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The Baron: The Complete Series (1966)

Steve Forrest , Sue Lloyd , Roy Ward Baker , Cyril Frankel  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steve Forrest, Sue Lloyd
  • Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Cyril Frankel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Koch Vision
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 1600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NH4CEY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Baron: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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Made by ITC (The Saint, Secret Agent/Danger Man) and based on John Creasey’s jet set character, The Baron was the first British drama series to be completely filmed in color and featured a roll call of high-caliber guest stars including Peter Wyngarde, Peter Bowles, George Baker, Jeremy Brett and Edward Woodward. Collected for the first time, all 30 episodes of The Baron are presented complete and uncut.

Tall, handsome and debonair, John Mannering (Steve Forrest), aka The Baron, is an international art and antiques dealer working with British Intelligence tracking stolen treasures. In a world of danger, greed and intrigue, The Baron – aided by the glamorous Cordelia (Sue Lloyd) – must risk his life on espionage missions to recover priceless works of art and bring criminals to justice.

Bonus Features: Select Commentary Tracks and Audio Introductions with Sue Lloyd, production supervisor Johnny Goodman and more!

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
The Baron (1966-67), is an entertaining, action-packed series that delivers excitement and thrills, in much the same style as The Saint. The program was produced by Britain's Incorporated Television Company (ITC), whose credits at this time included The Saint, Danger Man, and supermarionation programs like The Thunderbirds, and Fireball XL5. What made The Baron unusual, was that it featured an American actor, Steve Forrest, as its star.

John Mannering, nicknamed `The Baron', was originally a creation of British mystery writer John Creasy. Mannering was British, but for television, ITC changed him to a Texas cattle 'baron', who owned antique shops in London, Paris, and Boston. The series ran for just one season, producing 30 episodes, and was the first ITC production featuring live actors, to be shot in color. Like The Saint, The Baron was also distributed in the US, but because of poor ratings, was not renewed for a second season.

This was unfortunate, as the tall and handsome Forrest clearly demonstrated that an American could perform as a lead in a British action series, with dashing coolness, comparable to Roger Moore. Forrest, is physically a little smaller than Moore, but with fiery blue eyes, a similar wardrobe, and slicked back hair, there is more than a passing resemblance between the two. Forrest has a serious, tough, attitude which differs from the mischievous charm that Roger Moore brought to Simon Templar. The Saint and The Baron, have an extremely similar look, feel, and sound, as Edwin Astley, who provided the music for Danger Man and The Saint, also did the same for The Baron. Long time partners Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman co-created The Baron.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining "Saint-Like" Series August 13, 2010
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I had never heard of this series so I didn't know what to expect when I bought it. I knew it was made by ITC which produced many of my favorite series.
I found the series to be fast-paced and interesting for the most part. The first 10 to 12 episodes are the best but they do tend to drag a little at the end of the series which may be why it only had 1 season.
I believe anyone who liked the Roger Moore "Saint" series from the sixties will also enjoy these.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just don't remember this series? June 5, 2013
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The 60's / 70's was full of mystery series that were fun to watch, not gross and full of blood, violence and hatred. This short series was in the same vein as the Saint (Roger Moore), The Avengers (Diana Rigg need I say more) and The Persuaders (Tony Curtis).

Great European locations, plots easy and fun to follow. For the price you get 30 shows, plus all kinds of extras about the stars, directors and locations. Neat stuff and for the re-runs of summer 2013 we have something new to watch!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By GranO
Another powerhouse series from ITC, features antique dealer John Mannering, assisted by apprentices David and Cordelia, on the trail of artifacts and criminals. The platonic pairing of Mannering's The Baron, and Cordelia, is very well presented, although unlike Peel and Steed from The Avengers, there is no real sexual tension between them. Steve Forrest, who died this month at age 87, turns out a solid performance in this adaptation from the John Creasey novels.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like stepping back in time August 9, 2012
By dr myke
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i watched this tv series when it came out
years ago and i loved it. today it is dated
and it has been re-done a thousand times -
but these stories stand the test of time.
the cast is great. the stories are very good.
it is a great production and cleverly done....
and the settings are interesting and fun.
i am delighted i foudn it again and am
enjoying it. i cannot believe that it was so
reasonably priced. i will watch it over and over
again ............ and add it with pride to my
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Teasure! June 15, 2013
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I found the dvd very good quality, and the audio extras very interesting. I didn't remember the series from when I was a kid but love spy shows. With the cost so very reasonable I took a chance and I'm glad I did. It's like watching a brand new show but in the format I love. The great Steve Forest (who just passed away) I sat and watch about have of the series as a memorial to him. I did remember enjoying Sue LLyod when I was a teenage and she was hot, she looks great. IF you liked Danger Man (Secret Agent) The Saint or even I Spy then the Baron is just what you are looking for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Indiana Jones meets James Bond March 9, 2014
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The Baron aired at a time when everyone was spy crazy. This was the era of James Bond, The Man From U.N.C.L.E., I spy and a plethora of other shows in the secret agent genre, even Get Smart. It was the cold war, and everyone wanted to be a spy and get the most beautiful women. The Baron really fits the bill, and of course it was made by the Brits, after all, who knew spies better than the Brits. Steve Forrest is a very good actor and is completely believable in the lead role of The Baron, John Mannering, dealer an antique dealer, an American living in London. After doing a little private undercover work to help out a few friends he is sought out by the British Intelligence agency to do a little free lance work for them. Sort of like Mission Impossible covert activities, "of course if you are caught Mr. Mannering we will disavow any knowledge of you." The Baron uses his vast knowledge of antique art etc. to help solve the missions he is sent on. This show is very timely now, since some of the back story of John Mannering is that he was one of the experts seeking out the stolen art by the Nazi's to return it to its proper origin. His character was a Monuments Man. It is a shame this show only lasted one season in the mid 60's it was a wonderful show. I really enjoyed it as a school boy, and I am very glad I can see it again. Well worth the investment. The only drawback is that some of the scenery and effects appear somewhat out of date, but one can overlook this considering it is 50 years old. Steve Forrest was a tremendous actor, often overlooked. He refused to cash in on the celebrity of his more well known older brother Dana Andrews. R.I.P. Steve Forrest you are missed.
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Get the best deal you can. I bought mine from an Amazon Marketplace Seller in the 30s and it plays great. Or if you have a region free player check out the British copy from Network on the UK site, has bonus material. American copies of British tv shows by default are expensive, but then... Read More
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