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Inspector Morse - Last Seen Wearing [DVD]

John Thaw , Kevin Whately    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: John Thaw, Kevin Whately
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B003KTN31Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,056 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This 1988 episode from the second series of the long-running Inspector Morse series sends Morse (John Thaw), that cultured curmudgeon of a police detective, on the six-month-old case of a missing schoolgirl. "She's dead", he proclaims, dismissing the case as a dead end and a waste of time, but true to form he relentlessly investigates and uncovers something he didn't expect: a conspiracy at the girl's private school that results in murder.

Still early in the series (it lasted until The Remorseful Day in 2000), we find Morse still getting comfortable with his young partner Sergeant Lewis (Kevin Whately), the family man who would rather head home than end the day with a pint with his partner. Morse is up to his old tricks, sneaking scotch in coffee mugs at crime scenes and taking beer breaks, and Thaw plays the loner detective without a hint of self consciousness as he shifts his theories around throughout his investigations. And in the best tradition of British TV mysteries, this is a mystery solved not by shoot-outs or car chases but by relentless investigation and sheer brain power (helped along by a couple of pints of ale). Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers) and Julia Sawalha (Saffron from Absolutely Fabulous) have small parts as schoolgirls questioned by Morse and Lewis. --Sean Axmaker,

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Another case for the ale-drinking Oxford detective. When the wealthy and powerful father of a girl who has been missing for six months insists that she must be found, Morse (John Thaw) becomes convinced of her death. However, upon making enquiries at the exclusive boarding school attended by the girl before her disappearance, Morse begins to suspect that there is more to the case than meets the eye.

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5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Morse 31 Jan 2008
Format:VHS Tape
As a Morse TV series buff, for me this is one of the best of the Morse stories. The plot centres around a missing schoolgirl and keeps the interest throughout. As usual, the filming is superb and cries out quality. As for the acting, I felt that the (to me, otherwise unknown) actress Fiona Mollinson stole the show totally in the role of headmaster's wife. To call this blonde a beauty would be a gross understatement. What a babe! A perfect mixture of beauty, style, class and sex appeal. She even looks irresistible in a duffel coat! Amazing...Morse and Lewis are their usual selves and played to a T, though Morse's drinking is emphasized more than usual, with Detective Chief Superintendent Strange having to put him on the carpet a couple of times because of it. Until I saw the Amazon synopsis, I missed Liz Hurley as a Lesbian-curious schoolgirl, though in fact she played it well, her (to me) lumpily shapeless-boyish figure fitting the role well indeed. In fact, it might turn out to have been her best acting role as well as one of her first!

I was intrigued to see that the girls' school in the film seemed to be my Alma Mater, Reading Blue Coat (now co-ed, I believe, but boys only until the 80's), which has been the location for a number of films, including the Simon Raven-scripted, David Hemming vehicle and terminal flop Unwin, Wittering and Zigo, which was filmed in the early 70,s when I was there. If I am not mistaken, the scene with Liz Hurley in this episode of Morse was the bit of the garden and lawn by the Headmaster's study in the main school building.

