Season 2 - originally broadcast
February 1, 1967
French: "Le seigneur de la guerre" (same as English)
Writer: Robert Culp
Director: Alf Kjellin
Assigned to rescue an attractive but impulsive young English girl apparently being held hostage by a Chinese warlord in the back country of Southeast Asia, they are stymied when she refuses to leave.
Jean Marsh (Katherine Faulkner), Cecil Parker (Sir Guy Faulkner), Patrick Barr (The General), Carl Rapp (Weaver), Bill Curran (Robert Carter)
Synopsis: They parachute into Burma to rescue an English girl.
Highlights/Comments: Like an art film Good casting & acting Began in Culp style with a film (a la SLPH). Like his last two scripts , complex, esoteric and many-layered. During bathroom conversation, so aptly put into the script, the War Lord asks “Do you understand it?” Scotty replies “No.” and the War Lord says “Neither do I.” Bill Cosby looked great. PR guy. “Fee Fy Fo Fum” - Spooky turn of events. … "a history of activity ... about the chairs" ... Culp's face during the speech about words … “The long night. The sound of water says what I think.” … Dramatic closing - as the ax beats down the door. Kelly's sadness. Scotty's smile. Birds. Too much!
Composer EARLE HAGEN comments on his dramatic score for "THE WARLORD."
"As Marion Hargrove said, when he was through-he was through. I don't remember talking with Culp about "Warlord," but it`s been a long time and the memory grows dim. I didn't do my thing until the picture was edited and cut to a final version. About three weeks after that episode was completed. By the time sound effects and music (low men on the totem pole) got the picture, the company was working on their third show. I remember on viewing the show for the first time, I thought the blows on the door were effective and could be incorporated into the music. I also knew that if they weren't in a steady beat I could get the editor, Art Said, to cut them into a useable rhythmic pattern. This wasn't even considered until the picture was in final cut.