The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Season 1, Episode 17

The Yellow Scarf Affair (25 Jan. 1965)

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An UNCLE agent transporting a Thrush device is killed when members of a revived Thugee cult in India rob a plane and cause it to crash. Solo picks up the trail of the murdered agent. He must deal with both Thrush and the cult.



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Episode cast overview:
Illya Kuryakin (credit only)
Linden Chiles ...
Tom Simpson
Kamala Devi ...
Deirdre Purbhani
Murray Matheson ...
The Maharajah
Neile Adams ...
Sita Chandi
Police Inspector Irindi Darwa
Charles Chikhli
Willard Sage ...
Duncan Bruce MacAlister
Madge Blake ...
Woman Tourist
Noel De Souza ...
Desk Clerk (as Noel de Souza)
George Sawaya ...


An UNCLE agent transporting a Thrush device is killed when members of a revived Thugee cult in India rob a plane and cause it to crash. Solo picks up the trail of the murdered agent. He must deal with both Thrush and the cult.

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25 January 1965 (USA)  »

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When Solo talks to the Inspector Darwa who in charge of the items from the plane crash he shows him a card stating he is from the United Northern Casualty & Liability Exchange (UNCLE). See more »


When Inspector Darwa is first talking to Solo at the area containing the remnants of the air crash a line is dubbed ("A colleague of your's arrived a short while ago.") in that is obviously not continuous with the preceding words he said. It is said in a more rushed and angry manner than the sentence immediately proceeding it. See more »

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Murder in India
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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. –The Yellow Scarf Affair- 1965

This is the 17th 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) Their main enemy is THRUSH, an organization out to take over the planet.

UNCLE agent Robert Vaughn is sent to India to discover what has happened to a top secret device. The device had been stolen by THRUSH, but retrieved before THRUSH could study the thing. Then the device had been sent back to the States with an UNCLE courier. The courier and the device went down in a plane crash. Vaughn poses as an insurance man to try and find the missing gadget in the wreckage.

Pulling the same insurance man cover story, is, THRUSH agent, Linden Chiles. He is also looking for the device. Getting mixed into the search is stewardess, Kamala Devi, her father, Murray Matheson, the local Police inspector, David Sheiner and Neile Adams.

While Chiles and Vaughn are dancing around the fact they know they are rivals for the missing object, bodies are starting to pile up. It turns out that there is a revived Thugee cult on the loose. They are the ones who downed the plane and have the device.

Ex-Maharajah, Matheson was running low on cash and started up the cult again to help fill up his bank account. (Thugees were a cult of robber-killers in India in the 1800's) Needless to say Vaughn finally tumbles to this and aids the Police in disposing of the group. He also retrieves the device for return to UNCLE. THRUSH agent Chiles gets a nice visit to India's less than charming prison system.

Good episode with the whole cast doing top flight work. Nelie Adams was the wife of actor Steve McQueen.

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