Great to see Anthony Newley's film debut in this dated, but so appealing, British serial. Watching it now, it's clunky and outmoded, but enormously appealing and quaint. After a slowish opening episode, the action does pick up and the chase sequences, cliffhanging finales and brisk dialogue all add to the charm of the piece. In a similar way to Richard Attenborough's portrayal as "The Guinea Pig," the three actors playing the lead roles, as the children, are obviously older than their characters in the film, which all adds to the novelty value. It is also clear to see the obvious potential of the versatile and under-rated Anthony Newley, who went on to have a great career as an actor and singer. The movie is a total rarity these days, but is well worth seeing if the chance arises.
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