Man in a Suitcase: Blind Spot 1968

 

Director: Jeremy Summers

 

Writers: Victor CanningRichard HarrisDennis Spooner

Rôle: Henri Thibaud

Broadcast: 7 February 1968 ITC

Synopsis: Marcelle is a blind French girl, whose adoptive mother is robbed and killed. She places an advertisement for help in locating the killers which is answered by McGill. Strangely, however, both Marcelle's uncle and the French police try to warn McGill off the case. It soon becomes apparent that the innocent soirées that Marcelle regularly holds for other blind people are being exploited by a drug smuggling gang, placing her in danger.

Availability: DVD (Network) Release Date: 2008

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Der Monat der fallenden Blätter

(The Month of Falling Leaves) 1968

 

Director: Dietrich Haugk

 

Writers: Herbert Asmodi (teleplay); Bruce Marshall (novel)

Rôle: Erster Geheimagent

Broadcast: 10 March 1968 Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) Germany

Synopsis: When British philosopher Harold Hilliard takes off for Warsaw to lecture on the Dysteleological Surd, he has no idea that he will soon become embroiled in international espionage. During the trip he tries to open a suitcase he mistakes for his own. When a fellow passenger, a Pole with stainless steel teeth, takes umbrage, Hilliard puts it down to bad manners, but when the same man sees him pick up the wrong coat in the plane, Hilliard realises that he is suspected of spying. The party at the airport to welcome Hilliard only convinces the Polish agent that the British Secret Service was now picking its men with extraordinary cleverness. Hilliard, whose works are little known in England, is warmed by unaccustomed praise but chilled by the apparent certainty of the counter espionage people that he is a British agent whose code name was Whale.

Reviews: Gong 10/1968, page 32 on the first broadcast: "A cheerful and grotesque game based on a novel by the English author Bruce Marshall."

 

Bild + Funk 12/1968, page 10 gives four (good) out of five stars: "A supplier like the novelist Bruce Marshall, a playwright known for his sharp pen like Herbert Asmodi and a director like Dietrich Haugk - what could possibly go wrong? So after a somewhat slow start, an enjoyable story was unwound. Undisputed star: E.F. Fürbringer. The cameraman also deserves special praise."

 

Hörzu 12/1968, page 12: "A friendly announcer announced the television game as an 'ironic game' [...] As far as the cast was concerned, the suspicion that this could be the highlight of the week did not seem unjustified. Still, the falling leaves would have been the disappointment of the week. As far as irony goes, this must have been a particularly subtle species. Televisor, at any rate, was seldom able to spot it."

 

Gong 13/1968, page 73: "It's a pretty story in itself, mildly melancholic to tenderly cheerful, by no means a Bond spectacle, no spy thriller, much more of a chamber play, quiet and cautious in human terms. The ironic little agent game based on the innocent pattern: Sardine sucht Whale makes no claim to reality. However, the cinematic realism that director Dietrich Haugk tried to do didn't fit in. Haugk couldn't get the poetic story under control. That should have been put into the picture with a very light hand. It's a pity, because Ernst Fritz Fürbringer and Kornelia Boje were the sensitive cast of the main roles."

Availability: Available for purchase from Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) Germany.

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 Les Dossiers de l'Agence O:

Le Club des Vieilles Dames

(The O Agency Files:

The Old Ladies Club) 1968

 

Director: Jean Salvy

Writers: Jacques Lanzmann, Jean Salvy, George Simenon (short story)

Rôle: Madame Sacramento/Arthur Hazelhoff

Broadcast: 15 April 1968 1ère chaîne ORTF (France)

Synopsis: A curious investigation is entrusted to the O Agency. A cheque for one thousand dollars has been paid to the agency as a retainer by Margaret Pitchard, a millionairess of Australian origin, hostess of the Old Ladies Club in Paris. They are tasked by her with finding the man who disguised himself as a woman to get into the club, where he went by the name "Madame Sacramento", widow of a former President of Panama. It proves to be a difficult job for Emile as Madame Pitchard and "Madame Sacramento" both turn out to not be all that they seem. Their enquiries lead them to Amsterdam and the man who was posing as "Madame Sacramento". He has quite a story to tell about why he was pretending to be a woman and who Margaret Pitchard really is.

 

Comment: Marius in drag! He makes a lovely woman and looks absolutely fabulous as Madame Sacramento.

 

Availability: Available to watch on YouTube in its original French language version with French auto-generated subtitles. We have managed to translate it into English ourselves.

 

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