Tonight’s little bit of confusing old technology: a steam bath cabinet, like the one that James Bond locks the fellow inside in Thunderball. The villain in Brian Clemens’ “Honey For the Prince” is played by George Pastell, who we all remember as the doomed wannabe super-baddie Eric Klieg in the Doctor Who adventure “The Tomb of the Cybermen.” This was not Pastell’s most rigorous and challenging acting assignment. He spends more than half his time onscreen being pampered and massaged by Carmen Dene.
Since this was made in those halcyon days when we hadn’t figured out that steam cabinets really aren’t as conducive to weight loss as we’d like, we briefly see Pastell’s head sticking out of the cabinet, and it was the strangest thing our son has seen in days. “Wha?! What is he in?!” he yelped. Part of me thinks he must have seen a steam cabinet somewhere before, maybe in season one of Batman?, but if he ever starts looking at 1960s TV and movies for any length of time on his own, he’ll definitely find others. Lucille Ball probably got locked in one or two.
We also caught a little bonus episode, a little three minute minisode, as it might be called these days, alerting viewers that when The Avengers would be seen next, it would be in color. Some dingbat in the dark days of fandom once claimed that “The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse” was twenty minutes long, when it’s really three minutes and ten seconds. It’s not clear when or where it was ever actually shown, though. It’s possible that it might have run alongside the last of the American ABC run in the late summer of 1966 before the show went on hiatus until January 1967.
I’ll tell you this for free: a lot of people wasted a lot of time trying to source a twenty minute version of this episode.
And speaking of hiatuses, that’s all from The Avengers for now, but stay tuned! Steed and Mrs. Peel will be back in March!