The Agatha Christie Hour: Season 1, Episode 5

The Case of the Discontented Soldier (5 Oct. 1982)

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With the holy intervention of Mr.Parker Pyne, a retired major finds love and adventure helping a young lady to find a very precious African treasure.



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Episode cast overview:
William Gaunt ...
Major John Wilbraham
Angela Easterling ...
Maurice Denham ...
Lally Bowers ...
Veronica Strong ...
Madeleine de Sara
Derek Smee ...
Head Waiter
Karen Mount ...
English Rose
Patricia Garwood ...
Freda Clegg
Jason Norman ...
Paul Dadson ...
Barbara New ...
Mrs. Benson
Lewis Fiander ...
Mr. Reid
Peter Brayham ...
Thug 1
Terence Plummer ...
Thug 2 (as Terry Plummer)


Bored with civilian life ex-colonial officer John Wilbraham answers Mr. Parker Pyne's advert to provide him with an adventure and shortly afterwards finds himself saving Freda Clegg from abduction. Freda's late father owned a treasure map and a bogus solicitor will stop at nothing to get it. John and Freda find themselves tied up in a rapidly flooding basement from which he rescues them both. Of course the whole scenario has been created by novelist Ariadne Oliver,who is on Parker Pyne's staff to provide adventures. But is there really treasure or will true love be its own reward? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Freda Clegg: It might be dangerous.
Major John Wilbraham: I'll look upon that as a bonus.
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Isn't It Romantic?
Music by Richard Rodgers (1932)
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
[Performed by piano player in French restaurant]
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Parker Pyne's Reconstruction at Work
8 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Parker Pyne was an interesting early Christie figure, using intelligence and background to effect life transformations to all that would apply to his simple advert about happiness. It's a fabled tale with added intelligence and comes across well on those bases. We get to see Miss Lemon, whom we assume to be the future M. Poirot's faithful secretary, and mystery writer, Adriane Oliver, no less. That makes it fun for those who have read the later works first. While I agree that this Parker Pyne is not as quixotic and personable as the one from the written story, he does the job.

The good major's current life status of boredom and lack of adventure is allayed, his core need intrinsically met in a most entertaining fashion. I thought Miss Oliver justified her stereotypic methods in this by her assertions that people liked the traditional and time worn dilemmas which were employed here.

Good fun. (We trust the Major came to the realization that "a man" did not in fact "owe him 50 quid."

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