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Mother Goose Is Running for His Life 

When a toymaker has a few close calls, he calls Charlie who then has the girls on it. Sabrina pretends to be the daughter of a foreign toymaker who wants to go into business with the ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Leland Swinnerton
Gilbert Green ...
Tony Phelan
Gordon Roclair
Jack Orwell
Bobbi Jordan ...
Mrs. Cooley (as Holly Irving)
Vincent Milana ...
Larry Wilkes (as Vincent Duke Milana)
John Roselius ...
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When a toymaker has a few close calls, he calls Charlie who then has the girls on it. Sabrina pretends to be the daughter of a foreign toymaker who wants to go into business with the toymaker. Gordon, one of the toymaker's designers, wants to make toys that are a bit eerie and hopes that Sabrina can help him. Later a man breaks into the toymaker's office and gets killed. So the girls try to find out who he is and they learn he works for one of the toymaker's competitors who wants his new designs. Written by

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15 February 1978 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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During the debriefing at the end of the case, Swinnerton presents the Angels with dolls he modeled after them. Of course, there was a line of "Charlie's Angels" dolls that were manufactured by Hasbro (the same company responsible for G.I. Joe) at the height of the show's popularity. See more »


At the end when the angels receive the dolls, Kelly asks if she can a set for her niece. In other episodes, it is told that Kelly grew up in an orphanage. She didn't know who her parents were or if she had siblings. See more »


Kris Munroe: Would you do us a favor?
Donna: Yeah, what?
Kris Munroe: A man's dead, so cry or something.
Donna: Boo hoo.
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Kris Munroe Impersonates A Life-sized Doll
29 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Deadly toys are appearing at the Mother Goose Toy Company and it's up to Sabrina,Kelly and Kris to investigate in Mother Goose Is Running for His Life.

Toy manufacturer Leland Swinnerton seeks the Angels' help after someone begins sabotaging his company as part of a takeover attempt. The Angels suspect an inside job, so Sabrina goes to the factory as a wealthy businessman's daughter hoping to learn the toy business. Gordon Roclair, a brilliant designer who often clashes with Leland because the boss discourages his fascination with "horror toys," suspects that Sabrina is trying to arrange a takeover. He tells her that the business will soon fail. A wire-tapper breaks into the factory and is found mysteriously shot to death in the design room. Kelly and Kris approach the man's opportunistic fiancé and pay her off. She reveals that Larry was working for Tony Phelan, a mobster who wants to purchase the toy company for use as a front. Kris flies onto Tony's property in a hang glider and wins his approval. Kelly approaches Larry's replacement, Jack Orwell, and convinces him to go into a partnership. They record Sabrina arranging to sell Leland's new designs to Gordon. Tony calls Gordon over to the house and orders him to get the plans and sell them to him. Kris eavesdrops and learns that Larry was killed by a realistic toy cannon designed by Gordon, who had rigged it with the hopes of shooting Leland. Soon,they discover that the man behind the threats is an ex-mobster working in collusion with one of Swinnerton's own employees.

This one is entertaining especially when we get to see Kris impersonates a life-sized rag doll.Kudos to Cheryl Ladd for her great performance considering that she looks believable while doing it.LOL That alone is worth one's time of watching this episode aside from the corporate intrigue involved in the plot.

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