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The Beachcomber/The Last Whodunnit 

Under tremendous pressure from his job and family, Charles Preston chucks it all to be a beachcomber; and devoted fan Mabel Jarvis of a mystery writer tries to find out who killed her, acting out the writer's final unfinished manuscript.

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Mr. Roarke (as Ricardo Montalbán)
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Tattoo
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Charles Preston
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Kevin
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Helmsley the Butler
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Mabel Jarvis
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Charlotte
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Evelyn Wallace
Howard Morton ...
Terence
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Nancy Preston
Marianne Marks ...
Ulla
Jorge Moreno ...
Gono
Sam Hiona ...
Bapu
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Pepe (as Anthony Penya)
Mickey Morton ...
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Under tremendous pressure from his job and family, Charles Preston chucks it all to be a beachcomber; and devoted fan Mabel Jarvis of a mystery writer tries to find out who killed her, acting out the writer's final unfinished manuscript.

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30 September 1978 (USA)  »

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Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 - 8 May 1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated until after his death. Gauguin is now recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that were distinctly different from Impressionism. See more »

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not enough soul
27 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite some decent actors and familiar faces which includes John Astin, Jack Carter, Celeste Holm, Maurice Evans, and Janis Paige, this episode misses that certain something that makes the others much better. The "Beachcomber" was particularly weak, as Astin portrays Charles Preston, a family man who wishes to live free by the beach, and leave all his worries behind; it starts to fall flat when Preston is tricked into marrying an overweight island girl, in order to avoid jail. Astin gives it his all, but he was given an underwhelming story to work with. The end of this story does end nice with his real wife Nancy(Lynn Borden)coming to visit him, as she promises that she and their kids will stop taking him for granted and give him the proper respect he deserves. The better story, although still not that great, has Holm playing her favorite writer, and we soon find out that the famous writer was murdered, and Holm decides to stick around to solve the murder; Holm looks amazingly like Angela Lansbury to this writer. The acting in this story is much better, although I thought the conclusion seemed rushed and too convenient; that being said, I did like how her cat and the butler's dog played a part in catching the killers. The most enjoyable aspect for me was watching Tattoo try to play the trumpet, and how it irritated Mr. Roarke.


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