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One method of cleaning the ladies room.
 
Hooter: "Emma, baby, come to papa!"
 
Steed: "You're getting shells in my shoes, you know."
 

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Sir George MortonJack FinlayJ.J. HooterHenrySteed uses someone else's gun to shoot Henry

 

 A.K.A.

English: "How to Succeed at Murder....Without Really Trying"

French: "Comment reussir un assassinat"

German: "Mordet die Männer" or "Fit für Mord" depending on the vintage of the print

Italian: "Scuola di danza per delitto"

Spanish: "Como Triunfar... En El Crimen"

Dutch: "Moord in de zakenwereld"

 

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HOW TO SUCCEED....AT MURDER

Steed Becomes a Perfect Boss
Emma Goes Seeking Charm

Produced: early February 1966
UK Premiere (London, Season 4): 18 March 1966
US Premiere (New York, Season 1): 13 June 1966

Mostly Murder (click to see category list)"Ruination to all men" is the battle cry of the baddies, this time a band of power-hungry secretaries led by Henrietta, an ugly little puppet under the control of a mysterious mastermind. Their plan to do away with greedy businessmen is uncovered by Steed and Emma after one too many entrepreneurs is knocked off.
 

 IMHO

Not a particularly great episode in my book, mostly because of that annoying puppet—the person behind which turns out to be a bigger surprise for the ultra-feminist militia than for the audience. And in his apparent attempt to put men and women on equal footing, Clemens unintentionally set feminism back a half-century— Emma even cowers behind Steed at one point! But it's worth it all just to see the unforgettable J.J. Hooter. "I smell a great deal." Indeed, he declares, "I have smelled all over the world!"
 

 Trivia

Terry Ellett of Valencia, California, thinks Henrietta was voiced by Honor Blackman, whereas David Bruce of Athens, Ohio thinks it's Yolande Turner ("The Girl from Auntie" and "The £50,000 Breakfast"). What do you think?

Pablo Alonso of Argentina remarks that the idea of a mastermind who gives orders through a puppet might have inspired the Batman comic book villain The Ventriloquist and his puppet-alter ego Scarface (created late 80s-early 90s by British writers Alan Grant and John Wagner). The main difference is that everybody knows who controls the puppet. Pablo also notes that the sign on the gym entrance is basically the same that appeared on the building for Purbright in "Quick-Quick Slow Death." Note: "Gordon Jacksons Ltd."—a reference to the actor?

D.P. Paré notes that Steed uses a pistol that falls out of the possession of one of the henchwomen during Emma's big brawl to kill Henry in a rather abrupt, violent shooting.
 

 On Location

Mary Merryweather's is actually the studio exterior.
 

 Best Scene

The sequence with J.J. Hooter and the tire pump is definitely worth the price of admission.
 

 Best Line

Identifying the perfume Emma produces from the tire pump, Mr. Hooter exclaims, "Leap into my fervid arms!"
 

 Tag

Steed and Emma practice ventriloquism in the back of a van.

 

HOW TO SUCCEED....AT MURDER

Teleplay by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Don Leaver

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Emma Peel
Mary
Sara
Gladys
Liz
Henry
Joshua Rudge
Hooter
Sir George Morton
Barton
Finlay
Annie

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Diana Rigg The 007 Connection
Sarah Lawson
Angela Browne*
Anne Cunningham
Zeph Gladstone
Artro Morris*
Jerome Willis*
Christopher Benjamin*
Kevin Brennan*
David Garth*
Robert Dean
Sidonie Bond

*DOPPELGANGERS

Christopher Benjamin

Never, Never Say Die
Split!

Kevin Brennan

Double Danger

Angela Browne

Intercrime

David Garth

The Big Thinker
Wish You Were Here

Artro Morris

Conspiracy of Silence

Jerome Willis

Intercrime
The Rotters
 

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