The Adventurer Season 1 Episode 21: The Case of the Poisoned Pawn

A card game with Brian Hamilton goes sour, leading Gene Bradley subsequently into a game of pure skill, Chess. The stakes are high when the betting begins and more than just Bradley have big money laying on this Chess match. Match day is rife with pressure and anxiety as Bradley and Brian wield their pawns.

Personal Synopsis

This may seem redundant, however this is another great episode, the third in a row. The Case of the Poisoned Pawn harkens back to the days of crime novellas, only now in a early 70’s theme with great scriptwriting. Even after only recently learning Chess myself, the chess idioms and clever word play were not lost on me and this gave the episode an air of an intellectual story plot building. The tail end of the episode does lose momentum yet I still finished watching this and enjoyed it.

Original Air-Date: 1973

Directed by Cyril Frankel

Written by Philip Broadley

Gene Bradley- Gene Barry

Mr. Parminter- Barry Morse

Brandon- Dennis Price

Lady Anne Benson- Dawn Addams

Nicky Asteri- Martin Benson

Grant- David Blagden

Secretary- Christine Donna

Julia Franklin- Jenny Hanley

Max- Max Latimer

Lord Franklin- Cyril Luckham

Bank Official- Michael Martin

Superintendent- Paul Williamson

Brian Hamilton- Stuart Wilson

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