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Death of a Great Dane 

Steed investigates when the autopsy of a automobile accident victim reveals 50,000 pounds worth of diamonds in his stomach.


Peter Hammond


Roger Marshall (teleplay), Jeremy Scott (teleplay)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Honor Blackman ... Catherine Gale
Frederick Jaeger ... Getz
Leslie French Leslie French ... Gregory
John Laurie ... Sir James
Clare Kelly Clare Kelly ... Mrs. Miller
Dennis Edwards Dennis Edwards ... 1st Assistant
Anthony Baird Anthony Baird ... 2nd Assistant
Billy Milton ... Minister
Eric Elliott Eric Elliott ... Winetaster
Roger Maxwell Roger Maxwell ... Winetaster
Herbert Nelson Herbert Nelson ... Gravedigger
Michael Moyer Michael Moyer ... Policeman
Frank Peters Frank Peters ... George Miller
Kevin Barry Kevin Barry ... Kennels Man


Steed investigates when the autopsy of a automobile accident victim reveals 50,000 pounds worth of diamonds in his stomach.

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The plot is similar to The Saint: The Invisible Millionaire (1963). In fact, it was based on a story by Leslie Charteris: A millionaire and his assistant (who is romancing the millionaire's wife) are in a car crash; the assistant is killed and the millionaire is badly burned such that his entire face is covered with bandages. He suddenly starts liquidating his estate. The hero reveals that the millionaire was the one killed and that his wife, assistant and physician maintained the illusion that the millionaire was alive long enough to liquidate his estate and make off with the cash. See more »


Gregory: It's the power that excites me, sir. I want to be rude and ill-mannered and order people about.
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Death of a Great Dane
6 July 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

There is a big Great Dane in this episode. It opens with a funeral of another Great Dane though.

Steed is interested in a wealthy tycoon called Litoff. This is because a man is found with £50,000 worth of diamonds in his stomach after a car accident. He might be linked to Litoff.

Steed goes to the household looking for a kind of finders fees. He cannot get to see Litoff, he can only talk to his right hand man Getz who is wheeling and dealing on his boss's behalf.

Steed stumbles into a conspiracy where a small group of people have bumped off Litoff and are now liquidating his assets.

This could had been an interesting murder mystery, but came across as uneven but I did like the comedy. The standout in this episode is Gregory, the ever polite and charming butler.

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5 February 1991 (USA) See more »

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