Espionage (1963–1964)

The Frantick Rebel (12 Feb. 1964)

TV Episode   |    |  Drama, War

It's 1777, and a mysterious lady is in she spying for the American revolutionaries?? Dr Johnson and Boswell investigate, but always seem a couple of steps behind...


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29 May 2012 | westernone
| Great men of letters as cartoonish nincompoops.
It's Johnson and Boswell as clownish bumblers.The overall cuteness of the characters is embarrassing; It's as if it was made by Disney for children. The stifling sets give it a desperately cheap look as well. Somehow I get the feeling that this was included in the series to compliment Americans in reference to the revolution, an important point in that it was intended for showing on NBC. Yet to choose a comic farce like this not only is insulting to the memory of a literary figure worthy of respect, it's hardly complimentary to the intended audience if they regarded the only way yanks would pay attention to an 18th century story would be if it's done as if it were a cleaned up "Tom Jones" sequence.

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