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Man in a Suitcase: Why They Killed Nolan

A small-time PI, Thomas Nolan, gets in over his head on a case and turns to his friend McGill for help. However, Nolan ends up dead with McGill framed for his murder.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x17
Airdate: Wednesday January 17th, 1968

Alternate Airdates:

Germany Dec 20, 1968

Guest Stars
Harold Goodwin (1)Harold Goodwin (1)
As Taxi Driver
Duncan LamontDuncan Lamont
As Chauffeur
Nike ArrighiNike Arrighi
As Angela Cunliffe
John Lee (1)John Lee (1)
As Inspector Glenn
Sam KyddSam Kydd
As Thomas Nolan
Ursula HowellsUrsula Howells
As Clara Arnoldson
Griffith JonesGriffith Jones
As Frank Arnoldson
Paula ByrnePaula Byrne
As Mrs. Nolan
Russell NapierRussell Napier
As Inspector George
Denise BuckleyDenise Buckley
As Manageress
Myvanwy JennMyvanwy Jenn
As Librarian
Norman HartleyNorman Hartley
As P.C. Martin
Mark ElwesMark Elwes
As Cashier
Main Cast


A PI, Thomas Nolan, is lurking outside a manor. He spots a woman, Clara Arnoldson, in the window and moves around to get a clear shot so he can take a photo of her. After attaching a better lens, Nolan moves back to take another shot and the chauffeur polishing the car spots him. He draws a silenced gun and moves around to flank Nolan. Nolan spots him and runs, and the chauffeur gives chase. The PI climbs over a wall and onto the road, and the chauffeur is forced to hide his gun until a jogger gets by. Nolan gets into his car and drives off before his pursuer can catch him...

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Episode Quotes
McGill: I don't like working blind, Nolan.
Nolan: Better blind than dead.

McGill: Listen, I'm just a human being. I'[m vulnerable. You step on an insect, he dies, he doesn't even know why. Well, I'm not ready to die that way, not yet.

Lodger: Sounded like a gun.
Manageress: You'd better see about it.
Lodger: It's none of my business.
Manageress: Why, you're a man.
Lodger: I never wanted to be.

Inspector George: His name's McGill, with a big M and a big G.

Taxi Driver: Are you following someone?
McGill: No, you are.

Chauffeur: Eh, you've got brains, haven't you?
Frank: That's why I give the orders.
Chauffeur: But you haven't got any guts. That's why I do the work.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDennis Spooner  |  Richard Harris (2)
ProducerSidney Cole
Associate ProducerBarry Delmaine
Production DesignerWilliam Kellner
EditorBill Butler (3)
Music EditorAlan Willis
Make-upSylvia Croft
Camera OperatorJack Lowin
Director of PhotographyStephen Dade
Production ManagerRon Jackson (2)
Sound EditorBill Taylor (2)
Sound MixerJock May
Main Title ThemeRon Grainer
Set DresserHelen Thomas (1)
WardrobeHilda Geerdts
Assistant DirectorRichard Kilburn
Music DirectorAlbert Elms
ContinuitySusanna Merry
Casting DirectorRose Tobias Shaw
Stunt ArrangerRoy Vincente
HairdresserFrieda Steiger
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