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The Wringer 

When five British agents working on the Corinthia espionage line between Austria and Hungary disappear, Steed is sent to investigate. Sadly for him, the sole survivor, Hal Anderson, points ... See full summary »

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Don Leaver
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Macnee ... John Steed
Honor Blackman ... Catherine Gale
Peter Sallis ... Hal Anderson
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ... Charles
Barry Letts ... Oliver
Gerald Sim ... Lovell
Terence Lodge Terence Lodge ... The Wringer
Neil Robinson Neil Robinson ... Bethune
Douglas Cummings Douglas Cummings ... Murdo
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When five British agents working on the Corinthia espionage line between Austria and Hungary disappear, Steed is sent to investigate. Sadly for him, the sole survivor, Hal Anderson, points the finger at him as the traitor, and he sent to a brutal interrogation centre where a man known as the Wringer uses torture as part of his methods. Mrs. Gale does not doubt Steed's integrity and uncovers gross, not to say, criminal, negligence on the part of her superiors. Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1991 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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A fly can be seen walking on the camera lens from 24:33 to 24:43 before flying away. See more »

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Catherine Gale: [about Hal Anderson] What kind of a man is he?
John Steed: He's reliable. Heh. By the books he shouldn't be; he's a lousy shot, he can't swim... writes poetry. But, he's reliable.
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Terence Lodge in the title role
11 February 2011 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Wringer" is one of the stronger entries, featuring the second and last appearance of Charles (Paul Whitsun-Jones), Steed's superior from "Man with Two Shadows," whose dreary office can't compare with the butcher shop occupied by Ronald Radd's Quilpie in "The Outside-In Man." Charles calls in Steed to investigate the disappearance of fellow agent Hal Anderson (Peter Sallis), who was assigned to find out how six agents died in a mountainous area of Eastern Europe. Both are surprised when Anderson turns up in Scotland and presents a timeline that portrays Steed as the murderous traitor, followed by a conviction that sends Steed off to a secret location for agents who have outlived their usefulness. This is where he is victimized by The Wringer (Terence Lodge, previously seen in "Man with Two Shadows"), who conducts techniques in brainwashing that worked on Anderson, but must contend with Cathy Gale if he hopes to succeed in doing the same to Steed. Peter Sallis was a Hammer veteran who appeared in 1961's "The Curse of the Werewolf" and 1969's "Taste the Blood of Dracula," and Gerald Sim, back for his third out of five episodes ("The Radioactive Man," "Mission to Montreal," "Dial a Deadly Number," "The Rotters"), went on to do Hammer's 1971 "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde," scripted by Brian Clemens. Douglas Cumming previously appeared in "The Gilded Cage," while Paul Whitsun-Jones returned playing different roles in "Room Without a View" and "Fog."


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