Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)
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Stranger in Town 

An eccentrically-dressed stranger gets off a train and within a few days has endeared himself to the citizens of the town with his jovial behaviour and magical tricks. He is known as Sir ... See full summary »

Director:

Wendy Toye

Writer:

Sidney Carroll (story)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Derek Jacobi ... The Stranger
Clive Swift ... Latham
Robbie MacNab Robbie MacNab ... Hotel Receptionist
Jean Kitson Jean Kitson ... Secretary
Bruce Clark Bruce Clark ... The Boy
Jennifer Connelly ... The Girl
Giles Phibbs Giles Phibbs ... The Foreman
Stuart Howard Stuart Howard ... Newstand Boy
The Norwich & District Pipes & Drums The Norwich & District Pipes & Drums ... Themselves
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An eccentrically-dressed stranger gets off a train and within a few days has endeared himself to the citizens of the town with his jovial behaviour and magical tricks. He is known as Sir Columbus. However, when he calls upon prominent citizen Mr. Latham, he is neither jovial or eccentric, he is out for revenge. But then who would suspect such a delightfully off-the-wall middle-aged gentleman of being capable of murder? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1982 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK

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Production Co:

Anglia Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Wendy Toye, who directed this segment, also directed the 1950s movie version of the same story, "The Stranger Left No Card". See more »

Connections

Remake of The Stranger Left No Card (1952) See more »

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What a rip-off!!
15 January 2007 | by djh255See all my reviews

This episode is a blatant copy of the far superior "The Stranger Left No Card" (1952) q.v. But since that award winning British short seems to be no longer available I suppose we can't fault the producers of the series 'Tales . .' for enabling its audience to experience this gem of a story of the perfect(?) crime. But once you've seen a classic original nothing comes close and although Derek Jacobi does his best he is woefully let down by a usually reliable Clive Swift in his pre 'Keeping Up Appearances' days who plays the villain more like a friendly old grandfather. And with modern police methods no way would this prank be successful today. Maybe not even then.


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