Z.Z. von Schnerk, a mad Teutonic film director of the Erich von Stroheim variety, along with his has-been leading actor and actress, Stewart Kirby and Damita Syn, capture Mrs. Peel in an ...
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Z.Z. von Schnerk, a mad Teutonic film director of the Erich von Stroheim variety, along with his has-been leading actor and actress, Stewart Kirby and Damita Syn, capture Mrs. Peel in an effort to make a movie about her life and exciting adventures. Unfortunately it is to end with her violent death so Steed has to follow the clues to find her. Written by
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An unknown person sabotages Mrs. Peel's car by cutting one of the battery wires. When Mrs. Peel tries to start the car, the starter motor is heard. The starter motor of a car runs on the battery, so the starter motor should not have worked at all. See more »
"Epic" is a rare solo adventure for Mrs. Peel, who is captured by a crazed movie director and a pair of washed up actors making an impossible comeback by documenting her demise. Kenneth J. Warren plays the dictatorial Von Stroheim type filmmaker Z. Z. von Schnerk, in the last of his four appearances, after "Girl on the Trapeze," "Intercrime," and "The Little Wonders." As former matinée idol Stewart Kirby, Peter Wyngarde, so memorable in "A Touch of Brimstone," really gets to chew the scenery in nearly a dozen disguises, and who woulda thought a British actor could make a convincing Civil War rebel? David Lodge ("Fog") cameos as a bit actor who picks the wrong day to reminisce about the glory days, and Anthony Dawes ("The Outside-In-Man") pops in to provide the corpse of John Steed, while the real Steed figures out where to find his missing partner by identifying the voice of Emma's mysterious caller. Emma's apartment is seen twice, the second time as an identical film set, and the best moment comes when she provides her version of the MGM lion's growl.
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