The Adventurer Season 1 Episode 11: Skeleton in the Cupboard

There is missing money from the accounts of the building fund for the University. A Professor Ballard is suspect of the thefts but there is one problem, he’s dead, burned up in a car accident. His death would naturally close down the questions about the misappropriated funds but its doesn’t. The Professors grieving widow is the object of Gene’s attentions and rightfully so. Recently a known sketchy antiquities dealer has been hanging around the Professor so Gene follows this trail to a number of surprises that go back many years.

Personal Synopsis

Skeleton in the Cupboard is actually an interesting episode that clearly stands out amongst a large number of other episodes of this series. The elements are all right, a fake death (with exploding car), a grieving widow, skeletons, anthropology, a dodgy dealer and a host of good actors.  Basil Dignam, a personal favourite, plays the Professor that slowly goes mad thinking about his experiments in human migration. Roy Kinnear, Johnnie Wade and Lance Percival are certainly some great names to me and have done this episode proud. As I have mentioned before, Gene Barry has become a lethargic actor but in this case the story benefits from this subdued character. Fun to watch and I recommend.

Original Air-Date: 1972

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Donald James

Gene Bradley- Gene Barry

Mr. Parminter- Barry Morse

Farmer- Edwin Brown

John Ballard- Basil Dignam

Marks- Roy Kinnear

Carl Gardner- Lance Percival

Karen Ballard- Sylvia Syms

Sir Richard McKenzie- Richard Vernon

Johnson- Johnnie Wade

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