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How to Succeed ....At Murder 

Eleven businessmen and counting have been mysteriously murdered, their affairs taken over by their able secretaries. The smell of perfume lingering over one of the dead bodies leads Mrs ... See full summary »

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Don Leaver

Writer:

Brian Clemens (teleplay by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Sarah Lawson ... Mary Merryweather
Angela Browne ... Sara / Miss Penny
Anne Cunningham Anne Cunningham ... Gladys
Zeph Gladstone Zeph Gladstone ... Liz
Artro Morris Artro Morris ... Henry
Jerome Willis ... Joshua Rudge
Christopher Benjamin ... J. J. Hooter
Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan ... Sir George Morton
David Garth ... Barton
Robert Dean Robert Dean ... Finlay
Sidonie Bond Sidonie Bond ... Annie
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Eleven businessmen and counting have been mysteriously murdered, their affairs taken over by their able secretaries. The smell of perfume lingering over one of the dead bodies leads Mrs Peel to J.J. Hooter, who quickly becomes the next man to die. With secretaries as their only clue, Steed decides to hire one, and Emma to take up the profession. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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In rescuing Rudge, Steed inadvertently turns on the walkie talkie. Those devices had 'push to talk' switches; you had to deliberately hold down the switch in order to transmit. They were specifically designed to preclude accidental transmission. See more »

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Emma Peel: It's all this secretarial business. I got cramp in my glutils and my dorsals were definitely dormant.
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Awesome episode
25 February 2019 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

There is actually nothing exceptional in this episode, except the ending when the villain is revealed and the empathy that the audience can feel for him. After all, he had his reasons to do this. That changes from all other stories of lunatics of all kinds or even spies. I thought this villain would kill people for the count of a criminal organization; but not at all. SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS And the fact that this so "sympathetic" villain is killed by Steed simply by a gun shot, that's very unusual too. So far I don't remember Steed killing a villain with a gun. But I have not seen the first seasons with Honor Blackman.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 June 1966 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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