A Disturbing Case
|"A Disturbing Case"|
|Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Ray Austin|
|Written by||Mike Pratt
|Original air date||28 September 1969|
"A Disturbing Case" is the second episode of the popular 1969 British television series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)distributed by ITC Entertainment starring Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope and Annette Andre. The episode was first broadcast on 28 September 1969 on ITV. Directed by Ray Austin.
Concerned for Jeff's mental health after hearing him talking to himself (in reality, Marty), Jeannie's sister Jenny (Judith Arthy) places a hidden tape recorder in a drawer in his office to capture him doing it again. When they have a "one-sided" conversation on tape, Jenny and Jeannie arrange to send Jeff to Dr. Conrad (David Bauer) at the Lambert Clinic Nursing Home.
Retaining Jeff against his will and filling him with illegal drugs, it happens that Conrad is the mastermind behind the robberies, in league with a criminal known as William Smart who enters each household and robs the customers as they are hypnotised by telephone.
Dr. Conrad uses hypnosis to erase Marty from Jeff's mind, but Marty manages to impersonate Dr. Conrad's voice in order to communicate with Jeff. He instructs Jeff to break out of the facility and eventually the police are led there, arresting Dr. Conrad and his associates. Jeff claims that his "talking to himself" was all part of an elaborate ploy to get him placed in the hospital, and celebrates his success by taking the two sisters to dinner.
Jeff Randall initially collapses unconscious after being lightly thrown against a door by Phillip and Pentonville, the two hospital heavies, but later under hypnosis he beats some five men in fights, including Doctor Conrad.
Marty is seen pulling objects such as a door towards Jeff's head by inhaling in this episode. When teleporting to a specific location he is also heard to say "Made it! My sense of direction is improving!"
In this episode Jeannie's presumably younger sister Jenny is introduced. Like actress Annette Andre who portrays Jeannie she is also real life Australian, and the likeness between them is similar. Currently unemployed, she's staying with Jeannie from outside London, what she terms "the sticks".
- Mike Pratt as Jeff Randall
- Kenneth Cope as Marty Hopkirk
- Annette Andre as Jeannie Hopkirk
- Judith Arthy .... Jennifer
- Patrick Jordan .... Smart
- Les White .... Hales, the Chauffeur
- Charles Morgan .... Arthur Phillips
- Michael Griffiths .... Inspector Nelson
- Adrian Ropes .... Sergeant
- David Bauer .... Dr. Conrad
- Gerald Flood .... Dr. Lambert
- Geoffrey Reed .... 1st Male Nurse
- Max Faulkner .... 2nd Male Nurse
- William Mervyn .... Whitty
The exteriors for The Lambert Clinic Nursing Home were shot at The Grocer's Institute on Grange Lane, Letchmore Heath. Whitty's home exterior was filmed at a private house named Aragon on Aldenham Road, Letchmore Heath. Arthur Phillips house was shot on the exterior standing backlot sets at ABC Elstree studios, Borehamwood.
A finished print was completed by late August 1969. It is listed as episode 22 in ITC publicity.
Video and DVD release
The episode was released on VHS and several times on DVD with differing special features. "A Disturbing Case" was released by Carlton on DVD with the first episode "My Late Lamented Friend and Partner". Silent behind-the-scenes footage of this episode was included as an extra on the fourth region 2 DVD. Shot by a 2nd unit crew using stand-ins for the leads, the sequence ran to 1'06m.