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George Masters
Felix De Burgh
John Cairney ...
Wendy Hall ...
Lucinda Masters
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Frank Forsyth ...
Lorry Driver
Richard Owens ...
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Darryl Kavann ...
Naval Guard
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Peter Brace ...


In Scotland McGill is engaged as a bodyguard by George Masters whose life has been threatened by three other businessmen,De Burgh,Harris and Peters,whom Masters is blackmailing,though he omits to tell McGill this. Also in on the death plot is Masters' wife Lucinda,who is having an affair with De Burgh.The trio have obtained a World War two mine and intend to blow their victim up on his boat. McGill decides that he wants no part of it but the three would-be killers decide that he knows too much and add his name to their hit list. Written by don @ minifie-1

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19 July 1968 (USA)  »

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Master of blackmail
10 August 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Three respectable businessmen - 'Felix De Burgh' ( Peter Vaughan ), 'Peters' ( John Cairney ) and 'Harris' ( Maurice Good ) - check into the Hotel Glendure in Scotland under assumed names. They are plotting to murder the man who has been blackmailing them - 'George Masters' ( Donald Houston ). Also at the hotel is McGill, hired by Masters to tail De Burgh. The men try to warn McGill off, but he pays no attention. They have obtained a World War Two naval mine, and plan on blowing up Masters' yacht, named after his trophy wife 'Lucinda' ( Wendy Hall ). De Burgh's motivations for killing Masters are not as straight-forward as they initially appear. He is conducting an affair with Lucinda, and plans on continuing the blackmail business after Masters' death...

Written by Kevin B.Laffan, the future creator of 'Emmerdale Farm' ( now known simply as 'Emmerdale' ), this is a decent episode, bolstered by its cast. The late Donald Houston was a popular British actor whose numerous credits include the film 'Where Eagles Dare'. He appeared in several ITC shows such as 'The Champions' and 'Danger Man'. Peter Vaughan will be well known to comedy fans for his roles in 'Citizen Smith' and 'Porridge'. The lovely Wendy Hall also crops up in the episode 'Somebody Loses, Somebody...Wins?' as a hotel receptionist. After appearing in the first season of the B.B.C. sci-fi drama 'Doomwatch' ( as 'Pat Hunnisett' ), she strangely seems to have dropped out of sight.

Freddie Francis conjures up a wonderful action scene - escaping from the villains, McGill jumps into the loch. Peters shoots at him. The gun fills the screen.

McGill gets one of his very best moments. After beating the living daylights out of Masters' bodyguard 'Crick' ( Peter Brace ), he demands that Masters hand over the agreed payment ( Masters had tried to wriggle out of doing so ). As Masters coughs up, he asks: "What way is your blackmail different to mine?" to which Mac replies: "Mine worked!". He is not joking.

Not many Scottish accents here, I'm afraid, but good stuff all the same.

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