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Rent Dial 999: Series (1959)

3.9 of 5 from 49 ratings
16h 20min
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Robert Beatty stars as Detective Inspector Mike Maguire, a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman posted to New Scotland Yard, in this popular late '50s series depicting London's fight against crime.
Overseen by legendary producer Harry Alan Towers, 'Dial 999' sees Maguire assigned to a wide range of cases as he observes how his British counterparts deal with everything from workplace pilfering to mail-train robberies, drug-smuggling and murder! Featuring scripts by Brian Clemens (as Tony O'Grady) and guest appearances from Patrick Troughton, Barbara Steele, Sydney Tafler, William Hartnell, Peter Bowles, Gordon Jackson, Robert Rietty, Tom Bell and Zena Marshall among many others, this set contains all 39 dramatic episodes.
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Harry Alan Towers
Brian Clemens, Neville Dasey, Ian Greaves, Peter Holiday, Edward J. Mason, Jack Pulman, Jack Rock, B.P. Royale, Ken Taylor, Brock Williams, Brook Williams, Ted Willis, Gil Winfield, Peter Yeldham
British TV, TV Classics, TV Crimes, TV Dramas, TV Thrillers
Release Date:
Run Time:
980 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. The Killing Job
2. Thames Division
3. The Big Fish
4. Escape
5. 24 Hours
6. Robbery with Violence
7. Death Ride
8. Missing Persons
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
9. Illegal Entry
10. Special Edition
11. The Great Gold Robbery
12. Fashions in Crime
13. Old Soldiers Sometimes Die
14. Commando Crook
15. Night Mail
16. 77 Bus
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
17. Gun Rule
18. Heads Or Tails
19. Special Branch
20. The Exception to the Rule
21. The Mechanical Watchman
22. 50,000 Hands
23. Hunter, Hunted
24. Extradition
Disc 4:
This disc includes the following episodes:
25. Honeymoon
26. Rolling Racketeers
27. Mined Area
28. Down To The Sea
29. Barge Burglars
30. Rat Trap
31. Living Lot
32. Payroll Job
Disc 5:
This disc includes the following episodes:
33. Inside Job
34. Radioactive
35. Key Witness
36.Motor Bike Bandits
37. Picture Puzzle
38. Deadly Blackmail
39. Ghost Squad

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7 out of 10 for 999 - Dial 999: Series review by RB

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Updated 01/01/2022

An enjoyable early B & W crime show from the UK, apparently conceived as a possible syndicate sale to the USA. It unfortunately never materialised, so was cancelled after one series (39 episodes). Fading star Robert Beatty is the the tough-acting Canadian brought in to assist a far less physical Scotland yard, at the same time learning the local mores and argot. Somewhat similar to the more famous Scotland Yard series, 999 benefits from a larger budget as well as a greater use of location shooting. In fact a good deal of the pleasure to be had is from this extended use of 50's streets and locales which add greatly to the contemporary feel as well as providing a large dollop of nostalgia. There's a host of familiar British character actors to enjoy doing their thing. The series boasts technical advice from official police sources, and although one doubts everything is as was in real life there's more than enough of nostalgia and contemporary colour on view here to keep modern viewers happy. As the series progresses (presumably as a result of overseas sales reaction) there is an increased reliance on gun play to raise the excitement of what purports to be a realistic series. Disc three is of especial interest as in one episode there is a chance to see a young Robert Shaw playing a henchman, while in another UK TV fans will spot the appearance of two future Doctor Whos, William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton, in the same show - although not in the same scene!

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