Napoleon Solo sets off for a Thrush island, from where the criminal organization will fire nuclear missiles to alter the path of the Gulf Stream. During the course of events, Solo enters ... See full summary »
Napoleon Solo sets off for a Thrush island, from where the criminal organization will fire nuclear missiles to alter the path of the Gulf Stream. During the course of events, Solo enters into an uneasy alliance with retired gangsters; Miss Diketon betrays Thrush leader Louis Strago; and Illya Kuryakin nearly drowns. Written by
I was a huge fan of The Man From Uncle when I was a kid and this two part episode might well have the best of the series. They pulled out all the stops in giving Solo and Iliya some worthy foes to battle in the persons of guest actors Jack Palance and Janet Leigh, both of whom were genuine movie stars in their own right.
What is so amusing about these episodes is that while Mr. Strago and Miss Diketon are the chief villains of the story, the script writers set up their relationship as that of an overbearing boss and his put upon and long suffering secretary. The interaction between these two, all the way to the body strewn conclusion is often quite amusing and suggests that on the inside, THRUSH was just like any other big corporation. No wonder they never took over the world.
The subplot with the old gangsters was pure cornball even back in 1966, but it does give a great part to Eduardo Ciannelli, who'd been playing mobsters since the 1930's-go find Marked Woman from 1937 and watch Ciannelli and co-star Allen Jenkins in their prime. By the time The Concrete Overcoat Affair was made, Ciannelli was nearly 80 years old and still getting it done like a pro.
By the third season, The Man from Uncle had gotten lazy and there was a tendency to lace the scripts with too much comedy, but they pulled it together for this one and proved the series still had some gas in the tank.
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