MAN FROM INTERPOL
"This is the world of Interpol- the International Police Organisation, a network uniting 63 countries against crime... and this is a story of the Man from Interpol. Crime is international, but so is the law. In constant touch with all the police forces of the world is the Man from Interpol."

3 Soul Pedlars 8*
4 Odds on Murder
5 The Key Witness
6 Escape Route
8 No Other Way
9 The Trap
11 All the Dead Were Harrisons
12 The Man Who Sold Hope
13 The Murder Racket
14 Death Via Parcel Post
15 Out Of Thin Air
16 The Case Of Mike Krello
17 Killer with a Long Arm
19 The Front Man
20 The Last Words
21 Maharajah Of Den
22 Murder Below Decks
23 Diplomatic Courier
24 Tight Secret
25 International Diamond Incident
26 Inside Job
27 A Woman In Paris
28 Man Alone
29 Mistaken Identity
30 Missing Child
32 The Big Thirst
33 Death In Oils
34 Multi Murder
36 The Art Of Murder
37 Child of Eve
38 The Big Racket
39 The Golden Shiri
In this 1960 series made by the Danziger Brothers, starring as Inspector Anthony Smith was Richard Wyler, with his boss Superintendent Mercer portrayed by veteran star John Longden. Man from Interpol has a period charm with even the most hardened criminals quite genteel in their language. The series had the distinction of being the first British one since Robin Hood to be networked in America. NBC showed the first story on Saturday January 30th 1960 at 10.30pm. Sadly it quickly flopped. Not surprising as it's really a kind of B movie for telly. It was never a success in Britain either as Associated Rediffusion bought it up only to show it to insomniacs. After lying dormant for over 25 years, satellite channel Bravo bought some bootleg copies and screened all the episodes listed above, numerous times from 1989 to 1996. Since then Man from Interpol has dropped back into forgotten obscurity. There is however one fan, me!
A report in 'The Stage' for October 8th 1959 reads, "for the past 8 weeks, Tony Crombie has been occupied full time writing original music and arranging and conducting it... The Danziger Brothers were looking for fresh musical talent for Man from Interpol. Persuasion from Tony's friend and manager Jeff Kruger, who played every one of Tony's big band discs until three o'clock one morning to the Danzigers, convinced them that in Tony they had the very top talent they were searching for. In the short space of eight weeks Tony has viewed 39 half hour films and written an entire original score."
My photo is of the location of the embassy seen in #30. Richard Wyler is seen driving all riound this square
My favourite episode: 6 Escape Route- a wonderful part for James Hayter, a fine example of a British B film, taut, well constructed, fun
Best moment: 14 I like the simple opening location scene in Death via Parcel Post- effective, peaceful and yet it has slightly sinister overtones
Best acting: Peter Vaughan in 17 Killer with a Long Arm. It proves there really is good acting in Danziger series!
Funniest moment: Unintentional, but in 20 Last Words, the improbable searching for a clue that has been overlooked is appallingly executed
Dud episode: 37 Child of Eve, not Lisa Daniely's finest hour- tho' it's not her fault the script is so poor
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SOUL PEDLARS

A tale of modern slave running,"the cruellest most vicious racket worked in Europe today." It's very well told.
Miklos Hatvany (Sandor Eles) had escaped to England after the Hungarian Revolution and he's informed Zita his wife can be brought here also "at a price." He steals 300 from Lord Crowley his employer, who catches him in the act. But he's sorry for Hatvany and Inspector Smith is summoned from his bed to hear the sad story. Smith persuades the Hungarian to pose as a big time crook who has stolen 10,000, and this is sufficient to attract the attentions of the racketeers. The villain is Patrak (Michael Peake) whom he meets in the West End. He promises to reunite him with Zita.
Patrak takes him to Vienna, putting up at the Bahnhof Hotel, Smith tailing them. From here Hatvany is driven to the rendezvous, but of course the Soul Pedlars never had any intention of producing his wife. The boss (Robert Dorning) says the cash is only a down payment, more can be got from Lord Crowley. But Smith has been trailing, and there's a punchup before the final tearful reunion beween Mr and Mrs Hatvany. Fortunately, the Austrian police had learnt that Zita had got over the border off her own bat- so there's a joyful ending for this happy couple at least.

