The Man Who Never Was (1966–1967)

TV Series   |    |  Action, Drama


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American agent Peter Murphy is trying to escape from East Berlin when he encounters his exact double, millionaire playboy Mark Wainwright. After Wainwright is mistaken for him and killed by... See full summary »

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John Newland

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22 April 2018 | vranger
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| Sadly, an almost lost series
This was a very smart, entertaining series, and a great vehicle for Robert Lansing. It was all the more interesting for being filmed on location in Europe, at a time when very likely only this series and "I, Spy" were doing that.

Although the premise relied a bit too much on the unlikely coincidence that the spy's "double" should pop up to be mistaken for him just as he was about to be killed by an East German agent, we'll forgive the creators that bit of wild invention, as it made for an entertaining setting for the rest of the series.

The series had three problems:

First, it was a half-hour show in a genre that cried out for an hour-long format to fully develop the plot for each episode.

Second, It was put on the schedule opposite "Green Acres" at the height of that sitcom's popularity. "Green Acres" was a spectacular #6 in the Nielsen Ratings that season.

Third, it had no real lead in. It followed "The Monroes", another debut series with no following, which also lasted only the 66-67 TV season. "Green Acres", by comparison, had "The Beverly Hillbillies" as its lead in.

So "The Man Who Never Was" was doomed before they ran the first tape.

It appears that the only way to sample this fine show is via two composite movies where are currently available on Youtube.

"Danger Has Two Faces" includes parts of episodes 1, 2, 3, and 5. "The Spy with the Perfect Cover" includes parts of five later episodes.

Watch "Danger" first. Although the quality is terrible, it's still worth a look.

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