The Smile Behind the Veil
Infobox Television episode
Title = The Smile Behind the Veil
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
Season = 1
Episode = 26
13 March 1970
Production = 26
Guests = Alex Scott
Hilary Tindall Gary Watson
Episode list = List of Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)episodes
You Can Always Find a Fall Guy
The Smile Behind the Veil is the final
episodeof the popular 1969 ITCBritish television series" Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)", starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope, and Annette Andre. The episode was first broadcast on 13 March 1970on the ITVand was directed by Jeremy Summers.
Only a ghost would notice the smile behind the veil of a
funeralmourner ( Hilary Tindall) to complete the entire series. As Jeannie visits Marty's grave, Marty stumbles upon a hidden murder mystery as the funeral mourners in the next grave look highly suspicious. He visits Jeff and begs him to pursue the case, despite any physical evidence. Jeff refuses, due to ongoing financial difficulty; but by chance, he is on the way to visit a client in the vicinity of the perpetrators, near Goldehurst, and Marty is able to switch road signs to get him to visit their estate.
Jeff arrives innocently at their manor house, asking for directions, but the guilty funeral mourners, overlooking the will of their recently murdered friend, search him, realise he is a private eye, and lock him up. Soon enough, they dump him in a
river(where he nearly encounters death by drowning) and is saved by a fisherman from becoming a permanent white-suited ghost, like his friend Marty Hopkirk.Again by chance, the fisherman, Donald Seaton, turns out to be a related to the murder case in that he believes his identity has been stolen by the funeral mourners whilst he was away in Australia. He hires Jeff for the case.
Jeff investigates the mansion, and in doing so, encounters the elderly housekeeper—who, like him, is looking for official information to prove that the man at the funeral is an imposter. Jeff also tracks down a lead to a man in a
farm barnwho was once an employee of Donald Seaton, but he is shot by one of the funeral mourners.
Eventually, it turns out that Cynthia (
Hilary Tindall) was actually once the wife of the real Donald Seaton, but had divorced, and her new husband is pretending to be the real Seaton in order to sell off the large valuable estate; but this is not before Jeff Randall is thrown down a well, leaving Marty to attract some passers-by to make a wish, with a filthy dirty Randall replying, "Get me out of this perishing well!" as the series ends.
Mike Prattas Jeff Randall
Kenneth Copeas Marty Hopkirk
Annette Andreas Jeannie Hopkirk
John Bott... Dyson
*David Forbes ... Police Constable
Robin Hawdon... Grant
*George Howe ... Brooks
Freda Jackson... Mrs. Evans
Clare Jenkins... Female Hiker
Peter Jesson... Hooper
*Peter Lawrence ... Policeman
Michael Radford... Male Hiker
*Alex Scott ... Seaton
Hilary Tindall... Cynthia
Gary Watson... Donald Seaton
Video and DVD release
The episode was released on
VHSand several times on DVDwith differing special features.
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