The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Season 1, Episode 7

The Giuoco Piano Affair (10 Nov. 1964)

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Solo and Kuryakin pursue Gervaise Ravel and Harold Bufferton, the surviving conspirators of The Quadripartite Affair. To draw them out of hiding, Solo will use Marion Raven as bait and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
John Van Dreelen ...
James Frawley ...
Lieutenant Manuera
Jon Silo ...
Alfonso Figueroa
Martin Garralaga ...
Ship's Officer
Norman Felton ...
Chess Player
Sam Rolfe ...
Joseph Calvelli ...
Inebriate (as Dick Donner)


Solo and Kuryakin pursue Gervaise Ravel and Harold Bufferton, the surviving conspirators of The Quadripartite Affair. To draw them out of hiding, Solo will use Marion Raven as bait and utilize a variation of the Guioco Piano chess gambit to make the operation a success. Written by Bill Koenig

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10 November 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Several important behind-the-scenes personnel make cameo appearances during the party scene at Marion's home, including the show's creators and producers Norman Felton - who plays the annoyed chess player - and Sam Rolfe. The episode's director, Richard Donner plays the drunk man who keeps asking for the milk bottle with the alcohol in it. Series script writer, Joseph Calvelli, is the man seated at the typewriter. See more »


In an early scene on the Andes mountainside, an U.N.C.L.E. agent stops near the top on the side of the mountain and takes refuse under an overhanging rock that creates a natural alcove to cover him as he uses his radio to report his status. When a helicopter circles above him, the camera point of view from the helicopter shows him sitting on the open field at the top of the mountain above that overhanging rock. A second later, after a rocket is launched from the helicopter at the agent, the next camera angle miraculously shows the agent now back at the alcove below the overhanging rock when the rocket strikes the ground. The strike causes an avalanche which buries the agent in the alcove on the mountainside, beneath the overhanging rock. See more »


Illya Kuryakin: [spoiler]
[speaking to Solo via walkie-talkie]
Illya Kuryakin: Oh, by the way, Bufferton is dead.
Napoleon Solo: [spoiler] Well, that's a life.
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During the closing credits, Norman Felton's producing credit appears over an image of his cameo in the episode. See more »

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exciting confrontation of two fictional international spies
12 August 2013 | by (working in Movieland) – See all my reviews

Man from UNCLE, 1964. *Spoiler/plot- The Giuoco Piano Affair, 1964. THRUSH's top staff want to attack UNCLE with their newest weapons and deadly personnel while hiding in the Andes mountains.

*Special Stars- Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carrol, Anne Francis, Jill Irleand. DIR: Richard Donner

*Theme- Ethical lawmen will put things right.

*Trivia/location/goofs- B & W. TV show. The episodes director, Richard Donner appears on camera playing a drunk party patron. The mountain scenes were shot in the Malibu park region of the coastal Santa MOnica mountain range. A weaker spin-off TV show, 'The Girl from UNCLE' starring Stephanie Powers and Rex Harrison's son, Noel.

*Emotion- An exciting confrontation of two fictional international spy rings with many spy gadgets, cars, guns, and beautiful women to keep the viewer interested in the plot. Almost an 'exploitation' genre of the spy plot from a major weekly TV show of the early 60's times.

*Based On- James Bond and spy films and show of the early 60's.

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