Written by Donald James Directed by Cyril Frankel

ORIGINAL ITC SYNOPSIS

A ghost becomes a ghost-hunter when death strikes in a haunted castle.

When a girl has everything, including wealth, an eighth husband and a haunted castle, a ghost-hunter becomes a necessity. And Kim Wentworth has everything that her current husband, Larry Wentworth, disappears so often to his artist's studio in seclusion. Now, because she complains that the ghost of Crake Castle is worrying her, she employs a ghost-hunter named James McAllister. He is present when a ghost terrifies Kim, though he fails to catch the mysterious visitor.

Convinced that the ghost was not genuine, McAllister approaches Jeff Randall for help, offering to split his fee. The idea of ghost-hunting is particularly intriguing for Jeff's ghostly partner, Marty Hopkirk, and they begin their investigations. The first thing they discover is that Larry Wentworth's 'studio' is a cottage inhabited by a very attractive girl, later identified as Laura Slade - and Larry is there when McAllister, on duty at the castle, is murdered. Jeff and Marty are therefore fully aware that Larry Wentworth couldn't have committed the crime.

A ghost? Certainly, there are no signs of anyone having entered the castle. Both Kim Wentworth and her French manservant Jean-Claude are adamant on this point.

Jeff and Marty discover, however, that someone could have hidden in an old priesthole concealed behind a bookcase.

Marty also makes the surprising discovery, when meeting Jeff in an olde-worlde cafe, that it's owner Mrs Pleasance, is psychic. She can actually see him and talk to him. She is therefore a very useful contact in learning what is happening in the district.

Then the 'ghost' strikes again, attacking Kim Wentworth in her bedroom. She shoots him - to find that she has killed her husband. It appears to be a tragic conclusion to the case. Larry Wentworth has obviously invented the ghost in order to frighten his wife and then get rid of her so that he can inherit her fortune and then marry Laura Slade. The Coroner's verdict will be accidental death.

But Jeff is not satisfied. It doesn't explain who killed James McAllister. He continues his investigations and establishes a plot between Kim Wentworth and Jean-Claude... a discovery, however, which leads to his own undoing when he is trapped and imprisoned in the priesthole. Marty is the only one who knows he is there and there is no way in which Marty can rescue him until he remembers Mrs Pleasance. Her help has a very unexpected outcome...

PRODUCTION & ARCHIVE
Production Code: RH/DCW/4003
Filming Dates:
June-July 1968
Production Completed:
October 1968
Recording Format: 35mm Colour Film
Archive Holding: 35mm Colour Film

UK REGIONAL PREMIERES

Anglia: Sun 20 Dec 1970, 3.00pm (B/W*)
ATV: Fri 19 Dec 1969, 7.30pm
Border: Fri 30 Apr 1971, 7.30pm (B/W)
Channel: Fri 28 Nov 1969, 7.05pm (B/W)
Grampian: Wed 20 May 1970, 8.00pm (B/W)
Granada: Fri 13 Mar 1970, 7.30pm
HTV: Sun 14 Dec 1969, 3.45pm (B/W)
LWT: Sun 7 Dec 1969, 7.25pm
Scottish:
Sun 30 April 1972, 11.20pm
Southern: Sun 4 Jan 1970, 7.25pm
Tyne Tees: Unconfirmed
Ulster: Unconfirmed
Westward: Fri 28 Nov 1969, 7.05pm (B/W)
Yorkshire: Fri 19 Dec 1969, 7.30pm
(B/W) = Transmitted in Black and White
(B/W*) = Transmitted in B/W due to ITV Colour Strike
CHARACTERS & CAST
Jeff Randall
Marty Hopkirk
Jean Hopkirk
Kim Wentworth
Mrs Pleasance
James McAllister
Larry Wentworth
Jean-Claude
Laura Slade
Vicar (Uncle Oliver)
Girl (Vicar's Niece)
Police Sergeant
Coroner
Mike Pratt
Kenneth Cope
Annette Andre
Lois Maxwell
Marjorie Rhodes
Freddie Jones
Michael Coles
Paul Bertoya
Carol Cleveland
Eric Dodson
Carol Dilworth
George Lee
Basil Clarke
STAND-INS
Jeff Randall
Marty Hopkirk
Harry Fielder
Dougie Lockyer
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK

Selections from the incidental score for this episode have been issued on Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased): Original Soundtrack by Edwin Astley, Network, 2008.

