Dateline Diamonds is about the manager
of a pop group (the Small Faces) who is hiding a secret. Lester
Benson (Kenneth Cope) is really Arthur Gittins who is an ex-con.
If the secret is discovered it could ruin his career and destroy
A diamond thief knows Lester's true
identity. He blackmails the Small Faces' manager into smuggling
diamonds onto a offshore pirate radio ship where it will be
collected by Kiki Dee's crooked agent.
However, the daughter of the police
chief leading the investigation is a big Small Faces fan.
The film features four Small Faces
songs as well as two by the Chantelles and one by Kiki Dee. The
Small Faces line-up is the original featuring Jimmy Winston.
The Small Faces are generally heard
in the background although they do play I've Got Mine
"live" in a club with Jimmy Winston on Rickenbacker
10 September 1965 - The Small Faces
are signed to appear in and play music for the film then called
Diamonds for Danger.
4 October 1965 - Shooting begins
for Dateline for Diamonds at Pinewood Studios.
7 October 1965 - The Small Faces
mime I've Got Mine at The Top Rank Ballroom in Watford.
27 March 1966 - The film is
released. It runs as the b-film to Doctor in Clover.