Man in a Suitcase

Season 1 Episode 23

Web with Four Spiders

Aired Wednesday 9:10 PM Feb 28, 1968 on ITV
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Web with Four Spiders

McGill tries to trace the origin of some compromising photographs - and a noted lawyer has to chose between his ideals and his reputation.

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  • McGill has to solve a not so simple case of blackmail.

    Manchester. A man who looks like Norbert is photographed grabbing a barman, among dustbins, with a woman on a bed. Important lawyer Dr Norbert (who is working for a space consortium) flies into London and receives the pictures. He calls in McGill who goes to Manchester. McGill finds the bar. Heavy, Lou tries to fight with him and McGill beats him easily. McGill sees Joe Gulliver, the boss who has his suitcase there and tells him to leave things alone or he’ll get him deported. Simon Croft picks him up outside and at McGill’s hotel, British and American intelligence are waiting for him. McGill drives off and they follow as he heads to London. Meanwhile, daughter Martha finds the photos. In London, he finds his followers are West German and American, his old friend Johnson. He escapes them and meets Norbert. This is the third time this has happened to Norbert while he was drunk. McGill gets a phone call to meet the photographer, Croft who tells McGill to tell Norbert to suppress the conclusions of the space committee or they’ll publish the photos. McGill is knocked out, trying to get the photos as Norbert attends his meeting and follows the blackmailer’s orders. This is one McGill lost. RayMcNally as Dr James Norbert, Jacqueline Ellis as Martha Norbert, Ralph Michael as Sir Giles Watkins, Simon Oates as Simon Croft, John Savident as Joe Gulliver, Warren Stanhope as Johnson.moreless
Ray McAnally

Ray McAnally

Dr James Norbert

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Jacqueline Ellis

Jacqueline Ellis


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Ralph Michael

Ralph Michael

Sir Giles Watkins

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    • Philip Oliver: I, uh, wonder if you have any means of identification, Mr. McGill?
      McGill: Well, cease to wonder, my son.

    • Martha: Dr Norbert's a very busy man.
      McGill: Ah, I'm sorry to hear that. But he sent for me.
      Martha: I can't think why.
      McGill: Don't try.
      Martha: I would like to know your business, please.
      McGill: Then ask Dr Norbert.
      Martha: Through that door there.
      McGill: You've been like a breath of spring, hon.

    • Norbert: Ah, McGill. I won't keep you a moment.
      McGill: You won't even keep me that long unless you tell me what you want right now.

    • McGill: And you're in London now as the chairman of the first working committee on legislation for outer space.
      Norbert: To protect the future rights of Man.
      McGill: From what?
      Norbert: With your history, that remark is perhaps excusable, so I'll ignore it.
      McGill: Don't bust a gut.

    • Norbert: My name's Norbert. You are a discredited American agent. No one will accept your word against mine.
      McGill: Good. But I'm expensive. I call it my self-respect bonus.

    • Norbert: You know who I am?
      McGill: Yeah, everyone says you're a very important man. Now these say that you're falling down drunk, so I guess the truth must be somewhere in-between.
      Norbert: Now that's enough of that. I don't like your sort, McGill.
      McGill: Whatever my sort is, and I don't care whether you like me or not. You don't have to like me. All you have to do is pay me $500 a week plus expenses.

    • McGill: I guess I'll start in Manchester. It's only the fourth-largest city in England.

    • McGill: Oh, listen, where's the action in Manchester?
      Pageboy: Action, sir?
      McGill: Yeah, you know, all that famous North Country highlights.
      Pageboy: They're playing Chooch and Chow at the Empire, sir. I'm told it's very good.
      McGill: What do you do on your day off, sing in the choir?
      Pageboy: Yes, sir! Baritone.

    • Gulliver: Sit down. Or lie down if you want to, the carpet cost 400 quid.

    • McGill: I'd like you to help me with some photographs.
      Gulliver: Hey, be fair. I'm a businessman.
      McGill: You're a hood in a good suit.
      Gulliver: Heh. What's the difference?

    • Johnson: Leave him alone, Mac.
      McGill: Johnson!
      Johnson: It's unpatriotic to clobber a fellow countryman.
      McGill: Well, it's an old American custom, mugging in parks. Just wanted to make him feel at home.
      Johnson: He'd like that.

    • Norbert: Do you know what it's like to have to be right all the time? A model of rectitude, a walking law book. Never free of the front pages, cables, telephones. Fourth generation of a family of legal saints who—who dried up in the public service. Just blew away, stick-like, devoted, dessicated men. Do you?
      McGill: No. But I don't try to make laws for the whole world, either.
      Martha: Have you no feelings at all?
      McGill: None that bother me.

    • Croft: You must be a very bad poker player, McGill. You never know when the cards are stacked against you.

    • Norbert: When i went in that committee room, everybody stood up. Not just for me, but for what—what I have accomplished. For the work. Is that something that you want to destroy?
      McGill: No. It's nothing to betray, either.

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