Hine: Rifles Are Dangerous (ITV 7 Apr 1971)

In Rifles Are Dangerous arms salesman Joe Hine is on a secret trip to the Middle East. Ostensibly to buy a 1000 rifles but he quickly finds that he is not the only “salesman” there and it’s not just rifles that are on offer.

The opening episode is all about Hine’s toughness and being his own man. Despite the fact that he is not in the lead to make the deal he is able to finagle things so they go his way.

Hine and Barrie Ingham were given a nice feature in the TV Times for this opening episode, 5 pages in total. A look at the show and an interview with Ingham. There is an interesting idea that Hine is out of the same mould as the tough Garfield Kane character that Ingham had played in The Power Game a few years before.

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classic quote
“My assets are me. Myself. Joe Hine.”

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 7 April 1971 at 9.00pm

Writer: Wilfred Greatorex / Production Design: Don Fisher, Henry Graveney / Director: Robert Tronson

Series: Hine Episode 1 (of 13)

Barrie Ingham as Joe Hine
Paul Eddington as Astor Harris
Colin Gordon as Walpole Gibb
John Steiner as Jeremy Windsor
Sarah Craze as Susannah Grey
Maxwell Shaw as Rashid
Jasmina Hilton as Farah
Juan Moreno as Chauffeur
Judith Bellis as Stewardess
Monica Walters as Meter Maid
J.M. Bay as Mitchell
Stefan Kalipha as African
Nik Zaran as General Khoury

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