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"The Case of the Red-Faced Thespian" is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of Magnum, P.I. which originally aired on January 19, 1984.


The "Great Gatsby Gala," with everyone dressed in 1920s costumes, is being held at the estate and Magnum is responsible for security.





  • Ronald Lacey as Archer Hayes
  • Colleen Camp as Valerie Cane
  • June Chadwick as Lady Cynthia Warrington Stout
  • Laurette Spang as Marge Atherton
  • Vonetta McGee as Inez Stuart
  • John McCook as Nolan Atherton


  • The rarely seen second floor of the estate's main house is featured. There is also a scene on one of the second floor balconies.
  • Higgins arrived at Robin's Nest in 1972, and replaced the original majordomo Lowell Xavier Jameson (aka "Archer Hayes") who was fired by Robin Masters.
  • One of the cars seen at the estate is a 1935 Auburn Boattail Speedster!


Marge: Great costume!
Magnum: Oh, this isn't a costume.
Nolan: Really?! You wear that shirt in public?

Higgins: Magnum, I'm very busy placating the guests. Now, will you please send Rick and T.C. away and assume the character of a reasonably competent security person? Only you and I will know you're acting.

Magnum: Higgins, cut it out! The playacting is for the guests.
Higgins: Higgins? My ingnorant lad, that was Richard III. G.B. Shaw begged me to do the Pygmalion role, but, of course, I have no time for comedy.
Magnum: Higgins, come on. Stop kidding around and get back to bed!
Higgins: Back! Back, rogue! "Onward for God, England, and Saint George!"
  Season 4 (1980)
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