Ripping Yarns: Season 1, Episode 6

The Curse of the Claw (25 Oct. 1977)

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Sir Kevin Orr is anxious to return the Sacred Claw of the Naga hills given him as a child by his uncle Jack but warned that unless it is returned before his sixtieth birthday the curse of ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Kevin Orr / Uncle Jack
Hilary Mason ...
Kevin's mother
Tenniel Evans ...
Kevin's father
Keith Smith ...
Captain Merson
Nigel Rhodes ...
Young Kevin
Chief Petty Officer Russell
Bridget Armstrong ...
Lady Agatha
Michael Stainton ...
Ship's stoker
Vanessa Furse ...
Ship's Engineer


Sir Kevin Orr is anxious to return the Sacred Claw of the Naga hills given him as a child by his uncle Jack but warned that unless it is returned before his sixtieth birthday the curse of the claw will kill him. He sets sail to return it but falls for the ship's female officer,who throws the claw overboard,killing everybody but Kevin. Years later the claw has returned and on his sixtieth birthday Kevin finds his wife Agatha dead,the claw beside her. He finally sends the claw back to the Naga hills,breaking the curse but sending him back in time to his childhood,his relatives still alive. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The original title of this episode was, "The Wreck of the Harvey Goldsmith". See more »


At the beginning, Sir Kevin discusses with Grosvenor how much he misses Agatha, as if she had been dead for some time. But at the end, he tells Merson that she had died only that morning. See more »


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Music by Michael Hankinson
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not as slow as preceding episodes but oh what a babe
15 June 2009 | by (tijuas norte) – See all my reviews

I do not understand why Judy Loe did not achieve much greater reknown beyond being Kate Beckindale's mom. This woman is incredibly hot in uniform and completely convincing in a throw away role. I checked her IMDb bio; apparently she had a strong TV career, but a gorgeous face like hers should have gotten big league film roles.

What a crime that so many Brit films and TV series aren't available on Netflix. As for this series, it's not bad for a M.Python spin-off. The location shots like the ship in this episode are interesting cultural oddities and its explosion is a great one. The gags tend to drag in other episodes, but, like J.Loe, the female leads all are far superior to the script.

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