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Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Set 1 (1973)

Mike Pratt , Kenneth Cope , Robert Tronson , Roy Ward Baker  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope
  • Directors: Robert Tronson, Roy Ward Baker, Paul Dickson
  • Format: Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 663 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00016XNHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,019 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Set 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on four discs
  • "Haunted History: London" episode from the History Channel's series Haunted History
  • Photo gallery

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Mike Pratt, Kenneth Cope. A pair of private eyes take on a variety of divorce cases until one of them is run down and killed. But that doesn't stop him, and in fact the duo become an even better team in this cult hit British series. Includes all 13 first-season episodes on DVD for the first time. 4 DVDs. 1969-70/color/11 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

The twist of private-eye show Randall & Hopkirk Deceased is that in the first episode, gumshoe Marty Hopkirk (Kenneth Cope) is killed off by the villains, only to pop up in an immaculate white suit as a ghost visible only to his hardboiled partner, Jeff Randall (Mike Pratt). In theory, the supernatural streak--which meant a complex set of rules about Marty's appearances and effects on the physical world--should lead the show into wilder territory, but most episodes squander the team's unique abilities on ordinary cases about blackmail and murder-for-profit. A persistent subplot has the living Jeff getting cozy with the dead Marty's widow Jean (Annette Andre) to the discomfort of her late husband. The elementary effects and the nice underplaying of the leads have a certain period charm, and the show was able to afford a high caliber of special guest villains and beautiful women. A 1990s remake with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer hasn't obliterated memories of the original. --Kim Newman

Customer Reviews

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This series was a true original! June 24, 2004
Welcome to the world of Randall and Hopkirk, Deceased. I can remember when I was very small how this series was once ran on my local TV station in the States as My Partner, The Ghost. At the time it seemed very somber and I can remember feeling a little uneasy from the general mood of each episode.....ok, I was scared. Boy, I never knew how good I had it until I purchased the first volume of this treasure trove! R&H is an interesting alternative to the other popular series of the time such as the Avengers, the Prisoner (despite its mere 17 episode run), I Spy, and the Man From U.N.C.L.E. For my money it's also got the coolest theme song going-but then I'm prejudiced in favor of the harpsichord. I think what set this series apart was the seedy approach it took to fighting crime. For the most part, the villains are not megalomaniacal masterminds trying to deep-six their own country. These guys usually go the route of murder and the stakes are usually some small financial potatoes, relatively speaking. Also, our heroes are always just barely making ends meet; they always seem to find another case just in the nick of time to avoid bankruptcy for another episode. Additionally, the character of Jeff Randall is more of an anti-hero than anything else-his priorities are money, women, and keeping the job afloat; somewhere in there is a sense of justice mixed in, but it's very low on the priority scale! But in my opinion, the nervous, anxiety-fueled character of Marty Hopkirk (played by Kenneth Cope) and how he interacts with his live partner, Jeff, as well as deals with the day-to-day stresses of the job (such as murder!) is what drives this series. Need other reasons to try this series? How about the pristine transfer! Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected. Now fork over set 2 ! January 7, 2006
Has anyone bought this that didn't have vague fond memories of watching this (My Partner the Ghost) as a child? I too am in that boat.

I feared watching this might spoil my memories. Fortunately I find I had fine taste as a youngster, because this show was very enjoyable as an adult. This time around it seemed less eerie, and was more nostalgic, campy fun.

This is the story of a pair of detectives, Jeff and Marty, one of whom is murdered on a case. Thankfully the only sad part in the series happens right away. Marty promptly returns to help Jeff, and also keep an eye on his widow Jeannie, now working in the office with Jeff. Naturally part of the fun is that only Jeff can see Marty (with a couple rare exceptions).

The premise holds up, thanks to actors who seem to have just the right touch, and the show is as entertaining as it sounds.

The stories are all pretty light, even when murder is involved. The plots are kind of small-potato Avengeresque. A plotting, sinister, bad-guy taking over an inheritance, rather than a mad/sinister agency attempting to take over the world.

The fact that one of the private detectives is a ghost leaves an anything-can-happen feel. While a lot of far-out adventures occur, it never goes beyond the great-beyond for supernatural storylines. In other words, they don't get into sci-fi (aliens), or horror movie type(vampires) plots. It happily sticks to a private-eye mystery show with a fun twist.

