The Baron Episode 25: So Dark the Night

So Dark the Night Title Shot

It was a dark and stormy night when lightning strikes and the lights flicker, a young woman is scared and seeks out her father Carl Grant, only to find him lying on the ground in grave condition with his last words being “The Warrior”. Mannering was in fact on his way with Cordelia to make a valuation on the Grants antiques. The dead mans daughter, Joyce, is now being terrorised by her thoughts or maybe a real danger. John sees her in a frightened state and seeks to find why she is being terrorised and why the suspicious activity around and in the house. There is obviously something in the house that someone wants and that someone needed to scare her out of the house. Mannering believes he has seen Grant’s face before and set off for London to investigate further. Cordelia and Joyce find one of the local townspeople shot, the town doctor believes it was an accident but Cordelia is not sold on the accident theory. There was a bullion heist years ago, Mannering found, that Grant and an accomplice, Frank Ashton, stole a million dollars in bullion but were capture and tried yet the bullion was never found. The accomplice was recently released from prison and likely went to collect his share of the bullion. Time is running out since daughter is planning on leaving the house the next day taking either the bullion or a clue of its location so the crooks will need to act and so would Mannering.  The quest for the clue has brought real danger to the daughter and even to Ashton.

Personal Synopsis

Stolen bullion and the revenge of an accomplice. This premise is intriguing enough to at least give this episode a watch. I found myself drifting while watching this show but ultimately I came back enjoying the overall story. The episode actually doesn’t have much on air time for Mannering, most of the story is either with Sue Lloyd or with the sinister characters of the show, this does not cheapen the episode but Steve Forrest was almost given a break for this filming.


Mevagissey, Cornwall, England, UK


Original Air-date: 15 March 1967

Directed by Robert Tronson

Written by Terry Nation

The Baron- Steve Forrest

Cordelia Winfield- Sue Lloyd

Frank Ashton- George Baker

Dr. Richard Thornton- John Franklyn-Robbins

Joyce Grant- Gillian Lewis

Ben Cross- John Garrie

Landlord- Freddie Jones

Felicia Talbot- Caroline Blakiston

Carl Grant- Brown Derby

Policeman- Colin Rix

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The Baron DVD

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