Man in a Suitcase

Season 1 Episode 3

Day of Execution

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Aired Wednesday 9:10 PM Oct 11, 1967 on ITV
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Day of Execution
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Who is—or was—Mariocki? McGill waits in trepidation as the hours tick slowly to midnight when he will discover if persistent threats to kill him will be carried out.

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  • "Okay punk that's about enough!"

    9.5
    Quite possibly the greatest episode of the entire series. This episode is quite unique amongst the rest of the series because the "case" or story comes to McGill instead of him wanting to earn his "$300 a week plus expenses." The acting from all the stars of this episode (particulary Richard Bradford AKA McGill) is extremely well executed. The atmosphere created throughout the episode is tense and it really keeps the viewer watching until the very end. My only critism of this episode is that the climax might have required a little more time devoted to it as on repeated viewing it seems a little "rushed" - but I supposed that's McGill's world - here today, gone tomorrow! A triumph of an episode in terms of acting and directing - be sure to check this one out.moreless
  • "You crazy idiots! My name's McGill!"

    10
    "You crazy idiots! My name's McGill!' yells our hero when the driver in a passing car cries out, 'Mariocki!'We're gonna kill you, Mariocki!' An attention grabber from the opening credits and by far one of the more superior episodes from the series. It's also the first guest star outing for American actor Donald Sutherland - he crops up later on in the episode 'Which Way did he go, McGill?' This really is a tension mounting episode which builds up to an exciting climax. McGill's life is threatened, and he's trying to stay one step ahead of his would be assassins.moreless
  • Why does someone want to kill McGill and why does he keep calling him "Mariocki?"

    9.0
    McGill gets a death threat from someone he has never seen before who calls him Mariocki. He now drives a Zephyr as he takes a drunken friend, Willard back to his place. Hours later he gets another death threat by phone. Later, McGill gets the wrong dry cleaning delivered to his apartment at 56, Clive Mansions, SW3, (apartment number is “7”) with the name “Mariocki” on it and another phone death threat. McGill asks newspaperman Jarvis for help. As McGill leaves girlfriend Moira’s place, a car narrowly misses him and drops a wreath out with “Mariocki, midnight” on it. He is then chased by a car but at the lights there is a young woman driver, Anita. As she drivers off, she shouts Mariocki and McGill chases her at breakneck speed through town. She escapes and he finds the car empty. At his apartment is a suit and shoes, and his gun has been sabotaged. He heads to a cinema and meets Jarvis who has drawn a blank. McGill sees Willard off at the airport (to Hamburg) where he hears a call that there is a message waiting for “Mr Mariocki” and picks up an envelope with a photo of a dead man in it. Telling the porter he is going away for a few days, McGill returns late at night and doesn’t answer the phone when the killers ring. Jarvis gets news but McGill won’t answer the phone or the door when Jarvis goes there. The bad guys have Willard who has been badly beaten. They let him go and he goes to McGill who finds that Willard has been forced to help them. The word Beirut brings back memories where McGill as an agent shot a drug peddling killer in self defence while Anita, the man’s girlfriend screamed. Midnight and the killers arrive and use a copy of Willard’s key to McGill’s place to open the door. One uses a machine gun as he is confronted by a burning figure McGill has prepared and McGill throws a molotov cocktail into the corridor to take care of the three men. Could have been a “10” but it was wound up in seconds when it really needed a few minutes more. They could have easily dumped the unnecessary “Jarvis” scenes. Rosemary Nichols as Moira, Robert Urqhart as Jarvis, T P McKenna as Peter, Donald Sutherland as Willard, Jeremy Spenser as Bradshaw, Maggie Wright as Anita, Sally Geeson as Girl at Cleaners.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When McGill goes to the dry-cleaning shop, the address listed for him is 56 Chive Mansions, SW3. However, later when the postcard comes to his address, the listing shown is Kingston Court, SW 7.

    • In the photographs, the dead man's right arm is extended almost straight. However, in the flashback, it is curled and almost touching the corpse's head.

    • When the postman pushes the postcard through the slot, it has an address and a postage stamp on the visible side. However, when McGill picks it up and reads the other side, the first side is blank.

    • After McGill gets his suit from the mobile cleaner, he notices from the name inside that it does not belong to him. In an effort to catch the cleaner to inform him of the mistake, he quickly gets changed into a brown suit with a black/dark blue polo neck sweater in order to pursue him. Outside the apartment the sweater has changed colour to light brown. (Note from Ed. Special thanks to John Robinson for spotting this mistake)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Moira: Do you get threatened every day?
      McGill: Just Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
      Moira: Today's Friday.

    • McGill: I'm the wrong guy to get attached to, Moira.
      Moira: Why?
      McGill: I've told you why.
      Moira: Well, I'm unimpressed.
      McGill: I wasn't trying to impress you.

    • Willard: Sorry I got plastered. It just sorta… happens.
      McGill: It happens a lot?
      Willard: Yeah.
      McGill: Why do you think that is?
      Willard: I'm a coward. Don't you remember?
      McGill: Drinking make you brave?
      Willard: Just more… tolerant.

    • Jarvis: (to McGill) Well, of course somebody wants to kill you. I've had the impulse myself. I must say it'd be better if you were already dead, I'd sense a story in that.

    • McGill: Let's get out of here, we're never going to get waited on.
      Jarvis: The impatient American.
      McGill: And there's a very nice little steakhouse just across the street.
      Jarvis: I loathe steak.
      McGill: Well, have some kidney pie.
      Jarvis: My dear fellow, you've got a deal.

    • Willard: That's the trouble with you, McGill. You insist on facing reality. I, on the other hand, prefer to run away.

    • McGill (on being mistaken for Mariocki): You crazy idiots! My name's McGill!

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