McGill is hired by the wealthy father of headstrong young Sue Mandel. She has recently become friends with two young men,Colin and Charles,who are helping themselves to his money and who,he... See full summary »

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Sue Mandel
George A. Cooper ...
Mandel
David Cole ...
Charles
Peter Blythe ...
Colin
Ian McCulloch ...
Kemp
Jacqueline Pearce ...
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Terence Donovan ...
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Lewis Teasdale ...
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McGill is hired by the wealthy father of headstrong young Sue Mandel. She has recently become friends with two young men,Colin and Charles,who are helping themselves to his money and who,he believes,are planning to swindle him. By setting himself up as a mark,McGill takes the two on a poker game,where they try to cheat him but he cleans them out. The far-from-happy con men are now after his blood and he needs to persuade Sue of their intentions to survive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Wild Child
10 April 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

'Sue Mandel' ( Judy Geeson ) is young, beautiful, and rich. Also a bit of a rebel. Her father ( George A. Cooper ) becomes concerned about the company she has fallen into, namely a pair of upper-class confidence tricksters named 'Colin' ( Peter Blythe ) and 'Charles' ( David Cole ). Pretending to be her friends, they are secretly breaking into her father's safe, and helping themselves to his money. Wishing to avoid a scandal, Mandel sends for McGill. The ex-American agent decides to play the con men at their own game, by romancing the girl from under their noses. The ploy works. Sue is genuinely fascinated by Mac. Sensing that the golden goose is slipping away from them, Charles and Colin challenge Mac to a no-holds barred game of poker...

Ah, Judy Geeson. A lady I had a big crush on in my youth. 1967 was a good year for her - she had made a big impact as schoolgirl 'Pamela Dare' in 'To Sir With Love'. She is gorgeous in this, whether it be in swim-suit or fully dressed. Sue knows that Colin and Charles are crooks, and doesn't care. All she is interested in is aggravating her father, who has been too busy making money to care about her. As cads go, Charles and Colin are like younger versions of the bad guys in 'The Rotters' episode of 'The Avengers'. Sue's dad is clearly of working class origin, which probably explains his distrust of anyone of higher breeding. It is never explained whether Charles survives the climactic fight with Mac.

One of the great things about this show was that, like real life, problems would not be neatly tied up at the end of very episode. Though Mac has saved Mandel's money, Sue is not particularly grateful, running off somewhere else to do the wild child act all over again. Mandel's relationship with his daughter is no better than it was before.

Jacqueline Pearce is seen briefly as 'Miss Brown', one of Colin's former victims. Best known for portraying 'Servalan' in the B.B.C. sci-fi drama 'Blake's Seven', she would resurface in 'Suitcase' ( in a much larger role ) in 'Somebody Loses, Somebody...Wins?'. Ian McCulloch, cast as 'Kemp', later played 'Greg Preston' in the original ( and best ) 'Survivors'. George A.Cooper, a.k.a. 'Mandel', is best known for comedy roles, such as 'Mr.Fisher' in 'Billy Liar'. John Clive, seen as the hotel receptionist, is also a noted supporting actor, and voiced 'John Lennon' in the animated Beatles film 'Yellow Submarine'. Terrance Donovan, father of Jason, also has a small role in this.

McGill's trick with the coin was something I attempted on many occasions, but somehow never mastered.


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