The Avengers: Season 2, Episode 17

Box of Tricks (19 Feb. 1991)

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Steed traces stolen classified documents to a nightclub where Venus Smith is working as a magician's assistant.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Julie Stevens ...
Jane Barrett ...
Kathleen Sutherland (as Jane Barratt)
Maurice Hedley ...
General Sutherland
Edgar Wreford ...
Dr. Gallam
Ian Curry ...
Gerry Weston
April Olrich ...
Dallas Cavell ...
Jacqueline Jones ...
Robert Hartley ...
Nena the Barman
Royston Tickner ...
Maitre D'
Gail Starforth ...
Lynn Taylor ...
Gregory Scott ...
The Dave Lee Trio ...


Steed traces stolen classified documents to a nightclub where Venus Smith is working as a magician's assistant.

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19 February 1991 (USA)  »

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(At 48:58 to 48:59) Looking through the door on the right side of the scene, someone can be seen walking behind a wall. See more »


John Steed: [posing as Thackeray] Time means nothing to me, if I start accounting the hours, I should become morbid.
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It's De-Lovely
Composed by Cole Porter
Sung by Julie Stevens
Performed by The Dave Lee Trio
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Third episode with Venus Smith
22 December 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

Third of the six episodes featuring nightclub singer Venus Smith (Julie Stevens), again an improvement on its predecessor. In demonstrating his magic box, a shady magician (Ian Curry) makes his female assistant disappear, then reappear, murdered by a fatal gunshot. Curiously, when her replacement (April Olrich) meets the same fate, the magician escapes suspicion! Steed brings Venus Smith into the picture, performing at the same nightclub where the murders occurred (two songs this time), and she's more helpful this time around, hearing voices from inside the magic box, and visiting an old friend (Jane Barratt) whose wheelchair-bound father, General Sutherland (Maurice Hedley), holds the key to the solution (NATO security leaks). Steed goes undercover in two disguises, one a masseur for the ailing General, wisely ducking out when Venus shows up (she blew his cover in "The Removal Men"), and later as a hypochondriac millionaire visiting Dr. Gallam (Edgar Wreford), the General's less than inspiring physician. Steed and Venus finally work well as a team, but had only three more together; next up for Venus would be "School for Traitors."

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