Tales of the Unexpected: Season 3, Episode 4

Vengeance Is Mine Inc. (30 Aug. 1980)

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Tired of freezing in their room and living out of tins, enterprising lads Tom and George set up Vengeance Is Mine, Inc. For a small fee they will punch anyone their client feels deserves it... See full summary »

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Morris Barry ...
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Tired of freezing in their room and living out of tins, enterprising lads Tom and George set up Vengeance Is Mine, Inc. For a small fee they will punch anyone their client feels deserves it. Former actress Mrs. Wilbur wants them to attack snooty critic Lionel Brewster and even gives them disguises and helps them plan it. Could she perhaps have an ulterior motive in wanting to incriminate someone else in the assault on Brewster? Written by don @ minifie-1

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OK tale of the unexpected.

Tales of the Unexpected: Vengeance is Mine Inc. starts as two flat broke friends Tom (Bosco Hogan) & George (Julian Fellowes) try come up with some ideas about making some money, then Tom comes up with one while reading his newspaper the Daily Bugle. Inside the Daily Bugle is a gossip column written by Lionel Brewster (Robert Mill) who likes to write very uncomplimentary things about the rich & famous, Tom reckons they could send out flyer's to his & all gossip columnist victims offering a revenge service. Tom thinks the people Brewster & other columnist's write about will pay them good money for their service, from giving Brewster a black eye to kidnapping him. What could possibly go wrong with such a foolproof plan?

Episode 4 from season 3 this Tales of the Unexpected story was originally aired here in the UK during August 1980, the third of ten Tales of the Unexpected episode to be directed by Alan Gibson this is average fare to be honest. This one was actually written by Roald Dahl rather than just being based upon one of his stories & was his last direct involvement with the show, other than a voice-over for Shatterproof (1981) during season 4, & Vengeance is Mine Inc. was also the last time he introduced the show which was a regular feature during the first two seasons. However during his filmed introduction here all he says is what a gossip columnist is & nothing about the story itself or any thoughts behind it. Anyway this episode isn't that great but it is watchable thanks to Dahl's quaint writing style, he manages to give the character's character as it were despite the 25 minute duration & he has a knack for satisfying twist endings. The ending here is pretty good although it does feel like he ran out of time & just 'finished' it a bit too quickly.

This one hasn't dated that well & Tom & George are to open about being willing to commit a crime & punching someone in the face is a crime, I just don't think you would be that open about it that's all. Keep watching as the end credits roll as after they finish there is an extra few seconds although they don't really affect how things end. This is probably the first Tales of the Unexpected episode I've seen where I haven't recognised a single cast member.

Vengeance is Mine Inc. is an OK time waster mostly thanks to Dahl's undeniable talent for short stories with a twist, the actual story is a bit weak & is full of holes but it's sort of fun & it passes 25 minutes harmlessly enough if nothing else.


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