The Secret of Boyne Castle is a 1969 telefilm produced by Walt Disney Productions. It was originally broadcast on NBC as a three-part episode on Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color on February 9, February 16, and February 23, 1969. It was later released theatrically in the UK during the same year as Guns in the Heather. The telefilm was directed by Robert Butler.
The Secret of Boyne Castle (television title) or Guns in the Heather (theatrical title) is a wild romp through late 1960's Ireland with two school chums being pursued by spies from an unknown state. The story opens with an automobile chase scene of a mortally wounded Irish underworld figure being chased by the spies. The chase ends at an upper class school where the spies will not of course follow the man they wounded onto the school grounds. The wounded man is looking for an American student at the school by the name of Rich Evans. With his dying breath, he tells Evans to look in, "...my room at Boyne Castle." Rich with his friend Sean O'Connor set off for Boyne Castle but on the way are kidnapped by the spies. They seem to feel that Evans knows something that his older brother Tom - who unbeknown st to Rich Evans is a secret agent - knows. The indignant younger Evans replies, "...Tom's a sales representative for steel company." Evans and O'Connor manage to escape from the "bad guys." But can they make good their escape and make it to Boyne Castle with these underworld figures chasing them?
The Secret of Boyne Castle (television title) or Guns in the Heather (theatrical title) is a wild romp through late 1960's Ireland with two school chums being pursued by spies from an unknown state. After having escaped from the "bad guys," (see description in episode #1) Rich Evans and his friend Sean O'Connor are pursued cross-country by the spies who captured them, with the Irish countryside and highway system as a backdrop. While in captivity the two school chums noticed that one of their captors wore a peculiar looking ring. This ring more than once gives away the head spy while Evans and O'Connor continue on their journey to Boyne Castle. All the while Rich is wondering what his brother Tom's involvement in all this is. The "secret" of course lies at Boyne Castle.
After using considerable ingenuity to evade their pursuers, Rich Evans and his school chum Sean O'Connor arrive at Boyne Castle. (See descriptions for parts 1 and 2). But the spies who have been chasing them across Ireland have gotten wise to their evasive tactics. What disguise will they use to entrap Evans and O'Connor yet again? What is Tom Evans involvement in all this? And what is the "secret" of Boyne Castle? The Secret of Boyne Castle is a wild romp through 1960's Ireland with the Irish countryside and highway system as a backdrop. It is an unusual thriller which will keep you on the edge of your seat as each episode unfolds right up to the final scene.
- Glenn Corbett ... Tom Evans
- Alfred Burke ... Kersner
- Kurt Russell ... Rich Evans
- Patrick Dawson ... Sean O'Connor
- Patrick Barr ... Lord Boyne
- Hugh McDermott ... Carleton
- Patrick Westwood ... Levick
- Eddie Byrne ... Bailey
- Godfrey Quigley ... Meister
- Kevin Stoney ... Enhardt
- Shay Gorman ... Headmaster
- Niall Toibin ... Kettering
- Ernst Walder ... Vollos
- Robert Bernal ... Sergeant Clune
- Vincent Dowling ... Maston
- John Horton ... Stafford
- J.G. Devlin ... Muldoon
- Nicola Davies ... Kathleen
- Gerry Alexander ... Paddy
- Eamon Morrissey ... Hennessey
- Declan Mulholland ... Retchick
- Mary Larkin ... Mary
- Paul Farrell ... Groundskeeper