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Matlock Police - Volume 4

Matlock Police - Volume 4

Product Review (submitted on 14 March 2017):
Volume 4 of Matlock Police is the best one yet.
The ‘Ghosts’ episode is very atmospheric, however the tension between Joe Czoski’s Wife and his mother was never explained.

‘Robbery’ is an action packed episode with much to offer, including John Stanton giving his typical Schizoid performance.
Jill Forster also makes an appearance alongside her future husband - Mr Stanton.

‘The Recurrence of Brandy MacBain’ is an outstanding episode and proves if a production has
good writers, ordinary can become extraordinary, as this episode surely is.

One scene that’s always stayed with me is the one where the woman steps out of the Wardrobe
and says in a man’s Voice ‘You killed my Baby’ !...
A simple scene, but very effective in conveying fear and confusion.
If I had to criticise ‘The Recurrence of Brandy MacBain’, it would have to be the implausible
How could a Man dressed as a woman find work as a Teacher ?.
Despite this, the episode is involving and very watchable.

Did anyone notice the 2 different Kombi Vans in the ‘Collision Course’ episode ?.
Look at the size of the Tailgate Window which changes between scenes.

‘Bedlam’ is Tom Richards first appearance as Senior Detective Steve York, however he
can be seen in several earlier episodes.
The storyline works well and is quite funny, with Fred Cul Cullen playing his usual drunken
routine a little too well.

‘Poor Jacko’ highlights bullying and how easy it is for someone to be victimised.
I related to ‘Jacko’ on a personal level and thought he deserved a fair go.
It’s a shame Crawford’s did’nt make better use of Actor Jack Allen, as he did’nt appear in
many series.

‘Adam’s Disciple’ was excellent and featured a typically good performance by Keith Eden playing
a Religious nutter.

Matlock Police is now (1972) looking more polished, but never had the gloss or popularity
of Homicide, but no matter I still like the show and will continue purchasing new Volumes.
One important thing that’s overlooked about the Crawford Releases is they represent a time capsule of the way Melbourne and its surroundings looked during the 1960’s and 70’s,
Including old Cars, fashions, phone boxes, hairstyles, actors, etc...

These old Tv programs reflect a time when Australia was a much better country,
where there was prosperity and hope for the future.
People were happier during this time, which is sadly no longer the case.

Tony Crossley

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