A young woman's novel reads uncomfortably similar to UNCLE cases involving Thrush. UNCLE investigates whether the woman, who has lost her memory following an attack, may have had access to secret Thrush records.

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Jacqueline Midcult
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Jody Moore
Theodore Marcuse ...
Ellipsis Zark (as Theo Marcuse)
Richard Collier ...
Oedipus Buck
Charles Seel ...
Uncle Charlie
Tom Duggan ...
Joe White
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Stationmaster
Opal Euard ...
Aunt Jessie
Jack Perkins ...
THRUSH Thug
Bill Leyden ...
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Buddy Lewis ...
THRUSH Agent
Sharyn Hillyer ...
Wanda
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A young woman's novel reads uncomfortably similar to UNCLE cases involving Thrush. UNCLE investigates whether the woman, who has lost her memory following an attack, may have had access to secret Thrush records.

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Although the opening establishing sequence of the episode clearly shows a sign for Los Angeles NBC affiliate KNBC (probably stock footage used because the series first ran on NBC), the opening events of the episode are shown (on a somewhat cheesy call letter sign on the front of an interview "news desk") to take place on a stage at the fictitious tv station "KFLO." See more »

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Illya Kuryakin: Humor is the gadfly on the corpse of tragedy.
Napoleon Solo: Pushkin?
Illya Kuryakin: My grandmother.
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The Book on Thrush
25 February 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE MAN FROM UNCLE – The Pieces of Fate Affair - 1967

This is the 82nd 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 white 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) UNCLE's main enemy is THRUSH, an organization out to take over the planet.

This one has UNCLE agents David McCallum and Robert Vaughn sent to look into a bestselling author. The woman, Sharon Farrell, has published a spy novel that reads like a file of past UNCLE cases.

Out to put the kibosh on Farrell is THRUSH bosses, Theodore Marcuse and Grayson Hall. Once they realize that UNCLE is involved, they decide to capture Farrell and give her a bit of THRUSH style de-briefing.

The rest of the episode includes the by now mandatory, capture of our heroes and likewise their escape. (several times in fact in this one) Even UNCLE boss Leo G Carroll gets into the act with this one.

Anyways, the plot leads us to a small burg in Ohio where relatives of Farrell live. Needless to say THRUSH is in hot pursuit. The gag in this one is that Farrell's "uncle", Charles Seel, is really a former THRUSH agent. The man had decided to give up his THRUSH life and went into hiding. Seel had written several diary's of his THRUSH adventures which Farrell had found. She used these as the basis of her spy novel.

This one was more enjoyable than I was expecting. Particularly good was Grayson Hall as a venomous literary critic and THRUSH agent. Theo Marcuse (making his third guest spot) would die soon after production in a car wreck.

The direction was handled by big screen veteran, John Brahm. Film noir fans will know Brahm from THE LOCKET, LET US LIVE, GUEST IN THE HOUSE, SINGAPORE, THE LODGER, HANGOVER SQUARE and THE BRASHER DOUBLOON.


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