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The Dain Curse 

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

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Robert W. Lenski
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1978  
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
James Coburn ...  Hamilton Nash 3 episodes, 1978
Jason Miller ...  Owen Fitzstephans 3 episodes, 1978
Paul Stewart ...  The Old Man 3 episodes, 1978
Nancy Addison Nancy Addison ...  Gabrielle Leggett 2 episodes, 1978
Tony Devon ...  Father Moore 2 episodes, 1978
Hector Elizondo ...  Ben Feeney 2 episodes, 1978
Jean Simmons ...  Aaronia Haldorn 2 episodes, 1978
Beatrice Straight ...  Alice Dain Leggett 2 episodes, 1978
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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 <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dashiell Hammett's The Dain Curse See more »

Filming Locations:

Easton, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Runtime:

| (4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The production was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards in 1978, for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series for actress Beatrice Straight in Part 1, but the production failed to take home an Emmy in any of these categories. See more »

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A complete two-disc full-length version of the six hour mini-series is now available on DVD. See more »

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Excellent Hammett Adaption
11 March 2007 | by ScarletPimpernel64See all my reviews

Although Hammett's Continental Op is written as short and squatty, Coburn manages to fit the role perfectly. The novel never gives him a name, but in a four-and-a-half hour film, he of course has to have one. This is the main change from Hammett's masterful novel, which the filmmakers have wisely chosen to stick to like glue. Beware the shortened version. If you can catch the complete version, it's worth it. Excellent cast, and terrific score. Coburn has never been better, and it's always great to see Jean Simmons. Hector Olonzdo is worth watching as the sheriff. This is a terrific tale of redemption, corruption, and unrequited love. This is one of Hammett's forgotten tales, and it's amazing that it was never filmed until 1978.


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