Maguire's sidekick is Inspector Pybus (Richard Bebb). He is also assisted by Sgt Frazer of CID.
Director: Terence Fisher.
Heaton Radio Taxis have six cabs fitted with two way radios. Some crooks lead by Waymac (Martin Benson) seize the chance to take over the firm temporarily, because they want to assassinate Dr Stafford, an American scientist, who is flying in to London Airport and then being escorted to Harwell. By so doing they hope to "strain relations between Britain and the United States." No comment needed.
Fortunately one of the taxi drivers overhears their plan and manages to warn the Yard before being shot dead in a phone box.
Controlling six cabs, the crooks are able to cover every possible route the prof might take. Stafford is shadowed as Maguire and Pybus shield him off the plane and in to a waiting police vehicle. He's actually a decoy, but Maguire still manages to save the double's life before dashing off to join Stafford "on route A4."
Taxi No 1 waits in ambush, with the idea of puncturing the tyres before Taxi 6 moves in for the kill. But Maguire is too good for them and Taxi 1 is captured and the driver of Six wounded.
So Waymac orders remaining his Taxis to rendezvous with him at the junction of the A4 and A320 "west of Reading."
However Pybus swoops on the hq of Heaton Taxis and overhears where they plan to strike next- near a bridge at Littlewich Green on the A4 ("Route 4A" this time!). This is Tykes Water Bridge.
So there the assassins wait, by a mud track that seems nothing like a main road. Cunning Maguire again proves smarter, by borrowing a van which he drives himself to reconnoitre the location. On foot eight police then creep up on the gang. The peaceful country scene is filled with fighting. Maguire has great pleasure in informing the captured Waymac that it had been a wild goose chase anyway!
A final philosophical comment from Maguire referring to the dead taxi driver, "the courage and tenacity of the ordinary unknown man, that sets the pattern for an entire nation." He was being serious too
Maguire is attached to S Division.
His assistant is Sgt Tom Chester (John Howlett).
"Police, Scotland Yard. This is a Burcot Automatic Burglar Alarm, operating at Beldon's Fur Shop High Street Rocksfield. These premises are being broken into."
A quick swoop leads to the capture of Davies but the other two thieves escape.
Davies has had several convictions, working previously with someone named Len Peters. Peters' mate Darren Carson reports back to their boss Bernard Rolt. The stolen furs are handed to furrier Samuel Finch (Arthur Lowe uncredited) whose task is to remove the branding and remodel the skins.
Investigation reveals only two fur stores have not yet been targetted by these thieves, Anson's, and Fur Fashions, at 98 Cavendish Square W1, and owned by Mr Rolt.
Maguire sets a trap for Rolt after yet another robbery. He suggests that Rolt installs a Mechanical Watchman in his store as everyone else is doing so. All except Gordon's. Rolt pricks up his ears. Inside information from the Yard itself!
But of course Maguire is ready and waiting at Gordon's. Twelve garments have been given "special treatment."
"All I have got to do," remarks the poor manager, "is wait to be robbed." Indeed it is not long before the crooks drive up in a stolen car 412 LMK. Maguire watches from a nearby unmarked van. He follows as they drive away, "if I lose them now," he admits, "I'm in big trouble."
The crooks switch from the stolen vehicle to their own van. Maguire is on the ball however as they pursue the thieves past St Paul's. The furs are deposited with Finch and after they have driven off, Maguire arrests them.
Maguire lets Finch work on the furs, as he wants the boss! Rolt plans his next move a few days later- pretend his own premises are being ransacked. At the same time the newly remodelled goods are collected from Finch and taken to "The Broadway, Golders Park." The new Mechanical Watchman is set off. Maguire arrives immediately: "Mr Maguire, you got here fast!"
Rolt plays the innocent until an infra red lamp on the furs shows up the marks 'MM,' Maguire's own initials that he had had invisibly branded on them. After a struggle, Maguire completes his arrests
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"The watchman caught me at it!" He has to be shot in a £9,000 hold up at United Plastics. This gives Jack Bingham (Bill Fraser) a problem, since his partner Jeff (William Hartnell) is badly injured and cannot walk. So Jack calls an ambulance to the crime scene and with professional aid gets Jeff carried to an ambulance which he then neatly nicks.
Maguire discovers the abandoned vehicle. A tramp informs Maguire he saw the pair transferring to a Morris Minor heading in the Letchford direction.
Jeff is in a bad way, so Jack breaks into Letchford Hospital to steal some morphia, but theft turns to murder when he's forced to strangle a nurse who spots him at it.
