Colonel Humphrey Flack (1953–1959)

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Colonel Humphrey Flack is the consummate con-man, swindling swindlers at every opportunity.

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Complete series cast summary:
Boris Aplon
(2 episodes, 1953)
Eddie Hyans
(2 episodes, 1953)
Sally Jessup
(2 episodes, 1953)
(2 episodes, 1953)
LeRoi Operti
(2 episodes, 1953)
Rock Rogers
(2 episodes, 1953)
Fred Sadoff
(2 episodes, 1953)
Eliot Sharfe
(2 episodes, 1953)


Retired, witty, dapper Colonel Humphrey Flack and his partner in crime, Uthas P. Garvey, also known as Patsy, team up to play modern-day Robin Hoods around the world. Conning the con men wherever they find them, the two men change their clever tactics as often as they change locales, giving their proceeds to the needy but retaining a percentage for themselves, of course, to "cover expenses." Written by Tim's TV Showcase,

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Comedy | Family





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7 October 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Fabulous Fraud  »

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1.33 : 1
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The television sitcom was based on a series of "Saturday Evening Post" stories by Everett Rhodes Castle. It was first broadcast live Oct. 7, 1953 and ran for 39 episodes until July 2, 1954. The show ran through several aliases: "Colonel Humphrey Flack," "Fabulous Fraud" and "The Impostor." In 1958 the series was filmed for first-run syndication on TV. See more »

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Impressions from an extremely young man.
4 September 2000 | by (Lowell, Mich. U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

A precocious friend in school recommended this television show which was syndicated where I was living in the late 1950s (or possibly earlier). Upon watching, I was immediately hooked, which caused some dispute with my younger brother who wanted some brainless thing contemporaneously on another channel.

As a teen-ager, even before, I was entralled by the "British gentleman," a prejudice from knowing no other languages but Anglais. Verbal cleverness was an added attraction, and this was the legerdemain of Col. Flack. His foil's, "Which means?" entered into my vocabulary in short order. This show was sophisticated humour for its day in television -- to-day as well? -- and was one of the cobblestones on my very long and equally uncertain life's march to erudition for its own sake. As a (slowly) maturing boy I had role models built upon admittedly fictional representations by Niven, Sanders, and of course, Mowbray. Style is by imitation; it is not, as Prof. Henry Higgins points out, innate. This low budget and admittedly outrageous television show which I have not seen in forty years had its little impact, something I have never discussed anywhere before. Thank you for your attention.

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