Private eye investigates diamond theft, and becomes involved with an ancient family curse.



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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »


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Nancy Addison ...
Beeson Carroll ...
Martin Cassidy ...
Roni Dengel ...
 Dick Foley (1978)
Paul Harding ...


Hard-boiled private dick Hamilton Nash is hired to investigate a case of stolen diamonds, which leads him to a lovely and odd young woman named Gabrielle, who believes she has been stricken with the ancient curse of the Dain family. The curse has historically caused its victims to die prematurely. Written by Marty McKee <>

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22 May 1978 (USA)  »

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Dashiell Hammett's The Dain Curse  »

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| (4 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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An edited version of the TV mini-series was released as a feature on home video during the 1980s. See more »

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fun mystery
6 June 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Coburn makes a wonderfully playful detective, somewhere between Nick Charles (The Thin Man) and Sam Spade. Like the movies of those characters, this is a complex story: actually 3 smaller mysteries wrapped in a larger one, which creates an odd tempo in the film. Normally a movie ends when the mystery is solved, but this movie keeps going onto another mystery like a rollercoaster. The version I saw was the 144 minute Anchor Bay video, which must have been abridged. This might account for a few scenes which faded inexplicably into others. Aside from that, the movie was quite entertaining. Though I was relieved when the entire mystery was really solved, I wanted to keep watching that wise, older, chivalrous, not-too-world-weary to be heartbroken detective.

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