Episode 38: Cathy Gale Era
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 Festin de pierres

 Operazione diamanti

Working title: Pillar of Salt

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Steed deals diamonds
Cathy becomes his wife*

Production completed: 15 November 1962
UK Premiere (London, Season 2): 1 December 1962
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 7 February 1991

A band of smugglers bent on doing away with Britain's Diamond Federation is forcing London's diamond merchants to buy illicit diamonds under the threat of losing their families. In order to root out the smugglers, Steed poses as a dealer and takes Cathy as his "wife" for the duration.


A fairly ho-hum affair, in general, with only some clever exchanges between Steed and Cathy to maintain interest. The low point was the fight at the smuggler's headquarters—cameras aimed in the wrong direction, music playing too loudly over muffled dialog... could have used a tad more rehearsal.


Some scenes were pre-recorded on 14 November 1962 in advance of the main recording.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Best Scene

Cathy is busy decorating "their" house with some of her hunting trophies when Steed suddenly gives her a piggy-back ride to the sofa, using the excuse of the necessity to keep up the appearance of being married.

 Essential Reading



Teleplay by
Story Editor
Designed by
Directed by

Eric Paice
John Bryce
James Goddard
Leonard White
Jonathan Alwyn

Full production credits


John Steed
Cathy Gale
Samual Ross
Liza Denham
Mrs. Daniels
Max Daniels
Van Berg
Jackie Ross
Mrs. Ross
Diamond Dealers

Patrick Macnee 007
Honor Blackman 007
Meiez Tzelniker
Gerald Cross
Ellen McIntosh
Naomi Chance #
Hamilton Dyce #
David Sumner #
Richard Clarke
Toni Gilpin
Douglas Robinson #
Annette Kerr
Haydn Ward
Jack Grossman
Vincent Charles


Naomi Chance

The Murder Market

Hamilton Dyce

Death on the Slipway
You'll Catch Your Death

Douglas Robinson

The Decapod
Man With Two Shadows
Esprit de Corps

David Sumner

The Interrogators

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