Notes: The outside of Lord Crowley's home is in reality the Edgwarebury Hotel in Elstree, a favourite Danziger location - indeed a favourite filmmakers' location!
Sandor Eles (1936-2002) was born in Budapest where he studied the theatre. He lost both his parents in the revolution. With some help from the British Red Cross he managed to reach England. So making this programme must have been a poignant one for him.
Nyree Dawn Porter has half a line before being thumped across the face. Later she utters just 3 more words. Everyone has to start somewhere. Still she spends one long scene preening her fingernails, or something.
Superintedent Mercer does not appear in this story.
Uncredited speaking parts: Lord Crowley. Inspector Gatt. Hans an Austrian policeman

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ODDS ON MURDER
Sunday April 23rd- the Grand Prix D'Europ. The favourite Golden Girl is being ridden by experienced jockey Tim (Bill Owen).
"Oh la la," exclaims Countess Salon (Noel Dyson ) "what's Tim holding back for?" But Tim knows what he's doing and moves up to win. Owner Count Salon (John le Mesurier) rewards him handsomely. Next race is the Queen's Cup at Epsom.
But Tim receives a warning not to enter that race, on penalty of death. He chucks the note away.
At that old Danziger haunt in London The Purple Shade nightclub he goes boozing with Nicki his girl friend (Lisa Daniely), drinking perhaps a little too much. When he receives a second threatening note and is shot at on the galops, he contacts the police. The Man from Interpol takes up the case and discovers some home truths about:
Tim - he feels he is 10 feet tall when he's rich! Said nicely tongue in cheek by Bill Owen.
Nicki - on whom Tim lavishes his cash generously. "This makes me look like his er... well you do realise?"
The Count - he has had a "harmless flirtation" with another girl called Eileen.
The Countess - an inveterate gambler. But she has been cured of her addiction, even though her large jewellery bill is still outstanding... Smith meets the couple at another Danziger location, the Albion Court Hotel.
Anyway Inspector Smith decides they are all in the clear. So he asks Tim to act as "decoy," or as Tim puts it "a sitting duck." The police guard is removed from Tim to lure the crooks who arrive at 2.40am as Tim retires to bed. "One of the biggest illegal bookmakers in the world," Harry Ar (Arnold Bell) is behind the plot. "That darned horse was going to put me out of business!"
Final scene is - you can't guess! - Tim winning the Queen's Cup.

Bill Owen plays his role as the jockey with some enthusiasm. The end of the story however is weak, with new character Harry appearing out of the blue.
Uncredited speaking extra: thug. Smith drives UTM495
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Escape Route
James Hayter has a choice role as Henry Roper, conscientious cashier at Challoner's Bank. President Arnold Pickerton is wishing him a happy fortnight's holiday, and it certainly will be, for Henry is planning to help himself to the day's takings.
He flies away to the sun. Mexico, but where after that? Interpol finds the trail goes cold, so where has he taken the 100,000?
The redoutable Mrs Emma Roper (Beatrice Varley) can't believe it of her husband. He had amassed brochures for all sorts of exotic locations, like India and Hawaii, "all those foreign places where nobody in their right mind wants to go"(!) In fact it's Tahiti that he had made for, a local police chief (Warren Mitchell) informs Interpol, but then breaks the bad news to Inspector Smith that Roper has now ensconced himself on the remote island of Tamua, where extradition papers are not valid. "How do I bring him back?" puzzles Smith.
On this sleepy isle, Roper enjoys the good life with native girl Lila (Anna Gerber) and he is never going to leave Tamua with any words from Smith. "You can do nothing," he happily tells the inspector. But Wyler has a trick or two to play. First he wires his boss Superintendent Mercer, and then convinces the local barman that Roper's stolen pounds will not be honoured by any bank. So now Roper has a problem, as he can't spend his money at the only trading post on Tamua.
Lila tries to persuade Smith to leave, but met with a refusal, she chucks a spear at Smith while he sleeps.
"It wouldn't have been Lila," Roper believes, yet she has gone into hiding somewhere. Smith makes Roper think she only wants his money, yes Roper's paradise is crumbling. But he won't give himself up and return to a British jail. That is until Smith's trump card arrives... Mrs Roper. She says she has come to share his good fortune and commences by ticking him off quite badly for his behaviour. As for Henry Roper, he decides he'd rather spend his time in jail.
"I almost feel sorry for him," concludes Supt Mercer.
Uncredited speaking extra: Larry the first bank teller
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The Man Who Sold Hope

