Saturday, 27 September 2014

MAN IN A SUITCASE...



One of my favourite programmes as a kid was
MAN IN A SUITCASE, so I thought I'd give you the
opporchancity to hear the theme tune.  I think the show
was retitled Man With A Suitcase for American TV -
can anybody confirm whether this was so or not?

14 comments:

baab said...

A wonderful theme ruined for me forever by that Chris Evans show on the telly.
Its a sad sad day for me as I realise this.

Kid said...

That Chris Evans has a lot to answer for. (The ginger one, not Captain America.)

Staz Johnson said...

In 1997, Geezer Butler (of Black Sabbath fame) released an album which was in many ways a love letter to all the 1960's TV which had left an impression on him (Captain Scarlett, Department s, The Prisoner, Doctor Who, Fireball XL5 etc), here's a YouTube link to the song 'Man In A Suitcase'...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX_rU2JQUlc

Kid said...

Thanks, Staz. I'll be sure to give it a look.

Ken said...

When ITV went to full afternoon programming @1973, their afternoon shedules were filled with great 60s shows like this, The Baron, Radnal and Hopkirk, The Saint etc. just the ticket when you were off school on a sickie with the house to yourself. Before this a sickie was ironically spent watching 'programmes for Schools'.

Ken.

Kid said...

Those were the days, eh, Ken? I hear them calling to me.

DeadSpiderEye said...

Man in Suitcase, gritter than a candy floss on the beach at hastings when the wind's blowing the wrong way.

Kid said...

Richard Bradford certainly looked as if he could really handle himself in a fight if he had to.

Philip Crawley said...

One of the many ITC series I used to love watching back in the day, they filtered through to us here in the colonies in the early 70s, even if many originated in the 60s. Danger Man, The Baron, Champions, Dept. S, etc. According to Dave Rogers' excellent book The ITV Encyclopedia of Adventure the series was originally titled McGill and changed just prior to it's premier. Yeah I'm old enough to date back to the PG (Pre-Google) years when you looked stuff up in books, this being one of the early TV episode guide books.

Kid said...

The programme was actually a replacement for Danger Man, when Patrick McGoohan left the series to work on The Prisoner. I'm surprised to learn. PC, that there were only 30 episodes of MIAS.

Anonymous said...

I can definitely state that the series was called "Man IN a Suitcase," and with the original title sequence and theme music, when it was shown in syndication in the US in the 1970's. Don't know about its 1968 run on the ABC-TV network.

As you probably know, Danger Man was aired in the US with the title changed to "Secret Agent," and with the Johnny Rivers song added as the new theme song.

The only thing I remember seeing with Richard Bradford in it, other than MIAS, was a 1966 movie, The Chase, starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, and Robert Redford.

IIRC, Man in a Suitcase was part of a syndication package of ITV shows that included The Baron, The Avengers, The Champions, and maybe The Prisoner.

Wikipedia lists the dates for the 1968 American run as May to September, so MIAS (like The Prisoner) may have been a temporary summer replacement for some series that was on hiatus.

-TC

Kid said...

Thanks for the info, TC. I wonder if there was a movie called Man with a Suitcase, as I've seen that title listed in soundtrack albums on the internet. Of course, it could just be a mistake by some compiler who absent-mindedly wrote down the name the wrong way.

TC said...

Bradford might have made a good Felix Lieter in a Bond movie.

Kid said...

Yup - 'though David Hedison was good in the role.

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