Man of the World Season 1 Episode 7: The Highland Story

A crime in a far away land haunts the Scottish clan the MacGillies. Their pride and deep rooted sense of tradition makes the scene perfect for a mystery and perfect for Straits visit.  There is a secret in the MacGillie castle and Michael Strait is piecing the puzzle together without stepping over the rule of law.

Personal Synopsis

Never before have I seen such a blend of Australia and Scotland in a crime story. This episode brushes along the crime angle but focuses more so heavily on the Scottish clan culture and traditions of taking care of each other above all else.  Running away from the law calls to question whose law should be at the forefront of ones traditions even in light of an injustice.  

 

Original Air-Date: November 10th 1962

Directed by Charles Frend

Written by Lindsay Galloway

Michael Strait – Craig Stevens

Maggie Warren – Tracy Reed

Charlie West – Ray Barrett

Donald – Finlay Currie

Alastair – Andrew Downie

The MacGillie – John Laurie

Australian Man – Barry Linehan

Elspeth – Ruth Lodge

Fiona – Noelle Middleton

Lachy – John Rae

Archie – Peter Sinclair

Australian Man’s Wife – Patsy Smart

Willie – Kenneth Watson

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Man of the World Season 1 Episode 6: The Sentimental Agent

It’s not everyday you take a photo of a reportedly dead man but Michael Strait is having that day. This draws the suspicions of the local government and Strait finds himself arrested.  Maggie must find help and she does in the form of a slightly rouge Argentinian businessman named Carlos Borella.  It is he whom will try to outwit the corrupt regime into letting out Michael Straight, all while making sure his pockets are lined.

Personal Synopsis

Michael Strait is always getting into trouble because of his camera, normally he can get himself out of danger but not this time. Carlos Borella has a smooth charisma and tricks to sneak behind the authorities benefiting his business interests which includes any opportunities brought to him by beautiful ladies. He is almost a quintessential central american James Bond-like character and thus commands his time on the screen. This episode, “The Sentimental Agent”, foreshadows the spin-off television show to be produced the following year starring Carlos Thompson as The Sentimental Agent.

Original Air-Date: November 3rd 1962

Directed by Charles Frend

Written by Jack Davies

Michael Strait – Craig Stevens

Consulate Official – Neville Becker

Lee – Shirley Eaton

Stefano – George Eugeniou

Ramon – Wilfred Grove

Lopez – John Hollis

Minister- Peter Jones

Driver – Ricardo Montez

Customs Officer – Steve Plytas

Maggie – Tracy Reed

Zapata – Cyril Shaps

Borella – Carlos Thompson

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Man of the World Season 1 Episode 5: The Frontier

Either by disguise or under the guise of humanitarian efforts, the northern regions of India are beginning to be inhabited by the communist Chinese. Michael Straight is assigned to a remote town in northern India where he can see first hand the infiltration taking place. Dr Bahandi, from the Indian government, is tasked with finding a way to stop this incursion and she uses a method that stirs at the heart of human fear. 

Personal Synopsis

The tensions between the border of India and China have essentially been an ongoing saga throughout history. Now, Straight is sent to get a glimpse into a possible hidden incursion by the “Red” Chinese. Additionally, Dr. Bahandi played by Leena Naidu is also there in the capacity of a loyal Indian subject. Since intimidation by strength was not working Straight and Dr Bahandi must find another way to force the troops in disguise back where they came from. 

Original Air-Date: October 27th 1962

Directed by Anthony Bushell

Written by Lindsay Galloway

Michael Strait – Craig Stevens

Chang – Peter Arne

High lama – Alfred Burke

Chinese Doctor – Donald Chinn

Liu – Burt Kwouk

Sergeant – George Little

Indian Medical Office – Mellan Mitchell

Headman – Bobby R. Naidoo

Dr. Bahandi – Leela Naidu

Hossain – Gary Raymond

Chou – Ric Young

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Man of the World Season 1 Episode 4: The Runaways

In the French Riviera, a heiress is nearly kidnapped when a stranger, Martin King, rescues her. Now she is ready to elope with this unknown saviour. Michael Strait has the opportunity to meet the fresh couple and find out why the sudden love birds are so elusive. Coincidences strike Strait’s intuition a bit odd about this stranger and his friend Jim Smedley. To expose the bad intentions Strait will need to take them out to deep water to show their real selves.

Personal Synopsis

Too often a story comes along of a somewhat bored and risk seeking heiress finding her way out.  This episode works on that trope, where the heiress played by Erica Rodgers is infatuated with a knight in shining armour wherever they may be. But what is really needed is for the knight in shining armour to show himself as he really is.

Original Air-Date: October 20th 1962

Directed by Charles Crichton

Written by Michael Pertwee

Michael Strait – Craig Stevens

Maggie Warren – Tracy Reed

Hank – Graham Stark

Joanne Van Kempson – Erica Rogers

Martin King – Leon Peers

Jim Smedley – Harvey Hall

Lord Allwood – Noel Harrison

Johnson – Garry Marsh

Van Kempson – Donald Stewart

Mrs. Van Kempson – Renee Houston

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Man of the World Season 1 Episode 3: Blaze of Glory

Somethings wrong with Tony Gardner. His long racing career is in jeopardy due to his newly experienced failing eyesight. His impairment is showing to those close to him and endangers those racing with him. With the Grand Prix coming up, Tony’s pride and the reluctance of the Ciranno racing company to use a different driver forces Michael Strait to intervene. As the race begins so comes the time for Ciranno to resolve the differences between the driver and the race. 

Personal Synopsis

An aging race driver who risks his and others lives around him mainly due to his pride and his aspirations sounds like a good story. However, this episode has two underlining stories, one the story of Tony Gardner as the old race driver and two the Ciranno racing head Mario and his up and coming race car driver son Ricki. Michael Strait sets both straight as is expected but the story was not as intense and grabbing as the previous episode. Lotus provided the vehicles in the filming of this episode so for the car enthusiasts this might be your episode but for fans of struggle and victory this may not suit your style. 

Original Air-Date: October 13th 1962

Directed by David Greene

Written by Lindsay Hardy

Michael Strait- Craig Stevens

Maggie Warren- Tracy Reed

Policeman- Victor Baring

Kim- Patricia Donahue

Tony Gardner- Peter Dyneley

Ricki Ciranno- Norman Florence

Shorty- Dermot Kelly

Nurse- Jane Merrow

Dr. Stelitz- Martin Miller

Mario Ciranno- Eric Pohlmann

Strait’s friend- Sheree Winton

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