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The Dain Curse

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(CBS, 5/22/1978 to 5/24/1978, 3 Parts, 120 mins each, 6 hours). Actor James Coburn returned to TV acting after 14 years to star as Dashiell Hammett’s fictional detective Hamilton Nash in this complex six-hour tale of the 1920s that has the private eye looking into a diamond robbery and finding himself involved with a young woman’s obsession with a deadly family curse. The Mystery Writers of America gave the film their annual Edgar Award (for Edgar Allan Poe) as the Best Television Program of 1978, and director E.W. Swackhamer (who replaced Barry Shear) and recent Oscar winner Beatrice Straight both received Emmy Award nominations for the movie.

Production Company Martin Poll Films. Director E.W. Swackhamer. Executive Producer Bob Markell. Producers Martin Poll, William C. Gerrity. Teleplay Robert W. Lenski. Based on the Novel by Dashiell Hammett. Photography Andrew Laszlo. Music Charles Gross. Editor Murray Solomon. Art Directors Gene Rudolf, John J. Lloyd. Associate Producers Sonny Grosso, William Craver.

Cast James Coburn (Hamilton Nash), Hector Elizondo (Ben Feeney), Jason Miller (Owen Fitzstephan), Jean Simmons (Aaronia Haldorn), Paul Stewart (The Old Man), Beatrice Straight (Alice Dain Leggett), Nancy Addison (Gabrielle Leggett), Tom Bower (Sergeant O’Gar), David Canary (Jack Santos), Beeson Carroll (Marshall Cotton), Martin Cassidy (Eric Collinson), Brian Davies (Tom Vernon), Roni Dengel (Daisy Cotton), Clarence Felder (Foley), Paul Harding (Edgar Leggett), Karen Ludwig (Maria Grosso), Malachy McCourt (Mickey Lenihan), Brent Spiner (Tom Fink), Ron Weyand (Judge Cochran), Hattie Winston (Minnie Hershey), Roland Winters (Hubert Collinson), Ellis Rabb (Joseph Haldorn), Eric Brown, Leora Dana, James Cada, William Andrews, Conrad Yama, Jasper McNally, Nicholas Wyman.

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