Back home from another film set, Gene Bradley is made aware of an upcoming soiree at his new place. Unbeknownst to Bradley, someone has been masquerading as him and has set up a high profile meeting with some big money donors. For curiosity’s sake, Gene seeks out these tricksters and attempts get to the bottom of this charade and even become the charade. Bradley’s good reputation is at stake as he is being used as a mouthpiece for a confidence trick.
Make it a million is a decent episode and ultimately still holds well against the earlier episodes. Barry Morse directs this story of confidence tricks, doubles and aircraft production. Gene is the likely victim in this case because of his enterprise skills and multiple successful business, his word can be trusted. I love the wonderfully dramatic scene, the reveal of the Bradley imposter was the funnest part of the whole episode. A story line of greed and investment advantage is a new plot for this series and a welcome change.
Bradley is re-routed to Amsterdam because of a coded message he receives. A friend of Bradleys, Jan de Groote, unaware that he married an agent was taken in by his wifes fellow agents to be sent back to her country. What was not known is that a double was put in place of Jan de Groote after the kidnaping. Bradley has his own tricks to play to expose this double and release his old friend from captivity.
A strange episode where the look-a-like double idea is taken a bit overboard. There are two Donald Houston who plays Jan de Groote and two Gene Bradley’s, if one wasn’t enough for you. This convoluted story plot is held together by duct tape by the great performance by consistently good Donald Houston, who is a regular guest cast member in a ton of ITC shows and Ingrid Pitt from Hammer Film Productions fame. Honestly, I had to re-watch this episode to clarify the gaps in my comprehension of the plot, which is not a good sign but Donald Houston redeems this episode.
A young serf is on the run from the Sheriff. Although he is a serf, he was trained to be a scholar and has been hiding in the middle of Nottingham amongst the other scholars in the city. The Sheriffs men find out where he had been hiding but he escapes to the Sherwood Forest. The Outlaws, with the help of Friar Tuck, find a monastery for young Guy to copy the ancient writings into books. The Sheriff arrests Guy’s older Brother David for the crimes committed by Guy unless Guy surrenders himself to the Sheriff. Roles are reversed and the Sheriff’s court could not possibly hold anyone into custody for the crimes committed.
An uplifting story of a young man destined to a life of serfdom being trained for a higher cause. This episode holds dear the idea of becoming something better than what you are and that it can work. Just as the Sheriff thought he had a clear case, intelligence comes straight in to halt the proceedings. A good episode filled with a charming heartwarming story of two brothers that fight against the powers to provided each other with a better life.
A young knight who can fight with both of his hands is getting married and Sir Lancelot is the best man. He is marrying Lady Margaret and once they are married they would have one of the largest estates in all of England. On his was to a meeting, Sir Richard is kidnapped by a group of mysterious knights. Sir Richard appears at his castle but something isn’t right. People around Sir Richard are noticing that something is different about and he can’t fight with both hands.
An episode with an impersonator trying to obtain more land and power. The plot was foiled when a particular talent was not shared between Sir Richard and the impersonator. A decent episode that shows the extent that one would go to, to fill their greed. The acting in this episode is good in comparison to previous episodes, its nice to have actors like John Bailey.
In London, Mr Cossackian withdrawals 3 million dollars from his bank, he is going to purchase the “Legions of Ammak” necklace. John Mannering is wondering why Ofeg and King Ibrahim would be making this transaction because Ofeg is a known miser and the King wouldn’t want to give up such a family treasure. Some clues even as small as a necktie at the meeting have caused the suspicion of the transaction being a hoax. Mannering finds out that an actor was hired to play the role of the King for the transaction but for what reason. There is corruption in the Kingdom of Ammak and the military is trying to overthrow the King and they will go to any length to ruin the royal family.
This episode has one of my favourite actors of all time, Peter Wyngarde. I can’t say this is one of his best performances but it does show his ability to play different parts especially being used to Peters “Jason King” character. The story is a simple one in my opinion and not one of the strongest episodes in the series. The mystique of an unknown arab nation does stimulate some interest for me.