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Girl on the Trapeze 

Dr. Keel rescues a girl who tries to commit suicide by jumping into the Thames River. He discovers that the young lady is a trapeze artist with a visiting circus and foreign agents seek to ... See full summary »

Director:

Don Leaver

Writer:

Dennis Spooner (teleplay by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Ian Hendry ... Dr. David Keel
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed (credit only)
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Zibbo
Ingrid Hafner Ingrid Hafner ... Carol Wilson
Delena Kidd Delena Kidd ... Vera Korsova
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ... Supt. Lewis
Edwin Richfield ... Stefan
Mia Karam Mia Karam ... Anna Danilov
Ivor Salter ... Police Sergeant
David Grey David Grey ... Dr. Sterret
Dorothy Blythe Dorothy Blythe ... Box Office Clerk
Ian Gardiner Ian Gardiner ... Policeman
Andy Alston Andy Alston ... Turek
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Dr. Keel rescues a girl who tries to commit suicide by jumping into the Thames River. He discovers that the young lady is a trapeze artist with a visiting circus and foreign agents seek to capture her in order to force her father, a defecting scientist, to return to his country behind the Iron Curtain. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1961 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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The episode is one of two episodes not to feature Patrick Macnee as John Steed. See more »

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(at around 38 mins) A crewman can be clearly seen in the top right corner wearing a head set, he then ducks very quickly out of the scene. See more »

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Dr. David H. Keel: [Keel is certain he's seen a dead girl's picture in a newspaper earlier and is going through all the old papers] Now come on, help me.
Carol Wilson: How can I? I don't know what she looks like.
Dr. David H. Keel: You can turn the edges of all the pages with pictures of women on them.
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Girl on the Trapeze
28 February 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The earliest surviving episode of The Avengers. This is more like an action crime series which is a lot different from the episodes where Patrick Macnee was the lead as Steed.

Steed does not even feature in this one. Dr David Keel (Ian Hendry) comes across a young woman who threw herself from a bridge into the Thames. Despite not being in the river for long she later dies but not by drowning.

Keel thinks he has seen the dead woman before and finds out that she was a trapeze artist in a visiting east European circus. Keel visits the circus with his practice assistant Carol Wilson. They discover that the circus has kidnapped the daughter of a scientist who defected and plan to take her back.

It is good to see The Avengers before it morphed into the familiar series we all know so well. Keel is less of an adventurer and more grounded, assisting the police. There is a fight scene where everyone struggles to overcome the circus strongman.

It is shot differently, it feels at times that it was almost shot live like those early Hartnell episodes of Doctor Who.


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