DVD EXTRAS

Network DVD (United Kingdom):
Commentary by Cyril Frankel, Ken Baker and Malcolm Christopher,
Photo Gallery.
Umbrella Entertainment (Australia):

Photo Gallery.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Writer Donald James
Series Theme & Musical Director
Edwin Astley
Creator & Executive Story Consultant
Dennis Spooner
Creative Consultant
- Cyril Frankel
Producer
Monty Berman
Director
Cyril Frankel

Ronald Liles (Production Supervisor)
Eric Coop (Director of Photography)
Charles Bishop (Supervising Art Director)
Bob Cartwright (Art Director),
Philip Aizlewood (Post Production)
John Ireland (Editor)
Ernest Morris (Production Manager)
Stephen Dade (2nd Unit Cameraman)
Denis Porter & Len Abbott (Sound Recordists)
Guy Ambler (Sound Editor)
Alan Willis (Music Editor)
John Owen (Casting)
Sue Long (Set Dresser)
Bill Greene (Construction Manager)
Harry Gillam (Camera Operator)
Ken Baker (Assistant Director)
Sally Ball (Continuity)
Peter Dunlop (Production Buyer)
Gerry Fletcher (Make-Up Supervisor)
Olive Mills (Hairdresser - uncredited)
Laura Nightingale (Wardrobe Supervisor)
A.J. Van Montagu (Scenic Artist)
Frank Maher (Stunt Co-ordinator)
Cinesound (Sound Effects Suppliers)
and Chambers + Partners (Titles)

Made on Location and at Associated British Elstree Studios, London, England
An ITC Production

FOR THE GIRL WHO HAS EVERYTHING REVIEW

Donald James' first script for Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) is a solid, promising effort that exploits the supernatural, or so you think. Dialogue is well written and if there is any problem with James' penmanship it is that occasionally the audience is well ahead of the characters, not least when he has Marty going to extreme lengths to grab someone to rescue Jeff from the priesthole at Crake Castle. Considering Marty's surprise that tearoom owner Mrs Pleasance can see him, it doesn't exactly convince that he totally forgets this until he is struggling for a solution. In fact, Mrs Pleasance is the undoubted highlight of this episode, due greatly to the wonderfully playful performance from Marjorie Rhodes, who exploits every last second she is on camera to memorable effect. The scene in which she reveals to Marty that she can see him is touching and funny and both she and Kenneth Cope play it exquisitely. Also among the cast, the wonderful Freddie Jones delivers one of his customary outstanding performances and it is a disappointment when his character becomes the first to be knocked off. This is, however, something of a relief after two episodes in which, with the exception of Marty Hopkirk, only female characters had ended up in the morgue. Lois Maxwell does well as Kim Wentworth, and it is always a pleasure to see her performances in ITC shows and of course the Bond films. Much missed. On the other side of the camera, Cyril Frankel's direction is pretty much note perfect, as is more or less a given, the only oddity being the inclusion of Latimer as a location when additional footage shot in the picturesque village of Denham would seem to have made more sense, from a narrative perspective at least. In all, a good script which is further elevated by the performances of the regulars plus Marjorie Rhodes, Lois Maxwell and Freddie Jones and the slick direction of Cyril Frankel. Perhaps the weakest of the opening three episodes, but still highly entertaining.

FOR THE GIRL WHO HAS EVERYTHING DECLASSIFIED

  • Teaser... James McAllister arrives by motorcycle at Jeff's apartment. He has tried the office, but has been redirected to the flat. Jeff, his face still smothered in shaving cream, reveals that he has had a late night and entreats the stranger to explain his reason for looking him up. McAllister confides that he has a strange profession - he is a ghost hunter and he claims that he is able to tell when he is in the presence of a ghost. Marty points out, uncharitably but quite accurately, that he can't be much good as McAllister doesn't notice him standing right beside him. This is quickly forgotten when the visitor makes the private detective an offer he can barely afford to refuse. McAllister has been hired by Kim Wentworth, heir to the Rieskamp fortune, to exorcise ghosts haunting her ancestral home, Crake Castle. McAllister is convinced that there are no ghosts at the castle, and intends to enlist Jeff's help to get to the bottom of the mystery. He will split his 1500 fee 50:50 with Jeff, should he accept. Jeff jumps at the chance and agrees to meet with his new client at the castle the following morning. McAllister hands Jeff an envelope containing a cheque for 750 and departs to take the night's watch at Crake Castle.


