Now here's a a real longshot. I saw the film in question on tv sometime in the 1990s. It is a British production, definately not a prestige effort, and certainly not well-known, a B-mover perhaps. It is B&W.
The setting is a rural, seaside area. Two police detectives are investigating a major crime (yes, just the two of them, things were different back then...) which is of the order of murder. (I don't remember exactly)
All the actors involved are wellknown British character faces, and I want to know what the film is as much as to put names to those faces as anything else. All of them are just hovering on the edge of my memory.
The denoument depends on the fact that the alibi of a main suspect is discovered to be false by chance (by a detective seeing an old poster on a wall) in that he cannot possibly have been doing what he claimed because the date in question was a Bank Holiday, and therefore whatever it was was closed or unavailable. (Ah, the Golden Age....wasn't it all so much better then!)
And while I'm here, here's another one that I have tried before; it's a Channel 4 drama from the early 1980s. The setting is Britain (well, England really) as if in an alternate world, where it is actually a landlocked nation in Middle Europe, roughly where Belarus is in our world. The time is the 19th century (equivalent) and the country is about to be overrun by an invading power. The action takes place in a substantial country mansion. Any ideas?
Hah! If there's one thing I can absolutely say about my query movie is that it is most definately not BRIGHTON ROCK.
I'm looking for a comparatively unknown minor film, not one of the most famous British movies of the post-WW2 era which rather than being full of British repertory actors is led by Richard Attenborough and William Hartnell. Hardly a minor forgotten gem, is it. (One new fact about the query film - I think that the senior policeman was played by a Nigel-somebody, but searching gives to clue so far.)
OK, we're not doing too well on this - so can anyone give me a line on a thing that appeared (I think) in one of the BBC satire shows of the 1960s. Either NOT SO MUCH A PROGRAMME or BBC3, though I'm tending towards the former. It was either a one-off sketch or, more likely a recurring routine and was a filmed insert called WACK AND THE PLASTICATORS (spelling may vary on both significant words!). I've searched for info on this everywhere and found nothing. It was some kind of humourous parody of the then-current fetish for Liverpudlianism coupled with the equally current interest in the use of plastic explosive (see the OAS etc) to make political points. I think.
That's an interesting link, definately. We're in the right area here, no doubt, but my first skim through doesn't make any instant connection.
I'll certainly go through it again (and again and again, obsessively...) just in case simply reading lists of British character actors gives a fit to one of the faces I dimly (this is about 13-14 years back on late-night tv, after all!) remember.
As usual my wife insists she has no memory at all of seeing this film, even though I know she was sitting right next to me at the time. Somehow that brings back to mind Stifyn Parri and I'R GARD.