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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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 Herbert A. Philbrick (115 episodes, 1953-1956)
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 Special Agent Jerry Dressler (67 episodes, 1953-1956)

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Herbert Philbrick was a young professional and pacifist in 1939 Boston. He joined an anti-war group and quickly found himself caught up in the secret world of underground communist activity. He agreed to spy on the Communists for the FBI, and spent the next 9 years of his life as a Communist, FBI spy, and Communist counter-spy, since they had asked him to follow other comrades to test their loyalty. Hence the 3 lives; and his family, co-workers, and church never knew. This TV show is based on the TRUE story of how Philbrick (played ably by Richard Carlson) could never relax, but had to sneak to secret cell meetings and meet FBI agents in clandestine places to make info drops, never knowing when he might be found out, and if he would live to see the next rendezvous. Written by J Barlow <jonahsdive@gmail>

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I Led Three Lives  »

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According to the PBS special _"Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald?" (1992) (mini)_, this was Lee Harvey Oswald's favorite TV show. See more »

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Great Camp Show Needs DVD Treatment
11 April 2004 | by (Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain) – See all my reviews

"I Led 3 Lives" needs to live another life--on dvd. Preferably as a complete box set, but I'd be happy with a multi-volume Alpha Video release a la "The Adventures of Fu Manchu." This is a great show that is entertaining today not only for it's bizzaro camp appeal, but also because it is a great look into the paranoid world view of the super-paranoid, mindlessly anti-communist mindset that ruled American life from the end of WWII to the fall of the Berlin Wall. This was serious stuff back in the day! And that's what makes this deadly earnest show all the more hilarious.

Hey those in charge: We Need this Show on DVD!


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