Madame Lagrue is a Parisian art gallery proprietress notorious for exploiting struggling young painters by dishonest means so that she creams off large profits from their work. her latest ... See full summary »

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Madame Lagrue is a Parisian art gallery proprietress notorious for exploiting struggling young painters by dishonest means so that she creams off large profits from their work. her latest victim is young American Graham but Graham is fortunate enough to have waitress Fatima as his model, and lover, getting her pregnant. For Fatima is a very smart girl who hatches a plan that will publicly expose Madame Lagrue's underhand dealings - in every sense. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Passable Tales of the Unexpected episode.

Tales of the Unexpected: Kindly Dig Your Own Grave is set in Paris in France where Graham MacKenzie (Robert H. Thomson) is a struggling American artist who is regularly ripped off by art gallery owner Madame Lagrue (Micheline Presle) who buys his paintings cheap & sells them expensively making a huge profit for herself in the process. Graham becomes involved with a waitress named Fatima (Celia Gregory) who is aware of Madame Lagrue's underhand business dealings, after she becomes pregnant Fatima decides to turn the tables on Madame Lagrue & give her a taste of her own medicine...

This Tales of the Unexpected story was episode 11 from season 4 & originally aired here in the UK during June 1981, the seventh of ten Tales of the Unexpected episodes to be directed by Alan Gibson one has to say this is a pretty average episode which isn't amongst the show's worst but isn't amongst the show's best either. The story by Stanley Ellin was dramatised by Robin Chapman & bears more than a few similarities with Skin (1980) from season two in that it is set in France, it features artists, it features a rip-off as it's central premise & nude women. The basic story here is alright, it's your common or garden dishonest such & such getting an ironic & justified comeuppance in a suitably fitting way. For what it is Kindly Dig Your Own Grave is acceptable, it only lasts twenty five minutes & it tells a reasonable story with a reasonable if not entirely unexpected twist ending.

There was I thinking that the production team had blown the entire seasons budget on the classy season four opener Would You Believe It? (1981), I was obviously wrong since Kindly Dig Your Own Grave is shot entirely on film on location in Paris & don't they let you know about it! In fact this sometimes resembles a travel program rather than a drama as the makers never miss an opportunity to stick a famous French landmark in the shot even going as far as to have a montage of Graham & Fatima having fun visiting them to show how much in love they are. It actually looks rather nice to be fair although not that much really happens. It's interesting to note that during the end credits an extra very French sounding name pops up as 'producer' so I wouldn't be surprised if this particular episode was a co-production between ITV & a French broadcaster. While there aren't too many famous faces in the cast of this one Micheline Presle is a French actress with over 150 screen credits to her name so maybe she's a star over there.

Kindly Dig Your Own Grave is a watchable enough Tales of the Unexpected episode without being overly spectacular, fans of the show will like it & casual viewers might also find it somewhat watchable if only for the French scenery.


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