The Avengers International Fan Forum Forum Index The Avengers International Fan Forum

 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

1.06 - Girl on the Trapeze

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Avengers International Fan Forum Forum Index -> Episode Reviews - The Avengers
View previous topic :: View next topic  

Rate 'Girl on the Trapeze'
10
38%
 38%  [ 5 ]
9
7%
 7%  [ 1 ]
8
23%
 23%  [ 3 ]
7
23%
 23%  [ 3 ]
6
7%
 7%  [ 1 ]
5
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
4
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
3
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
2
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
1
0%
 0%  [ 0 ]
Total Votes : 13

Author Message
Darren
Site Admin


Joined: 01 Sep 2008
Posts: 1709
Location: UK

PostPosted: Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:29 am    Post subject: 1.06 - Girl on the Trapeze Reply with quote

Written by Dennis Spooner

Directed by Don Leaver

Production completed: 11 February 1961
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Rhonda
Winged Avenger


Joined: 19 Jan 2010
Posts: 677
Location: A town, UK

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just watched something else last night, where other 1960's actors (from Doctor Who, The Aztecs) were saying how nerve-racking live TV was at the time. Then I felt I just had to watch this live episode 'Girl on the Trapeze' again. The film inserts by the Thames blend perfectly with the bridge/river bank scenes in the studio. That was well done. Also all the comings and goings backstage at the circus look so believable as when people are held out of the way of exiting circus performers. But do you know what's the best thing about this? It's how Ian Hendry manages to relax things for everybody while they tell this very believable story so well. He does this several times with ad libs; including at the Circus Box Office with "we've all been dropping our ? tonight" and later when Carol coughs on a cigarette "you never could do that very well could you". I also liked how simply it's summed up, about how laxly the circus performers will be checked when returning home, by Dr. Keel's line "oh I see, one out one in". They are very good actors indeed.
_________________
Ron
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Charlie Parker
Little Wonder


Joined: 08 Sep 2008
Posts: 181

PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is a nice little episode which manages to work as a spy story without Steed's involvement rather then a little crime caper. I think they missed a beat by not having Dr. Keel do the autopsy and note the oddity of the drowning. Hendry is a charismatic lead and it is a shame we don't have more of him to watch.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
Operation E.N.G.L.A.N.D.
Nutshell


Joined: 19 Jun 2016
Posts: 17
Location: Oreland, PA

PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to take a few more points off than most, because the central subterfuge of the plot just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me when I think about it. We know that the circus folk have already committed to pretending that Katrina’s just injured and is taking the night off; they’ve already got the corrections to the program printed up and everything. That being the case, why devise this elaborate plan of disposing of the body and making it look like a suicide, including Vera jumping off the bridge in full view of the public, and having an obviously foreign man floating around in the middle of the Thames in a small rowboat after dark? Even if they had done a better job of avoiding the police and concealing the needle mark, why do things in a way that is guaranteed to attract attention? Why not just bash Katrina’s head in and dump her in a closet? They’re leaving in the morning anyway; by the time the cleaners go through the hall that thoroughly, they’ll be safely out of the country. Is there something I’m missing here?
That being said, this is a very ambitious episode which works out amazingly well given the constraints of the way it was produced. Give the writers credit for portraying the police as being smart enough to a.) know that something’s not right from the start, b.) pick up on Keel’s hints when under duress, and c.) infiltrate the hall quite effectively by pretending to be circus hands. Lewis, in particular, is very sympathetically portrayed; he’s under the weather, and could have just gone home and let someone else handle the problem, but instead insists on digging into a matter in which it turns out that time is of the essence. Other than the somewhat silly incident with the cigarette I’ve mentioned elsewhere, the relationship between Keel and Carol is convincingly portrayed, and the bit with Carol getting wrapped up in the bandages and jumping Vera is pretty awesome, even if you can see it coming a mile away. Finally, as other reviewers have noted, you really don’t miss Steed all that much; Hendry does a great job of persuading you that Keel really can go on an adventure like this all by himself.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Borgus Weems
Have Fingers... Will Type!


Joined: 03 Jan 2009
Posts: 396

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just saw this over the weekend for the first time. It's very prototypical ITV action, but not very Avengers like. I liked Ian OK but it wasn't super memorable in and of itself, other than the nutty circus setting.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Avengers International Fan Forum Forum Index -> Episode Reviews - The Avengers All times are GMT - 9 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group. Hosted by phpBB.BizHat.com

Free Web Hosting | File Hosting | Photo Gallery | Matrimonial


Powered by PhpBB.BizHat.com, setup your forum now!
For Support, visit Forums.BizHat.com