Brigadier Alan Swanson [is] the American general masterminding the
exchange [of industrial diamonds for German gyroscopes]. Although a novice at intelligence, Swanson is nonetheless ruthless and
commands, at the outset, that Rhinemann must be killed.
It can't be proven, but General Swanson could be the older brother of Commodore Otis Swanson and father of "Swanny" Swanson ('Columbo' - "Last Salute To The Commodore"). "Swanny" may have been Alan Swanson, Jr.
Huston only had two scenes in the mini-series and not much
more was required of him than his larger-than-life presence and that great voice
which you could wrap yourself up in on a cold night. But what makes him
interesting is that of all the characters in the story, Ambassador Granville
should have been based on a real person. (And maybe he was.....)
Norman Armour – Career FSO Title: Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary Appointed: May 18, 1939 Presented credentials: June
19, 1939 Terminated mission: Recalled June 27, 1944; left post June 29,
Note: Normal relations between the U.S. and Argentina were
interrupted Feb 24, 1944; the U.S. did not recognize the new government of
Argentina and recalled Ambassador Armour on June 27, 1944. Relations were
restored when the U.S. recognized the Farrell government on April 19,
Note: The name of the chargé d'affaires a.i. or other chief of mission
who served in the interim between Ambassadors Armour and Braden is not
Spruille Braden – Political appointee Title: Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Appointed: May 8, 1945 Presented
credentials: May 21, 1945 Terminated mission: Left post September 23,
So in the interim between the two ambassadors, "for alls I
know", there really was a Henderson Granville.
Another "Two For Tuesday" showcase for 'The Rhinemann
AS SEEN IN:
'The Rhinemann Exchange'
Ballard was the cryptologist working at the American Embassy
in Buenos Aires. Throughout the production I kept expecting him to be revealed
to be the traitor, since it's the kind of role McDowall does so well.
THE MARCH HARE
AS SEEN IN:
"Alice In Wonderland"
TV DIMENSION OPTIONS:
1] The True Wonderland
2] BookWorld, an alternate universe, not just a
3] A dreamscape, perhaps based on a particular edition of the
Leslie Jenner Hawkwood [is] an old flame of Spaulding, who -
having married into a Jewish family - is aware of the full extent of the Nazi
genocide and who has joined the Haganah.
Leslie marks one of the big changes from the Ludlum novel. In the
book, Jean Cameron becomes the love of David Spaulding's life. But that aspect
is always held by Leslie and Jean Cameron is just an employee at the embassy
(although she does make a play for David.) The rest of Jean's storyline may
still play out in the book as it did in the show; I don't know, I never read
it. But there was never anyone but Leslie for him in Toobworld.
As the Trickster once said, "Reality is boring, that's why I change it whenever I can."
I'm just "The Man Who Viewed Too Much", and "Inner Toob" is a blog exploring and celebrating the 'reality' of an alternate universe in which everything that ever happened on TV actually takes place.
Most of my theories about the TV Universe come from thinking inside the box and thus can't be proven. But I've never been one to shy away from a tall tale.....
Remember: "The more you watch, the more you've seen!"