I enjoyed this as much as when I caught some Ellery Queen and Banacek re-runs a few years back (other long-lost childhood detective heroes).

I have seen this was released in England as an entire set of 26 episodes. We know the next 13 are out there, so come on A&E, put them out already.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Set 1 October 9, 2004
By Reno
Where is Set 2? This series brings back many memories when it aired as My Partner the Ghost in the states years ago. I would complete the collection. I don't really know why, but I thoroughly enjoy watching these episodes repeatedly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Found My Partner the Ghost February 25, 2006
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I first watched this series known as "My Partner The Ghost" on channel Nine in Los Angeles in the mid seventies. I was thrilled to finally find it and purchase for viewing. Not only is it entertaining, it is a historic representation of London in the late sixties.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So where is Set 2? January 4, 2006
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This was one of my favorite shows from the 60's, and I bought Set 1 as soon as it was released, and have been waiting somewhat impatiently ever since for Set 2. When is A&E going to grace us with the rest of the series?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable! October 23, 2004
But where is the rest of it? Delightful British import from the late 60's, an adventure detective show that is also funny, sweet and sad all at once. I purchased set 1 a few weeks ago and have watched several episodes over and over again. It holds up very well for a 30+ year old program. So, A&E, where is Set 2??!!

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Partner Back From the Dead March 24, 2004
By A Customer
I remember this series fondly as "My Partner the Ghost" on TV in the early 1970's. Watching these episodes brings back great memories--though I originally watched them on a black and white TV. Some of the episodes are great (the mind-reader episode, for example) while others are cute but not compelling. The color on these DVDs is superb, and the clarity is very sharp. Therein, however, lies one problem: the picture is so bright and sharp that one will want to adjust his or her TV to soften the picture. In fact, the contrast is so severe that in most scenes Marty's white suit seems just a white blur. Also, in one scene Jeanie is wearing a bright yellow outfit that looks like a yellow blob--only when she turns sideways do you notice the front of the dress has buttons. That said, this is a MINOR problem which is quite easy to ignore, as flesh tones are not affected. The acting is top notch by both the 3 principals and the extras--and look for actors that pop up in other later Britcoms such as "Are You Being Served." All in all, this is a great set of DVDs of a beloved show far too long unavailable in the US. It gets only 4 stars due to the intense brightness and sharpness of the picture, but some will prefer the wonderful picture clarity/sharpness. Lets all hope that the last 13 episodes will be issued soon. Thank you, A&E!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great stroll down memory lane
I gave this to my twin sister as a gift. She and I watched this on the telly (alright, were from the states-in San Jose,Ca) when it ran as "My Partner the Ghost". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kellykid8
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved as s Kid; Like as an Adult
I loved the idea of coming back as a ghostly friend and aiding old partner/sleuth. This was a great show and very spooky, which for me it still is because it's within the idea of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Stuart
5.0 out of 5 stars It brings back memories.
This was a great set. It brings back so many memories. I used to watch this show before The Avengers when I was growing up. Thank you for this Set.
Published 12 months ago by Troy Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars My Partner the Ghost( in the USA)
I have been looking for this for years. If anyone knows where to get the second set please post it.
Published 15 months ago by nvsbldd1
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it!
My Mom and I watched this when it was called "My Partner the Ghost." I fell in love with this show! It's great seeing this again after all these years. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Yol
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch
Randall and Hopkirk, Deceased is really great British entertainment. Unfortunately, only half of the series has been released in the Region 1 format. Very enjoyable though.
Published 17 months ago by Ralph Kramden
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun show
the BBC really knows how to make good sci-fi (Dr. Who), and know this a rare gem. very fast service.
Published 19 months ago by john pisano
5.0 out of 5 stars great show
my partner the ghost was one of the first tv shows i ever remember watching, loved that i could still get them 20 years later.. great experience with amazon
Published 20 months ago by allen w conley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for my wife
My wife had really liked this as a youngster, so it made the ideal gift. Delivered as advertised and she did love it.
Published 22 months ago by Paul Wieloszynski
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Nice Price for an Entertaining Brit Series
The only set to be available in the United States currently (October 2011), the price makes it quite a bargain. Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by drkhimxz
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