Season 1 Episode 8

The Whistling Shrimp

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 20, 1963 on NBC
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The Whistling Shrimp
A reporter investigates clandestine CIA activity in Africa.

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  • The year is 1974; Mattai is a newly-emergent African nation with a leader said to be a Marxist; and its delegate to the United Nations seems to think the CIA is trying to undermine the country's stability. Perish the thought...moreless

    Setting this story a decade into the future was a rather curious idea - did its makers think that a 1963 audience might not believe it in a contemporary setting? The reputation of the Central Intelligence Agency had been unravelling amongst journalists and radicals for some time already, but it was as the 1960s developed - and the escalation of the Vietnam war, the struggle against racism and the numerous murders of eminent figures dominated the headlines - that anti-CIA feeling became commonplace. Here, a hard-nosed reporter (the ever-excellent Arthur Kennedy) is forced to realise that his principled old friend is involved in plots against the new African country - and the secret power of the agency comes to alarm him even more than the prospect of communism in Africa.moreless
Nancy Wickwire

Nancy Wickwire

Sandy Bradley

Guest Star

Larry Gates

Larry Gates

Owen Rutledge

Guest Star

Tim O'Connor

Tim O'Connor

Corky Halpern

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • In addition to having been made in America and not Britain, like all the other segments, this episode features end-credits which appear in an upward crawl (like those of Brodkin's earlier series "The Defenders" and "The Nurses") rather than as separate cards, as in other instalments. Also, although Malcolm Arnold's theme music is heard over the credits at both beginning and end, it is here uncredited, untypically.

    • Televised in Britain on Saturday, December 21st, 1963.

    • Although every episode of "Espionage" ends with a credit reading "A Herbert Brodkin Production", this is the only episode where Brodkin is personally credited as the producer.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • The joking reference made by the Larry Gates character to "when the shrimp begins to whistle" - i.e., when something impossible happens - derives from a famous (or infamous) remark made by the then premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khruschev.

    • This was the only episode of the series to be filmed in the United States rather than Britain.


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