Captain Karl Moger (Walter Gotell) gives passage, for cash, to refugees, displaced persons, who want to leave Bremen for a new life. Destination England.
Anton and his son are two desperate men making the trip, but as they near England a coastguard patrol gives chase and the passengers have to be hidden in crates. Moger callously ditches them overboard.
On the upper reaches of the Thames and by the cliffs of Dover, the two boxes are washed ashore.
In a Bremen cafe is Franz Borche, desperately seeking work. Moger offers him and his wife passage to Britain. Also here, having learned this Bierhaus is a haunt of refugees, is leather clad Inspector Smith posing as Ivan, another displaced person. Ivan says he is friendless and he's ripe for Moger's attentions. Start a new life, I'll fix that, Moger offers, and a price is agreed.
Next evening, the boat sets off with Franz, his seasick wife and Smith on board, a stack of crates ominously deposited near them. When the policeman is caught signalling to the coastguard, he is knocked out and shut inside one of those crates as Anton had been earlier. Amazing, but Smith, Houdini-like, gets himself free, in time to prevent Franz and his wife being bumped off. They help Smith take Moger and his gang prisoners. In return Smith promises Franz that he'll personally sponsor their legal entry into Britain.

Uncredited speaking parts: Anton (Joseph Furst?), Anton's son (Sandor Eles?), A barman, Bremen police inspector

Compare this plot with Interpol Calling: You Can't Die Twice

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Killer With a Long Arm

This Brian Clemens script has a satisfying storyline, with some well defined main characters in the marksman (Peter Vaughan), and the scientist (Ian Fleming).

10am in a quiet suburb, a most untypical suburb where a hired killer is purchasing a precision rifle in a shop. By way of payment, the gunsmith, Phillips, is shot dead.
Inspector Jenkins (Robert Raglan) brings in Interpol, when fingerprints found in the shop prove to be those of professional gunman Karl. Now, with his assistant Sando (Maurice Kaufmann), he has taken over the house of astronomer Professor Wilmot, who has his own observatory on the top floor, "a perfect set up."
Inspector Smith is methodically tracing Karl's steps. A nearby milliner recalls seeing a white van outside the shop, and Mr Hemmings, a grocer, even remembers it was a laundry van, the company called Welldale. However it transpires this firm does not exist.
An alert constable spots the abandoned van, and Smith keeps watch on it, from the vantage point of a nearby cottage, owned by Johnny Peto aka Mr Olympic (Richard Shaw). As Peto does his workout, the radio is left on, with a commentary describing a ceremony to the background of music supplied by highland pipers (this same soundtrack had previously been used in Saber's Bow and Arrow).
Karl has used the observatory to fix up his rifle aimed at a position one mile away. He too listens to the radio commentary. He readies his rifle as nearby Superintendent Mercer and Inspector Smith ponder what Karl might be up to. Peto points out the neighbouring properties, including Wilmot's. The penny drops when they are told the scientist has an observatory in his home, but who is Karl trying to kill? The radio provides the answer, though our detectives take an age before they finally put two and two together. With Peto, they burst into the professor's house. It's "unbelievable", but Karl had been attempting an audacious assassination of a visiting Foreign Minister. At the last minute, The Killer with the Long Arm has been thwarted. "The law has an even longer arm," concludes Smith brightly.

