Home Television Drama O.S.S.


1 9 5 7 – 1 9 5 8 (UK/USA)
26 x 30 minute episodes

Frank Hawthorne was an agent in World War II’s Office of Strategic Services (O.S.S.), the American spy agency. He operated behind German lines in France with the assistance of the French Resistance and his assistant, Sergeant O’Brien (Robert Gallico).

Both men received their orders from Lionel Murton as ‘The Chief’ and the series was allegedly based on a real organisation of the same name, which was disbanded after the war and was, in fact, the precursor to the CIA.

Co-producer William Eliscu had himself served in the agency, adding some semblance of authenticity to the stories, which usually involved rescue and sabotage missions behind enemy lines.

Captain Frank Hawthorn
Ron Randell
Sergeant O’Brien
Robert Gallico
The Chief
Lionel Murton