Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 26

    The Smile Behind the Veil

    Aired 3/13/70

  • S 1 : Ep 25

    You Can Always Find a Fall Guy

    Aired 3/6/70

  • S 1 : Ep 24

    Vendetta for a Dead Man

    Aired 2/27/70

  • S 1 : Ep 23

    The Trouble with Women

    Aired 2/20/70

  • S 1 : Ep 22

    It's Supposed to be Thicker Than Water

    Aired 2/13/70

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kenneth Cope

    Marty Hopkirk

  • Mike Pratt

    Jeff Randall

  • Annette Andre

    Jean Hopkirk

  • Ivor Dean

    Inspector Large

  • Freddie Jones

    James McAllister

  • show Description
  • U.S. title: My Partner the Ghost There's something different about this pair of private eyes....one of them is dead! Jeff Randall and Marty Hopkirk are best friends and private detectives. The partnership is broken when Marty is killed in a hit-and-run accident while crossing the street in front of his home. After the funeral, Jeff is startled when Marty's ghost appears to him and tells him it was murder, not an accident. Marty helps Jeff solve the murder, but in the process violates an ancient curse -- "Cursed be the ghost who dares to stay and face the awful light of day / Ye shall not to the grave return until a hundred years be gone" -- and has to remain on earth for the next century. Since Jeff is the only one who can see Marty, the detective partnership continues, but with the unusual benefit of one of the detectives being invisible to the rest of the world.moreless

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  • Quotes (41)

    • Jeff (to Marty's ghost): Why don't you stay dead like anyone else?

    • Marty: You must go to the police. Tell them they've got a murder on their hands! Jeff: On what evidence? Marty: Eyewitness evidence! I was there! Jeff: On the evidence of the ghost of my dead partner? Yeah, they'll like that.

    • Jeff: My partner's death was no accident. He was murdered. Sorrensen: Oh, really? Murdered? I imagine it's an occupational hazard in your business.

    • Jeff (stopping Marty from going in an apartment): Hold on, I smell gas. Marty: Well, it won't bother me. Jeff: I'm sorry I spoke!

    • Jeff: My advice is free. Fay: Free advice is rarely worth having. Jeff: And good advice is rarely taken.

    • Jeff: Well, glide through the wall. Marty: Glide? Jeff: What kind of a ghost are you?

    • Marty (in Dr. Conrad's voice to the still-hypnotized Jeff): All right, Randall, you're a karate expert, the best in the world. Jeff: Black belt! Marty: So belt the big one first!

    • Witty (under hypnosis): I am very relaxed. Marty: I'm glad you are.

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    Notes (10)

    • Kenneth Cope (Marty) is actually not doing the impersonation of Dr. Conrad. David Bauer, who played Conrad in the episode, dubbed the lines in over Cope's voice.

    • Annette Andre (Jean) was not in this episode.

    • The original title of this episode is "All You Have to Do is Ask".

    • Annette Andre (Jean) was not in this episode.

    • Annette Andre (Jean) was not in this episode.

    • This was the last episode filmed.

    • Mike Pratt (Jeff) broke his legs before the filming of this episode.

    • The original title of this episode was "The Dead Don't Even Whisper".

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    Trivia (62)

    • GOOF:Marty's coffin changes shape. The coffin that is set down beside his grave is not the same one that is lowered into it!

    • TRIVIA: The shot of London at night before Jeff walks into the office shows a marquee for a play, The Flip Side, featuring William Gaunt. Gaunt played Richard Barrett in another ITC series, The Champions (which featured Randall and Hopkirk star Mike Pratt in the episode "Twelve Hours").

    • GOOF: The minister's lips aren't moving when he's saying prayers at Marty's grave.

    • GOOF: The lips of the man kneeling over Marty's body aren't moving when he says "he's dead."

    • GOOF: Wires are very visible when the curtains blow through the hall in the hotel.

    • GOOF: Sometimes Jeff has two hands on Handy when he's getting information out of him in the hotel, but in other camera shots he only has one hand on him and the other hand in a fist.

    • GOOF: Wires are very visible on the newspaper that blows across the car windshield.

    • GOOF: Jeff says he is going to phone the police, and the police show up, but he's never shown calling them.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Marty: He killed his wife; no, had her killed, and I was the loose end. Jeff: Mini Murders, Incorporated. "Murders Inc." was the media nickname given to organized crime factions that specialized in assassinating mob enemies and rivals from Prohibition through the 1950s.

    • Jeff: He managed to climb in with the driver who ran you down, and he got 500 quid out of him to keep shtoom. Shtoom is Yiddish for "quiet."

    • Marty: He swung right across the road to get me! I saw the car, it was a black saloon! Saloon is British terminology for a model of car, the equivalent of the U.S. term sedan.

    • Dr. Conrad: (to Jeff, who is lying drugged in bed) Now, who am I? Marty: Svengali. Svengali was the name of the hypnotist in the novel Trilby, written by George du Maurier and published in 1894.

    • Jeff: Dr. Conrad, I presume? A take-off of the famous greeting Henry Stanley gave to Dr. David Livingstone. The 1939 movie, Stanley and Livingstone, featured Spencer Tracy uttering the famous "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" line.

    • Jeff: He's one of the bowler hat brigade. The "bowler hat brigade" is an old term for men who work in certain professions and locales around London, similar to the American term "white collar worker."

    • Jeff: I don't care if it explains why the Marie Celeste was abandoned by all hands in a calm sea! The Mary Celeste was a U.S. boat that washed ashore, abandoned, in 1872. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote a short story about the incident in which he changed the ship's name to the Marie Celeste.

    • On the wall of the apartment building in Glasgow there is graffiti that has the stick figure logo of The Saint with the words "is bent" written over it. The Saint and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) were both produced by ITC.

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • It was a very original show during its time. I also enjoyed watching the acting of Mike Pratt and Kenneth Cope.

    By memotopete, Jan 07, 2006