  • Production Brief... For the Girl Who Has Everything was the debut script by prolific Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) scriptwriter, Donald James, who would go on to pen eleven episodes in total. In the commentary for this episode on the Network DVD edition, director Cyril Frankel remembers Donald James as "one of the exceedingly talented writers that Dennis Spooner selected and commissioned scripts from. If I received one with his name on, I knew I could relax before I read it." Bearing in mind that James was working on other series during the same period, including The Saint (three screenplays), Joe 90 (another three), Department S (two screenplays) and The Avengers (one), it is easy to see the strenuous workload imposed upon writers who could be relied upon to capture the spirit of a series and churn out scripts at a remarkable rate. In the same period, Tony Williamson delivered screenplays for nine Randall and Hopkirk episodes, five Avengers, five for Department S and devised a thriller series for the BBC, Counterstrike, for which he penned one screenplay. Both writers produced twenty scripts in a period of about eighteen months. It is a testament to the abilities of both writers that the quality of their work was always so high.

  • Malcolm Christopher, later Production Designer on the series, revealed on the Network DVD commentary for this episode that while he did not fulfil this role on For the Girl Who Has Everything, he scouted and found the locations for the episode.

  • The character of Mrs Pleasance clearly owes a considerable debt to a character that featured in Dennis Spooner's original outline for the series, an elderly, eccentric lady able to see and converse with Marty's ghost After watching For the Girl Who Has Everything, it is impossible not to find the following extract uncannily familiar (aside from the fact that in the outline, Jeff cannot see Marty!):

 

RANDALL AND HOPKIRK (DECEASED)
Extract from Dennis Spooner's Original Outline

"Hopkirk is walking down Chelsea High Street battling his brains on how he can contact Randall again and give out a further clue he has acquired.

Hopkirk is always dressed in ghostly garb. A normal outfit of clothes, but every article a plain shade of pale green.

So deep is Hopkirk in thought that when an elderly, eccentric looking lady - very much of the living - says "Good morning" as he passes her, he has gone some yards before he realises the significance.

Hopkirk dashes back. "You can see me - and I'm a ghost!"

The lady nods. It appears she always has been somewhat psychic. Hopkirk's joy knows no bounds. At last an end to all his problems. He succeeds in persuading the lady to telephone Randall, and to pass on the information.

Later in the office, Hopkirk is explaining to Randall (not that he can actually hear a word) that everything from now on will be plain sailing. Randall will get the cases, Hopkirk will find the clues and pass the information on through his new good friend.

Then - horrors - through the wall comes the lady - totally dressed in a pale green ghostly outfit. It transpires that she has called to say goodbye... she always meant to get those steps in the kitchen fixed, but, alas, too late..."

 
  • Carol Cleveland (Monty Python's Flying Circus) appears in this episode as Laura Slade, the mistress of Larry Wentworth (as an aside, she wears the same dress that she wore in the Man in a Suitcase episode The Sitting Pigeon, presumably from her personal wardrobe). However, she was not the original choice for the part. The scene at the cottage in which Laura Slade converses with Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt) was originally filmed with another actress, Judy Huxtable. Huxtable had previously guested in the ITC series Danger Man and would later become the second Mrs Peter Cook, when she married the celebrated comedian in 1973. Whether for performance or technical reasons, the scene was remounted and Carol Cleveland was then engaged to play the part and the sequence appears to have been filmed soon after (not least because the set and dressing is identical across the two versions. It is unclear whether or not Ms. Huxtable was approached for the remount. It is entirely possible that she was not available, although of course there is also the possibility that the director was not happy with her performance in the scene. The footage does not survive. All that remains are photographs such as those shown below.

