The Evil Touch

(ended 1974)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 26

    Wings of Death

    Aired 6/9/74

  • S 1 : Ep 25

    They

    Aired 6/2/74

  • S 1 : Ep 24

    Never Fool With a Gypsy Icon

    Aired 3/31/74

  • S 1 : Ep 23

    Death by Dreaming

    Aired 3/24/74

  • S 1 : Ep 22

    The Voyage

    Aired 3/10/74

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anthony Quayle

    Host/Narrator

  • John Morris

    Pettit

  • Terence Cooper

    Craig Larsen

  • Harry Lawrence

    Gene Benton

  • Jill Forster

    Pamela Larsen

  • show Description
  • The Evil Touch is an anthology series dealing with the effects of the "little bit of evil in all of us" (as show host/narrator Anthony Quayle reminded everyone each week). The series was filmed in and around Sydney, Australia. Each episode starred a well-known American actor with Australian talent in supporting roles (most episodes were set in the US, with most of the Australian actors assuming American accents). The Evil Touch was syndicated in US markets during the 1973-74 season, though most, if not all, episodes carry a 1972 copyright date. Many of the American guest stars appeared in more than one of the twenty-six episodes (Darren McGavin appearing in three), as did some of the Australian talent (Jack Thompson also appearing in three).moreless

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  • Notes (5)

    • More significantly, a year earlier Darren McGavin starred in the TV movie The Night Stalker, which featured a vampire named "Janos Skorzeny" (whom the werewolf leader in Werewolf was also named after).

    • This is one of three episodes that feature Darren McGavin (who also directed the episode). "Skorzeny" must be a popular surname for the "undead" as the leader of the werewolf clan on the Fox series "Werewolf" was Janos Skorzeny (portrayed by Chuck Connors).

    • Peter Gwynne was one of the Australian actors who appeared in more than one episode, having previously played Roger Carlyle in "The Upper Hand" (which originally aired two weeks prior to "Marcie").

    • This was the first of three episodes in which Jack Thompson would be featured. The others were "Scared to Death" (ep. 1-12) and "Kaidaitcha Country" (ep. 1-20).

    Trivia (3)

    • In one outdoor shot, the Sydney Harbour Bridge can be seen in the distance. The episode, however, took place in the US.

    • The serial killer who's on the loose, dubbed "The Monster", is once referred to as "The Monster of Manchester" by a radio announcer.

    • The end credits state, "We gratefully acknowledge the co-operation of the Lardil Abroriginal Tribe from Mornington Island."

    Allusions (1)

    • The first shot in this episode, in which a car is driving down the road, has noticably been horizontally reversed--the '25 miles per hour' sign is backwards (the way you would see it as a reflection in a mirror).

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