The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)
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The My Friend the Gorilla Affair 

Kuryakin is captured while investigating a mysterious threat in an African country. Solo is sent to pick up his trail. The agent encounters a woman simply named Girl who has a pet gorilla ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Vaughn ... Napoleon Solo
David McCallum ... Illya Kuryakin
Leo G. Carroll ... Alexander Waverly
Joyce Jillson ... Marsha Woodley
Vitina Marcus ... Girl
Alan Mowbray ... Harry Blackburn
Percy Rodrigues ... President Khufu (as Percy Rodriguez)
Arthur Malet ... Professor Kenton
Raymond St. Jacques ... Arunda
George Barrows ... Baby
Don Blackman Don Blackman ... Witch Doctor
Sharyn Hillyer Sharyn Hillyer ... Technician
Jimmy Payne Jimmy Payne ... Native
John Wesley ... Wounded Native


Kuryakin is captured while investigating a mysterious threat in an African country. Solo is sent to pick up his trail. The agent encounters a woman simply named Girl who has a pet gorilla named Baby. For reasons not readily apparent, Solo at one point dances with the gorilla. Written by Bill Koenig

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When Solo is first seen in Africa driving the Jeep, he is on the left side. Then the camera switches and the word "Jeep" is backwards and Solo is on the right side. The next shot after the flat tires Solo is again on the left side. See more »


[repeated line]
Girl: Me Girl!
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Rule, Britannia
Written by James Thomson and Thomas Augustine Arne
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A covert cross-promotion for NBC's Tarzan?
25 June 2014 | by jivers01See all my reviews

Fans and critics seem to agree that this is the worst, most despised episode of the popular spy show from its campy third season. (Although the one with Sonny and Cher comes in a close second.) Appears to be an inside joke as NBC had just created the Ron Ely "Tarzan" series three months earlier. Most likely the network saw this as a back-handed way to promote "Tarzan". (Plus save money reusing the jungle and village sets.) Otherwise, there's no logical reason for awkwardly forcing the beloved U.N.C.L.E. agents into such a contrived and idiotic story.

The only bright spot is statuesque Vitina Marcus as "Girl", a leopard-skin wearing female Tarzan who doesn't speak English. Girl was raised in the jungle by a gorilla and can do a Weissmuller-type yell. Robert Vaughn's dopey attempts to communicate with her via pantomime and dancing the Watusi (with her and the gorilla) are excruciating to watch. Sloppy, cliché-filled story concerns mad scientist trying to create an army of super-warriors using drugs. This has an amusingly inept match-cut of an elephant stampede with the cast running away from an obvious stock footage insert.

The same month this came out, "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.", also aired a silly African safari yarn, "The Jewels of Topango Affair". NBC was either pushing hard to promote Tarzan via two African-based adventure stories or just cutting costs by producing two matching episodes back-to-back.

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16 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)


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1.33 : 1
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