The Rogues

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 30

    A Daring Step Backward

    Aired 4/18/65

  • S 1 : Ep 29

    Mr. White's Christmas

    Aired 4/4/65

  • S 1 : Ep 28

    Grave Doubts

    Aired 3/28/65

  • S 1 : Ep 27

    Wherefore Art Thou, Harold?

    Aired 3/21/65

  • S 1 : Ep 26

    Our Men in Marawat

    Aired 3/14/65

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Niven

    Alexander 'Alec' Fleming, the English cousin

  • Gig Young

    Tony Fleming, the American cousin

  • Charles Boyer

    Marcel St. Clair, the French cousin

  • Gladys Cooper

    Margaret St. Clair

  • Robert Coote

    Timothy St. Clair, "Timmy"

  • show Description
  • This was a series about a family of confidence tricksters whose main purpose was to take things from the extremely wealthy, mostly the ones who stopped at nothing in making their fortunes. The main members of the family were all cousins and included an Englishman (David Niven), a Frenchman (Charles Boyer) and an American (Gig Young). They would each generally take the lead role in an episode and occasionally the others would have small parts to add to the other's story. Assisting the lead actor each week was Robert Coote's character, the only real constant throughout the series. The music was done by Nelson Riddle who also did the music for Batman. This is only noted because many musical cues seem similar between the two series. Near the end of the series, a new American cousin was introduced and was played by Larry Hagman. Since the series wasn't picked up for another season, Larry was free to move onto I Dream of Jeannie, which started the following season. First air date: September 13, 1964 Last air date: April 18, 1965 Original air time: Sunday 10:00:00 pm (Eastern)moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Rudescu: Let us be frank. You do not like me.
      Alec: You do have a way of getting to the nub of things, don't you?

    • Timmy: The barracuda has taken the bait.

    • Margaret St. Clair: Green is Mother Nature's own colour. And she can have it.

    Notes (3)

    • This episode marks the first of four appearances in the series by John Williams as Arthur Briscoe, who had been Alec Fleming's commander in the navy in World War II and had once been in love with Margaret St. Clair - but the family disapproved of his peacetime profession (Scotland Yard inspector).

    • The episode deals parodically with the rumour that one of the Tsar's children, the teenaged Anastasia, had escaped from the massacre of the Russian Royal Family in 1918 and had later wandered penniless in Europe. A Mrs. Anna Anderson spent decades trying to prove she was really Anastasia, but never did so; DNA tests after her death suggested she was no relation to the Romanovs.

    • Larry Hagman claimed in his autobiography that he had been drafted into the series as a new "cousin" for just the last two episodes as a result of desperation - filming on the show had fallen so far behind schedule that Gig Young, who was supposed to have appeared in the episodes in his regular role, had had to drop out in order to fulfill a prior movie commitment.

    Trivia (5)

    • Dina Merrill guested as the leading lady of this first episode and also was the leading lady of the show's last episode.

    • In this episode, Alec poses as a reclusive millionaire who uses pseudonyms, never appears in public and never allows himself to be photographed. Although he is said to be Australian, this fake character could hardly fail to remind viewers of the real-life Howard Hughes, who maintained his privacy so stringently that newspapers were said to offer thousands of dollars to any cameraman who could get a picture of him.

    • Vincent Gardenia's character is named "Inspector Javert" - a little literary in-joke as Inspector Javert is the implacable police officer in Victor Hugo's classic novel, "Les Miserables".

    • The villain of this episode, Guy Gabriel, is the sleazy owner of a lucrative girlie magazine and also of several key clubs. Given that his first and last names start with the same initial, were 1965 viewers meant to think the character was inspired by Hugh Hefner, owner of the "Playboy" empire? Perish the thought!

    • All the Parisian street-names mentioned in the pursuit sequence in this episode are fictitious, and use the surnames of well-known French film directors, including Henri-Georges Clouzot and Francois Truffaut.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Note to Bichlmaier: The Rogues IS available on DVD -

    By michaeld, Jan 08, 2013

  • A comedy-thriller series about con-artists which unfortunately proved, in the long run, to be itself something of a con-trick - on the viewers.

    By orswel, Jun 02, 2009

  • The adventures of a band of confidence men (and woman) with class, panache, and various nationalities.

    By Bichlmaier, Jun 07, 2006