CTVA UK - "Sword Of Freedom"  (ITC)(1957-58) starring Edmund Purdom

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Sword of Freedom (1957-58)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Alan Keeling (West Midlands UK)
D.W. McGregor (Sunderland UK)
Geoff Phillips (Durham UK)
Peter Watson. <P.Watson@derby.ac.uk> (ep. 39)  Rina Fox,  Tom Alger

Dinosaur TV - Save Our Forgotten British Heritage (David Moore)
references:
Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)

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SWORD OF FREEDOM
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Hannah Weinstein Production
for  Sapphire Films Ltd.
for Incorporated Televison Programme Company. Ltd {ITP/ITC Lew Grade)
Official Films Presentation (U.S. syndicator)
Filmed at Walton and Twickenham Studios.
(early ones Walton, later ones Twickenham).
Produced by Sidney Cole

UK Swashbuckling Adventures series 1957-58 39 episodes x 30 min bw
starring
Edmund Purdom
as Marco del Monte
Adrienne Corri as Angelica
Rowland Bartrop as Sandro
Martin Benson as Duke de Medici
Kenneth Hyde as Machiavelli
*
Derek Sydney as Capatin Rodrigo
*
Monica Stevenson as Francesca
(featured in at least 8 episodes -
"Francesca", "The Bracelet", "The Bell", "The Ambassador"
"The Strange Intruder" "The Primavera", "A Game of Chance" "Adrianna")

Premise:
Adventures of a 16th century Italian Robin Hood.
Marco del Monte (Edmund Purdom) is a young Republican artist living
in sixteenth century Florence. The city is ruled by the tyrant, the
Duke of de Medici (Martin Benson). Marco's girlfriend is Angelica (Adrienne
Corri), a beautiful former picket. Sandro (Rowland Bartrop) is Marco's
friend and confidant. Machiavelli (Kenneth Hyde) is the Duke's advisor,
and Captain Rodrigo (Derek Sydney) is the head of the de Medici's forces.
The Duke's young sister Francesca (Monica Stevenson) is romantically
attracted to the hansome and dashing Marco. The series depicts the
struggles of the Republicans to combat the attempts of the Duke to
strengthen his position and make himself a dictator.

Theme Music:
"Sword of Freedom" music by Eric Spear, famous for having composed
the theme music to the long-running UK soap opera "Coronation Street"
(Granada Television)

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[01] Sword of Freedom: FRANCESCA
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Lewis Hart
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson
Monica Stevenson (as Francesca), Derek Sydney (as Captain Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Bryan Coleman ....... Umberto
Ferdy Mayne ......... Spanish Ambassador
David Ritch ......... Attendant
Peter Johnson ....... First Bravo
Peter Wrubel ........ Swiss Soldier
Cecil Brock ......... First Guard
John Brown .......... Second Guard
Richard Brown ....... Orator
The Duke de Medici, seeking to forge an alliance with the Duke of
Granada against the Republicans, promises the hand of his young
sister, Francesca, in marriage to the Spanish nobleman. Marco del
Monte and, indeed, Francesca herself have other ideas.

[02] Sword of Freedom: THE SICILIAN
(Verified on Film)
(c) 1957 Sapphire Films
Made at Alliance Studios, Twickenham, England
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Samuel B. West
Directed by Terry Bishop
*
Script Supervision: Albert G. Ruben
Music: Eric Spear
Production Manager: Harold Buck
Director of Photography: Ken Hodges
Art Director: John Blezard
Editor: Peter Rolfe Johnson
Sound: Dave Goghan
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Adrienne Corri (entry-as Angelica)
Guest Cast:
Peter Wyngarde ..... Colonna
Basil Dignam ....... Sebastiano
Charles Lamb ....... Tacco
Sandro is entrusted with a great deal of money for the Republican
cause. Collona, a Sicilian card sharp engages Sandro in a game of
chance. by cheating he wins all of Sandro's own money and also the
money entrusted to Sandro. Sandro is so distraught that he attempts
suicide but is prevented from doing so by Marco. When he has heard
what has happened Marco enlists the pickpocket, Angelica and Tacco
of the Dice Makers Guild to help get Sandro's money back.

