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Cathy: "Steed, will you please stop staring at my..."
 
Steed: "Look, a matched set, just like yours."
 
Getz: "Would you please just shut up already about Cathy's...!"
 
Steed: "I can't believe I just sat there staring at them like some drooling ape!"
 

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 A.K.A.

French: "Mort d'un grand danois"

Spanish: "La Muerte De Un Gran Danés"

Italian: "Il cane Danese" ("The Dane dog")

 

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DEATH OF A GREAT DANE

Steed frustrates a financier
Cathy digs up a dead dog*

Production completed: 18 October 1962
UK Premiere (London, Season 2): 10 November 1962
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 5 February 1991

Straightforward Sleuthing (click to see category list)An auto crash victim turns up in the hospital with £50,000 worth of diamonds in his stomach. He was an employee of the Litoff Organization, one of the world's great financial empires, which is mysteriously in the process of converting all of its assets into cash. While Steed is busy making himself a pest at the Litoff Organization, Cathy is snooping around a pet cemetery.

 IMHO

Dark and nearly humorless, this so-so episode might have fared a bit better had it not been plagued with technical difficulties, including a lot of mumbled dialog, several badly fluffed lines, and a prop that wouldn't work. Later remade as "The £50,000 Breakfast," a brighter, more stylish version, although it was not without its flaws as well.

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Exclusive: Writer Roger Marshall has penned an essay about his tenure on The Avengers.

The great dane used in this episode was Patrick Macnee's own dog. (Thanks to Nick Lewin for this tidbit!)

Mark H. Stevens notes that this episode is remarkably similar to an episode of The Saint called "The Invisible Millionaire", which indicates in the credits that it is based on a story by Leslie Charteris, who wrote most of The Saint stories prior to 1950. The plot goes like this: A millionaire and his assistant (who is romancing the millionaire's wife) are in a car crash; the assistant is killed and the millionaire is badly burned such that his entire face is covered with bandages. He suddenly starts liquidating his estate. The Saint reveals that the millionaire was the one killed and that his wife, assistant and physician maintained the illusion that the millionaire was alive long enough to liquidate his estate and make off with the cash. Sound familiar?

Some scenes were pre-recorded on 31 October 1962 in advance of the main recording.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 

DEATH OF A GREAT DANE

Teleplay by
Story Editor
Designed by
Producer
Directed by

Roger Marshall & Jeremy Scott
John Bryce
Patrick Downing
Leonard White
Peter Hammond

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Cathy Gale
Getz
Gregory
Sir James
Mrs. Miller
1st Assistant
2nd Assistant
Minister
Winetasters
 
Gravedigger
Policeman
George Miller
Kennels Man
Dancer
Bellhound

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Honor Blackman The 007 Connection
Frederick Jaeger*
Leslie French* The 007 Connection
John Laurie*
Clare Kelly
Dennis Edwards*
Anthony Baird*
Billy Milton*
Eric Elliot*
Roger Maxwell
Herbert Nelson*
Michael Meyer
Frank Peters*
Kevin Barry
Junia
Heidi

*DOPPELGANGERS

Anthony Baird

Brief for Murder

Dennis Edwards

One for the Mortuary

Eric Elliot

The Frighteners

Leslie French

You Have Just Been Murdered

Frederick Jaeger

Target!
The Cybernauts
Return of the Cybernauts

John Laurie

Brief for Murder
A Funny Thing Happened...
Pandora

Billy Milton

Death on the Slipway

Herbert Nelson

Dragonsfield
Warlock

Frank Peters

The Frighteners
 

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