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Man in a Suitcase - Complete Series [DVD] [1967]

Richard Bradford    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Richard Bradford
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 1440 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IRFWFM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,355 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Complete edition of the classic ITC detective drama, starring Richard Bradford as McGill, the ex-CIA agent reduced to working as a gun-for-hire and private investigator. Frequently coming into conflict with the people who hire him due to his uncompromising sense of honour and integrity, McGill finds himself tangling with crooked governments, hunting down the man who framed him, tracking down a stolen painting, and drawn back into the world of espionage with an assignment in East Germany. Includes all 30 episodes: 'Man From the Dead'; 'All That Glitters'; 'Sweet Sue'; 'The Bridge'; 'Find the Lady'; 'Brainwash'; 'The Girl Who Never Was'; 'Variation on a Million Bucks (Part 1)'; 'Variation on a Million Bucks (Part 2)'; 'Day of Execution'; 'Web With Four Spiders'; 'Blind Spot'; 'The Boston Square'; 'Jigsaw Man'; 'The Sitting Pigeon'; 'The Man Who Stood Still'; 'Somebody Loses, Somebody...Wins?'; 'Dead Man's Shoes'; 'The Whisper'; 'Essay in Evil'; 'Why They Killed Nolan'; 'Burden of Proof'; 'Who's Mad Now?'; 'Property of a Gentleman'; 'No Friend of Mine'; 'Which Way Did He Go, McGill?'; 'The Revolutionaries'; 'Three Blinks of the Eyes'; 'Castle in the Clouds' and 'Night Flight to Andorra'.


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4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
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72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
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This British made series from ITC (Incorporated Television Company) was made during 1967/8 starring American import Richard Bradford as McGill an ex USA secret agent down-on-his-luck and forced to take on Private Investigations to make a living outside of America mainly in the UK and Europe. The charismatic prematurely grey-haired Bradford portrays McGill as a hardboiled (with a slightly soft centre) loner with an eye for the ladies. He gives 100% in all the action sequences, which were pretty brutal for their time, his hard to handle screen image was reported to have extended off-screen! Sadly whatever the reason a second series was never made and Bradford's subsequent career never quite lived up to expectations, unlike Canadian Donald Sutherland for example, who appeared as different characters in Episode 10. DAY OF EXECUTION and Episode 26.WHICH WAY DID HE GO, McGILL?

The original 35mm film for each episode has been digitally remastered to a high standard, and extras in this 8 DVD Box Set include an interview with Richard Bradford and an informative ITC Episode Guide Booklet. Although the episodes were billed as 60 minutes running time, this was allowing for adverts on commercial channels actual running time for each episode as shown here is about 50 minutes. Those viewers who remember the sixties will no doubt enjoy this Box Set enormously having great pleasure in recognising many of the guest players in their younger days, others too should find much to enjoy!

The following is the complete list of MAN IN A SUITCASE Episodes in production order. All starred Richard Bradford as McGILL:

Episode 1. MAN FROM THE DEAD. Guest stars John Barry, Angela Browne & Stuart Damon. Directed by Pat Jackson.
Episode 2. ALL THAT GLITTERS.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Name is McGill... 11 May 2007
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Highly enjoyable spy/detective series made in 1967/68, featuring Richard Bradford as John McGill, ex-CIA agent forced to resign and now freelances as a pricey, globetrotting private detective.

Another fine series from the ITC Television Network, responsible for shows like "The Prisoner" and "Gideon's Way," this is a gritty, realistic and exciting set of episodes well-written with fast-moving plots and never short on action.

Bradford plays McGill with a degree of toughness and a laconic ease so well that he seems to be perfectly cast for the role. Trained at the NY Actor's Studio, Bradford was a Method actor and claimed Brando as his inspiration; in fact, Bradford had a supporting role with the Academy Award winning actor in the controversial film, "The Chase" (1966), directed by Arthur Penn. Supporting players, all fine character actors from ITC's stable, like Donald Houston, Angela Browne, and Judy Geeson, raise the bar of this rarely seen, but popular, detective series.

