The Persuaders!: Season 1, Episode 17

Five Miles to Midnight (16 Feb. 1972)

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Judge Fulton charges Danny and Brett to get former gangster Frank Rocco from Italy to America to testify against a large crime syndicate. They must evade both the police and Torino, a rival... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Hutton ...
Frank Rocco
Laurence Naismith ...
Robert Rietty ...
Ian Thompson ...
Ferdy Mayne ...
Count Sangallo
Robert Gallico ...
Manny Howard
Arnold Diamond ...


Judge Fulton charges Danny and Brett to get former gangster Frank Rocco from Italy to America to testify against a large crime syndicate. They must evade both the police and Torino, a rival mobster out to silence Rocco. Accompanied by photo-journalist Sidonie, the party eludes the police but are forced to take shelter in a villa owned by wealthy Count Sangallo, who is in alliance with Torino and is about to deliver them to him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Keeping Rocco alive
31 July 2012 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Terry Nation's 'Five Miles To Midnight' has Danny and Brett in Italy, and entrusted with notorious gangster 'Frank Rocco' ( the late Robert Hutton ), who wishes to testify against the Mob. He is stashed away in the back of an old truck belonging to glamorous photographer 'Sidonie' ( Joan Collins ), which sets off across the Italian countryside. 'Torino' ( Robert Rietty ), a rival mobster, is on their trail. What makes the journey even more difficult is Rocco's arrogance. They eventually abandon the truck, taking refuge at the opulent villa of 'Count Sangallo' ( Ferdy Mayne ). But he is not what as he seems...

The story is a familiar one, made watchable by the location work and the performances of the leads. Collins, this was in her pre-'Dynasty' days, appeared in quite a few cult shows, such as 'Batman', 'Star Trek', 'Mission: Impossible', and 'Space;1999'. Hutton's other credits include the B-movie 'They Came From Beyond Space' ( 1967 ), and an amusing cameo in 'Doctor In Clover' ( 1966 ) in which he played a Hollywood movie star rushed to hospital after getting a splinter in his finger while making a war picture. Jean Marsh appears briefly - her character 'Nicola' gets shot - in the opening sequence, as a spaced-out girl who gives the police information. Mayne was 'Count Von Krolock' in Roman Polanski's 'The Fearless Vampire Killers' ( 1967 ). There is an amusing scene in this episode when Sangallo unexpectedly presents Danny and Brett with a bill. They'd previously assumed they were getting his hospitality for free!

Directed by Val Guest.

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