[03] Sword of Freedom: CHOICE OF WEAPONS
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Samuel B. West
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson
Guest Cast:
Charles Gray ....... De Foix
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Muzio
Michael Peake ...... Malchus
Edward Atienza ..... Leonardo da Vinci
John Moore ......... Castellani
John Dearth ........ Ugo
de Medici attempts to impose a tax on the Guild of Painters only to
be prevented from doing so by Marco del Monte. de Medici then
challenges Marco to a duel and Marco accepts only to find that the
cowardly Duke has no intention of fighting the duel himself. He
has nominated De Foix, the finest swordsman in Europe to take his
place. Marco, a fine swordsman himself, but far short of De Foix's
standard, is advised to leave Florence ... but he has a plan ...

[04] Sword of Freedom: CATERINA
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Robert Westerby
Directed by Bernard Knowles
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Rowland Bartrop
Guest Cast:
Marianne Bennet .... Caterina
George Murcell ..... Baglione
William Lucas ...... Tortini
Nora Gordon ........ Maria
Neville Jason ...... Paolo
Howard Lang ........ Major Domo
Baglione, the hated Genral of de Medici's Guard, wants a portrait
of his beautiful daughter Caterina. Marco is looking forward to
the commission because he knows that it will be well paid. Therefore,
he is both annoyed and dismayed when Sandro tells him that Baglione
has sent to Venice for an artist to do the portrait. This is
regarded as an insult to the artists of Florence ... an insult
that Marco is determined to avenge.

1.05 [--] Sword of Freedom: THE HERO
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Robert Westerby
Directed by Bernard Knowles
Starring: Edmund Purdom (as Marco del Monte)
Guest Cast:
John Robinson ..... General Ferrucci
John Bailey ....... Rollo
Synopsis:
Marco is angry when he hears that General Ferruci, the hero of Florence and enemy
of de Medici at present in exile, has accepted an amnesty and is to return to
the city. It would appear that the General, the one man it was felt could lead
the Republicans against the tyrant, has turned traitor.
Synopsis 2:
The Duke de Medici, while pretending to pardon a popular rebel hero, actually
schemes to have him murdered. [TA]
(US broadcast: 7Aug60, KRON-4, San Francisco, CA, Sunday 2:00pm)

[06] Sword of Freedom: PORTRAIT IN EMERALD GREEN
1957
26Nov59 [uk] Granada
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Leighton Reynolds (Rogers & Gillis)
Directed by Bernard Knowles (Rogers & Gillis/DWMcG)
Screenplay by Michael Connor (on video)
Directed by Anthony Squire (on video)
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom
Guest Cast:
June Rodney .......... Lucrezia Basti
John Le Mesurier ..... Guilio Basti
James Roughhead ...... Captain Rodrigo
(Captain Rodrigo usually by Derek Sydney)
Denis Edwards ........ Consul
Master butcher, Guilo Basti opposes a tax levied by de Medici,
who orders Captain Rodrigo, to dispose of Basti. Marco del Monte
is painting a portrait of Basti's beautiful young wife Lucrezia.
Rodrigo decides to create a situation whereas Basti believes that
Marco and Lucrezia are lovers. Hopefully this will lead to a duel
between Marco and Basti.

[07] Sword of Freedom: THE DUKE
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Robert Westerby
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson
Guest Cast:
Richard Pasco ....... Duke of Ferrara
Robert Raikes ....... Captain
Thomas Hare ......... Aldo
Desmond Jordan ...... First Soldier
Fred McNaughton ..... Landlord
de Medici is worried. The taxes he has imposed on the merchants of
Florence are causing unrest which may lead to rebellion. One
answer is to police the city with Spanish mercenaries hired from
the Duke of Ferrara. Men who will not be bothered about using
violence and even killing the citizens. Perhaps even Marco.

