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The Delavine Affair (1955)

A man's death leads a local newspaperman and the man's girlfriend to seek the killer.


Douglas Peirce


George Fisher (screenplay), Robert H. Chapman (based on the original story: "Winter Wears A Shroud") (as Robert Chapman) | 1 more credit »


Complete credited cast:
Peter Reynolds ... Rex Banner
Honor Blackman ... Maxine
Gordon Jackson ... Florian
Valerie Vernon Valerie Vernon ... Lola
Michael Balfour ... Sammy
Peter Neil Peter Neil ... Inspector Johnson
Laurie Main ... Summit
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... Meyerling (as Peter Swannick)
Katie Johnson ... Mrs. Bissett
Mark Daly Mark Daly ... Mr. Bissett
Anna Turner Anna Turner ... Mrs. Halloran
Mae Bacon Mae Bacon ... Fanny (as Mai Bacon)
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Old Man
Vernon Kelso Vernon Kelso ... Macgregor
Christie Humphrey Christie Humphrey ... Maid
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A man's death leads a local newspaperman and the man's girlfriend to seek the killer.

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Sammy drives along Edith Grove in Chelsea, London to meet Rex. As he does so, he passes the house with the flat that was to be the home of Brian Jones, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones in 1962 - 1963. See more »

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However did 1950s police manage without the help of amateur sleuths?
12 December 2010 | by new_market41See all my reviews

Rex Banner, played by Peter Reynolds, is the proprietor of a news agency and having an eye for a good story, becomes an amateur sleuth to find out who murdered his friend Gospel Joe and as a consequence, who was responsible for the theft of the Delavine diamonds sometime earlier. Joe had information about the theft and had asked to see Rex but just as Rex finds his friends body the police arrive and he is initially treated as a suspect.

I found this film quite entertaining for a mid-1950s second feature with interesting characters, good acting, decent plot and a dash of humour. Peter Reynolds, who was often condemned to playing shifty villains in British films, is able and smooth in the role of detective, keeping several steps ahead of the clueless police. I have to say that any film with Honor Blackman, playing his delicious wife, will automatically get my vote. Bit-part spotters will be pleased to see two of Britain's most prolific here. Firstly Michael Balfour reprises for the umpteenth time the hero's sidekick, helping out with a spot of research for Rex and being on hand at the finale. Then the unsung Hal Osmond lifts an otherwise routine scene with a colourful cameo as the 'old man' with the cough. In my opinion THE DELAVINE AFFAIR is a slightly above average film for the genre.

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Release Date:

3 January 1955 (UK) See more »

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Murder Is News See more »

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Croydon-Passmore See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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