The Avengers (1961–1969)
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How to Succeed ....At Murder 

Eleven businessmen and counting have been mysteriously murdered, their affairs taken over by their able secretaries. The smell of perfume lingering over one of the dead bodies leads Mrs ... See full summary »

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Sarah Lawson ...
Mary
Angela Browne ...
Sara
Anne Cunningham ...
Gladys
Zeph Gladstone ...
Liz
Artro Morris ...
Henry
Jerome Willis ...
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Hooter
Kevin Brennan ...
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David Garth ...
Barton
Robert Dean ...
Finlay
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Eleven businessmen and counting have been mysteriously murdered, their affairs taken over by their able secretaries. The smell of perfume lingering over one of the dead bodies leads Mrs Peel to J.J. Hooter, who quickly becomes the next man to snuff it. With secretaries as their only clue, Steeds decides to hire one and Emma to take up the profession. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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13 June 1966 (USA)  »

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The mouth and eyes of the ventriloquist doll move, even when Henry is not manipulating the controls on his left wrist. See more »

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Henrietta: To bring men to heel and put woman at the pinnacle of power. Ruination to all men.
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J. J. Hooter reveals the splendid naked beast
10 March 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"How to Succeed....at Murder" is a real gem, with an odd series of deaths of corporate employers linked only by the fact that each man's secretary was promoted to replace them. One such death features a sweet scented aroma captured by a handy tire pump, which leads to one of the series' funniest characters. Christopher Benjamin (later seen in "Never, Never Say Die" and "Split!") portrays J. J. Hooter, a perfume manufacturer whose sensitive nostrils require him to wear a bandage over his famed proboscis. He introduces himself to Mrs. Peel: "I smell a great deal!" plus "I have smelled all over the world!" Kneeling in front of her, he takes one whiff of the scent, stands before her and cries out, "leap into my fervid arms!" (of course, that is the name of the perfume, one of his own creations). The murders are being committed by angry liberated women tired of being subjugated to men, who are granted their assignments through an exercise class run by Henry Throgbottom (Artro Morris, previously seen in "A Conspiracy of Silence"), on behalf of his wife Henrietta (voiced by Yolande Turner, from "The Girl from Auntie" and "The 50,000 Breakfast"). Angela Browne, last seen in "Intercrime," and Sarah Lawson (Mrs. Patrick Allen) head up the female cast, with various victims played by Jerome Willis ("Intercrime" and "The Rotters"), David Garth ("The Big Thinker" and "Wish You Were Here"), and Kevin Brennan ("Double Danger").


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