[08] Sword of Freedom: THE EYE OF THE ARTIST
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by William Templeton
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson
Guest Cast:
Norma Parnell ....... Lisa Orsini
John Carson ......... Filippo
Brian Nissen ........ Carlo Orsini
Alex Scott .......... Julius
Charles Houston ..... Guilio
Paul Eddington ...... Alfonso
A courier carrying a meassage to the republicans of Florence is
ambushed and killed by one of de Medici's agents. The message was
to be delivered by a man named Orsini, but they don't know who he
is. All that is known is that Orsini's beautiful young wife Lisa,
is having her portrait painted by Marco del Monte. Filippo, a spy
employed by de Medici, is ordered to identify Orsini.

[09] Sword of Freedom: THE TOWER
1957
17May58 [uk] ATV London, Sat 6:30 pm
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by George Baxt
Directed by Terence Fisher
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson, Adrienne Corri
Rowland Bartrop, Kenneth Hyde
Guest Cast:
Patrick Troughton ... Duke Di Luca
Martita Hunt ........ Duchess
Tony Thawnton ....... Captain
The Duke de Medici has commissioned designs for the decorations
he hopes will impress the Duke of Valencia, but he has no
intention of paying for them. The artists band together and
organise a demonstration to make the Duke pay.

[10] Sword of Freedom: ALESSANDRO
1957
(not listed in Kaleidoscope - they only have 38 titles)
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by George Baxt
Directed by Peter Cotes
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom,
Guest Cast:
Michael Bryant ......... Alessandro
Manning Wilson ......... Frederici
Colin Douglas .......... Mario
Carl Bernard ........... President
Elwyn Brook-Jones ...... De Bassi
Patrick Crean .......... Lupo
Like most other painters Marco is penniless, and is relying on the
St. Luke's Day Exhibition of Art as a means of making money. When
he meets local butcher Alessandro (Michael Bryant), whose ambition
is to become a great artist, Marco sees a way of helping the boy
while helping himself - but Mario (Colin Douglas), Alessandro's
uncle does not approve.

[11] Sword of Freedom: THE SHIP
1957
27Jan62 [uk] possibly Tyne-Tees
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by William Templeton
Directed by Bernard Knowles
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Adrienne Corri,
Martin Benson, Rowland Bartrop, Kenneth Hyde
Guest Cast:
Joseph O'Connor .......... Stephano
Andrew Cruickshank ....... Duke of Urbino
Patricia Burke ........... Duchess of Urbino
Peter Asher .............. Pagalo
Maxwell Shaw ............. Grifone
Geoffrey Bayldon ......... Physician
Stephano, a merchant, has returned from the Far East and tries to
raise money to build another ship. The Duke of Urbino can afford to
finance the expedition, but Medici is trying to borrow money from him,
and Marco has to use all his powers of persuasion to help
Stephano instead.
de Medici, together with the Duke of Urbino, plans to punish the
Florentine Wool Guild who have refused to pay higher taxes.
Marco has plans for all three personages.

[12] Sword of Freedom: THE BRACELET
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Robert Westerby
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom,
Monica Stevenson (as Francesca), Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Ronald Hines .......... Paolo
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ..... Carlo
Edward Harvey ......... Biotto
Francesca, out riding, is thrown from her horse. Marco sees this
and goes to her aid but is sent away by Paolo, the worthless nephew
of Count Orlando. Paolo is anxious to marry Francesca. Later Marco
discovers that Francesca's bracelet has become attached to his cloak.
He sets out to return the bracelet but on the way he is attacked
and the bracelet stolen.

[13] Sword of Freedom:  THE PRINCESS (UK title) _aka_ THE SLAVE (US title)
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by George Baxt
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Adrienne Corri, Rowland Bartrop
Guest Cast:
Ziki Arnot ............. Safae
Thomas Heathcote ....... Di Santi
Disturbed when Sandro brings news of the arrival of a new batch of
slaves from the east, Marco, striving for the abolition of slavery,
visits Di Santi, the Slave Master, who is auctioning Natalia, a
Turkish Princess. Against the wishes of Angelica and Sandro, Marco
decides to help her escape.

