Elisha Calamander, a thief of priceless art for wealthy clientèle, discredits agent West, who is severely punished by the government with a discharge from the special forces. Calamander ... See full summary »
Elisha Calamander, a thief of priceless art for wealthy clientèle, discredits agent West, who is severely punished by the government with a discharge from the special forces. Calamander offers West $50,000 to help with a special secret assignment. Written by
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*Spoiler/plot- TNOT Turncoat, 1967. Our agents unravel a deadly plot artfully engineered by a ruthless group who intend on stealing priceless paintings and other art objects for sale on the black market.
*Special Stars- Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, John McGiver, Walker Edmiston.
*Theme- Art is seldom appreciated by it's owners.
*Trivia/location/goofs-Air date 12-1-67. Takes place on the Barbary Coast, San Francisco CA. Mr. Conrad's short stature/height for a leading man (5'7") was compensated for with shoe 'lifts' in his boots, casting short stunt people, and short leading ladies. In fact his show was known for needing so many short stature love-interest roles for women among females actresses, it became a staple for actresses in Hollywood.
*Emotion- I was entertained and impressed by the 'West is drummed out of the secret service' scenario plot line. John McGiver's performance playing the Barbary Coast's crime leader set the bar extremely high on the guest star lead villain's performance.....many time guest stars fail to deliver enough 'gravitas' to balance with the strong leads of Conrad and Martin. This episode does not disappoint. The inclusion of several exotic waterfront sets to spice-up the drama was fun and welcomed. Mr. Martin's many waterfront character disguises were fun. The episode reminds my of another show of this time 'Mission Impossible'. This is vintage W3 at it's best.
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