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Dateline Diamonds

DD Video

Released: February 2003

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 the band. 

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 guitar. 

  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.

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