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Baroness Bibi De Chasseur / Rosy Shlagenheimer
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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 Bill Koenig

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30 September 1966 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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"Galatea" is the name of the statue created in Greek mythology by Pygmalion. "Pygmalion" is the play by George Bernard Shaw upon which "My Fair Lady" was based. Rex Harrison, father of guest star Noel, starred in stage and screen versions of MFL. The plot of MFL, which revolves around making an ordinary flower girl into a refined lady, mirrors the plot of this episode. In addition, one of MFL's most famous lines (the elocution lesson's "The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain") is mirrored in this episode's elocution lesson's "The police in Greece are difficult to fleece." See more »


When bailing from the gondola on the canal under gunfire, Napoleon Solo dives into the "water" out of the bottom of the frame and bounces a couple times before the edit cuts away. See more »


References My Fair Lady (1964) See more »

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Joan Collins guests in this enjoyable Romp
26 January 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. – The Galatea Affair - 1966

This is the 62nd 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.

This one is a pretty good episode with several nice turns by the episodes, guest stars, Joan Collins (in a dual role) and Noel Harrison. While UNCLE agent Robert Vaughn is out with the flu, agent Noel Harrison is brought in to replace him. UNCLE is after a major player in the THRUSH organization. They are not quite sure who the man is. They have figured out that a Baroness, Joan Collins, is acting as a courier for THRUSH. They plan on using a look like bar maid, (Collins again) to trade places with the Baroness. They know that the Baroness works for the mystery THRUSH higher up.

One quickly realizes that the story is really a variation on "My Fair Lady". (Noel's father, Rex Harrison was the lead in that film) Anyways, Harrison's job is to teach his Collins how to be a proper lady, while McCallum is sent to get close to the Baroness.

Also in the mix, are Carl Esmond as the wheelchair bound Baron, and Michael St Clair as a THRUSH gunman. The gag here is that THRUSH knows about the planned switch. They strike first and the Baroness pretends to be the barmaid. Said barmaid is keep drugged up at the Baron's castle.

Of course Collins and Harrison end up swapping spit with Harrison falling for the woman. Everything works out in the end, as the UNCLE agent tumble to the switch. They make their own move and the proper Collins' are soon back in their proper place. The Baroness decides that THRUSH is not for her and joins the UNCLE side.

This one is much better than I was expecting considering the direction some of the last few episodes were going. One of the better bits is Esmond's wheelchair, which is equipped with a machine gun, booze dispenser and a supply of cigarettes.

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