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The House That Jack Built 

Mrs. Peel is bequeathed an old house by an uncle Jack, whom she never knew existed. In the event, he did not exist. The house is a former lunatic asylum and it is all a ruse by a vengeful ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Leaver

Writer:

Brian Clemens (teleplay by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Diana Rigg ... Emma Peel
Michael Goodliffe ... Professor Keller
Griffith Davies Griffith Davies ... Burton
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Withers
Keith Pyott ... Pennington
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Mrs. Peel is bequeathed an old house by an uncle Jack, whom she never knew existed. In the event, he did not exist. The house is a former lunatic asylum and it is all a ruse by a vengeful ex-employee of Mrs. Peel's to submit her to mind games which will drive her insane. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1966 (USA) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The "suicide box" was used earlier as the elevator in Armstrong's factory in "The Cybernauts". See more »

Goofs

(at around 55 mins) A crewman looking down can be seen in the reflection of the machine. See more »

Quotes

Emma Peel: What happened to the shining armor?
John Steed: It's still at the laundry.
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A show not to be missed from the 1960s

The House That Jack Built is one of the best episodes from any series. You have to have a Avengers background to understand this show.

Emma comes to Steed's home to tell him she cannot have lunch with him because she inherited a house from an uncle she never knew. She places the key to the estate on photo paper Steed has sitting out. He is developing some holiday snaps. Anyway Emma leaves Steed's apartment and travels to her legacy.

Once there, Emma notices that strange things are happening. She enters a room and when she opens the door she is at a totally different area of the house. For several minutes, she comes to a big machine with a pulsing light.

Later she finds the nucleus of the house and learns the truth about the legacy.

I will not give away the ending but I do recommend everyone to view this episode.


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