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The Baron : Conclusion

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This post concludes all of my posts of The Baron episodes. Unfortunately due to the lack of audience the studio decided not to renew the series but yet we are left with a small portion of fun television which is a staple of the time. Even after the years, The Baron is still quite unique in its delivery of good old crime fiction television. I may speak for myself but I always get excited when I can sit back on the couch and re-watched of few of these episodes. There are countless cameos and some great performances by budding acting stars and older fading away actors in their twilight years.

My observations of the series as a whole is reasonable glittered with my adoration of these stereotypical good guy solving crimes TV shows.  It must be the child in me that finds it difficult to condemn anything from this series. There are some episodes which fall flat and some noticeable differences each producer added to the mix. I think the series was enhanced by the varying quality of the writing and direction. I cannot praise the cast any more than I do simply because the glamour and the confidence is seen even when the script lacks lustre. Sue Lloyd is a personal favourite since she represent a type of woman that I’ve always admired even if she was just acting. Steve Forrest with his tamed Texan accent balanced the screen with his charm and innate ability to smooth his way into some very high places. I envy this.

Twas a good time and I shall visit this series again.

 

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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The Baron Episode 29: Countdown

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Mannering meets a diversion as he is driving  and is assualted by some thugs who want the letter from the man, Stanley White, whom John is going to visit. The kidnappers take the letter and go to the meeting in disguise as Mannering. A medieval sword stolen some time ago has resurfaced and a few different parties want it desperately. When the contact for The Baron is killed there are many unanswered questions to figure out. While the police investigate, Mannering looks into a lead in Arkin Morley, a rival antique collector and dealer.  The Morley lead almost proved costly when an attempt was made on John’s life. A message left by the dead Stanley White, directs John and Cordelia to the Parkstone House, but Morley has followed them. The quest for the sword may have taken years but it all falls apart in just a short time.

Personal Synopsis

A wonderful episode with many classic murder scenes. This is a fun episode about a medieval sword that was stolen and the whereabouts is only recently known. It is also nice to see a competing antique personality in this show.  There is nothing extrordinary about this episode but the terrible acting will entertain you well throughout the show.

Starring

Air-date: 12 April 1967

Directed by Robert Asher

Written by Terry Nation

The Baron- Steve Forrest

Cordelia Winfield- Sue Lloyd

Arkin Morley- Edward Woodward

Stanley White- Harold Lang

‘Fats’ Logan- Michael Wynne

Hamilton- Peter Brace

Yates- Leslie White

Police Inspector- David King

Film Director- Malcolm Farquhar

Film Actress- Valerie Leon

Compton- Philip Locke

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The Baron Episode 28: The Man Outside

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Mannering receives a telegraph about a ring being delivered to him in London, but the deliveryman’s vehicle is found burned and him inside dead. The inquest finds his death to be accidental but Mannering believes different. Mannering notices a ring on a strangers finger which was stolen off the dead man confirming the belief that the death was not accidental. The murderers must be hiding away in one of the many rented manors in the area but there is very little evidence to help that belief. It is a search through the highlands that find Mannering in a lot of trouble and a very disturbing mind.

Personal Synopsis

A nice episode based in the British Isles but not in London. The location does provide a change to the standard scenery in most episodes. The role of Dino Rossi, played by Paul Maxwell is well acted and sort of reminds me of Mussolini. I did love this story but fell more in love with the actual location.

Starring

Original Air-date: 5 April 1967

Directed by Roy Ward Baker

Written by Terry Nation

The Baron- Steve Forrest

Cordelia Winfield- Sue Lloyd

Bruno Orsini- David Bauer

Dino Rossi- Paul Maxwell

Vince Florio- Michael Coles

Philip Tremayne- Jeremy Burnham

Douglas Macrae- Donald Douglas

Inspector Duncan- John Ringham

Jean Henderson- Anne Sharp

Fergus- Joseph Greig

Landlord- Harry Littlewood

Policeman- Roy Hanlon

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The Baron Episode 27: Roundabout

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The scorned wife of an aquaintence of Mannerings is found nearly dead after being choked by a would be assasin which nearly got John killed as well. The owner of Johns Paris store is dealing with something illegal so John has to investigate further. After a haircut that nearly took too much off, John was assured that there was a criminal operation in place within his shop. The Baron plays the game and sneaks his way into the inner workings of the operation. Theres a new drug exchange to be made that John will be in on but not without some difficulties. A double cross is not enough to get the traffickers away and free, John will see to that.

Personal Synopsis

On the surface this episode has very intriguing plot lines with the antique dealer running a drug trafficking racket and it does fulfill the need for mystery.  Its a good episode in story and visually with the beautiful Annette Andre playing a Drug Traffic Officer. The lack of Sue Lloyds Cordelia character is noticeable for me since I have grown accustomed to her in the last few episodes. I find the first death scene wonderfully cheezy and you’ll see what I mean.

Location

Paris, France

Starring

Original Air-date: 29 March 1967

Directed by Robert Tronson

Written by Terry Nation

The Baron- Steve Forrest

Jeanne Varda- June Ritchie
Georges Delair- Edwin Richfield
Samantha Ballard- Annette Andre
Lisa Delair- Lisa Daniely
Inspector Macaulay- Norman Bird
Peter Savel- Sandor Elès
Richard Bates- Ewan Roberts
Claudine- Lisa Thomas

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The Baron Episode 26: The Long, Long Day

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An evening party in Rome was going well until a known mafiaoso Bruno Navini kills a young lady named Pia Vallachio because she refused his advances. Brunos elder brother Mario has to help dispose of the body before anyone can realise she is missing but someone does see the dead girl, Maria Pullerno.  As the Navinis are disposing of Pias body, Maria escapes, since it was inevitable that she would be next. Mannering is in Italy for business and while so is approached by the Italian Minister of Justice to look into the case of the murdered lady. This would take The Baron to the little village of Santa Montena where Maria is in hiding. The Mafia has followed John to Santa Montena to find Maria and shut her mouth for good. After a daring escape, Mannering, along with some of the villagers, was able to save Maria and eliminate the mafioso running after her all while fighting against the growing underworld of mafia infiltration in Italian society.

Personal Synopsis

This episode, being one of the later ones in this series, does show a decline in the energy of writing but it does not go without some merit to the overall story. I did enjoy seeing Peter Arne whom has played in many favourite movies of mine. To some degree the story has a plausibility but lacks the extra adventurous style that The Baron would normally display and is known for. A worthy watch if only for Peter Arne and his hollywood shoot down death scene.

Starring

Original Air-date: 29 March 1967

Directed by Roy Ward Baker

Written by Brian Clemens

The Baron- Steve Forrest

Cordelia Winfield- Sue Lloyd

Mario Navini- Peter Arne

Guiseppe Borzo- John Bluthal

Barman- John Bryans
Murphy- Eddie Byrne
Pia Vallachio- Sue Donovan
Maria Pullerno- Dalia Penn
Bruno Navini- Brian Rawlinson
Pantoni- Neil Robinson
Vittoria Guardy- Richard Warner

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