Chris Storm, while taking a couple of days' holiday in Zurich, receives a phone call from a woman, whose voice evokes more memory than mystery for him, asking him for a date. However, when ... See full summary »

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Naomi Chance ...
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Lauritz Falk ...
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John Padovano ...
Tony Forrest
Gilbert Robin ...
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Frank Sundström ...
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Chris Storm, while taking a couple of days' holiday in Zurich, receives a phone call from a woman, whose voice evokes more memory than mystery for him, asking him for a date. However, when Chris reaches the address she has given him, he is drawn into a police raid on the apartment. It is filled with stolen furs. Penolope, the woman in question, is alone in the flat awaiting the arrival of the police and Chris. She has also phoned the insurance company, a representative of whom arrives at the flat at the same time. The fur thieves have escaped, but Penolope knows who the youngest of them is. She is given a reward from the insurance representative, which she takes to the young thief's mother in order that she can afford to educate him and for him to leave his life of crime. After their date, Chris loses contact with Penelope, who has gone to Vienna. However, the two older fur thieves follow her there. Chris also returns to Vienna, where Penelope meets him in his Frontier Hotel apartment... Written by Linda C Wood

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12 March 1955 (USA)  »

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Penelope: I might have to go to Zurich with them - it could be very embarrassing!
Christopher Storm: Now look, only the living can be embarrassed - count your blessings!
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Cross- Current - "Two Men from Zurich" is one of the best of the series!
23 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This episode of Cross Current is a particular favourite of mine. Its strength lies in the interplay between Gerald Mohr as "Chris Storm" and Naomi Chance as "Penelope". They obviously enjoyed working together and the story left the door open for other appearances by Penelope which sadly did not arise. There are some good lines in the play and a scene near the end which has an unexpected and unique outcome. It's not made clear just exactly what role in life "Penelope" has. Is she a British secret agent or a freelance opportunist? Miss Chance was a very tall lady, nearly six feet tall, necessary for a playing partner for Mr Mohr, who was 6'2". Mohr's charm comes across strongly in the scenes he plays with Miss Chance. There is one glaring continuity error, when Chris returns to Vienna and the police Lieutenant meets him as a protection against possible assassination. On entering the police car, Chris, carrying a suitcase, clearly lays it down outside the car. The police Lieutenant jumps in behind him and the car drives off, leaving the suitcase behind! However, when they arrive outside Chris' Hotel Frontier, he is holding the case. Lovely! The scene near the end to which I refer above - this is a SPOILER - sees Penelope apparently shoot Chris dead in his office in front of the eponymous two men from Zurich and leaves him lying there. However, when she shuts the door loudly behind her to make an escape with the two men, Chris gets up, brushes himself off and phones the police. He thinks she had used blank bullets but, in the final scene between them, she tells him that they weren't blanks and to check the wall in his office to find two bullet holes where she had aimed wide! His reaction to this is excellent. Yes, despite the continuity error and other visuals caused by filming in the snow, this is a charming episode.


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