Man in a Suitcase: Season 1, Episode 5

Variation on a Million Bucks: Part 2 (30 Aug. 1968)

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McGill sets sail to Lisbon on a tramp steamer but he is attacked by sailors out to get the key to the deposit box. In Lisbon he meets a woman called Lucia,who helps nurse him back to health... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Randell ...
Yôko Tani ...
Anton Rodgers ...
Max Stein
Gay Hamilton ...
Simon Brent ...
Harry Landis ...
Warren Stanhope ...
Jeremy Wilkin ...
Harry Tardios ...
Ricardo Montez ...
Guard (as Richard Montez)
George Zenios ...
First Seaman
Agath Angelos ...
Second Seaman


McGill sets sail to Lisbon on a tramp steamer but he is attacked by sailors out to get the key to the deposit box. In Lisbon he meets a woman called Lucia,who helps nurse him back to health and he gets to the money,promising Lucia a cut. However, as he is about to mail the cash to a safe address in London somebody else comes after him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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McGill chases a million - Part 2
19 April 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The second episode opens with an ( edited ) recap of the first's climax. No 'Previously On...' of the sort popular with many of today's shows. After the titles, we see McGill locked in the hold of the ship he has stowed away on. Back in London, a briefing by Michaels of his men effectively brings us up to speed. The C.I.A. boss orders them to fly to Lisbon to stake out banks. Teiko is kept under surveillance, in case Mac tries to make contact. 'The Captain' ( Norman Rossington ) demands from Mac a further payment of $500 in addition to what he has already received. He also warns him to stay away from the crew, describing them as 'criminal types', a comment that brings a smile to our white-haired hero's face. Some sea-men challenge Mac to a game of poker. It ends with a fight, and Mac is wounded badly. He is smuggled off the ship in a packing crate. When it is opened, the sailors knock him out and take his money. Mac awakens and staggers towards Lisbon, determined to get the million at all costs...

The story begun in Part 1 reaches a thrilling conclusion. Poor Mac not only has to contend with Russian and American spies but a greedy ship's captain and crew. Some solace comes his way when he meets Lucia ( Gay Hamilton ), a woman who lives alone who helps him get better.

Bradford is at his best here; being a friend of Brando's there was a noticeable influence in his performance. The look on his face when he finally opens the deposit box is great - not one of greed, but pride on having outwitted his former employers. Anton Rodgers' 'Max', though killed off in Part 1, reappears in a dream sequence in which he holds out the palm of his hand, and it is covered in blood. If this had been a movie, the plot would probably have been filled with car chases and shoot-outs, but as a television product it is more sedate, therefore more believable. A nice moment occurs when Michaels confesses to Johnson he almost wishes McGill would find the money. That guard in the bank looks familiar - it is Ricardo ( billed as 'Richard' ) Montez, whom would play 'Juan Cervantes' in the L.W.T. sitcom 'Mind Your Language' a decade later. The late Norman Rossington, cast as the 'Captain', is best known for comedy roles in movies such as 'Carry On Sergeant' and 'A Hard Days Night'. Yoko Tani's 'Teiko' vanishes from the plot somewhat abruptly, almost as though her contract for filming had elapsed too soon.

'Bucks' is good enough to make one wish that other two-part 'Suitcase' episodes had been made.

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