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The Frighteners 

Sir Thomas Waller disapproves of his daughter's choice in boyfriends and hires a criminal to scare off an unwanted suitor. Keel and Steed rescue the swain from the criminal's henchman and discover a clue to an extortion plot.

Director:

Peter Hammond

Writer:

Berkely Mather (teleplay) (as Berkeley Mather)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Hendry ... Dr. David Keel
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Ingrid Hafner Ingrid Hafner ... Carol Wilson
Willoughby Goddard ... The Deacon
Philip Gilbert ... Jeremy de Willoughby
Philip Locke ... Moxon
Doris Hare ... Mrs. Briggs
Stratford Johns ... Sir Thomas Weller
Dawn Beret Dawn Beret ... Marylin Weller
David Andrews David Andrews ... Nigel
Godfrey James Godfrey James ... Nature Boy
Neil Wilson ... Beppi
Eric Elliott Eric Elliott ... Butler
Ann Taylor Ann Taylor ... Secretary
Ralph Tovey Ralph Tovey ... Waiter
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Sir Thomas Waller disapproves of his daughter's choice in boyfriends and hires a criminal to scare off an unwanted suitor. Keel and Steed rescue the swain from the criminal's henchman and discover a clue to an extortion plot.

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Trivia

At the end of the first act, there is an in-joke reference to a TV series called "Police Surgeon." Ian Hendry was the leading man. See more »

Goofs

At 46 minutes in, the shadow of a boom microphone is visible on the back wall on the left side of the screen, then again above Mrs. Briggs as she sits down. The microphone itself is seen in top left corner when Jeremy shouts, "I'm not your son!" See more »

Quotes

[as he enters a shop against the owners wishes]
John Steed: I suffer under the disability of a public-school education.
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Connections

Featured in Quadrophenia (1979) See more »

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The Frighteners
2 March 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Another example of how the early episodes of The Avengers were crime dramas.

Steed features in this one and we see a more suave side of Patrick Macnee.

Sir Thomas Waller (Stratford Johns) is worried that his young daughter is under the influence of a cad, Jeremy de Willoughby. Waller thinks he might be more interested in her money that she will come into when she turns 21 years of age.

Waller hires a criminal called The Deacon to some dirty work on his behalf. Some thugs are dispatched to sort out de Willoughby. Steed knows something is about to take place in the Chelsea area and gets Dr Keel to help him out.

Keel is not keen on The Deacon and his hired thugs. Steed knows that The Deacon would be a prize catch. de Willoughby though is also not the person that he claims to be, maybe Waller had a point to be wary of him.

There are a lot of low life here ranging from the powerful to con men. This episode looks at the underbelly of yet to be swinging London.

Even Keel and Steed resort to be nasty when they want to be, getting involved in a punch up with some baddies. They even resort to some connivance where de Willoughby is concerned.

You can tell some of the production techniques were still in its infancy. There was heavy use of lighting in some scenes which was also noticeable in Girl on the Trapeze.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

27 May 1961 (UK) See more »

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ABC Weekend Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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