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The Model Murder Case (1963)

Girl in the Headlines (original title)
When a beautiful girl is murdered, Inspector Birkett finds that she had some famous friends who don't want publicity.

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Michael Truman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hendry ... Insp. Birkett
Ronald Fraser ... Sgt. Saunders
Margaret Johnston ... Mrs. Gray
Natasha Parry ... Perlita Barker
Jeremy Brett ... Jordan Barker
Kieron Moore ... Herter
Peter Arne ... Hammond Barker
Jane Asher ... Lindy Birkett
Rosalie Crutchley ... Maude Klein
Robert Harris ... William Lamotte
Duncan Macrae ... Barney
Zena Walker ... Mildred Birkett
James Villiers ... David Dane
Alan White Alan White ... Insp. Blackwell
Martin Boddey ... Inspector
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When a beautiful girl is murdered, Inspector Birkett finds that she had some famous friends who don't want publicity.

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Who Killed Ursula Gray?...a mystery thriller in the fine British tradition!

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Mystery | Crime | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Model Murder Case See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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Doug Robinson worked five days. See more »

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Casta Diva
From the opera "Norma" by Vincenzo Bellini
Sung by Elizabeth Vaughan
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Murdered Model's Mystery Life
18 September 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Based on a 1961 novel by the actor Laurence Payne called 'The Nose on My Face' this enjoyable little murder mystery with an interesting cast - most of them still relatively young - and shot on familiar London locations seems on the surface charmingly old-fashioned (everybody is so immaculately dressed, and ball-point pens were still sufficiently novel for one to be an important plot point).

Yet the the victim is described as "a little nympho...without morals or scruples of any kind" who came to London to have "an operation" after getting pregnant by her mother's fiancée. "Reefers" and "cocaine" are also mentioned by name and a character is stabbed to death in what is obviously a gay club. Incredibly this only carried an 'A' certificate in 1963, which shows how rapidly times were then changing.

Like Inspector Morse, Ian Hendry (who was still young and dashing then before his drinking got the better of him) as the detective drives a Bentley and knows his opera. Coincidence?


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