By dharpo

The Sentimental Agent Episode 4: Never Play Cards with Strangers

A client has come to Carlos for help. On an ocean cruise, her parents lost all their money on a series of cards games. This is not so strange except that it is suspected that card cheats are on the cruise ship. So Carlos decides to take the cruise with his client and win back the money.

Personal Synopsis

The cards are stacked against Carlos and the game is not one he is an expert at. Never Play Cards with Strangers has a wonderfully rich cast of old and new stars and brings a new light into the game of bridge. One of those old stars, Bessie Love, was a silent film actress who worked with D.W Griffith and performed the first ever recorded “Charleston Dance”. Others in the cast like Donald Stewart and Burt Kwouk really make this episode so far my favourite.

Original Air-Date: Oct 19th 1963

Directed by John Paddy Carstairs

Written by Julian Bond

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Mamie- Bessie Love

Elmer- Donald Stewart

Lyons- Hugh McDermott

Jean- Suzanna Leigh

Phillips- Peter Stephens

Manager- John Glyn-Jones

Colonel Dewer- Jack Melford

Mr. Johnson- Bert Brownhill

Mrs. Johnson- Eve Eden

Mrs. Dewar- Olive Milbourn

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The Sentimental Agent Episode 3: Express Delivery

Travelling through Poland, Carlos is harassed by the authorities far too often. Whilst being troubled he meets with Katrina whom is trying to escape the regime by heading to Vienna. After getting himself in trouble he begins to suspect that things are not what they seem with Katrina or with his own safety.  He decides to take the express train to Vienna to get out of this mess but does he?


Personal Synopsis

In a world of suspicious types, there may be nowhere to turn. Carlos is off again trying to get more business for his company when he becomes unnerved by the treatment he receives. His only solace is a young woman whom is trying to escaped from the terror as well. Finally fed up, he leaves for Vienna on the express train and has some suspicious followers.

Original Air-Date: Oct 12th 1963

Directed by Charles Frend

Written by Lindsay Hardy

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Katrina- Gabriel Woolf

Major- Patrick Magee

Anders- Gabriel Woolf

Priest- Donald Morley

Captain- Lawrence Davidson

Police Sergeant- Frederick Schiller

Man in Trenchcoat- Robin Chapman

Official- Philo Hauser

Hotel Clerk- Sandor Elès

Policeman on Train- Michael Goldie

Sergeant- John Stark

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The Sentimental Agent Episode 2: The Beneficiary

Carlos gets a call from an old friend named Farrell, when the phone line goes dead he suspects foul play. Upon his arrival he is faced with a reminder of his past and a future under suspicion by greedy unsavories. Carlos is believed to possess a missing key to a safe deposit box owned by Farrell which has some substantial secrets inside. There are many faces around but very few trustworthy for Carlos to depend on since he is Farrell’s beneficiary.

Personal Synopsis

A slowly built up storyline of an old wartime friend and a specific symbol of that friendship playing a strong role in this episode. The Sentimental Agent’s charisma and extensive knowledge allows him to stay safe even when greedy villains are all around him. This episode has a couple of guest appearances that peak my interest such as Aubrey Morris and Derek Francis, both being throughout their careers stereotypical criminal types.

Original Air-Date: Oct 5th 1963

Directed by John Paddy Carstairs

Written by Julian Bond

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Anna- Lobna Abdel Aziz

Klaus- Derek Francis

Rattan- Aubrey Morris

Santos- Michael Godfrey

Bank Manager- Robert Rietty

Farell- Bill Mitchell

Hotel Clerk- Artro Morris

Bank Attendant- David Graham

Croupier- Andre Charisse

Fred- Wilfred Grove

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The Sentimental Agent Episode 1: All That Jazz

A jazz group the Arthur Rogers Modern Jazz Quintet are having their London debut. They are frustrated that the compositions they play are organised already for them for their shows. The mysterious band manager provides the compositions and often with very little time beforehand. Carlos Varela stumbles across the hidden reason for these songs being curated for the band, it may have something to do with the important people attending the concerts.

Personal Synopsis

Off the banks of the Thames near the Wharf Pier lies Mercury International where Carlos Varela begins his story in this series. Carlos’s intelligence and charm plays to his spy-like coolness and bachelor style all make this character a great cover for whatever he is up to. This first episode sets the scene for a series of mysterious and chivalrous action.

Original Air-Date: September 28th 1963

Directed by Charles Frend

Written by Julian Bond

Carlos Varela- Carlos Thompson

Chin- Burt Kwouk

Miss Carter- Clemence Bettany

Major Nelson- Anthony Bushell

Stirink- Peter Arne

Sarah- Anneke Wills

Tania- Dora Reisser

Bill- Riggs O’Hara

Art- Jeremy Bulloch

Mooney- Hugh Futcher

Leavis- Stewart Guidotti

Wilson- James Luck

Piano Tuner- Tony Quinn

Inspector Shaunnesy- David Blake Kelly

Special Branch Man- Brian Cant

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The Adventures of Robin Hood Season 2 Episode 39: Carlotta

Little John is smitten by the charming Carlotta, so much so that he begins to neglect his merry men duties. She is a dancer and is here from London to perform for the locals, especially the Sheriff. Obviously Robin and the Merry men have doubts of her intentions with Little John so they decide to test her.

Personal Synopsis

The second season of The Adventures of Robin Hood comes to an end with a tale of love or so it would seem. Little John often plays his role within the outlaws as the strong-man dedicated and committed to Robin Hood. This episode exposes that even the merry men are susceptible to their own human urges. Luckily Robin’s trust of Little John did not extend to the love of his life Carlotta.

Original Air-Date: June 24th 1957

Directed by Anthony Squire

Written by Basil Dawson

Robin Hood- Richard Greene

Maid Marian- Bernadette O’Farrell

Sheriff of Nottingham- Alan Wheatley

Carlotta- Jennifer Jayne

Joan- Simone Lovell

Derwent- Victor Woolf

Sheriff’s Lieutenant- Max Faulkner

Outlaw- Ronald Hines

Man-at-arms- Terry Yorke


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