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JERICHO

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Full Name: Jericho
Nationality: American, British, French
Organization: Allied Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Richard Levinson , William Link, Merwin A. Bloch
Time Span: 1966 - 1967

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Jericho is a trio of agents working with Allied Intelligence.
       They were formed to conduct operations usually behind enemy lines during World War II. Their area of expertise was the European continent and they covered a good deal of that region with their missions although much of their activity lay in France and Germany. Exactly how long they had been together is not known but all three are definitely experienced and skilled at their craft.
       American Army Captain Franklin Shepphard, the leader of the trio, is an expert in psychological warfare. He is also an expert in planning operations and is the main designer of their activities. Likely in his mid to late 30's, Shepphard, the oldest of the three, was a Carnegie schooled civil engineer before the War and is "an expert in explosives and demolition"
       British Royal Navy Lieutenant Nicholas Gage is brought in for his considerable knowledge of "getting in and out of deadly situations", especially useful when entry into secure locations is so difficult. He will routinely call upon his expertise gained by years in the circus before the War as a high-wire artist.
       Free French Air Force Lt. Jean-Gaston AndrĂ© is highly skilled with weapons, "ancient and modern, large and small, their construction and use". While he is exceptionally good with handguns, his knowledge of arcane weaponry comes in handy on more than one occasion, such as when a catapult is hastily constructed and put to good use. He is the youngest of the three though only by a few years.

       Also helping out on occasion, although not an official member of the team, is highly skilled undercover contact named Mallory who proves extremely valuable in providing local intel.

BOOKS

Number of Books:1
First Appearance:1967
Last Appearance:1967

1 Operation Goldkill Operation Goldkill
Written by Bruce Cassiday
Copyright: 1967

The Jericho team have the seemingly impossible job of heading into Nazi-controlled Italy to stop a planned counter-offensive against Allied forces.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:16
First Appearance:1966
Last Appearance:1967
Network:CBS

REGULAR CAST
Don FrancksFranklin Sheppard [ 1 ]
John LeytonNicholas Gage [ 1 ]
Marino MaseJean-Gaston Andre [ 1 ]

This short-lived series, which should have appealed to male teens and young men, was put on opposite Batman. It did not survive long.
1 Dutch and Go
Episode 1-1, first aired 09/15/1966
Director: Barry Shear
Writer: Sheldon Stark

A young, timid, and quite green radar expert must travel with the Jericho team to find and destroy a German anti-aircraft device in Holland.

2 A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, and Pow!
Episode 1-2, first aired 09/22/1966
Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Writer: Max Ehrlich

To get at and destroy German submarines located beneath a 600-year-old cathedral, Gage must go undercover as a priest.

3 Upbeat and Underground
Episode 1-3, first aired 09/29/1966
Director: Richard Donner
Writers: Dean Hargrove , Richard Levinson , teleplay), William Link , teleplay)

Jericho decides to interrupt the plans of a German commander to force a famous conductor to perform a Wagner piece on Bastille Day.

4 Have Traitor, Will Travel
Episode 1-4, first aired 10/06/1966
Director: Alex March
Writer: Jackson Gillis

The crazy mission Jericho is given will have the men accompany a known double agent to Yugoslavia so he might be captured and made to disclose false itel.

5 Panic in the Piazza
Episode 1-5, first aired 10/13/1966
Director: Sherman Marks
Writer: Norman Borisoff

To destroy an underground German intelligence headquarters, Jericho must convince the enemy to bring the bomb into the facility themselves.

6 The Big Brass Contraband
Episode 1-6, first aired 10/20/1966
Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Writer: Alvin Boretz

Three Allied generals are being held by the Germans and it falls to Jericho to find a way to get them out.

7 Wall to Wall Kaput
Episode 1-7, first aired 10/27/1966
Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Writer: Irve Tunick

Jericho wants to get hold of a set of defense plans a German official has in his house. To gain access, they take jobs helping a house painter hired by the man.

8 Eric the Redhead
Episode 1-8, first aired 11/03/1966
Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Writers: Jerome Ross , teleplay), Irve Tunick

Jericho lands on an island in Norway for a mission only to be told by three youngters that their contact has been arrested.

9 One for the Mountain: Part 1
Episode 1-9, first aired 11/10/1966
Director: Barry Shear
Writer: Sy Salkowitz

Hearing that Mussolini has fallen, Jericho heads to Italy to find an official who can provide defense plans.

10 Two for the Road: Part 2
Episode 1-10, first aired 11/17/1966
Director: Barry Shear
Writer: Sy Salkowitz

To get the help of the official from the previous episode, Jericho must find a way to help him and his children out of the country.

11 Four O'Clock Bomb to London
Episode 1-11, first aired 12/01/1966
Director: Allen Baron
Writer: Stanford Sherman

Gage and Andre are able to capture two German agents parachuting into England. They take their identity to track down the mole in the Allies,

12 Long Journey Across a Short Street
Episode 1-12, first aired 12/08/1966
Director: Richard C. Sarafian
Writers: Jackson Gillis , William Koenig

To destroy a German decoding facility in Paris, Jericho must get the help of a dress shop owner to let them tunnel into the place.

13 Both Ends Against the Riddle
Episode 1-13, first aired 12/15/1966
Director: Murray Golden
Writer: Jackson Gillis

The landing at Normandy has just happened. It falls to Jericho to preserve a factory that the German are planning on destroying.

14 Jackal of Diamonds
Episode 1-14, first aired 12/29/1966
Director: Alexander Singer
Writer: Don Tait

Gage is sent on a solo mission to kill a German field marshall. That is when Sheppard and Andre learn that the German was planning on jumping sides.

15 A Switch in Time
Episode 1-15, first aired 01/05/1967
Director: Allen Baron
Writer: Stanley Niss

A list of all Resistance members has fallen into the hands of the Germans. It is being kept in safe that they must get holdon. One of the Resistance, however, is a traitor.

16 The Loot of All Evil
Episode 1-16, first aired 01/19/1967
Director: Allen Baron
Writer: Tony Barrett

Jericho was able to intercept a set of counterfiet plates. Now they must head to Italy to find the man who created the plates.

MY COMMENTS

       I have no idea how I ever watched any of these episodes. I know that I did at least one and likely a couple but when is a mystery to me. If I had access to the sole television in the house at the time back in 1966-67, I would have been watching Batman but since Jericho lasted 60 minutes and the Caped Crusader was only a half hour, I might have watched part of the former before or after the latter.
       Several spots online talk about this series as having been molded by Executive Producer Norman Felton of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. fame and therefore having a similar almost campy feel to it that that show had in its final season.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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