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  • title card: white all caps text reading 'BOX OF TRICKS' superimposed on Valerie's body, lying face down on the floor with a bullet wound in her back
  • extreme close-up of Henriette talking to Steed
  • Denise's body has fallen out of the cabinet, face up, strangled by a stocking
  • Venus anxiously prepares to enter the cabinet as Weston performs his act. The Dave Lee Trio can be seen in the background
  • Weston takes the tape from Gallam and threads it onto the player hidden inside the upright piano
  • Venus and Steed dance, Henriette is annoyed by Venus' non-stop chattering

Series 2 - Episode 17
Box of Tricks

Teleplay by Peter Ling and Edward Rhodes
Directed by Kim Mills

Production Schedule

Episode 44 (18)
Production Number : 3517
VTR/ABC/2299 & 2299A
Teddington Studio 1

Wednesday 16th January 1963

Camera rehearsal 10.00-12.30
Lunch break 12.30-13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30-18.00
Supper break 18.00-19.00
Camera rehearsal 19.00-20.00
Line Up and Make Up 20.00-20.30
VTR Insert (VTR/ABC/2299-A) 20.30-21.00

Insert 2299-A - Scenes 33-35, Steed confronts Gallam and Gerry under the stage when they ry to transmit the tap carried by Kathleen.

Thursday 17th January 1963

Camera rehearsal 10.00-12.30
Lunch break 12.30-13.30
Camera rehearsal 13.30-15.30
Tea break, Line Up,
Normal scan, Make Up
15.30-16.15
Dress rehearsal 16.15-17.30
Notes 17.30-18.00
Line-up 18.00-18.30
VTR 18.30-19.30

Running time

Expected: 51'25"
Actual running time with bumpers: 51'54"

The bumpers between the acts are generally 10 seconds from fade in to the "End of Act" bumper to the end of audio before the commercial, a 10 second still without audio, then cut to the next act bumper. This would play with the theme for around 10 seconds. Accordingly, with the episodes being in 3 acts, the running time of the action is approximately a minute less than listed above, minus the opening and closing credits (normally 0'16", with a 2" fade, and anywhere from 0'41" to 1'20", hard cut or 1" fade or mix, respectively).

Transmission

London 19th January 1963
Sydney 20th January 1964
Melbourne 10th September 1964

Equipment

Cameras: 4 Pedestals
Sound: 3 booms, Slung Mics. as required. 1 Hand Mic in Clubs
Telecine: ABC symbol; 2 mute 35m. clips; 2 T/C Machines required
VTR: 1 insert - VTR/ABC/2299-A

Murders

Victim Killer Method
Valerie Dr Gallam shot in the back
Denise Dr Gallam strangled with
a stocking
Click a name to see the face

Transport

Marque/type Plate
none

Minutiæ

  1. 2:28 - there's a 2 frame BCU of Steed before the vision is switched back to the previous shot.
  2. 3:14 - The hostess delivers Steed's brandy and he orders her a gin and tonic.
  3. 3:36 (3:31) - the boom mike is visible for a second as the waiter approaches Steed's table.
  4. 12:05 - Kathleen tells the operator her number is Wimbledon 1068 (or maybe says "this is 1068"?) and asks for WELbeck 9291.
  5. 18:54 (18:49) - a very unconvincing death. Denise has a stocking at her throat which was presumably used to strangle her, but she's holding in place with her left hand rather than having it wrapped around her neck, and she visibly straightens her right hand when they're looking down at her.
  6. 24:55 - Posing as 'Thackeray', Steed lists his symptoms:
    Incurable lassitude, occasional spells of dizziness, acute internal disorders after heavy meals, and above all an indefinable, crushing sense that [he coughs] one is not, as it were, in tip-top condition.
  7. 33:54 - horizontal banding across the screen.
Times are from the re-mastered 2009 Optimum Releasing DVD set, any times in brackets are from the previously released DVD sets which had frames with interference or banding deleted, resulting in shorter running times.

The Songs

Venus Smith sings two songs, accompanied by the Dave Lee Trio.

The Dave Lee Trio comprised Dave Lee, Art Morgan and Spike Heatley in 1962, all highly respected jazz players. Dave Lee also co-wrote the hit Avengers tie-in single "Kinky Boots" b/w "Let's Keep it Friendly" with Herbert Kretzmer (who wrote the lyrics for "Togetherness" from The Murder Market). Dave also composed the Peter Sellers/Sophia Loren comic song "Goodness Gracious Me" with Kretzmer.

Lyrics in blue italic are not sung by Julie
Lyrics in green italic are inaudible.
Lyrics in red italic have been adapted or ad libbed.
It's a Pity to Say Goodnight
Billy Reid, 1946
adapted Dave Lee/Julie Stevens, 1963


It's a pity to say goodnight
because I never saw stars so bright
But if you gotta go home you gotta go home
Give me a goodnight kiss
It's a pity to say farewell
because the Man in the Moon won't tell
But if you gotta go home you gotta go home
Give me a goodnight kiss

How's about tomorrow night just you and me
I'll be waitin' for you people
- the second show begins at three
It's a pity to say adieu
- it's been a pleasure to sing for you
I hope you've had a good time
I hope you've eaten and drunk your fill
So goodnight, but don't forget to pay- your bill
Goodnight!


original final verses:
How's about tomorrow night just you and me
I'll be waitin' for you darling
underneath the apple tree
It's a pity to say goodnight
because I want you to hold me tight
But if you gotta go home you gotta go home
Give me a goodnight kiss

Hey how's about tomorrow night just you and me
I'll be waitin' for you darling
underneath the apple tree
It's a pity to say goodnight
because I want you to hold me tight
But if you gotta go home you gotta go home
But before you go home give me a goodnight kiss
It's De-Lovely
Cole Porter, 1936


The night is young, the skies are clear
And if you want to go walkin', dear
It's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely

I understand the reason why
You're sentimental, 'cause so am I
It's delightful, it's delicious, it's de-lovely

You can tell at a glance
what a swell night this is for romance
You can hear, dear Mother Nature
murmuring low "Let yourself go"

So please be sweet, my chickadee
And when I kiss ya, just say to me
"It's delightful, it's delicious,
it's delectable, it's delirious,
It's dilemma, it's de limit,
it's deluxe, it's de-lovely"

You can tell at a glance
what a swell night this is for romance
You can hear dear Mother Nature
murmuring low "Let yourself go"

So please be sweet, my chickadee
And when I kiss ya, just say to me
"It's delightful, it's delicious,
it's delectable, it's delirious,
It's dilemma, it's de limit,
it's deluxe, it's de-lovely"


From the musical "Red, Hot and Blue"

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