The Avengers: Season 3, Episode 18

Mandrake (25 Jan. 1964)

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Steed attends the funeral of a former colleague and not only suspects foul play but is struck by the fact that the tiny, isolated Cornish churchyard contains the corpses of several worthies... See full summary »

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Steed attends the funeral of a former colleague and not only suspects foul play but is struck by the fact that the tiny, isolated Cornish churchyard contains the corpses of several worthies hardly to be associated with the area. His investigations lead to a sinister assassination bureau, Mandrake Investments, who bury poison victims in the churchyard because its proximity to an old tin mine means that the nature of the soil prevents the detection of the poison. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Honor Blackman and Jackie Pallo, a wrestler, have a fight scene in a graveyard. In one take, Blackman inadvertently kicked Pallo in the face much too hard, and pushed him into an open grave, where he lay actually unconscious for several minutes. The incident garnered plenty of publicity in the British press. See more »

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Steed takes this one personal
8 February 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Mandrake" is another prototype for the Mrs. Peel era, with an excellent cast creating memorable characters. Steed attends a funeral for an old comrade, puzzled that he would be buried in a deserted cemetery near an abandoned tin mine in far off Cornwall. Cathy is attacked by the sexton, and the scuffle ends with her breaking his nose with a swift kick to his face (stuntman Jackie Pallo was unconscious for nearly 8 minutes!) Philip Locke, previously seen in "The Frighteners," plays the diabolical mastermind, assisted by John LeMesurier (later seen in "What the Butler Saw"), as the shady doctor who creates fictitious medical backgrounds for the victims, with Robert Morris, best remembered for Hammer's 1966 "Frankenstein Created Woman," arousing Steed's suspicions about his father's untimely demise. Making his only series appearance is another Hammer stalwart, George Benson, who worked with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in such titles as "Horror of Dracula" and "The Creeping Flesh." As a sales clerk and frustrated actress, Annette Andre gets to flirt with Steed in two very engaging scenes, bolder than usual for the show.


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