The son of a Thrush scientist is one of the most brilliant minds ever. UNCLE seeks to prevent the boy from ever working for Thrush.



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Episode cast overview:
Elfie van Donck
Joanna Lydecker
Arnold Moss ...
Noubar Telemakian
Gil Perkins ...
Dr. Armand Warshowsky (Boris in credits)
Ernst Winters ...
Basil Reverditti
Chris Essay ...
Steward (as Christopher Essay)
Gloria Neil ...
Bartlett Warshowsky


The son of a Thrush scientist is one of the most brilliant minds ever. UNCLE seeks to prevent the boy from ever working for Thrush.

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12 November 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The opening credits shot of Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) used throughout Season 2 is from this episode, when Solo is smiling at Mr. Waverly's demonstration of the titular "Deadly Toys". See more »


When Noubar Telemakian (Arnold Moss) is looking at an information card for Napoleon Solo, the card lists him as being "Section 2, Number 1". While Solo is indeed an "enforcement agent" and thus from Section 2, he is always seen wearing identification badge number 11, not number 1. So clearly, THRUSH has faulty information about Solo's place in the U.N.C.L.E. hierarchy. See more »


Joanna Lydecker: [Illya is improvising an escape from a meat locker] Camp fires at a time like this. What are you trying to be, a Boy Scout?
Illya Kuryakin: Perhaps. It's an admirable organization. Now, if you'll put your fingers in your ears and take refuge behind that haunch of beef.
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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. –The Deadly Toys Affair – 1965

This is the 38th episode of 1964 to 1968 spy series, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. The series ran for a total of 105 episodes. The first season was filmed in black and with the remainder shot in colour. Robert Vaughn plays agent Napoleon Solo while David McCallum, plays Illya Kuryakin, Leo G Carroll plays Mister Waverly, the boss of the secret agency known as U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law & Enforcement) Their main enemy is THRUSH, an organization out to take over the planet.

UNCLE discovers from a defecting THRUSH scientist that THRUSH has a nerve gas plant out in the Mohave desert. Agents Robert Vaughn and David McCallum are sent out to do a spot of destruction to said plant. Afterwards they are sent to Switzerland to rescue the son of the defector. The lad, Jay North, is being held at a THRUSH school for brilliant children. They want to make sure he grows up as a THRUSH type.

Nothing of course ever goes to plan and North's father, the defector (Gil Perkins) escapes UNCLE custody. He does not trust UNCLE to save his son. THRUSH are not amused with Perkins, they blow him to pieces with a bomb carrying radio controlled model aircraft.

Anyways, Vaughn and McCallum go undercover, McCallum as a hairdresser to Diane McBain. Also in the mix is Angela Lansbury as a slightly wacko ex movie star. Needless to say there is plenty of action with the regular amount of captures, escapes and gun battles.

The various plot holes are nicely covered up by director John Brahm. Brahm was a former big screen helmsman. He is well known for his work in the film-noir genre. These would include, THE LODGER (1944) GUEST IN THE HOUSE, HANGOVER SQUARE, THE LOCKET, SINGAPORE and THE BRASHER DOUBLOON. He later would direct several of the best TWILLIGHT ZONE, episodes,"Time Enough at Last" and "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street".

Jay North was well known to TV viewers as Dennis the Menace on the 1959 to 1963 TV series.

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