Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) (1969)

Season 1 Episode 1

My Late Lamented Friend and Partner

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Aired Sunday 7:30 PM Sep 21, 1969 on ITV
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My Late Lamented Friend and Partner
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When private investigator Jeff Randall goes out of town after collecting evidence for a woman about her cheating husband, partner Marty Hopkirk takes his place to settle the account. While waiting to see the woman, she dies in the bathtub, supposedly of a heart attack, but Marty thinks otherwise. Before he can convey his feelings about the woman's death to Jeff, he dies. When Marty's death is dismissed as a hit-and-run, his ghost returns, visible only to Jeff, to tell him it was murder.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (8)

      • GOOF:Marty's coffin changes shape. The coffin that is set down beside his grave is not the same one that is lowered into it!

      • TRIVIA: The shot of London at night before Jeff walks into the office shows a marquee for a play, The Flip Side, featuring William Gaunt. Gaunt played Richard Barrett in another ITC series, The Champions (which featured Randall and Hopkirk star Mike Pratt in the episode "Twelve Hours").

      • GOOF: The minister's lips aren't moving when he's saying prayers at Marty's grave.

      • GOOF: The lips of the man kneeling over Marty's body aren't moving when he says "he's dead."

      • GOOF: Wires are very visible when the curtains blow through the hall in the hotel.

      • GOOF: Sometimes Jeff has two hands on Handy when he's getting information out of him in the hotel, but in other camera shots he only has one hand on him and the other hand in a fist.

      • GOOF: Wires are very visible on the newspaper that blows across the car windshield.

      • GOOF: Jeff says he is going to phone the police, and the police show up, but he's never shown calling them.

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    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Marty: He killed his wife; no, had her killed, and I was the loose end.
        Jeff: Mini Murders, Incorporated.

        "Murders Inc." was the media nickname given to organized crime factions that specialized in assassinating mob enemies and rivals from Prohibition through the 1950s.

      • Jeff: He managed to climb in with the driver who ran you down, and he got 500 quid out of him to keep shtoom.

        Shtoom is Yiddish for "quiet."

      • Marty: He swung right across the road to get me! I saw the car, it was a black saloon!

        Saloon is British terminology for a model of car, the equivalent of the U.S. term sedan.

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