Journey to the Unknown: Season 1, Episode 17

Miss Belle (24 Oct. 1968)

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A drifter goes to work in a household where the mother refuses to acknowledge her only son as anything other than her daughter.

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Stephen Drake
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Miss Belle Weston
Kim Burfield ...
Robert
Adrienne Posta ...
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A drifter goes to work in a household where the mother refuses to acknowledge her only son as anything other than her daughter.

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Strong Episode Despite The Lack Of Supernatural Elements
25 August 2011 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Drake is an American drifter resident in England . He finds work at the home of Miss Weston who is guardian to her niece Roberta but is Roberta all she seems ?

You can't help noticing that this series is split in to two types of story . One is a generic murder type mystery while the other is a supernatural type story . You'll can't fail to notice that the supernatural episodes are much stronger than the murder ones . Miss Belle is the exception to the rule, there's no ghostly shenanigans instead we have a psychological thriller where sexual repression and the damages it causes is at the heart of the subtext

What makes the episode work so well is the casting . George Maharis as Drake is stereotypical American beefcake with a mannerism straight out of the Clint Eastwood school of acting . He could have easily been a one dimensional character but his performance lights up the screen . Likewise Belle Weston could have been equally clichéd but Barbara Jefford manages to make her her character so much more than a hammy repressed lesbian . I'll say no more about the story since I don't want to ruin it but it's a great episode on which to end the series

Over all JOURNEY TO THE UNKNOWN was a great show. It did have a fair amount of clangers but these are quickly forgotten after seeing the stand out episodes such as Girl Of My Dreams , Eve and this one


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