Compared to 'Danger Man's" John Drake, McGill is the antihero--a man for hire, keen and distrustful of others, with an eye for the ladies, but a man not without scruples. Shot in color, the series is markedly violent and in the fisticuffs McGill often finds himself in, the blood flows freely. But there is more: the stories and assignments McGill takes on are interesting as they are unusual at times. The international locales also add a bit of flair in contrast to the typical "Mannix" episode that was limited to that metropolis called Los Angeles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic Gold 4 Aug 2013
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I used to watch this series as a kid. It had made an impression on me then and, as I've always liked Richard Bradford, I thought I'll get the dvds for their nostalgic value. I'm on the 3rd disc now and they've been great. The interview with Richard Bradford on disc one is worth the the price of the complete set alone. It is the most brutally open, frank, no holds barred compelling interview that I have seen with anyone from the film industry. He trashes almost everyone connected with the series from producer and writers to the actors! Definitely some of the scripts are terrible but somehow this makes them even more fascinating and a kind of guilty pleasure! I have fun spotting actors who became more famous after this series and also some of the directors are also well known. But what really makes this series is Bradford. He plays the main charcater, the ex-CIA man now gumshoe for hire McGill, not as a James Bond type super agent but very realistcally with all the flaws and limitations of an ordinary human being strected to the limit by his work. And I love the theme music! Sooner or later a feature film will be made based on this series. A very worthwhile buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another ITC gem 18 Jun 2010
By Kate
Format:DVD
This is another 1960s ITC series gem. It follows the dangers faced by Mc Gill, a disgraced American secret service man, who now is based in London, and getting PI work for money as he can. While this is certainly as good as others of its ilk, such as The Saint and The Champions, etc, I have found this one to have its own unique flavour. I think that this is because, while we are not subjected to the "nitty gritty" of extreme violence that such a series would have in our current era, Mc Gill puts up a very realistic fight when required. Another difference with this series for me is that the chief actor playing Mc Gill, Richard Bradford, doesn't put the same effort of flirting with the camera that was so prominent at the time of this production. He appears to put his whole self into acting the character he is portraying, and the result is charismatic acting that is unique. If only more episodes were made. The DVD set includes a recent interview with the actor which is interesting in that he explains how he felt about the production of the series, and he also offers an interesting explanation of his approach to his acting during this series. Amazon, please offer more DVDs of this actors work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bradford---from Texas!
My first love of an anti hero, when i was still at school. Richard Bradford was so underrated.
Published 11 days ago by KhazaadDuum666
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to see some of the older programmes
Enjoying these! Good to see some of the older programmes, plenty of action but not so vicious as some of the modern ones and usually no terrible language. either. Read more
Published 2 months ago by F. J
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic TV
I remember this series from when I was younger as so pleased to find every episode in this collection. Really enjoying the nostalgia experience.
Published 3 months ago by lien
4.0 out of 5 stars suitcase
Good drama series, pity today's scriptwriters haven't a clue.
Published 3 months ago by phil6079
5.0 out of 5 stars 60s person
I first watched this in the 1960s, thoroughly enjoyed it then and I still do.I would highly recommend this DVD.
Published 7 months ago by wise woman of the flicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Lew Grade masterpiece.
If you like ITC productions you should enjoy this. It may look a bit dated by modern day production standards but that is not really the point of Lew Grade memorabilia. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Just got this for my dad for Christmas not been feeling to good lately picked him right up as he loved this series
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money
I never saw this originally. I found it a little contrived but still a worthwhile watch despite the American lead. Read more
Published 11 months ago by SirNed
5.0 out of 5 stars Man in a suitcase
I saw this series when I was about 15 years old and never saw the last episode because I was in the hospital at that time.
I always wanted to know the last episode. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Hannie Verhoef
5.0 out of 5 stars Man in a Suitcase
MiaS was a must see when it first was broadcast, and watchable again and again as it was repeated during the '70s, late in the evening. Read more
Published 13 months ago by W. Major
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