The GLG Reports
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Mandrake
By Grant L. Goggans

"They do a rattling good trade for a ghost village!" This was a heavily promoted episode in its day, due to a small role by the wrestler Jackie Pallo, who fights with Mrs. Gale in an amazing hair-pulling, boot-in-the-face brawl that left the strongman out cold in real life. Like so many stories of its day, it's a very sharp bit of television with unusual hooks, great dialogue and terrible production. Watch for the wobbly camera ducking around the fake trees when Mrs. Gale first visits the churchyard. The evil plot is straight out of classic mystery whodunits (and the soil angle has been spoiled by many guides to the show before I could get to it!) and fits the Avengers style very well.

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