 
 
  • For the Girl Who Has Everything is interesting in that it shares not only a location with sister series Department S, the Buckinghamshire village of Latimer, but also a fictional public house, The Duke of Cumberland. Clearly an arrangement of convenience and not an intentional narrative link between the series, it is interesting nonetheless to contemplate that the pub where Jeff stays in For the Girl Who Has Everything, The Duke of Cumberland, is the same establishment where Jason King, Stewart Sullivan and Annabelle Hurst base themselves to unravel the mystery of The Pied Piper of Hambledown in Department S. Both episodes were filmed concurrently, and two of the three shots of Latimer that appear in For the Girl Who Has Everything are replicated in the Department S episode, suggesting that the footage was shared between the two productions. The Duke of Cumberland would appear again in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) when the crew returned some six months later for a more extensive shoot on The Man from Nowhere, and in Department S for a second time in Who Plays the Dummy? (although the latter was reduced to an establishing shot only). Considering all these filming sessions, it is surprising that the 'public house' was actually a private one and the pub signage was a prop taken to the location. One wonders why the same pub sign was retained on each occasion and equally, with so much location work carried out for the episode in Denham, it is strange that the crew chose not to shoot establishing shots of a public house there, perhaps The Swan Inn, which appears in the episode in any case. We will probably never know the answers to these questions, so in happy ignorance, we can dream that Jeff and Marty operated in the same fictional world as Jason, Stewart and Annabelle and Jeff often popped out for a pint with Stewart Sullivan and the gang. Perhaps Marty was Jason King's ghost writer? (Sorry!) If the two series did exist in one fictional world, one question that just has to be asked is why Jeff never seems to have noticed that a number of the villains under investigation by Jason, Stewart and Annabelle kept driving around in his Vauxhall Victor!

  • Annette Andre makes a small but important contribution to this episode in terms of her character development as Jean Hopkirk. While she has precious little to do in the narrative, she is now seen for the first time to be working in an administrative capacity at the Randall and Hopkirk offices.

  • As in the opening two episodes, Kenneth Cope's wig is on back to front with its parting on the left-hand side in some scenes in For the Girl Who Has Everything. The soles of his shoes are dark once again, after they had been whitened for But What A Sweet Little Room.

  • Despite the difficulties of setting up the transparent 'Pepper's Ghost' technique, it is used again here, first when Marty walks through the bookcase in Kim Wentworth's bedroom at Crake Castle, and then again when he tries to press the release button on the bookcase, hoping to release Jeff from the priesthole behind it. His hand simply goes through the button.

  • Stock film of an owl at night was used in this episode and the footage will be very familiar to anyone who has watched other ITC series over the years!

  • Post production work on this episode was completed in late October 1968. It would, however, not receive its first UK broadcast until a year later on Friday 28th November 1969, when it was transmitted by the Westward and Channel ITV regions.


  • On Location... Again, some great location work in this episode, taking in the exclusive and striking Hilfield Castle in Bushey and the picturesque Denham village, always a very popular filming location for British film and television, as well as the customary London and Harrow locations establishing Jeff's apartment and the Randall and Hopkirk offices respectively. The footage of Latimer was borrowed from the crew shooting Department S. More details in Locations: For the Girl Who Has Everything.


  • Trivia... Ghost-hunter James McAllister is seen arriving first at Jeff's apartment and then at The Buttery in Denham Village on his motorbike. In actual fact, there were two bikes used, each of the same Triumph Tiger Cub T20 model, but with different registration numbers. As the St John's Wood and Denham locations are some distance apart, it is most likely that the sequences were filmed on different days and the bikes supplied without particular importance being given to the registration. Neither registration is seen clearly on screen, so not really a candidate for our 'Cock Up' section.

  • Everything in the afterlife is free, or so Marty says!