An inventive storyline, making this a good watch for a couple of hours with a drink or two!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent plot line and fine acting.... 24 Feb 2001
By Dianne Foster - Published on
LAST SEEN WEARING was one of the first dramatizations of the BBC/PBS series of 33 episodes based on the character of Endeavor Morse, Detective Chief Inspector of the Thames Valley Police Department--serving the city of Oxford in England. LSW is actually based on one of the 13 books Dexter wrote, and contains a clever and complex plot. I think I'm fairly intelligent, and I read many mysteries, but I will say, I was baffled by this story. I read the book first, and recommend you do too.
The storyline is this--a young girl who is a day student at a private girl's school fails to come home one day. The police are called in to find the girl. Six months later, the girl is still missing and Morse is put on the case. He tells Sargeant Lewis, "She's dead." "Why do you say that Sir?" says Lewis. Morse replies, "Because I'm the three-file man. They bring me in when there are three files, and when there are three files, someone's gone missing too long." So the first mystery is this, is the girl alive as Lewis says, or is she dead as Morse insists??
If she is dead, who killed her? The headmaster of the school has been behaving suspiciously. His wife thinks his actions are odd. The assistant head mistress seems to have some knowledge she is keeping under wraps. And then there's the father who has access to all sorts of earth-moving equipment--and he's her stepfather after all and a wealthy one at that. On the other hand, one of the male instructors quit quite recently, around the time when the young girl disappeared. He moved onto a lower paying job in another school. Why would he do that?
For regular fans of BBC/PBS drama and comedy, the cast is filled with many familiar faces. Julia Sawhalia ("Absolutely Fabulous" and "Pride and Prejudice") and Hugh Grant's old girl friend (Estee Lauder model) play students. "As Time Goes By" fans will recognize the actor who plays Alistair. In LSW he plays the young male teacher who recently vacated his job at the private school where the female student disappeared.
The DVD is excellent. The shots of the English countryside are wonderful. The crisp clear photography reveals the black circles under Morse's eyes (he has a little alcohol problem) as well as the 20 layers of dirty green paint on the long corridor in the old police headquarters building. This is vintage stuff.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Episode Synopsis of Fantastic Mystery Series from across the pond! 17 May 2012
By Happy Reader - Published on
This is Set Two of eleven "Inspector Morse" Sets. Each Set has three episodes/discs. Don't confuse these eleven "Sets" with the previously issued (but still available) "Collection Sets". Each of the six "Collection Sets" cost more, as each has more episodes/discs than these Sets.

This Set has three episodes, all from Series 2 (what we call seasons in the U.S.). They originally aired December 1987 and March 1988 in this same order. The British Series 2 series included one more episode, "Last Bus to Woodstock", which has been moved to the next Set Three of these Inspector Morse DVD sets.

In "The Story of Morse" a 50 minute documentary about Inspector Morse, Colin Dexter says this: "If you're going to write right about forensics and pathology and ballistics and so on, obviously you've got to know your onion. But I know nothing. Absolutely nothing about that. And if you write who-done-its, in other words, the central idea of the author is to dangle half a dozen people in front of you, so you always guess the wrong one; never the one you thought of; never the butler, and all these sorts of things, the less you know of police work, the better! And you just want to mystify everybody, don't you?!"

The Wolvercote Tongue
Last Seen Wearing
The Settling of the Sun

A tour bus pulls into Oxford. It's a high-end tour with only 12 participants, lead by the tired and disaffected guide, Sheila Williams (played by Roberta Taylor). She rushes from the bus to meet Dr. Simon Kemp - whose name should be Dr. Shallow - only to have him tell her his wife says he can't see her anymore.

Laura and Eddie Poindexter are on the tour. The Oxford stop is important, because the wealthy Laura is donating the Wolvercote Tongue to the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, the first university museum in the world, established 1677. The tongue is part of an ornate two piece belt buckle, somehow separated after they were dug up together. The Ashmolean already has the buckle.

Eddie returns to their Randolph Hotel room to find Laura dead and the Wolvercote Tongue gone. Was it really just a heart attack?

Trivia: This episode was written by Julian Mitchell, based on a short story by Colin Dexter. In 1992, well after the TV episode first aired, Dexter expanded the short story into a novel titled "The Jewel That Was Ours", though there are differences between the novel and the show. Dexter's walk-on is when he appears as the man behind Morse in The Chapter Bar of the Randolph. This episode is full of lovely wry humor, especially in the interactions between Morse, Lewis and Max de Bryn, the pathologist.

Morse is grumpy when he's given a new file. It's Valerie Craven, a teenager missing for six months. The only reason he's given this missing persons case is that Valerie's father, construction magnate George Craven, is not just rich, but on the Police Committee. Lewis is raring to go, trying to give Morse the 3 files compiled on the missing girl, but Morse isn't interested: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, Lewis, but she's dead.... They put me onto these things when they can smell a corpse. One file - Anybody. Two files - Ainsley or McCay. I'm the three-file man. No, she's dead."

Another reason Morse is disgusted with handling the case. He's supposed to solve it, but he's not supposed to bother the family. He interviews the father anyway (which gets him in trouble). Lewis: "The thing with you is, if somebody tells you you can't do something, you go right on and do it, don't you?"
Morse: "I make it a rule."

This is a murder mystery, so there's going to be a body. But will it be Valerie's?

