Man of the World (1962– )

The Sentimental Agent 

In Havana, strait is arrested by the government for taking unauthorized photos. Maggie finds help in the form of Berella, a shady Argentinian import/exporter who has connections with corrupt officials of the new regime.

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Charles Frend

Writer:

Jack Davies
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Craig Stevens ... Michael Strait
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neville Becker ... Consulate Official
Shirley Eaton ... Lee
George Eugeniou George Eugeniou ... Stefano
Wilfred Grove Wilfred Grove ... Ramon
John Hollis ... Lopez
Peter Jones ... Minister
Ricardo Montez ... Driver (as Richard Montez)
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ... Customs Officer
Tracy Reed ... Maggie
Cyril Shaps ... Zapata
Carlos Thompson ... Borella
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In Havana, strait is arrested by the government for taking unauthorized photos. Maggie finds help in the form of Berella, a shady Argentinian import/exporter who has connections with corrupt officials of the new regime.

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Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1962 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Carlos Thompson was popular in "The Sentimental Agent". This lead to a spin off series of the same name. See more »

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A striking new character
28 January 2007 | by claudg1950See all my reviews

In spite of my efforts, this comment is biased. I am Argentine, and this episode introduces the character of an Argentine businessman, owner of an import-export company seated in London and Panama. The character, named Carlos Barella (or Borella in the closing titles) is played by handsome, suave and debonair Argentine actor Carlos Thompson. At the beginning of the episode, Strait is arrested in Cuba for photographing something he shouldn't. Desperate, Strait's assistant recruits the assistance of Barella, who has connections with the Cuban government. Barella travels to Havana, finds the incriminating photos Strait took and discovers that an Argentine scientist is being kept prisoner to work for the Cubans. So, under the not-so-distant surveillance of the local secret police he plays a memorable nocturnal scene of kisses and hugs with another American photographer (gorgeous Shirley Eaton) inside a parked car. At some point, in a sleight-of-hands he replaces himself with an inflatable dummy, so he could sneak away from the police -to go rescue the scientist- while Eaton's character stays behind, hugging and kissing the dummy. I won't reveal more; this episode is available at stagevu.

Evidently, the Borella-Thompson combination was striking enough to entice British producer Harry Fine to launch, in 1963, a short-lived series on the character, also named The Sentimental Agent. In the series, the legendary Burt Kwouk played Barella's sidekick.

I remember at the time -I was 11 or 12 y.o.a.- that I liked Man of the World very much, but mostly I was fascinated with the impeccably sophisticated, wordly, ladies' man, elegant Barella.


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