First broadcast in 1956, this swashbuckling early ITC series was adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas, in which Edmond Dantes is wrongly imprisoned, and is then informed by a dying fellow inmate of an hidden hoard of treasure on the Islet of Monte Cristo. Dantes eventually escapes from captivity, and with his new found wealth he adopts a new aristocratic identity.
The series begins with Dantes having already acquired his new identity, as we then follow the various adventures of Dantes, (played by George Dolenz) as he fights injustice across a Europe faced with threats of revolution, plus various feuds and political intrigue.
Joining Dantes in his escapades are friends Jacopo, (Nick Cravat) and Rico (played by Robert Cawdron), don't be deceived by Jacopo's small stature, in a fight he can certainly look after himself as well as anyone.
As with other ITC series like "The Adventures Of Robin Hood", and "The Buccaneers" to mention just two, this is yet another very enjoyable adventure series, with guest stars including Stratford Johns, Patrick Troughton and Adrienne Corri.
This complete series of 39, twenty-five minute black and white episodes features very good picture and sound quality. No extras or subtitles. A brief synopsis of every episode is featured on the inside of the single-size DVD case, which holds the 5 discs.
For fans of other early ITC adventure/swashbuckling TV series, this is worth a look.