11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Tom Conway came to England in the early 1950s to make a number of detective/thriller films for a whole load of producers. B&A Productions made only 3 films this being the first. Directed by Bernard Knowles who had been involved with films since 1923 this is a cold war style thriller with the mysterious Eva Bartok sharing the starring credits. I was not surprised to see Anton Diffring in this movie and he once again gives a great performance. Set in a luxury hotel way beyond the means of cinema goers of the 1950s this is a throw back to Tom Conway's Falcon days.
Sid James is not the star of the film in spite of his name appearing above that of Mr Conway! Sid plays a police detective and very well too. Bernard Knowles directed many television series in the 1950s and 1960s perhaps the most famous being The Adventures of Robin Hood.
Look out for Joy Shelton (wife of Sydney Tafler) playing the part of Pixie Everard and character actor Richard Wattis as Theodore Feather and no this is not a comedy. Although quite wordy it is an interesting and well crafted film and certainly worth watching.
Picture and sound quality good. And as with all Odeon DVDs there are liner notes which provide plenty of facts about the performers.
on 14 February 2014
A very good 1950s second feature, a good old murder mystery & as always in every 1950s B-movie, there is always a part for Michael Balfour, not forgetting Sid James, & the token American actor in the leading role. Good stuff!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2010
For fans of British B movies of the 1950s, Park Plaza 605 is well worth a look.
Like many films of the era, it has an over-aged and overweight hero (Tom Conway) pitted against a motley assortment of spies and jewel thieves.His name - and you had better believe it - is Norman Conquest! He shows all the zeal and endeavour of his eleventh century predecessor in unravelling a secret message that he somehow (it is never explained) found on a golf course. The message leads him to the Park Plaza hotel in London where he meets a mysterious blonde ( a furiously pouting and self-conscious Eva Bartok). Waking up next to a body and with the blonde now nowhere to be seen, Conquest is soon a suspect of Scotland yard's not-so-finest Inspector Williams (Sid James hopelessly miscast and in cockney cackle mode).
Our hero enlists the help of his pukka and plucky girlfriend Pixie (the charming Joy Shelton) who soon ends up in a few tight situations - literally. Like many
badly scripted movies, the continuity gets lost amongst sundry jewel thieves, dastardly foreign spies, Nazi sympathizers and the demented antics of the alluring Miss Bartok who takes the bullet instead of the hero at the end.
Conway sails through it all without bothering to act but clearly enjoying himself whilst picking up a few bob.A very British bit of hokum.