  • Only You, Jeff? Marty is surprised to discover that Mrs Pleasance, the do-it-yourself enthusiast who runs The Buttery tea rooms, can see and hear him without any effort on his part. She tells Marty that she's had psychic abilities going right back to the time that she was a little girl. Mrs Pleasance claims that this gift is something she believes she inherited from her mother's side of the family. This proves very useful when Jeff becomes imprisoned in the priesthole at Crake Castle and Marty is unable to extricate him from his predicament. First, he tries to summon the police sergeant by blowing a piece of paper from his desk, but the vicar's niece, who is walking her dog, helpfully retrieves it for the officer. Marty tries a different tack and attempts to bring the girl to the castle by spooking her dog into leading her there. Finally, he remembers Mrs Pleasance and the fact that she can see him, enlists her help and leads her to Crake Castle, where she effects a rescue. The possibility of Mrs Pleasance being a useful earthly contact for Marty is short-lived, as is Mrs Pleasance, who dies trying to fix the electrics at The Buttery with a screwdriver. Marty learns this when Mrs Pleasance turns up at the Randall and Hopkirk offices dressed all in white and Jeff can't see her...

  • Marty is also able to influence the pet poodle belonging to the vicar's young niece. Unfortunately, he can do little more than annoy it.


  • Ghosts and Ghoulies... Aside from Marty, the ghosts appearing in For the Girl Who Has Everything are fakes... until Mrs Pleasance becomes the first ghost to appear in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) outside of the celebrated Mr Hopkirk.


  • The Vehicles... Appearing in this episode were the following wonders of transport...

1963 Triumph Tiger Cub T20
Registration FTC 96B
Driven by James McAllister
 
1963 Triumph Tiger Cub T20
Registration ?NV 525
Driven by James McAllister
 
1968 Vauxhall Victor FD 2000
Registration RXD 996F
Driven by Jeff Randall
Also appeared in:
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) -
used extensively throughout the series
Department S - 'The Last Train to Redbridge'
1967 Mercedes-Benz W108
Registration TGT 920F
Driven by Larry Wentworth
 
1961 Bentley S2
Registration 738 AYW
Driven by Kim Wentworth's chauffeur
 

 


  • Seen It All Before? The entrance hall of Crake Castle is a redressed version of the set used for the interior of Julia Fenwick's well-to-do residence in But What A Sweet Little Room. Kim Wentworth's bedroom is the study, again redressed, used for the first two episodes, and the lounge of Laura Slade's cottage utilised components of the 'sweet little room' from the previous episode.


  • Cock Ups... The first cock-up in this episode is a set dressing error which results in Jeff's apartment being number 14 instead of the correct 41 when he is visited by McAllister in the teaser.

  • The second is a location to studio issue. When Larry Wentworth (a reasonable double for a change!) is seen going to his Mercedes-Benz on location in the Crake Castle grounds, we clearly see outbuildings to the rear of the car. When we cut to the studio, the car has foliage to the side and rear, absent on location. Just to make matters worse, when he arrives at Laura Slade's cottage, he gets out of the car and he has exactly the same background behind him, only slightly reframed!

  • When Jeff returns from witnessing Larry's assignation with Laura, he knocks at the door of Crake Castle. He receives no response, so knocks again, whereupon the door opens. From the outside, it is clear that the inside is unlit, but when we cut to the interior, the lights are on.

  • Finally, when Marty gets talking to Mrs Pleasance for the first time, he follows her into the kitchen and in order to pass through the curtains that hang in the doorway, he visibly parts them. This makes a bit of a nonsense of his being unable to press the button on Kim Wentworth's bookcase later in the episode, where his hand just goes through it. Obviously, this was a practical necessity, but the sensible thing to do was to have the curtains tied back for that scene?


  • And Finally... This is one of those rare episodes where Jeff Randall actually gets paid for his trouble - and quite handsomely, too - and this is despite the fact that his client, James McAllister, dies shortly after the cheque is banked! A similar situation had occurred in the previous episode, But What A Sweet Little Room, when Anne Fenwick, who had hired him, was killed before she could pay. Jeff continued that particular investigation because he didn't want her murderers to get away with it. Here he stays on as he has been paid, but ever the moralist, he refuses a hefty bonus offered by Kim Wentworth on the condition that he leaves, because he feels that something isn't quite right - a suspicion that is borne out and which almost costs him his life.

Plotline: Scoton Productions / ITC UK Transmissions by Simon Coward and Alan Hayes
Review by Alan Hayes Declassified by Alan Hayes with thanks to Vince Cox and Andrew Pixley

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