"He and his wounded pal are somewhere in this town," notes Maguire, so after placing a cordon around the whole area, he proposes a novel action, "without precedent in the annals of British crime," that of fingerprinting the entire town, population 25,000, hence the title of this film.
The Chief Constable arranges for this to be done, and somehow everyone is cooperative, but what happens when the fingerprint man arrives at Jack's hideout? Jeff's prints are taken as Jack thinks they aren't looking for him. But they are. He'd accidentally left his prints in the hospital.
Maguire and Gates zoom off to 8 Croxley Gardens. A final chase enlivens the tale. Jack flees by crashing his Morris Minor out of his garage. Some hope of escaping the cops with those wheels! The police Wolseley has soon caught him up, and resorting to a foot race, Jack struggling with Maguire, rolls down into a steep quarry and is arrested.
A straightfaced Maguire comments as 24,999 sets of prints are ceremoniously burned, "without public goodwill any police force is licked"
Fashions in Crime
With Inspector Trant. Also Patricia Driscoll as Det Sgt Ann Hawkins.
A bobby in Mayfair answers a 999 call, and finds model Laura Harris (Zena Marshall) fighting with a man. "It was an accident."
M Victor is complaining his fashion designs are being stolen. Not a police matter, Maguire tells him. But if it is linked to the theft of a diamond bracelet, Maguire will sort it out.
Laura's partner Rex gives her a locket, inside is a hidden camera, so that she can photo Victor's latest creations. Mike goes to see her, felling both Rex and Laura's latest friend Trevor. Maguire's hunch, correct as ever, is that she is being blackmailed into photoing the dresses.
Det Sgt Ann Hawkins is recruited as Victor's new model, she's on the lookout for a possible secret camera. She spots Laura taking out her locket. She grabs it, the girls fight. "Just as I thought," smiles Maguire.
Laura has her locket which she takes to Rex, but they find the film has been removed from the locket. Rex drives Laura to his storeroom in a basement and there commences to strangle her. Maguire and Hawkins are close behind, but go to Rex's office, He's not there, so they dash to the store. Rex runs away, Maguire pursues, Rex starts to shoot. Maguire overpowers him and the stolen bracelet is found on his person.
Back at the station, Laura makes a statement.
Uncredited roles: Insp Trant. PC Carter. Lady Weston. Woman dresser. Police car: MXC334. Trevor drives SFC299. Rex's car: 34RMH
Maguire is attached to X Division.
His assistant is Det.Sgt Leonard (Richard Bebb).
A novel way of robbing offices has been devised by an ingenious gang. You stand on the roof of a stolen van, point your gun through a first floor office window and steal the payroll. Then make your getaway in the van, quickly abandoning it for motor bikes.
Thus we watch as van LMY564 drives up to Hexton and Elliot's offices, and the £8,000 payroll is stolen. The Phoenix van is abandoned as the crooks zoom off across fields on their motorcycles. Then to a motor cycle scramble to establish an alibi. While Maguire is still puzzling out how they got away, they're preparing another job, a rent collection agency. Maguire works out how they operate and that they use a woman accomplice just as we see the trio locate a suitable removal van (in the scene it's shown as Tennison Avenue - in Borehamwood).
At the motorcycle scramble meeting Maguire learns one rider, Kemp, has gone awol, along with his mechanic Groves. Then they hear the van has been stolen from outside 97 Bolster Lane, to where Maguire rushes to interview the plump lady who saw it all.
There's an alert out for a Joseph Barnes Hammersmith van, but Maguire's one step behind the crooks who at this moment are smashing a first floor office window. The robbery ends with a shooting. Maguire somehow anticipates where they're heading for, to switch to their bikes. Idly waiting at the side of a road, the girl, Sue is waiting, and there's the van, but the two villains flee across the fields. Maguire's motorcycle cops follow but not close enough. Last seen down the Wembley road. Police cars and bikes flash after their quarry.
The crooks have only one chance, hide in the old Wembley Stadium. "We're trapped, there's no way out," groans Groves pretty obviously, as the police arrive. With a loudhailer, Maguire shouts in confirmation, "you haven't got a chance of getting out."
Groves gives himself up leaving Kemp to shoot it out- just as well there's no soccer match going on! Maguire does that old circle round and attack from the rear trick, and overpowers Kemp.
With the football pitch as a backdrop, Maguire ends with some more words of wisdom for his sergeant
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