THE LONG GOODBYE
"He's using us as bait, Brett. Daniel in the lions den - again"
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When three attractive girls all lay claim to the same identity, two are obviously imposters. Equally certainly, several people are determined to obtain the secret formula discovered by Danny and Brett.
The discovery of the skeleton in a crashed light 'plane provides dramatic developments for Danny Wilde (TONY CURTIS) and Lord Brett Sinclair (ROGER MOORE). They find the dead man while vacationing in Scotland, and he is identified as Brian Wilks, a missing scientist who had made some remarkable strides in the field of synthetics. It was rumoured that he was defecting when he disappeared twelve years ago.
Several people, opines Judge Fulton (LAURENCE NAISMITH), will be interested in the discovery, especially as Danny and Brett have found some papers which indicate that they are a formula of some sort, together with a last letter written by Wilks.
Sure enough, it is not long before Danny is abducted and taken to a house near London. Even in his dazed state, he tries to memorise sounds which might indicate the direction he is being taken. Once there, he is addressed by a foreigner whose voice can be heard without his being seen. But he is released when contact is made with Brett, and the next request is for them to visit Sir Hugo Chalmers (LEO GLENN), an oil tycoon, who offers them ú50,000 a year each to join the board of the company he represents, revealing that the formula is a high grade synthetic motor fuel which could be manufactured for next to nothing.
Next, a girl named Carla (MADELINE SMITH), claiming to be Wilks' daughter, arrives at Brett's apartment. At the same time, another Carla (ANOUSKA HEMPEL) contacts Danny, making the same claim. After this, a man named Andrea Theopolos (NOEL WILLMAN), who says he was Wilks' partner, demands the formula, followed by the appearance of another interested party named Boris (GLYNN EDWARDS), who says Wilks' was on his way to deliver the formula to the people he represents when he crashed.
Then the third Carla (NICOLA PAGETT) arrives, and Danny and Brett are satisfied that she is genuine. She is shocked when Fulton tells her that her father was murdered: his plane blown up.
While Danny goes in search of the house to which he was abducted, Brett and Carla go to see Theopolos, who tries to persuade Carla to sign a contract with him. Before she can do so, Chalmers arrives, putting forward the argument that the economics of numerous countries, and also accuses Theopolos of being the killer.
Meanwhile, Danny has found the house where he was held and another name appears on the scene: a man named Piper (PETER SALLIS), who admits that he was paid to place a bomb in Wilks' 'plane. He was working for Chalmers.
And the dramatic climax to the bewildering events is reached in the house when Danny telephones Brett...
DEVISED AND PRODUCED BY ROBERT S. BAKER
"The Persuaders!" theme by JOHN BARRY
In charge of Production - JOHNNY GOODMAN
Lord Sinclair's clothes designed by Roger Moore.
Assistant Director - PETER PRICE
Sound Recordist - CLAUDE HITCHCOCK
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