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BLUE LIGHT

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Full Name: David March
Series Name: Blue Light
Nationality: American
Organization: Blue Light
Occupation Agent

Creator: Walter Grauman , Larry Cohen
Time Span: 1966 - 1966

ABOUT THE SERIES

       David March is an agent with Blue Light.
       As the Nazis in Germany were beginning their massive build-up to take on the rest of Europe, America was publicly maintaining a neutral position but some in the government were certain that the U.S. would be pulled into the upcoming conflict just as it eventually was in World War One. To help from within, as well as report from inside the likely enemy camp, officials in American Intelligence created the Blue Light program. Eighteen people from different walks of life were implanted into Germany to become part of the "other side", hopefully working their way into high levels in government and the media.
       David March was a noted journalist who volunteered to be one of that eighteen. This meant that the handsome, well respected reporter would have to espouse a set of beliefs he decidedly did not feel himself so as to be seen firmly in the fascist camp. Since only a small handful of those in charge back home in the States knew the truth, March was made a pariah to most of its citizens. Even the woman that he was in love with did not know the truth and apparently committed suicide in anguish over the 'betrayal'.
       We are told at the start of each of the episodic adventures concerning this individual, "American correspondent David March fled to Germany posing as a traitor to his own country. Accepted by the High Command, March worked as a double agent to destroy the Third Reich from within under the codename Blue Light."
       In his new role as an American firmly in the Nazi camp, March is used primarily as a broadcaster and reporter on behalf of Hitler and his minions. However there are several instances where the Germans asked March to take a more active role in affairs and actually function as a spy on their behalf. This will present a major issue for March's safety since none of the Allied people he might come into contact with believe that March is a traitor to America and should be treated as such.
       Working 'with' him is Suzanne Duchard. She is a French member of the notorious Gestapo, at least as far as that organization believes. It is her job to keep a close eye on March just in chase he should revert in his stated views. In truth she is working, like he, on the Allied side and not only tries to assist him in his various missions, she goes so far as to fall in love with him. This is interesting since publicly she tries to show how much she hates him.

MOVIES

Number of Movies:1
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1966

1 I Deal In Danger I Deal In Danger
Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Larry Cohen
Actors: Robert Goulet as David March, Christine Carere as Suzanne Duchard
Released: 1966

An American espouses support for the Nazis during World War II and defects to Germany. He is treated like a hero and given a new job as a propaganda broadcaster. Unknown to the Nazis, David March is really a double agent working to sabotage from the inside.
Note: this movie was created from combining the first four episodes which were 30-minutes each.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:17
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1966
Network:ABC

REGULAR CAST
Robert GouletDavid March [ 1 ]
Christine CarereSuzanne Duchard [ 1 ]
1 The Last Man
Episode 1-1, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Larry Cohen

The project known as Blue Light was discovered by the Nazis and 17 of the 18 men involved in it have been eliminated. German Captain Elm is certain that the 18th man was David March and he is determined to prove it.

2 Target David March
Episode 1-2, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Larry Cohen

Even as David March works to get access to a secret weapons facility, he has to deal with three British commandos sent behind enemy lines specifically to kill him.

3 The Fortress Below
Episode 1-3, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Larry Cohen

David March has managed to get the desired access to the secret weapons facility but getting any kind of explosive in to take it out is not possible. How then can he bring it down.

4 The Weapons Within
Episode 1-4, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Larry Cohen

David March has gotten the assistance of a young female German scientist in the destruction of the secret facility but as time nears, she gets second thoughts.

5 Traitor's Blood
Episode 1-5, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Larry Cohen

David March pays a visit to a POW camp when he learns his younger brother is a prisoner there. The younger March had joined the military by falsifying his age when he learned of his brother's "treason".

6 Agent of the East
Episode 1-6, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: James Goldstone
Writers: Larry Cohen , Donald S. Sanford

A captured Russian spy has the plans for a heavy water plant which would be disastrous if the Nazis got hold of it. March must find a way to free him from the Gestapo.

7 Sacrifice
Episode 1-7, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: William Graham
Writers: Dick Carr , Larry Cohen

As part of his cover, David March agrees to help the Nazis convince a kidnapped American hero to speak on their behalf. A bombing run leaves the jail in ruin and March, the hero, and two Nazis buried underground.

8 The Secret War
Episode 1-8, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Larry Cohen

Two Russian associates of the agent helped in an earlier adventure now approach March and Suzanne with the threat of exposure unless they start working for the Soviets.

9 Invasion by the Stars
Episode 1-9, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Gerd Oswald
Writers: Jack Turley , Curti Sanders

Operation Sea Lion, Hitler's invasion of England, is soon expected to begin. The Allies want David March of Blue Light to find a way to postpone it. March decides to have the Fuhrer's astrologist play a part.

10 The Return of Elm
Episode 1-10, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Robert Butler
Writer: Larry Cohen

Elm, the troubling man from the first episode, has returned having escaped a British POW camp. Since the German's think him a traitor, Elm is determined to clear his name and to kill David March.

11 Jet Trail
Episode 1-11, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: James Goldstone
Writer: Dan Ullman

A top secret German jet engine is available after a crash but to get it, David March has to take the role of an American OSS officer to get the help of the French resistance.

12 How to Kill a Toy Soldier
Episode 1-12, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Leo Penn
Writers: Roger E. Swaybill, Merwin Bloch

When an 11-year-old boy sees David March kill a courier to get hold of some vital plans, March faces the horrible decision of either killing the boy or getting exposed himself.

13 The Deserters
Episode 1-13, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Gerd Oswald
Writer: Curtis Sanders

The Germans ask David March to go undercover as an American soldier to infiltrate a base and learn which route is planned by the Allies in an attack on Italy. Making things harder is his being accompanied by a Gestapo agent.

14 The Other Fuhrer
Episode 1-14, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: James Goldstone
Writer: Walter Brough

The aid of the Allies is requested by a German aristocrat who wants to stage a coup and take control himself. The agent sent to help him is killed so David March is asked to take the agent's place.

15 The Key to the Code
Episode 1-15, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: Walter Grauman
Writer: Brad Radnitz

David March, of Blue Light, and Suzanne are in France on assignment when they discover an Allied commando raid is going to be ambushed since the Germans had broken the Underground's coded message.

16 Field of Dishonor
Episode 1-16, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: James Goldstone
Writers: J. Bud Otto, Jamie Farr

A powerful member of the High Command in Germany has been a member of the do-not-trust-March group but now wants to defect to the Allies. March has to worry that this is really just a ploy to get him to reveal his true allegiance.

17 The Friendly Enemy
Episode 1-17, first aired 01/01/0001
Director: James Goldstone
Writer: Harold Livingston

A German scientist is close to making Germany's first atomic bomb. David March is ordered to eliminate him.

MY COMMENTS

       I vaguely remember this series from my youth. For that reason, I doubt I watch more than one or two of the shows, unlike Mission: Impossible which debuted the same same or I Spy which came out a year before. Of course, back then we had one television set in the house and my father controlled it for the one and a half hours he was interested in watching anything. And this show would not have interested him.
       When it went away after just one season, it did not have enough shows to make it worth while to try syndicating so after it left, it was gone until recently. And even now there is not much to attract attention.
       Which, considering what I have recently re-watched, is a bit sad because these half hour dramas look like they might have been good.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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