The basic plot was used again in Thriller 3.3 The Eyes Have It (1973). Though it is much developed, the basic theme of an assassination from a high vantage point of an important political person is the same. Furthermore, Peter Vaughan starred in both stories!

Uncredited speaking extras: J Phillips. Mrs Farrell the milliner. Police cars seen include 892FPC and 894FPC

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Front Man
'Tis Paris in the spring, as Inspector Smith is seen arriving at Le Bourget and wandering round town before consulting with Insp Gouthier about forged pound notes, the source of which that has been tracked to the city. Jacques Gerard (Peter Dyneley) who had been a hero of the Resistance is the suspect, maybe he'd obtained the Nazi presses that were known to have been constructed in the war. In the Rue Royale, Smith, posing as a British importer, calls on Gerard's export company, but his foreceful secretary Nadia (Bandana Das Gupta) won't let anyone see her boss.
Smith has an intruder in his hotel room, a young girl who is called Jeanette (sympathetically played by Christina Lubicz), whom Smith had seen at Gerard's office. She had been his fiancee, but has been jilted, she's very worried that he has got in with a bad lot and is up to something crooked. Together they work out a scheme.
A persistent Smith calls with Jeanette at Gerard's office. He waves a forged pound note in his hand. It turns into a very sad scene as Nadia gets Jacques to tell Jeannette to go away as he no longer loves her.
Jeannette is sure Jacques is being forced into saying this and Smith comforts her with the likelihood that he is being blackmailed. His surmise is correct, for Nadia knows that Gerard killed a man during the war, Jeannette's brother in fact, who had been a traitor. Nobly, Jacques won't tell anyone the truth about the traitor in order to protect Jeanette.
To get Smith off their back, Nadia goes to Smith's room and shoots him as he sleeps in bed. Her only error is that Smith has been kindly tipped off by Jacques, and is ready for her- he isn't in his bed. She gets another shock when Jacques decides to tell the police about the whole forged note operation. This cold blooded woman stabs him in the stomach. In walks Smith to arrest her, Jacques fortunately is not seriously injured and the story ends happily with him in Jeanette's arms.

John Longden not in this story. Uncredited speaking extra: A French policeman in Gouthier's office
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Murder Below Decks
About to depart Southampton for New York, a liner is delayed when the corpse of Ali Duando is found knifed in Cabin 74. This Pakistani from Hammersmith had been emigrating to America.
His Hammersmith landlady tells Inspector Smith that he did have a girlfriend, a Miss Barlam, whereabouts unknown. He had worked at a spice company, Moturno his boss tells of a quiet boy, "a very fine worker." But he'd left when his uncle had offered him a job in the States. His girl friend turns out to be Moturno's secretary, but she's a little evasive, claiming Ali had been more interested in his old mother back in Pakistan than her.
"It's a conspiracy of silence," observes Superintendent Mercer, and Smith concurs. They're afraid of something. So Smith flies to Karachi, and then drives on to West Pakistan and Ali's home village.
In Arraka, the local police chief informs Smith that Mrs Duando had died three months ago of natural causes. But it is clear Ali had left his homeland in order to make enough money for his starving family. Kuali, the village moneylender, had paid for Ali's passage to England.
The conspiracy of silence is broken when Miss Barlam is persuaded to talk. Evidently Moturno had been running "the old kick back routine" forcing his employees to pay back their fare to England at extortionist rates of interest. They are also forced to carry packages on their journey from Pakistan, which Smith surmises must contain narcotics. proof of this is found in Moturno's office, but Moturno catches Smith and Miss Barlam rifling his desk. Before he sets his thugs on them, he helpfully explains that he had ordered Ali's death, since Ali was trying to break away by fleeing to America.
However the henchmen are pretty anaemic and Smith knocks them both out before Supt Mercer steps in to make his arrests. "Bless you daddy-o," concludes Smith.