[14] Sword of Freedom: THE BELL
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Michael Connor
Directed by Terence Fisher
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Rowland Bartrop,
Monica Stevenson (as Francesca), Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Wilfred Brambell ..... Beppo
Noel Davis ........... Clerk
John Dearth .......... Gonfalonier
Philip James ......... Major Domo
Marco and Sandro are annoyed. Their elderly friend, Beppo, the
bellringer, has been prevented by di Medici's guards from ringing
The Liberty Bell. It is customary for the bell to be rung once a
year. If it is not, then it is a victory for de Medici.

[15] Sword of Freedom: THE SUSPECTS
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by George Baxt
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson, Rowland Bartrop,
Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Basil Dignam ........ Sebastiano
Leonard Sachs ....... Bosti
Charles Gray ........ Varenza
Six men meet in Marco's studio to discuss the distribution of
pamphlets as a gesture of defiance against de Medici's rule. Sent
to collect the pamphlets from their hiding place in a warehouse,
Sandro is disturbed by the arrival of the Duke and his men. Sandro
managers to find a hiding place where he can overhear the Duke
talking. What he hears worries Sandro. One of the six men in Marco's
studio is a traitor.

[16] Sword of Freedom: SERENADE IN RED
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Leighton Reynolds
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom,
Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Jocelyn Britton ..... Laura
Tony Wright ......... Tonio
Alec Mango .......... Arno
Paul Hansard ........ Guard
de Medici's nephew, Tonio, is a promising young artist studying
under Marco del Monte. He is in love with, and wants to marry Laura,
daughter of a leading republican, Aro. Obviously, neither Aro or
the Duke would approve of the match. Marco must try and secure a
happy ending for the two lovers.

[17] Sword of Freedom: MARRIAGE OF CONVENIENCE
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Robert Westerby
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom,
Guest Cast:
Concepta Fennell .... Ipolita
Maurice Kauffman .... Sigismondo
Anthony Nicholls .... Zanobi
Roger Cage .......... Battista
Edwin Richfield ..... Melozzo
Bruno Barnabe ....... Girolamo
Girolamo and Zanobi are two of the most powerful families in Italy.
Their houses are to be united by the marriage of Girolamno's
daughter, Ipolita, and Zanobi's son Sigismondo. The couple have
never met and so Marco is hired to paint a portrait of the girl
to send to Zanobis. Ipolita is quite beautiful except for one flaw,
a long scar on her left cheek. Should Marco omit this from his
portrait?

[18] Sword of Freedom: THE VALUE OF PAPER
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Michael Connor
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom
Guest Cast:
John Longden ........ Umberto
Brian Haines ........ Serlio
Jennifer Jayne ...... Lisa
Patrick Doonan ...... Luigi
Michael Peake ....... Magistrate
Umberto has written a treatise on republicanism which would prove
dangerous to him if de Medici were to find out. Umberto is parchment
maker and hates paper so much that he will not allow his beautiful
daughter to marry Luigi, a printer and paper maker. What can Marco
do to remedy the situation.

[19] Sword of Freedom: THE PAGAN VENUS
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Robert Westerby
Directed by Anthony Squire
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson
Guest Cast:
Leonard Sachs ....... Grillo
Bill Fraser ......... Agnolo
John Carson ......... Cipriano
Alan Rowe ........... Merula
Leonard Sharp ....... Dealer
Sheldon Allan ....... Carlo

[20] Sword of Freedom: FORGERY IN RED CHALK (R&G)
or PORTRAIT IN RED CHALK (DWMcG)
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Leighton Reynolds
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson, Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Thomas Gallagher ..... Paolo
Andrew Keir .......... Leonardo de Vinci
Russell Carr ......... Servant

