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The Case of the Discontented Soldier 

With the holy intervention of Mr.Parker Pyne, a retired major finds love and adventure helping a young lady to find a very precious African treasure.


Michael Simpson


Agatha Christie (short story), T.R. Bowen (dramatisation)




Episode cast overview:
William Gaunt ... Major John Wilbraham
Angela Easterling Angela Easterling ... Miss Lemon
Maurice Denham ... Parker Pyne
Lally Bowers ... Mrs Oliver
Veronica Strong Veronica Strong ... Madeleine de Sara
Derek Smee ... Head Waiter
Karen Mount Karen Mount ... English Rose
Patricia Garwood ... Freda Clegg
Jason Norman Jason Norman ... Charlie
Paul Dadson Paul Dadson ... Neville
Barbara New Barbara New ... Mrs. Benson
Lewis Fiander ... Mr. Reid
Peter Brayham Peter Brayham ... Thug 1
Terence Plummer ... Thug 2 (as Terry Plummer)


Bored with civilian life ex-colonial officer John Wilbraham answers Mr. Parker Pyne's advert to provide him with an adventure and shortly afterwards finds himself saving Freda Clegg from abduction. Freda's late father owned a treasure map and a bogus solicitor will stop at nothing to get it. John and Freda find themselves tied up in a rapidly flooding basement from which he rescues them both. Of course the whole scenario has been created by novelist Ariadne Oliver,who is on Parker Pyne's staff to provide adventures. But is there really treasure or will true love be its own reward? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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This story is from the short story collection Parker Pyne Investigates See more »


Parker Pyne: Well, in this world the unskilled will suffer.
Miss Lemon: Unless they sit in the House of Lords.
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Isn't It Romantic?
Music by Richard Rodgers (1932)
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
[Performed by piano player in French restaurant]
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The Case of the Discontented Soldier
22 March 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Parker Pyne returns. He and Miss Lemon help out bored Major Wilbraham who since he has returned from Africa has been rather bored with life in rural England.

Major Wilbraham reluctantly pays Pyne his fee of 50 Guineas but before he knows it, he is helping out a damsel in distress and looking at a map with hidden ivory buried somewhere in Africa.

What Major Wilbraham fails to realise that Parker Pyne had a hand in all this with a scenario devised by mystery writer, Mrs Adriane Oliver.

It is nice to see some prototype characters that would pop up in Poirot books. I think Parker Pyne is an interesting person but I did think this adventure was rather run of the mill and lukewarm.

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5 October 1982 (UK) See more »

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