The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)
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The Five Daughters Affair: Part I 

A scientist, Dr. True, has developed a process for extracting gold from seawater. He dies just as he is performing a demonstration for Solo and Kuryakin. His death has been arranged by ... See full summary »


Barry Shear


Norman Hudis (teleplay), Boris Ingster (story) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Vaughn ... Napoleon Solo
David McCallum ... Illya Kuryakin
Leo G. Carroll ... Alexander Waverly
Herbert Lom ... Randolph
Kim Darby ... Sandy True
Joan Crawford ... Amanda True
Curd Jürgens ... Carl Von Kesser (as Curt Jurgens)
Telly Savalas ... Count Valeriano De Fanzini
Terry-Thomas ... Constable
Diane McBain ... Contessa Margo De Fanzini
Jill Ireland ... Imogen Smythe
Danielle De Metz ... Yvonne
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Dr. Simon True
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Magistrate
Maria Lennard Maria Lennard ... Show Girl


A scientist, Dr. True, has developed a process for extracting gold from seawater. He dies just as he is performing a demonstration for Solo and Kuryakin. His death has been arranged by Thrush. However, Dr. True has scattered his formula to "the four winds" -- stepdaughters he has around the world. Both UNCLE and Thrush pursue the formula. As part I ends, Solo, Kuryakin and Sandy, Dr. True's natural daughter, are left tied up in an UNCLE plane by Thrush operatives. The Thrushman parachute to safety as the UNCLE plane flies on with no one at the controls. Written by Bill Koenig

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Release Date:

31 March 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Extracting gold from sea water was considered a viable idea after WW I, when a German scientist thought it would make it easier for Germany to pay off its reparation payments. The plan was abandoned after several experiments when they realized the amount of gold in sea water was just .001 as much as they had originally thought, making the scheme worthless. See more »


Edited into The Karate Killers (1967) See more »


The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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This episode aired on the day I was born.
7 February 2019 | by clayface9See all my reviews

A scientist comes up with a formula for extracting gold from water, but kicks the bucket. His last word is, "daughter", so Solo and Kuryakin assume that is a clue to where he hid his formula. He has one biological daughter (Kim Darby), but she doesn't have the formula. So they go off and search for the four stepdaughters that he had from his wife (Joan Crawford). Stepdaughter #1 (Diane McBain) is in Rome married to Telly Savalas. Stepdaughter #2 (Jill Ireland) is a dancer in a London go-go bar where Every Mother's Son is playing their hit, "Come On Down To My Boat". Stepdaughter #3 (Danielle De Metz) is in the French Alps with her much older boyfriend. We will presumably get to stepdaughter #4 in the next episode. Oh and a THRUSH agent played by Herbert Lom is also after the same formula. I see that this is the lowest rated episode of the show, but it's not actually that bad. I assume that the bad reviews are from Joan Crawford fans who are upset that she has such a small part in this episode.

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