[21] Sword of Freedom: VESPUCCI
1957
1Mar58 ATV London UK, Sat 7:30 pm
19Mar62 Tyne-Tees UK, Mon 6:30 pm
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Michael Connor
Directed by Anthony Squire
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Kenneth Hyde (as Machiavelli)
Guest Cast:
John Gabriel ......... Vespucci
Luciana Paoluzzi ..... Litle Fawn
Patrick Troughton .... Bastiano
Maxwell Shaw ......... Ginori
Philip Ashley ........ Gonfalonier
Vespucci, an explorer, is anxious to raise money for another
voyage. As evidence that his his fantastic stories are true, he
produces Little Fawn, a native of the strange new land.

[22] Sword of Freedom: THE SCHOOL
(c) 1957 Filmed Nov 1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by William Templeton
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom,
Guest Cast:
Patrick Troughton .... Teofilo
Kenneth Williams ..... Tizio
Sean Barrett ......... Brunetto
Bruce Sharman ........ Angelo
Colin Broadley ....... Crespino
George Gee ........... Tiberio

[23] Sword of Freedom: CHART OF GOLD
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Leighton Reynolds
Directed by Anthony Squire
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Richard Leech ........ Cosimo
Daphne Anderson ...... Viola
Richard O'Sullivan ... Alberto
John Dearth .......... Inspector
Lynette Mills ........ Serving Girl

[24] Sword of Freedom: THE AMBASSADOR
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by William Templeton
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson
Monica Stevenson (as Francesca)
Guest Cast:
Peter Hammond ....... Ambassador
Patrick Troughton ... Cecci
Bernard Brown ....... Vinci

[25] Sword of Freedom: THE LION AND THE MOUSE
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by George Baxt
Directed by Anthony Squire
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson
Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Jean Kent ........... Valeska
Geoffrey Bayldon .... Luigi
Anne Padwick ........ Beatrice
Geraldine Hagen ..... Bella
Charmain Eyre ....... Maria

[26] Sword of Freedom: ANGELICA'S PAST
1957
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Michael Connor
Directed by Coby Ruskin
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Adrienne Corri
Guest Cast:
Roger Delgado ........ Virelli
Richard Wordsworth ... Coppa
Barry Shawzin ........ Marezza
John Barron .......... Merchant

[27] Sword of Freedom: THE BESEIGED DUCHESS
1957-58
25Jun62 Tyne-Tees UK, Mon 6:30 pm
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by George Baxt
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson,
Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Martita Hunt ......... Duchess Di Crespi
Tom Clegg ............ Ugo
The trouble begins when the Duke de Medici order Machiavelli.
his chief adviser, to negotiate with the Duchess Di Crespi for
her derelict castle - necessary for conversion to a fortress for
the defense of Florence.

[28] Sword of Freedom: CRISTINA
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Michael Connor
Directed by Coby Ruskin
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Rowland Bartrop
Guest Cast:
Julia Arnall ....... Cristina
George A. Cooper ... Arturo Bardi
George Murcell ..... Duiseppe
Michael Cosmo ...... Ronio

[29] Sword of Freedom: THE STRANGE INTRUDER
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by George Baxt
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson,
Monica Stevenson (as Francesca)
Guest Cast:
William Russell ..... Count Rene D'Albert

[30] Sword of Freedom: THE PRIMAVERA
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by A.M. Caidden
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom,
Monica Stevenson (as Francesca), Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
(no guest cast details)

[31] Sword of Freedom: A GAME OF CHANCE
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by George Baxt
Directed by Coby Ruskin
Starring: Edmund Purdom (Marco del Monte)
With: Martin Benson (De Medici)
Monica Stevenson (as Francesca), Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Morton Lowry ....... Orlando
Peter Torquill ..... Giorgio
Synopsis:
Giorgio, a Republican courier, is wounded by the Duke de Medici's men. He
is badly injured but manages to stagger to Marco del Monte's studio. [RF]

