Tag: India

EP3569: Man Called X: India

Herbert Marshall

The Man Called X goes to India to safeguard efforts to prevent a famine in India and overcome propaganda against those efforts.

Original Air Date: April 7, 1951

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EP3515: Man Called X: Pirates Off the Coast of India

Herbert Marshall

The Man Called X goes to India after reports of a submarine flying a U.S. flag committing piracy.

Original Air Date: February 13, 1951

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EP3333: Suspense: The Moonstone, Part One (Encore)

Peter Lawford

A young man delivers an Indian diamond to his cousin on her birthday, a diamond that brings woe to the entire house.

Original Air Date: November 16, 1953

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AWR0103: Escape: Poison (Jack Webb Centennial)

Amazing World of Radio

A man’s bigoted friend is trapped in bed with a deadly snake, and the only one who can help is a doctor from India.

Original Air Date: July 28, 1950

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EP3083: The Man Called X: The Quinine Contract Letter

George Raft
The Man Called X has to go to India after he found out a man he was delivering a contract to had been murdered.

Original Air Date: September 30, 1944

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TV Series Review: The Indian Detective

In 2017’s CTV/Netflix series Russell Peters stars as Toronto Police Constable Doug D’Mello. D’Mello stops a truck at the border that he’s been led to believe contains drugs. When it turns out not to be the case, D’Mello becomes a viral video joke. He is suspended for a month and demoted to Constable Fourth Class. When he receives a report that his Indian father is ill, D’Mello catches a flight to Mumbai, India. There he ends up staying with his father, who is in the habit of telling people Doug is a detective. This sets Doug up to be involved in multiple mysteries that end up tying into a case far closer to home.

In the first three episodes, the mystery works quite well. The first two episodes are seemingly disconnected cases but do end up tying together. Our overall mystery isn’t a whodunit. It’s trying to understand what their plot is and how our hero is going to stop them. The main villain, Indian drug lord
Gopal Chandekar (Hamza Haq) uses Doug’s investigations in the early episodes to forward his own ends. The actual method of resolving the case is not as strong as it could be, but it’s not stupid or unbelievable.

The supporting cast has some solid performances. Hamza Haq not only plays Gopal Chandekar, he also plays his American twin brother and does a good job making them feel like separate characters. Doug’s father Stanley D’Mello is one of the more likable characters in the story. He and Doug share regret over him never being around, and he’s trying to rekindle the relationship. He and Doug don’t get far but there’s room left open for a second series at the end of this one. Priya Seagal (Mishqah Parthiephal) is a young Indian attorney fighting for poor clients in the slum. She serves as Doug’s conscience and he also starts to fall for her. Canadian acting legend William Shatner plays David Marlowe, an overleveraged, ultra-rich developer looking to strike a deal with the Chandekar brothers for some property. He’s fun whenever he’s on screen.

I have more mixed feelings on Peters’ performance. His character reminds me of Paul Blart, Mall Cop, only less likable. Peters’ character can be obnoxious, particularly in India. It’s as if someone decided the stereotype of Canadians being polite was harmful and used Peters’ character to remedy that. He is rude and condescending to Indians. Thankfully, it’s not all the time, but it’s still off-putting. However, he’s more complex than his worst moments and I give the character credit for correcting his father’s mischaracterization of his job. He volunteers that he wasn’t a detective in Canada in the first episode rather than having it drug out or revealed in a bit of forced comedy.

The series is advertised as a comedy, but it’s not funny. Few scenes amused me and nothing made me laugh. I found the ending for Doug’s character too pat. Things happened to him that couldn’t be justified on the basis of the story.

The series is no classic, but it’s not bad either. It has some charming characters and a pretty solid plot and it managed to hold my interest throughout its runtime.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5

EP0139: Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Elephant

*Holmes is called to India regarding the security of a White elephant whose death signals the coming death of a Maharaja.

Original Air Date: October 8, 1945

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