vogel sees an intruder and phones the police, but is shot dead. Terence (Robert Ayres) informs Interpol that he has just discovered that $400,000 dollars worth of paintings have been replaced with near perfect fakes, but fakes nonetheless. But how could anyone have copied the originals so quickly?
Herr Fliegler (Ralph Michael) had organised this exhibition, part of a European tour taking in Dublin, Lisbon, Marseilles and Naples, not perhaps the highspots of European culture. Why such second rate centres, Inspector Smith ponders.
Inspector Collins of the Yard has learned that Vogel was a painter, and Interpol confirm he has had convictions for art forgery. In his room is found a scrap of paper with Pier 12 scribbled on it.
The SS Hagel is at Pier 12, having docked from Hamburg. Undercover policewoman Mary West (Silvia Francis) makes friends with the ship's captain, Gerdhardt (Walter Gotell), meeting him at his favourite pub. She tells him she's eloping and the captain, who has a soft spot for a pretty face, agrees to give her and her fiance, Inspector Smith in disguise, passage.
Once on board, Smith looks round and overhears Karl the first mate discussing his killing of Vogel with the captain. In his cabin is a wonderful photocopying machine that can somehow reproduce incredibly accurately any painting. Karl finds Smith out, but after a fight Karl is knocked overboard. It appears that this machine is kept hidden on SS Hagel, and thus all the exhibition venues had to be near a port. It seems also that Vogel is rather a red herring.
On docking, Smith and his fiance, by way of thanks, agree to take the forgeries through customs and Smith is taken to a large house where the mastermind behind the robbery lives. Smith is recognised, and Gerhardt is ordered to silence him. This looks like the end for Inspector Smith, who gets in one punch before Supt Mercer and Mary swoop to arrest the gang. What happens to the invaluable photocopier is not stated

Uncredited speaking extra: A German policeman. Smith drives UTM495

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Multi Murder

The 12.40 Flight VLT35 is departing London Airport for Budapest, incredibly only five passengers on board this giant plane! One is businessman Charles Henry Harper, seen off by his nephew Bruno. He has placed a bomb in his uncle's attache case, and at 4.25 there's an awful explosion over the Austrian and Hungarian border. Bruno is set to bag 5,000 insurance, plus his uncle's inheritance.
"Superintendant" Mercer introduces Inspector Anthony Smith to Major Tremayne of Military Intelligence and Harold Purcell (Robert Raikes) of the Northway Aircraft Company. Having discussed possible international implications, Smith and Purcell fly out to Vienna to examine the wreckage which is being gathered in a remote farm barn. Pieces of the plane have scattered over several miles, indeed some of the debris is over the Hungarian border. As a key part of the fuselage is missing, the likely area where the explosion must have occurred, the investigation grinds to an inevitable halt.
Inspector Vilmech (Guy Deghy) of Austrian Interpol reluctantly gives Smith a visa to contact the Hungarian police, who are no part of Interpol. Smith must have a very long walk from the border, as he travels on foot!
Kommisar Stermolk (Alexis Chesnakov) is evasive at first, but Smith appeals to his professionalism and after a drink of vodka, any Western plot about an abortive bomb attack on Budapest is dispelled, more especially so when the pair share together their love of Sherlock Holmes ("not approved literature"). I liked this well acted scene.
I don't understand how, but by late that evening Smith is back at the farm with a lorryload of debris, including the damaged fuselage. Purcell is able to pin the source of the bomb down to Harper's luggage. The fact that Bruno has gained from his uncle's death sets Mercer on to the nephew, and he is arrested.
By way of thanks to his colleague behind the Iron Curtain, Smith sends Stermolk some Sherlock Holmes novels and even a Holmes pipe. They are well received.

Uncredited speaking extras: Bruno (John Charlesworth) who has many scenes in none of which except the last is he required to speak. Stermolk's assistant.

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The Child of Eve
According to the narrator, this is "one of the most amusing cases," of the series- it might be if you have a wayout sense of humour. It's the protracted story of "so beautiful" Dinah (Lisa Daniely) who lives in provincial France, but longs for the bright lights. In gullible Pierre Latour, she sees her chance, persuading him to sell off his vineyard and take her to Paris.
But on the eve of their wedding, she walks off with his wallet and family heirlooms. Pierre has to pay their hotel bill, as he has no money he's left to wash the dishes. Naturally he wants revenge and as she had flown to London, he approaches Superintendent Mercer and Inspector Anthony Smith to locate her. Start over again is their best advice, but Pierre wants her caught and prosecuted.
As she'd always wanted to be a singer, Pierre believes she might be working in a club. In fact she is, for having quickly spent Pierre's fortune, she had got on the books of Bowman's Theatrical Agency.
"You ain't got what it takes, baby," but despite this discouragement she had persisted and Mr Bowman had found her a post with a number three band. But though she has little talent, she gains her male admirers, and this brings her a contract to sing in America.
This is announced in the papers, and thus Mercer and Smith are able to track her down. She denies stealing Pierre's money, but the family crest on her handbag gives her away. She tries bluff but Smith isn't fooled, and she is under arrest.
Or is she? In the Interpol office, Pierre and Dinah have a fierce argument but when it blows over, they kiss and make up, now once more engaged. Inspector Smith even agrees to be the best man. What can you say?
The story is performed by a minimal cast of six, everything on the cheap

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The Golden Shiri

Khan, a wealthy Eastern potentate, has just held a lavish party in his Mayfair home, but one of his guests has stolen his valuable gold statue. Khan is the spiritual leader of a sect, this golden shiri the symbol of his authority. It must be recovered urgently, before it is melted down.
From the Yard files, he identifies one of his guests as Curt Bridges (Neil Hallett), a known con man, and Rome Interpol inform Supt Mercer that he has been seen in Rome.
We see Curt imbibing champagne with a new conquest at the Club Florida, where the resident photographer snaps him. To prevent his picture being circulated, this innocent employee of the restaurant is later killed.
Inspector Smith is sent to Rome. We see him walk, yes walk, past the Colosseum to the office of Interpol Inspector Ricardi. The local police tell them that Bridges had been at the Club Florida, with a very pretty companion. It's a puzzle why Bridges had killed the photographer in order to steal the prints, but had failed to take the negatives also. But Smith, when he has developed the relevant negatives is able to definitely identify the man as Bridges. The girl in the photo, Barbara (Diane Aubrey) calls at the club next day to get her photo. Smith is waiting, posing as Larry, an old army buddy of Curt's, but all she can say is that Curt has left Rome by train, she knows not where.
After checking the trains, Bridges is traced to a village 50 miles north of Rome. A "fast car" takes Smith there in an hour, though the shots hardly suggest the car could have made that good time. Bridges attempts to escape when Smith knocks at his door, and is shot dead.
However there is no sign of the missing statue so Smith has to return home from Ciampino airport. Flight 38 to London, and perhaps it's no coincidence that a fellow passenger happens to be Barbara. She is bringing back a souvenir for her mother, and at London Airport Smith tips off customs to examine the package.
So another case is closed, the last for the Man from Interpol. "It was nice of her to bring it back for us."

Uncredited speaking extras: 1 Khan's servant. 2 The lady photographer at the club. 3 Airport receptionist. 4 The sergeant in Mercer's office. 5 London Customs officer. Also in a non speaking role as a policeman is Danziger extra John Martin

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