[32] Sword of Freedom: THE MARIONETTES
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by William Templeton
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Basil Dignam ....... Duke of Padua
Charles Lamb ....... Poggio
Jane Asher ......... Tristina
Carl Bernard ....... Galeotto
Paul Hansard ....... Guidone
Derry Nesbitt ...... Di Lucca

[33] Sword of Freedom: THE RELUCTANT DUKE
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by William Templeton
Directed by Coby Ruskin
Guest Cast:
Murray Mayne ....... Ludovico
Norma Parnell ...... Prospera
Bryan Coleman ...... Zampante
Donald Morley ...... Clown
Anne Padwick ....... Isabella

[34] Sword of Freedom: VENDETTA
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Michael Connor
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson,
Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Nigel Davenport ..... Berto
Kevin Stoney ........ Niccolo
Tim Seeley .......... Lorenzo
Sheldon Allan ....... Beppe

[35] Sword of Freedom: WHO IS FELICIA?
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by George Baxt
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom,
Guest Cast:
Zena Walker ....... Felicia
Andrew Keir ....... Sebastiano
Walter Gotell ..... Dominick
Kevin Stoney ........ Niccolo

[36] Sword of Freedom: VIOLETTA
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Michael Connor
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Guest Cast:
Jane Downs ........ Violetta
Llewellyn Rees .... Count Origi
Alan Rowe ......... Antonio
Michael Peake ..... Magistrate
Peter Torquill .... Captain

[37] Sword of Freedom: ADRIANNA
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by George Baxt
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom,
Monica Stevenson (as Francesca), Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
Anne Padwick ...... Lady Adrianna

[38] Sword of Freedom: THE ASSASSIN
1957-58
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Sidney Cole and Albert G. Ruben
Directed by Terry Bishop
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Martin Benson,
Derek Sydney (as Cpt. Rodrigo)
Guest Cast:
(No guest cast details)

[39] Sword of Freedom: THE WOMAN IN THE PICTURE
1957-58
4Apr58
24Nov59 [uk] Granada
Produced by Sidney Cole
Screenplay by Michael Connor
Directed by Anthony Squire
Regular Cast:
Edmund Purdom, Adrienne Corri,
Martin Benson, Rowland Bartrop, Derek Sydney
Guest Cast:
Joan Plowright ...... Lisa Giocondo
Elwyn Brook-Jones ... Francesca Giocondo
John Arnatt ......... Count Ugo
Andrew Keir.......... Leonardo Da Vinci
Larry Taylor ........ Captain
Synopsis #1
Leonardo de Vinci, the famous artist, has refused to paint
while the de Medicis are in power, and will not sell any of
his existing works. But de Medici has a strong reason for
wanting to buy the "Mona Lisa".
Synopsis #2:
A wealthy Nobleman, a friend of the Duke de Medici, visits Florence
hoping to buy a painting by the great artist Leonardo da Vinci, but
the only one available is the Mona Lisa. Marco battles to save the
painting from falling into the hands of Count Ugo.
[Peter Watson. <P.Watson@derby.ac.uk>]

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One of several Swashbuckling Adventure
series made by Lew Grade's ITC around this time.
Others included:-

The Adventures of Robin Hood (Richard Greene) 143episodes 1955-60
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marius Goring) 18 episodes 1955
The Count of Monte Cristo (George Dolenz) 39 episodes 1955
The Buccaneers (Robert Shaw as Capt. Dan Tempest) 39 episodes 1956
The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (Wiliam Russell) 30 episodes 1956
William Tell (Conrad Phillips) 39 episodes 1957-58
Sir Francis Drake (Terence Morgan) 26 episodes 1962

Other companies produced :-

The Adventures of Long John Silver (Robert Newton) 26 episodes 1955
The Gay Cavalier (Christian Marquand) 13 episodes 1956
Ivanhoe (Roger Moore) 39 episodes 1958
Richard The Lionheart (Dermot Walsh) 39 episodes 1962


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