Trivia: This episode was written by Thomas Ellice, based on the 2nd Colin Dexter novel of the same name, published in 1976.

An Oxford school has a welcoming dinner for its summer international students. Morse is at the head table, next to his friend, Dr. Jane Robson. At her request, he created a crossword puzzle for the summer attendees. He's there to give a prize to the student who does the best on the crossword. Morse gives a little speech before awarding the prize: "On the whole, crosswords are far more exotic and exciting than police work. Most murders, for example, don't require solving because they haven't been planned. Thought a lot about, perhaps, over the years. Not as murders, but as silence. The silence of a wife, a husband, a son or a daughter, even. No more words, talk, screams, arguments, insults. Insults more often lead to murder than anything else in my experience."

During the dinner, a student from Japan suddenly takes ill, and leaves the hall for his room. He shortly turns up murdered, his body laid out as if a crucifix. Is this hatred left over from WWII?

Another doomed love for Morse. And his speech is prophetic - in the breach.

Trivia: This episode, written by Charles Wood, is based on the characters created by Colin Dexter. Dexter's walk-on is when he appears as the doctor sitting on the bed next to Jane's bed, in the very last scene.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Usual Suspects, Or Not 7 Dec 2011
By FYI - Published on
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The 1980s don't look too awful in Oxford, England, just grainy, something that seems to be an issue with several early Morse episodes. At least polyester and big hair made few inroads, low-tides of fashion simply didn't wash up on Oxford's rarified shoreline. This collection features three mysteries that don't rate the usual 5 stars, because they don't represent the overall Morse oeuvre well, and the filming is utterly dreadful. The experimental shots are claustrophobic, with pretentious mirror images and narrow, sloping filming that make it feel like you're viewing the story through a drunk shoebox. Thankfully, by Set Three, everything is level and excellent again, allowing Morse to stew in his own juices, not those of a pickled lens. When you sail to the far shore, after viewing Set 1 - 11, I strongly recommend continuing your journey with the erudite and clever Complete Inspector Lewis. The dynamics between Detective Inspector Lewis and the wry Sergeant Hathaway (Laurence Fox) are a treat.

The Wolfvercote Tongue: The owner of the missing, precious Anglo-Saxon jewel, the Wolvercote Tongue, has been murdered. The filming is nauseating, the story ok. Morse bucks the pathologist's report, believing this is more than a garden-variety heart attack.

Last Seen Wearing: Morse believes a missing schoolgirl has in fact been murdered; he discovers things are not all they seem at her exclusive school. As with Midsomer Murders: The Early Cases Collection, the body count rises as the case unfolds. A very young Elizabeth Hurley guest stars as a schoolgirl.

The Settling of the Sun: Silly story line, again, horribly filmed. These three mysteries don't develop the characters well, especially the relationship between Morse and Lewis. Don't worry, it gets much, much better after this. Here, the tranquil cloisters of Oxford College are haunted by the ghosts of WWII, and are the setting for revenge killings. Inspector Morse finds himself dining amongst the suspects, a dangerous side-course indeed.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Morse : "Last Seen Wearing" 22 Oct 2002
By Tristan Finch - Published on
If you own this episode on VHS there is no reason to purchase the DVD version. I am a big Inspector Morse fan and find this to be one of the better episodes but the DVD itself is horrible.
I cannot believe how a show as popular as Inspector Morse can be turned into such a shoddy DVD. The DVD contains no extras (although some newer episodes do contain laughable text trivia, ha!) The transfer is mediocre at best, and lastly the packaging is cheap. I recently purchased "Brideshead Revisited" on DVD, wonderful transfer, wonferful packaging, many extras including a booklet. Is it really too much to ask that the series be treated with a little respect, how about some extras behind the scenes footage? a director or author voice over? maybe an interview with some of the surviving cast? Its just dreadful in every respect. I can only hope the series is issued again by a company with more taste.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another horrible transfer! 6 Jan 2002
By Leograd - Published on
I am sure that many of the Ispector's fans waited impatiently for the series to be released on DVD. I made a fatal mistake of selling my VHS collection.
Beware! This transfer is a disaster!
Conclusion: Stick to your VHS for now!
Note: same thing with Brother Cadfael DVDs. Is it the London fog or what?
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