The Rogues

Season 1 Episode 1

The Personal Touch

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 13, 1964 on NBC
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After selling a "race" horse to get some working capital, Alec poses as an eccentric millionaire to try to relieve a shipping tycoon of a million dollars.

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  • Whilst seeking to relieve an unscrupulous shipping magnate of a large sum of money, Alec must impersonate a mystery-man millionaire and also save a penniless heiress from a disastrous marriage.

    9.5
    The first episode of "The Rogues" proved to the best one - never again was it so glamorous and glossy, nor as enjoyably intricate in its plotting. The Onassis-type shipping tycoon is played without a single redeeming feature and a lot of self-satisfaction by Walter Matthau (not quite a movie star at the time) and the plot, most intriguingly, has him putting the moves on a beautiful American socialite who needs money badly. This was fully four years before the real Onassis married Jackie Kennedy - prescient, or what? David Niven takes command of the episode in his elaborately-managed disguise as a Howard Hughes-type recluse, and the tables are turned on the bad guy most enjoyably.moreless
Gig Young

Gig Young

Tony Fleming, the American cousin

Charles Boyer

Charles Boyer

Marcel St. Clair, the French cousin

Robert Coote

Robert Coote

Timothy St. Clair, "Timmy"

Gladys Cooper

Gladys Cooper

Margaret St. Clair

David Niven

David Niven

Alexander 'Alec' Fleming, the English cousin

Dina Merrill

Dina Merrill

Kendall Frazier

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Alfred Ryder

Alfred Ryder

Pierce

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John Dehner

John Dehner

Taylor C. Grant

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    • Dina Merrill guested as the leading lady of this first episode and also was the leading lady of the show's last episode.

    • In this episode, Alec poses as a reclusive millionaire who uses pseudonyms, never appears in public and never allows himself to be photographed. Although he is said to be Australian, this fake character could hardly fail to remind viewers of the real-life Howard Hughes, who maintained his privacy so stringently that newspapers were said to offer thousands of dollars to any cameraman who could get a picture of him.

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