The Avengers: Season 3, Episode 5

Death of a Batman (26 Oct. 1963)

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Steed attends the funeral of his former batman Wrightson, who had become a draughtsman on a modest salary in civilian life. However, at the will reading everyone is shocked to learn that he... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lord Basil Teale (as Andre Morell)
Philip Madoc ...
Eric Van Doren
Katy Greenwood ...
Lady Cynthia Bellamy
John Wrightson
Geoffrey Alexander ...
Victor Gibbs
Kitty Atwood ...
Edith Wrightson (as Kitty Attwood)
Ray Browne ...


Steed attends the funeral of his former batman Wrightson, who had become a draughtsman on a modest salary in civilian life. However, at the will reading everyone is shocked to learn that he was exceedingly rich and apparently by honest means. Steed and Mrs. Gale investigate and uncover an ambitious plot involving insider trading. Written by don @ minifie-1

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John Steed: [Steed and Miss Gale are searching thru magazines] Hold everything!
Catherine Gale: Where?
John Steed: There she is, bless her decolletage. Ho.
Catherine Gale: [reading] Lady Cynthia Bellamy sits this one out with Major Foster MFH the Honorable Jeremy Barnes Mayfair Party.
John Steed: Oh... Good for Jeremy. Wha?
Catherine Gale: Good for the Major!
John Steed: Hey where does he have his hand? Oh. An officer and a gentleman!
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The formidable Andre Morell
26 January 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Death of a Batman" benefits from the formidable presence of Andre Morell, one of Britain's greatest character actors, in fine form as Lord Basil Teale, running a banking partnership with Eric Van Doren (Philip Madoc, previously seen in "Six Hands Across a Table"), illegally using insider information in takeovers of electronics firms. Steed becomes suspicious when his newly deceased batman left behind a personal fortune that was not compatible with his weekly salary, effortlessly flirting with socialite Lady Cynthia Bellamy (Katy Greenwood), whose valuable stock shares are being sold for a profit then bought back without her knowledge. Some unintended amusement results from two doors that simply refuse to stay shut. Returning for the last of his four episodes is Ray Browne, enjoying his largest role despite being the loser in a tussle with Catherine Gale. This also marks the only appearance of another large dog owned by Steed, this one named Katie ("The Gilded Cage" was the last to feature any dog).

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