Series 6 - Episode 32
Teleplay by Brian Clemens
Directed by Leslie Norman
Continuity & Trivia
- 1:15-1:30 - Shadows pass across Helen's face, especially at 1:25, but the long shot reveals her to be in the middle of an open field devoid of tree that could have caused the shadows.
- 1:50 - There's dust on the caption scanner again - you can see all these specks appear momentsbefore the firt title slide is displayed.
- 3:00 - Captain Cordell is wearing a Guards tie.
- 4:05-4:30 - Happychap's office and front gate are festooned with gauche slogans: "Special terms for parties of more than twenty", "Hurry hurry hurry get in while the going's good", "We give trading stamps / save for that funeral now".
- 6:40 - There's an echo in the audio, due to it being filmed in the studio but at odds with the supposed exterior location of the graveyard. (And I have to say it's a great studio set, although the artificial grass is a bit odd.
- 7:14 onwards - Steed shows Helen some photos, trying to jog her memory. The first is Robert Russell (Lubin in Get-A-Way!, then two other actors, and then John Sharp (playing Jonathan Jupp).
- 16:35 - Mother reports in to his superior, Grandma.
- 27:12 - I wonder if it's too late to hands this case over to another department.
- 30:05 - Terrible Sixties casual racism - the Master's fake Indian act is cringeworthy.
- 30:22 - The close-up of the Master is out of focus.
- 33:30 - Paul Weston standing in for Macnee in the street scene except for the close-up.
- 34:05 - Mother's phone is labelled M6 - is that a "Dangerman" reference?
- 34:47 - When Happychap says, "Dead, so we buried him" the audio is muffled and echoey - and doesn't even sound like Roy Kinnear! Was it redubbed in post-production?
- 43:00 onwards - Lovely intercutting of Paul Weston's stunt work with Macnee's midshots.
- 44:15-44:55 - Cyd does Linda's more difficult stunts.
- 46:01 - The rounded-up financiers and dollybirds are handcuffed together in a different order as the emerge from the grave, compared to when Steed first marched them through the tunnel below. 46:22 - augmented by Shaw, Charley and Jupp. Although it may be explained by Steed having kept one of the dollybirds down below with him - he's uncuffed the dolly between the first two financiers.
- 48:30 - Hilarious use of stock Apollo program footage when Steed's rocket takes off.
- 49:34 - Mother breaks the fourth wall to tell the audience, somewhat optimisitically as it turned out, "They'll be back, you can depend on it". He then blusters, "They're unchaperoned up there!"
- The other financiers are John Ash, George & Anthony (Tony) Barter, and Patrick Vernon - and one other; it's never made clear which is which.
- Running time: 50'01"
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