The Persuaders! (1971–1972)
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A blind double-date for Danny and Brett will eventually implicate the former in an outrageous case of abduction, when the spoiled offspring of a business tycoon will be kidnapped in broad daylight despite the valiant efforts to prevent it.


Leslie Norman


David Rolfe (screenplay by), Tony Barwick (screenplay by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Tony Curtis ... Danny Wilde
Roger Moore ... Lord Brett Sinclair
Viviane Ventura ... Lisa
David Cargill ... Patterson
George Murcell ... Zorakin
Ricardo Montez ... Inspector Santos
Sarah Lawson ... Mary
Clive Cazes ... Matra
Ralph Bates ... Michel
George Roderick ... Bodega Landlord
Michael Culver ... Kurt


Whilst Danny is on a date with Lisa Zorakin, spoilt daughter of a millionaire, the girl is abducted. Zorakin suspects that Danny is involved but in fact Lisa is a willing captive, her kidnapper being Michel, her lover, and the plan is to extract a 'ransom' to set them up together. Danny agrees to investigate on behalf of Zorakin to clear his name but further complications are provided by Lisa's long-suffering companion Mary, who also wants a share. Written by don @ minifie-1

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23 February 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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After Lisa feigns cooperation, she is led out to the car, to be driven back to her father. She is however taken directly to the driver's seat, facilitating her easy escape. Obviously, she should have been led to a passenger seat. See more »


Danny Wilde: You're both over 21, why didn't you just take off?
Lisa: How could we? Michel has nothing, I have no money, how could we?
Danny Wilde: Some people do, you know...
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"sweet impetuous thing": another episode saved by the girl

Currently watching this episode. DVD, the nine-disc set. After "Read and Destroy" was found to be a big bungling mess, this one promised to be more up my alley. The spoiled rich girl gets abducted, with Danny in pursuit in his fast Ferrari. Wrong choice in the casting, of that lady- in-waiting nanny or whatever. The actress certainly isn't living the part. Looks like she is just along for the ride.

For once, though, it is the plot that interests me. The idea of the wayward damsel in distress. My interest usually lies with the actresses, having obtained my DVD boxset for Susan George in "The Gold Napoleon" and then cheering on episodes that feature other stunning ladies like Prunella Ransome in "The Ozerov Inheritance" and Juliet Harmer in both "The Old, The New, And The Deadly" and "That's Me Over There" but this one, though showing initial promise, goes into a bit of a lull, as I was hoping for Lisa to be the focal point of this episode. Vivienne Ventura does kick it (literally) into overdrive when she gets her turn, and the script comes around nicely, with the sparks flying as they should between the bungling rescuers and the spoiled heiress who has her own ideas.

It just goes to prove yet again what I always say, all stories need a sparkling heroine. Here my criticism would be that it took to long to establish the feisty lady as the highly- watchable little fire-starter that she is. The episode is far gone by the time I really got a feel for it. The second half is where it happens!

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