Man in a Suitcase: Season 1, Episode 11

Dead Man's Shoes (6 Dec. 1967)

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Agent John Gilsen has uncovered a global drugs racket and,in fear of his life,returns to his native village in the English countryside to where he is pursued by assassin Guardino. Peters,... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Lucas Guardino
John Carson ...
John Gilsen
James Villiers ...
Jayne Sofiano ...
Juliette Crowther
Murray Evans ...
Van Ruys
Noel Howlett ...
Reverend Simon Blanding
Gerald Sim ...
Laurie Asprey ...
David Saire ...
Joe Mason
John Brandon ...
Philip Kane
Harry Brooks ...
Larry Martyn ...
Harry (as Larry Martin)


Agent John Gilsen has uncovered a global drugs racket and,in fear of his life,returns to his native village in the English countryside to where he is pursued by assassin Guardino. Peters,the urbane head of the drugs ring,also engages McGill to find the fugitive but under false pretences. When a C.I.A. agent,also on the trail,is killed McGill sees that he has been duped and sets out to locate Gilsen before Guardino and put an end to Peters' network. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Terror In A Quiet English Village
22 April 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Agent 'John Gilsen' ( John Carson ) has information that could put one of the world's biggest drug networks out of business for good. Their hired killers pursue him relentlessly across the globe. In Milan, he wipes out three in one go, becoming wounded in the process. 'Peters' ( James Villiers ), the head of the network, comes up with a novel idea to smoke Gilsen out. He dispatches the champagne-swigging biker 'Lucas Guardino' ( Derren Nesbitt ) along with other assorted hoods to Gilsen's home - a small English country village - to create an atmosphere of terror. Each night, locals are roughed up, property is damaged, and fires started ( sounds like my home town on an average night! ). The police force in the area consists of one tubby bloke ( Norman Mitchell ) on a bicycle, so the bad guys have a field day. They then go one step further by hiring MacGill! Mac's investigations draw a dead end, the locals are uncooperative. He does not know why his employers want Gilsen so badly, but when a Scotland Yard detective named 'Hedley' ( Gerald Sim ) and U.S. agent 'Kane' ( John Brandon ) show up, he begins to doubt their motives...

Good Edmund Ward episode. Unusually violent for the time, with Mac on the receiving end of another beating and in the climax the locals turn on the gangsters, pulverising them ( nothing like a good old fashioned lynch mob when it comes to meting out honest justice, is there? ). Peters, unlike your average drug pusher, enjoys a high standard of living - quaffing expensive food and drink while making philosophical speeches about the nature of drug addiction: "They ( the addicts ) are on a stupid trip to a dreamland that doesn't exist. And we sell tickets together!". The man he is talking to is 'Van Ruys' ( Murray Evans ) whose motivation for drug peddling is political rather than for profit.

Another strong cast - John Carson was in 'The Gilded Cage' episode of 'The Champions' and the Hammer classic 'Plague Of The Zombies' amongst other things, James Villiers was the 'Chief Of Staff' in the 1981 Bond movie 'For Your Eyes Only', Derren Nesbitt was 'New Number Two' in 'The Prisoner' adventure 'Its Your Funeral', and Noel Howlett, well cast as a Vicar, went on to play 'Mr.Cromwell' in the sitcom 'Please Sir!'. Larry Martyn ( credited here as 'Martin' ) was 'Mr.Mash' in 'Are You Being Served?'.

Filmed in the village of Fulmer, some 2-3 miles from Pinewood. It was also seen in 'The Persuaders!' and the underrated 'Strange Report'.

Gerald Sim's 'Hedley' reappeared in another 'Suitcase' exploit - 'Burden Of Proof' - also penned by Ward.

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