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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