Mr Parminter gets an anonymous phone call telling him to be at the wharf and check a package labelled from Gene Bradley. What he discovers calls in to question everything he knew about Bradley. Bradley is more clever than to get caught, so instead he deliberately offers himself to be arrested in order to learn the truth about a Mr. Calloway but he could be risking a fat jail sentence if he fails. He better expose the ring of criminals before the heavy handed justice system takes him down.
Weapons dealers are easy antagonists to add to the series. This Barry Morse directed episode has an air of charm, even with its dark shady shadowy figures hustling guns to countries ripe with revolution. We follow this twist in the story as Bradley goes undercover to uncover the elusive Mr. Calloway and his criminal deeds. Actually a great episode to watch and one of three episodes directed by Mr. Parminter himself Barry Morse.
Gene Bradley is coming to the United Kingdom to film a movie. He is being followed by a investigative fan/journalist and she is documenting his every move. But something is wrong, he was expected by Mr. Parminter but has yet to arrive. Gene has been occupied with filming his movie but hasn’t really been feeling himself lately. His foggy memory is coming back but not much is clear enough to know what is going on until he is shooting his last scene for the movie.
An interesting attempt by Director Barry Morse to change the style of series by taken out Gene Bradley and allowing others to fill in the time. What we got was an episode that is clever enough to await the outcome and a little bit less of good ol’ Gene. I can’t say that I thought this episode of a great one. This episode is so vastly different from its predecessors that it feels like a breath of fresh air. The young journalist documents the scenes as if the narrator and the leading dialogue does leave you with the unpredictability of the story. Well done with what you had Barry.
Gene Bradley is in Amsterdam to coax an international arms dealer named Harry Venner to come out of hiding. To do so Gene must offer himself to be assassinated by purposely bothering Venner’s operations. As long as Gene can keep himself alive, eventually Venner will expose himself out in the open. Venner is left no choice but to try to get Gene himself or risk everything.
Another episode with an exotic location but lacking heart. Having been to Amsterdam, It was great to see places that I had visited in a time machine of 40 years. The episode is quite lackluster otherwise. An international arms dealer that needs to be provoke out of hiding by offering up a “pest” Gene Bradley as a pawn. Though successful, the general feeling from the episode is one of a lack of urgency or need to stop the crimes of Venner, besides it would be far more exciting if he was the main subject of the story, not Bradley.
There is missing money from the accounts of the building fund for the University. A Professor Ballard is suspect of the thefts but there is one problem, he’s dead, burned up in a car accident. His death would naturally close down the questions about the misappropriated funds but its doesn’t. The Professors grieving widow is the object of Gene’s attentions and rightfully so. Recently a known sketchy antiquities dealer has been hanging around the Professor so Gene follows this trail to a number of surprises that go back many years.
Skeleton in the Cupboard is actually an interesting episode that clearly stands out amongst a large number of other episodes of this series. The elements are all right, a fake death (with exploding car), a grieving widow, skeletons, anthropology, a dodgy dealer and a host of good actors. Basil Dignam, a personal favourite, plays the Professor that slowly goes mad thinking about his experiments in human migration. Roy Kinnear, Johnnie Wade and Lance Percival are certainly some great names to me and have done this episode proud. As I have mentioned before, Gene Barry has become a lethargic actor but in this case the story benefits from this subdued character. Fun to watch and I recommend.
Gene is having trouble getting a hold of Mike Kelly. No answers to calls, no one has seen him about and no sign of him at his office. This mystery begins when his Mike’s own apartment has a new blond tenant. Mike Kelly was last seen in an argument in a bar about a business transaction. Kelly is in some trouble, he is being used to traffic armaments to Africa. His good name is the perfect cover to get these items through customs without any questions. Just how will Gene stop these armaments getting to war torn Africa but also save the life of a good friend.
Has anyone here seen Kelly is set in Geneva and that is about all that its good for. This episode does not grab me, I found myself drifting off while being bored and somewhat convoluted by the storyline. Gene’s friend is missing and no one knows why until Gene uncovers details of an argument that showed that Kelly was in distress. Without the overtly sexist overtones and without the lethargic acting by Gene Barry, this episode could have potentially been an interesting one. I loved seeing Sandor Elès and Eric Pohlmann in this episode, they really caught my attention but could only contribute a small part in making this episode tolerable.