Man in a Suitcase

Season 1 Episode 7

Sweet Sue

Aired Wednesday 9:10 PM Nov 08, 1967 on ITV
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Sweet Sue
McGill finds that an apparently straightforward case concerning a wealthy man's wayward daughter has a surprising and dangerous outcome.

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  • Sue is a spoiled rich girl with two men using her, for her father's money.

    A car is travelling too fast around mountain roads (south of France) and nearly crashes. A spoiled girl (Sue) with her boyfriend Colin and his nasty mate, Charles. At her place (daddy is away), Charles steals money while Colin keeps her occupied. Mr Mandel, a hard business man wants him to sort his daughter out and knows her friends stole $20,000 from his safe. He wants information on them. At a disco, McGill gets a dance with Sue and impresses her. Charles and Colin try to belittle McGill but lose a thousand francs (about £100) bet to him, which pleases Sue. McGill has investigated the two and finds Charles commits fraud, rape, beats up women, etc and needs money to pay the woman off. Colin has been disowned by his family. McGill moves in on Sue while Charles and Colin move in on him, thinking he is a RICH American industrialist. Later, McGill meets Miss Brown, the girl Charles assaulted who now denies everything, but finally admits it. McGill and Sue are together by the pool when Charles drops a hint of a poker game that evening and he agrees to join them. They invite a crony, Kemp to join them in the game and work out how to take McGill. McGill who was practicising with a pack earlier, saying it has been a long time (maybe some card sharping?), is doing fairly well in the game when Charles gives the signal he has a good hand and his cronies acknowledge. The stakes are upped but McGill throws in his cards. The game continues and McGill gets a good hand finally and raises the stakes. Strictly cash. Charles gets the money he stole from the safe and sees his thousand and raises a thousand. McGill raises him two and Charles is upset now and accuses McGill of getting a good hand everytime he deals. A fight ensues and McGill slaps them about. Charles gets his gun and McGill retreats. They have his winnings money but he has their envelope with the money stolen from the safe. McGill reveals to Sue that he is a detective and tells her about Charles who sneaks into the room and knocks him out. The envelope with “Mandel Enterprises” on it is burnt. Charles and Colin try to throw McGill out of the window to the rocks below and Sue tries to stop them. McGill wakes up and struggles free and his fight with Charles goes outside the room, ending with McGill effectively throwing him over a bannister onto a table below. He forces the screaming girl to look. She clears off and McGill sees Mandel. Sue is in trouble in the Adriatic and wants money. McGill tells him to ring her and tell her he loves her but Mandel doesn’t. Judy Geeson as Sue, George A Cooper as Mandel, David Cole as Charles, Peter Blythe as Colin, Ian McCulloch as Kemp, Jacqueline Pearce as Miss Brown.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Mr Mandel picks up a photograph of his wayward daughter, Sue (Judy Geeson) to show McGill. The shot is a medium length picture of a girl with long dark hair (possibly a model). When McGill takes the photograph from him and looks at it we see a different still altogether - a close up portrait shot of Judy Geeson as Sue.

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    • "Sweet Sue" first appeared on a pre-recorded video in 1993, entitled "Classic TV Heaven The 60's Volume Two" (Catalogue # 8223). It was part of a compilation of ITC TV series' - "Randall and Hopkirk", "Strange Report" and "Danger Man" were the other productions featured. It was reissued in 2000 by Carlton when it was coupled with the episode "Essay in Evil" (Catalogue # 30074 20953).

    • Richard Bradford has fond memories of Judy Geeson (Sue) recalling her as 'A breath of fresh air!'

    • Actor (and really nice person!) Peter Blythe (Colin) remembers "Man in a Suitcase" as a very happy series, mainly due to Richard Bradford - 'a quiet, kind man, most relaxed. During a conversation he mentioned the studio had rented him a house in Highgate (North London) and once or twice we would go back and play snooker in a very impressive billiard room. I lived close by and once Richard discovered I didn't have a car, he kindly offered to give me a lift home after our days shooting. During one of these rides he was asking me about my work and I mentioned that I'd recently been with the Royal Shakespeare Company - he was so impressed, and after that he treated me as if I were the star of the series, not him!
      I share your views, Sharman, he should have made it to the top, but then this profession is full of people who should be much further advanced than they are - and equally full of people who do get to the top and one wonders why!'
      Sadly Peter Blythe passed away on June 27th 2004. He was 69 years old.

    • George A. Cooper (Mandel) remembers Richard Bradford as being very good to work with.

    • Buckinghamshire location - Alderbourne Arches, Fulmer.
      Surrey location -Zig-Zag Rd, Box Hill, Dorking.
      Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynned, N.Wales.