Episode 52: Cathy Gale Era
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  A.K.A.

 La baleine tueuse

 Ballena Asesina

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KILLER WHALE

Steed manages a boxer
Cathy throws all the punches*

Production completed: 22 March 1963
UK Premiere (London, Season 2): 23 March 1963
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 2 March 1991

What do a boxing ring, a bar of soap, and a couturier have in common? Smuggling ambergris, naturally. But seriously, Steed suspects the owners of a boxing ring are smuggling ambergris (used to make perfume, among other things), so he and Cathy arrange to manage a boxer in order to give them a chance to dig for clues.

 IMHO

A very strange brew, combining the theme of the week—in this case, boxing—with a lesson in the evils of smuggling substances derived from endangered species. While it is reasonably well produced, the clash of topics is just plain odd. There is a lot of attention and screen time devoted to boxing fights, which might be interesting if you're into this sort of thing. Otherwise, there is little to recommend this episode, sorry to say. Sad way to close the season, considering the gem that just preceded this dud.

 Trivia

The three models from the Kenneth Sweet Collection were June Hodgson, Diane Keys and Elaine Little.

Some scenes were pre-recorded on 21 March 1963 in advance of the main recording.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Essential Reading

KILLER WHALE

Teleplay by
Story Editor
Designed by
Producer
Directed by

John Lucarotti
Richard Bates
Douglas James
John Bryce
Kim Mills

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Cathy Gale
Pancho
Fernand
Joey
Harry
Willie
Angela
Laboratory Assistant
Brown
Sailor
Receptionist
Tiger
And:

Patrick Macnee 007
Honor Blackman 007
Patrick Magee #
John Bailey #
Kenneth Farrington
Morris Perry #
John Tate #
Julie Paulle
Christopher Coll
Robert Mill #
Frederic Abbott #
Lyndall Goodman
Brian Mason
Models from the
Kenneth Sweet Collection

# DOPPELGANGERS

Fredric Abbott

The Gilded Cage

John Bailey

A Change of Bait
Dial a Deadly Number
Killer

Robert Mill

The Midas Touch
Double Danger

Patrick Magee

The Gilded Cage

Morris Perry

Dragonsfield

John Tate

Build a Better Mousetrap
 

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