Solo and Kuryakin narrowly escape an attempt on their lives in Venice. Solo has caught pneumonia as a result of a swim in the Venice canals. As a result, he is replaced on the mission by ... See full summary »
Three gorgeous female convicts are paroled from prison to work for an unnamed federal agency. While saving the world, they take verbal pokes at anything and everything, and take absolutely ... See full summary »
Bret and Bart Maverick (and in later seasons, their English cousin, Beau) are well dressed gamblers who migrate from town to town always looking for a good game. Poker (5 card draw) is ... See full summary »
Fortune hunter Allan Quatermain teams up with a resourceful woman to help her find her missing father lost in the wilds of 1900s Africa while being pursued by hostile tribes and a rival German explorer.
J. Lee Thompson
This spin-off from the earlier "Department S" continued the adventures of hedonistic, womanizing dandy Jason King. After leaving Department S, Jason settled down to a full-time career of ... See full summary »
Mike Nelson is a Scuba Diver in the days when it was still very new. He works alone and the plot was always mostly carried through his voice over narrations. These gave the show a flavor of... See full summary »
This spinoff from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." features the adventures of sexy spy April Dancer, who works for an international agency called the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement... See full summary »
Leo G. Carroll
Solo and Kuryakin narrowly escape an attempt on their lives in Venice. Solo has caught pneumonia as a result of a swim in the Venice canals. As a result, he is replaced on the mission by Mark Slate. Slate is to prepare a stripped to take the place of a woman in the employ of Thrush. Written by
The character "Mark Slate" originally appeared in the second season of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. in "The Moonglow Affair", and was originally played by Norman Fell. Noel Harrison took over the role when the _"The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." (1966)_ series took off. See more »
In the '60's, Joan Collins notched up guest-star roles in some of the decade's 'coolest' series, including 'Mission: Impossible', 'Star Trek', 'Batman' and, of course, 'M.F.U.'. Here she plays a double role.
Solo and Kuryakin are in Venice when they spot Baroness Bibi De Chasseur ( Joanie, of course ) passing a list of top THRUSH agents to a mysterious figure in a gondola. A THRUSH speedboat opens fire, and the agents dive into the water. Illya survives unscathed, but Napoleon has caught pneumonia and must withdraw from the mission. The Russian is teamed with April Dancer's partner Mark Slate ( Noel Harrison ).
Though not a THRUSH agent herself, the Baroness is being used as a courier. Keen to find out who her superior is, Illya and Slate go to a sleazy bar in Germany known as 'The Lady Godiva'. Its star attraction is Rosy Shlagenheimer ( Joanie again ), who entertains patrons by riding about in the nude on a horse. She is a dead ringer for the Baroness, so they set about trying to turn this uncouth Bronx girl ( or 'goil' if you like ) into a lady...
As you have probably already guessed, this Jackson Gillis-scripted story is partly a spoof of 'My Fair Lady' ( which starred Rex Harrson, father of Noel ), based on George Bernard Shaw's 'Pygmalion'. Joan handles the 'Bibi' character well enough, but her Bronx accent is none too convincing. Still it hardly matters.
This is an entertaining episode, one of Season 3's undisputed highlights. In a neat twist, THRUSH get wind of the plan to replace Bibi with Rosy, and swap them the other way round!
When it was being made, Robert Vaughn was filming a guest spot as 'Solo' in the spin-off 'Girl From U.N.C.L.E.' ( the episode in question was 'The Mother Muffin Affair' ).
This was the second appearance of the 'Mark Slate' character in 'M.F.U.'. He had previously been in Season 2's 'The Moonglow Affair' though played on that occasion by Norman Fell. The Harrison version makes a far better foil to Illya than to April. Had Vaughn declined to do Season 4, they could have done worse than bring him in as a regular.
Carl Esmond is 'Baron Freddy De Chasseur' and a good villain he is too, superior to the buffoons who would crop up in later Season 3 episodes. Michael St.Clair, cast as 'Olaf', was 'Hans Gruber' in 'Our Man Flint'.
You have to love an episode which climaxes with a fight in a wine cellar and just when it looks over the villain's wheelchair suddenly starts spitting bullets. Great stuff.
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