Strange Report Episode 1: Cult: When Murder Shrieks Out

Cult Title Shot

A humanitarian mission ends with a death of a young aspiring musician, Jay Brand. The shocking death of her music partner makes Maggie believe that he was murdered. Strange has been asked to investigate this odd death that could have easily been disguised as an accident. Maggie knows that Jay believed the humanitarian missions were a rouse for an illegal racket. Maggie goes missing and the suspicion lies on the cult-like group, the Cypress Fund, that have been carrying out these “humanitarian” efforts. The fund may not be as kind as they portray themselves but it will be difficult to prove especially when its hard to know who’s good or bad.

Personal Synopsis

The beginning of the Strange Report series starts strong with a cult episode with a twinge of hippydom. This episode starts you off in the thick of this strange friendship between Adam Strange, Hamlyn Gynt and Evelyn McLean. They are somehow brought together by “strange” means but seem compatible with each other.  The leader of the cult was played by Ray McAnally which was a perfect fit, since I found him a very creepy man. The story leads with some of the same tropes seen before but I am excited about the possibilities with this show.


Original Air-Date: 21 September 1969

Directed by Charles Crichton

Written by Moris Farhi

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Maggie Jones- Pamela Franklin

Lars- Ray McAnally

Newcombe- John Ronane

Edward Pato- George Mikell

Inspector Morrell- Tony Steedman

Moran- Ed Bishop

Popescu- Makki Marseilles

Jay Brand- Christopher Mitchell

Tanner- Michael Rothwell

Sergeant Harris- Sebastian Breaks

Foreman- Godfrey James

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

You can Buy the DVD here:

Strange Report DVD

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