My Partner the Ghost: Season 1, Episode 5

That's How Murder Snowballs (19 Oct. 1969)
"Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)" That's How Murder Snowballs (original title)

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The mind-reading act at the theatre goes wrong - the stooge shoots the mind-reader when a real bullet is swapped for the blank. Jeff Randall investigates, and - with the help of Marty - ... See full summary »

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Gloria Marsh
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Harold Berens ...
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The mind-reading act at the theatre goes wrong - the stooge shoots the mind-reader when a real bullet is swapped for the blank. Jeff Randall investigates, and - with the help of Marty - becomes a mind-reader himself, and in the process, clears the fall guy and finds the real villain. Written by kmoh1

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26 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Randall and Hopkirk at their best. Jeff is at the theatre when the mind-reading act goes horribly wrong, and the stooge - David Jason, no less, in an early and very minor appearance - shoots the mind-reader. There is no good reason for Jeff to investigate, but he does, and joins the company as a replacement mind-reader.

There is great scope for comedy here, and the duo don't disappoint. Marty has great fun here, dancing invisibly across the stage, and singing "There's no business like show business" to Jeff. The mind-reading act scenes are great; the chemistry between the two stars is by now impressive. Some familiar faces appear backstage, including the splendid Valerie Leon, and Arthur Borough from "Are You Being Served?" The plot, such as it is, involves Jeff, undercover, finding out what secret in the mind-reader's past explains his death. It reminds one very strongly, in atmosphere as well as detail, of the Miss Marple film Murder Most Foul. The identity of the murderer, sadly, is not terribly well concealed.

The one real mystery is why, given Jeff and Marty's act is so brilliant, they don't simply take it up full time.


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