Danger Man: Season 1, Episode 1

View from the Villa (11 Sep. 1960)

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The killing of a man who embezzled five millions dollars of gold bullion prompts secret agent John Drake to investigate. He questions various people around Rome in an attempt to find the ... See full summary »

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Colin Douglas ...
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The killing of a man who embezzled five millions dollars of gold bullion prompts secret agent John Drake to investigate. He questions various people around Rome in an attempt to find the victim's girlfriend, whom he suspects will be his best lead, but no one seems to know just who or where she is. A clue on a painting finally leads him to a country residence. There, he discovers the stash of gold and the identity of the missing girlfriend. But it soon becomes apparent that others, including the murderer, are in search of the stolen loot and will do anything to get their hands on it. Written by Twenty Penguins

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Standing in for rural Italy in this, the first program featuring Patrick McGoohan as John Drake, is Portmeirion, the Welsh seaside village that later served as The Village for McGoohan's series The Prisoner (1967). See more »

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When the dressmaker looks at the photo in her office, it is shown in closeup as the grey-haired murder victim looking left, with a cigarette in his left hand and his right hand in his pocket. In the next shot, Drake is holding the photo and it is of a dark haired man looking right, with a box in his left hand and his right hand raised. See more »

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Well done but awfully short....
26 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Danger Man" is a well-made television series, though some of the episodes (such as the first one, "View from the Villa") seemed rushed because such an adventure show really needed an hour-long format.

This episode begins with a couple guys beating the snot out of another guy--trying to get him to reveal the whereabouts of some gold. Unfortunately, one of them is too brutal and they kill the guy in the process of questioning him. John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) is brought in to investigate the death as well as the theft of the gold.

The mystery was interesting but also a bit easy to predict--simply because with only a half hour, there wasn't time to really define the plot and characters. And, because of this, you could easily figure out the various characters. But, the story was interesting and kept my attention. I look forward to the next show on the "Danger Man" DVD.

By the way, the weird town of Portmeirion, Wales doubles for Italy in many of the scenes. This is all the more fascinating when you consider that this strangely designed town was used for the filming of McGoohan's later series "The Prisoner". I was in Wales recently and wanted to visit the place but was shocked how expensive it was to enter--even after all these decades. Also, I could be wrong, but I think that Barbara Shelley was dubbed. If not, then she created a great Italian accent, as she's British.


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