- That's How Murder Snowballs
Infobox Television episode
Title = Never Trust a Ghost
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
Season = 1
Episode = 5
19 October 1969
Production = 05
Episode list = List of "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)" episodes
Never Trust a Ghost
Just for the Record
That's How Murder Snowballs is the fifth
episodeof the popular 1969 ITCBritish television series" Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)" starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Copeand Annette Andre. Directed by Paul Dicksonand written by Ray Austin, the episode was first broadcast on 19 October 1969on the BBC.
Jeff and Jeannie find themselves in the audience of "The Fabulous Fernandez and Abel" at the Palace Theatre. While performing a stage act that involves a loaded gun, the Mind Reader Fernandez is killed by his assistant Abel (
David Jason), causing Jeff to go undercover to try to track down the murderer.
Joining forces with the
police, Jeff adopts a mindreading act (with Marty's help) and is hired by the theatre. Jeff discovers that one of the performers, Gloria Marsh, was the wife of Fernandez, aka Ronay Thompson. Some years ago she had been involved in a drunken car accident whereby she had killed someone and Fernandez took the blame to save her from prison. With this hold over her, he refused to allow her a divorcewhen they grew apart, and demanded moneyfrom her while cheating on her with a string of other women. When Gloria takes a lover of her own, choreographer Kim, in order to remove the obstacle of her husband, he plots to kill Fernandez by dressing as a woman in the audience and placing a loaded bullet in the gun's chamber during the act. When Gloria is about to spill the beans under the force of Randall, Kim kills her to try and protect his secret. In trying to escape detection, the choreographergoes on a murderous rampage attempting to kill the ticket boothoperator, one of the show girls and then Randall several times. Finally he is apprehended by police, performers and an intrepid Randall who is injured falling from a stage rope and confined to a hospital bed as a result.
In this episode themes of
moralityare raised when after Fernadez is murdered Jeff tips off a newspaper contact named Barry Jones who pays him well for story information. Jeannie on the other hand shows some moral compunction by questioning Jeff's ethics in selling a story. "Well, did you get your blood money?" she demands of Jeff.
We also learn that Jeff once paid Jeannie with a gold earring "in lieu of salary" again revelaing his financial difficulties.
Jeff is hit many times in this episode. He is coshed over the head, shot at four times, nearly hit with a large sandbag and a thrown
revolver, and worst of all is knocked out by a shelf tipped on him in the basement as he is searching for clues.
Meanwhile in this episode Marty acquires a taste for dining at the finest restaurants, remarking that he had recently dined at the Savoy with
Mike Prattas Jeff Randall
Kenneth Copeas Marty Hopkirk
Annette Andreas Jeannie Hopkirk
Simon Barnes.... Man with Cards
James Belchamber.... Mark
Harold Berens.... Tony Lang
Arthur Brough.... Snowy
John Cazabon.... Doctor
Grazina Frame.... Gloria Marsh
Michael Griffiths.... Inspector Nelson
Patrick Holt.... Barry Jones
Stuart Hoyle.... Kim
David Jason.... Abel
Valerie Leon.... Kay
Marie Makine.... Old Lady (as Marie Makino)
John Styles.... Ventriloquist
Tony Thawnton.... Fernandez
Video and DVD release
The episode was released on
VHSand several times on dvd with differing special features.
Trivia: Silent behind-the-scenes footage of this episode was included as an extra on the fourth region 2 DVD. Shot by a 2nd unit crew using stand-ins for the leads, the sequence ran to 1'06m.
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