Smith drives TNM286. Uncredited speaking extras: a ship steward. The maid who finds the body. A landlady (Norah Gordon) Man from Interpol Menu

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Missing Child
A half minute scene shows Inspector Smith driving up round Belgrave Square to a foreign embassy. His Excellency Haja (Ferdy Mayne) is worried as his eight year old son Steven has been missing for three hours. His nanny Miss Tanner (Marion Mathie) is even more upset as she had been in charge of Steven when, returning from their daily trip to the park, she had stopped off at a newsagents. Steven had waited outside, but when she emerged, he had gone, "my baby!"
Her distress is in contrast to Haja's calmness. Also upset is Steven's mother, who has removed herself to the Albion Court Hotel. There's something she seems to be hiding from Smith.
After six hours, a breakthrough. The French chef at the Embassy had been sacked recently, and he's been spotted driving round in a posh car. When Smith calls, the chef (Derek Blomfield) is enjoying a slap up meal with his family, but he's in the clear for his fortune has come from a win on the pools. But the chef reveals that Haja and his wife had been already living apart, after the ambassador's matrimonial indiscretion.
At last a communication from the kidnapper. A demand for 200.
Smith fetches the rather pathetic Mrs Haja back to the embassy and explains his theory to the family. This paltry demand for 200 has helped him solve the case, you see, Steven wrote that note, his way of trying to get his mother and father together again. His favourite hiding place is the attic, Miss Tanner reveals, and it's here that he is found, a storm in a teacup! He apologises and it all ends happily. Haja admits he's been a middle aged fool and gives his thanks to Mercer and Smith.

Uncredited speaking extra: Dr Felix (Colin Tapley). Smith drives UTM495. The plaque on Mercer's door is incorrectly spelled "Superintendant Mercer"
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The Golden Shiri

Khan, a wealthy Eastern potentate, has just held a lavish party in his Mayfair home, but one of his guests has stolen his valuable gold statue. Khan is the spiritual leader of a sect, this golden shiri the symbol of his authority. It must be recovered urgently, before it is melted down.
From the Yard files, he identifies one of his guests as Curt Bridges (Neil Hallett), a known con man, and Rome Interpol inform Supt Mercer that he has been seen in Rome.
We see Curt imbibing champagne with a new conquest at the Club Florida, where the resident photographer snaps him. To prevent his picture being circulated, this innocent employee of the restaurant is later killed.
Inspector Smith is sent to Rome. We see him walk, yes walk, past the Colosseum to the office of Interpol Inspector Ricardi. The local police tell them that Bridges had been at the Club Florida, with a very pretty companion. It's a puzzle why Bridges had killed the photographer in order to steal the prints, but had failed to take the negatives also. But Smith, when he has developed the relevant negatives is able to definitely identify the man as Bridges. The girl in the photo, Barbara (Diane Aubrey) calls at the club next day to get her photo. Smith is waiting, posing as Larry, an old army buddy of Curt's, but all she can say is that Curt has left Rome by train, she knows not where.
After checking the trains, Bridges is traced to a village 50 miles north of Rome. A "fast car" takes Smith there in an hour, though the shots hardly suggest the car could have made that good time. Bridges attempts to escape when Smith knocks at his door, and is shot dead.
However there is no sign of the missing statue so Smith has to return home from Ciampino airport. Flight 38 to London, and perhaps it's no coincidence that a fellow passenger happens to be Barbara. She is bringing back a souvenir for her mother, and at London Airport Smith tips off customs to examine the package.
So another case is closed, the last for the Man from Interpol. "It was nice of her to bring it back for us."

Uncredited speaking extras: 1 Khan's servant. 2 The lady photographer at the club. 3 Airport receptionist. 4 The sergeant in Mercer's office. 5 London Customs officer. Also in a non speaking role as a policeman is Danziger extra John Martin

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