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Build a Better Mousetrap 

Angered by a noisy motor bike gang who ride on their land, elderly sisters Cynthia and Ermyntrude Peck, who claim to be witches, cast a spell which causes all the motor-bikes to stall. Not ... See full summary »

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Colonel Wesker
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Angered by a noisy motor bike gang who ride on their land, elderly sisters Cynthia and Ermyntrude Peck, who claim to be witches, cast a spell which causes all the motor-bikes to stall. Not only that but almost every electronic and mechanical object in the area also tends to malfunction. Mrs. Gale in her leathers joins the gang to ask permission from the sisters to ride on their property and in the process discovers that these two sweet old dears may actually be in possession of a sophisticated long range jamming device. They may have built a better mouse-trap but it will cause some unsavoury types to beat a path to their door. Written by don @ minifie-1

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1 April 1991 (USA)  »

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John Steed: Caroline, may I introduce Catherine. Now, she's the white hope in the black leather of the Vern Ingham district T.T.
Catherine Gale: How do you do?
Caroline Wesker: How do you do? I must say that is a very fetching, Vectised outfit.
John Steed: That's what I always say.
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Fails to rev up any excitement
1 February 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Build a Better Mousetrap" is generally regarded as one of the better examples from the Cathy Gale era, perhaps for its image of the leather-clad Honor Blackman astride a motorcycle (rockers, not mods), because the plot never gets revved up into any excitement. All mechanical devices conk out within a two mile radius of a windmill owned by two elderly sisters believed to practice witchcraft, with Cathy's faceless dancing bikers proving a noisy nuisance. The villains aren't revealed until the end, so little actually happens, plus the filmed sequences prove to be more shoddy than usual, definitely a script more suited for the shot-on-film Mrs. Peel era. At least we get to see Patrick Macnee do a bit of his own judo in a rare action scene. Hammer veteran Harold Goodwin supplies good work in his only AVENGERS episode, while Athene Seyler returned in "Man-Eater of Surrey Green," and Nora Nicholson returned in "All Done with Mirrors." Series veterans included John Tate, who previously did "Killer Whale," Donald Webster, who did "Intercrime," and Allan McClelland, who did "The Big Thinker."


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