Journey to the Unknown: Season 1, Episode 12

The Killing Bottle (23 Jan. 1969)

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An aspiring composer is unaware that his unscrupulous manager plans to take control of his estate.



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Episode cast overview:
Rollo Verdew
Ingrid Boulting ...
Vera Verdew (as Ingrid Brett)
Barry Evans ...
William Marlowe ...
Randolph Verdew
John Rudling ...
Eddie Byrne ...


An aspiring composer is unaware that his unscrupulous manager plans to take control of his estate.

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23 January 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Hopefully A One Off Duff Episode
5 July 2011 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Jimmy Rintoul hopes to be a famous composer . His manager Rollo Verdew has cash flow problems so uses a plan using his brother Randolph to kill Jimmy

After seeing the excellent Girl Of My Dreams I recently looked forward to seeing any episode from Journey To The Unknown . Even a substandard was going to be more enjoyable than the rubbish TV companies churn out these days . One thing is certain and that is The Killing Bottle is a very substandard episode from the series

First of all it differs from how my memory interpreted the show . It's set in ( I think ) Canada or more accurately a stately home in Canada since a policeman turning up to investigate a crime wears a Canadia police uniform and speaks in a Canadian accent . Strangely everyone else seems to speak with an English accent including Randolph who is native to the location

But you'll instantly forget about the location of the setting when you see Roddy McDowall's performance as Rollo Verdew since he's so over the top he's gone out of orbit and is located halfway between the Moon and Mars . Try and imagine a camp pantomime dame trying to play a charismatic hetrosexual pop guru , kind of like Simon Cowell played by Quinten Crisp and who have a rough idea of how bad it may be

But at least McDowall is entertaining in its most vague sense . The rest of the cast are painfully wooden . Barry Evans as Jimmy kept reminding me of Adric from DOCTOR WHO and thought perhaps Rollo's plan to kill Jimmy might be a blessing for humanity . You can see the headlines " Jimmy Rintoul found dead from axe wounds . Splinters found everywhere "

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