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Shipment from Marseilles 

Interpol suspects that a ship from Marseilles is involved with drug smuggling. King works with an Interpol agent to find out how the smuggling is taking place and by whom.

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King and Fox are working together to uncover a smuggling operation. Intelligence provided by Interpol points the finger at a ship called the Sans Souci from Marseilles. Searches, however, do not find any evidence. The danger increases when King, working with the Interpol agent Claude, is chased and shot at by two criminals. With the help of a crewman they work out how the smuggling is being done. Now they have to work out who is doing it. Written by jem

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15 September 1965 (USA)  »

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SEAWAY – Shipment from Marseilles – 1965

Seaway was a Canadian series that ran during 1965-66. It followed the various Police agencies trying to prevent criminal activity on the new St. Lawrence Seaway. The leads are played by Stephen Young, as an investigator for the ship-owners association, and Austin Willis as the man who coordinates the Police response if needed. This episode is the first of the series.

Austin Willis calls in Stephen Young to have a look at an old rundown ship. Willis suspects that it is being used to run heroin from Marseilles to North America. Every time the ship hits a port here, fresh dope hits the street. The customs boys have gone over the ship with no joy. The ship always comes up clean.

Willis wants Young to work with a French Interpol agent that is in town. Her info is that this ship is being used to deliver 200 plus kilos of drugs. The agent, Dianna Van Der Vlis is a perky blonde type, who, ladies' man Young takes an immediate shine to. She tells Young that the drugs are sent by the mob in France, to like-minded folks in Canada and ports on the US side of the Seaway.

Young and Van Der Vlis tail several rather suspicious crew members when they take a spot of shore leave. No joy there, but they notice that they have picked up several burly types who are now tailing them. Young and the Interpol agent grab their car and lead the two thugs on a merry chase through Montreal. This ends with several shots being exchanged before the thugs high tail it.

This bit of action now has the Customs and Police types swarming all over the ship again. Again, they find no hint of the shipment. The ship is leaving port the next day and they have nothing with which to hold the ship. While watching the ship through binoculars, Young and Van Der Vlis see a small yacht nearby with a man in scuba gear on deck. Young wonders why anyone would be diving in a busy harbour.

The old light bulb goes off and Young calls in Willis for a chat. That night, Young climbs into scuba gear and takes a look under the French ship. He discovers a container bolted to the underside of the ship. Armed with this info, Willis arranges for some Police divers to have a look the next morning. He also checks out who owns the yacht. The yacht turns out to belong to the wife of a mob boss who is located down the Atlantic coast of the United States.

The next morning the raid on the ship goes. There is a slight problem though. The container under the ship is empty. Willis, Young and Van Der Vlis then get word that the suspicious yacht is going up the river at speed heading for the Atlantic. Into a Police launch with half a dozen heavily armed Police goes everyone. The chase is on! They catch up with the yacht and board her. A search soon turns up the heroin. Several of the crew make a break for the US side, but are soon "persuaded" to stay as guests of the Canadian authorities. The drugs were always shipped in a sealed container bolted to the ships keel. (See the UK film, "Forbidden Cargo" for the same idea being used to bring heroin into the UK)

Not bad for a first episode. The series featured quite a few American guest stars over the course of the 30 episode run. These would include, Lynda Day George, Harold J. Stone, Albert Dekker, Edward Binns, Gary Lockwood, Susan Oliver, Ralph Bellamy, Faye Dunaway, Sally Kellerman, Ralph Meeker and Rita Moreno. Quite a few Canadian actors of the period are featured throughout the run as well, Gordon Pinsent, Ted Fellows, Bruno Gerussi and Al Waxman to name a few.

This episode was directed by Canadian, Daniel Petrie. Petrie was nominated 13 times and won 5 Directors Guild of America awards. He also pulled in 3 Emmy awards for his television work. His big screen films include, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, THE IDOL, BUSTER AND BILLIE, COCOON:THE RETURN, ROCKET GIBRALTAR and FORT APACHE THE BRONX.

The series was created by writer and director, Abraham Polonsky. Polonsky won an Oscar for best writing-screenplay for 1947's, BODY AND SOUL. He would be the script supervisor on this series and wrote and directed several of the episodes. His big screen work includes, BODY AND SOUL, FORCE OF EVIL, ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW, TELL THEM WILLIE BOY IS HERE and MADIGAN.


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