Oliver Platt is defrauding his firm Bulmont Investments, not just out of greed but revenge as his father killed himself when a similar firm, for whom he worked, would not give him a loan to... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Corwin
Michael Harbour ...
Oliver Platt (as Michael N. Harbour)
Roland Culver ...
Sir Alex Bullen
Jan Francis ...
Geoffrey Chater ...
James Hamilton
Frank Gatliff ...
Thomas Keyes


Oliver Platt is defrauding his firm Bulmont Investments, not just out of greed but revenge as his father killed himself when a similar firm, for whom he worked, would not give him a loan to pay off his debts. Alan Corwin, an auditor, tumbles to Oliver's deception and demands a quarter of a million in hush money. Oliver puts the money in a brief-case along with a bomb, due to go off at six o'clock when Corwin will be in an aeroplane. Unfortunately for Oliver, his devoted secretary Leila cannot stand by and see her man beaten so she takes action. . . Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 June 1982 (UK)  »

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Decent Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: Death Can Add starts as ambitious investment banker Oliver Platt (Michael N. Harbour) gives up his job to take a position at Bulmont Investments, he manages to convince the boss Mr. Hamilton (Geoffrey Chater) to invest in some dummy companies in Geneva which he agrees to. It's all part of a plan by Platt to defraud the company out of money as he steals some of the profits from the deals, however during a regular audit accountant Alan Corwin (Ian Holm) discovers what Platt is up to & thinks he might be able to make some money out of it too...

Episode 10 from season 5 this Tales of the Unexpected story originally aired here in the UK during June 1982, the sixth of twelve Tales of the Unexpected episode to be directed by Graham Evans this one isn't too bad actually. The story by Philip Ketchum was dramatised by Johnny Byrne & is one of those Tales of the Unexpected episodes that focuses on a crime which has unusual consequences like a lot of the later seasons of this series did so in that respect Death Can Add is nothing particularly new. These sorts of stories are all about the build up & the eventual pay-off at the end, here the build up is OK if a little drawn out while the twist ending works perfectly well & is fairly satisfying although maybe a little bit unadventurous. At 25 minutes it moves along at a reasonable pace & it tells a decent story even if it will seem rather familiar to anyone who has seen a few episodes of this show before.

This one looks pretty good, this is one of the episodes shot entirely on film so it looks quite cinematic & it hasn't dated too badly either. The acting is good & it's amazing who turns up in these things as here the cast features Oscar nominated Sir Ian Holm who would go onto bigger & better things, no disrespect to Tales of the Unexpected though.

Death Can Add is a watchable enough crime drama with a twist, it's nothing particularly special even by this show's standards but it passes 25 minutes harmlessly enough if nothing else.

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