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New York City policewoman Casey Jones' assignment to fight crime often entails her going undercover in some of the seediest and most dangerous parts of the city.
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Decoy aka Policewoman Decoy
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Cast

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Beverly Garland ... Casey Jones (39 episodes, 1957-1958)
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Series Directed by
Teddy Sills (14 episodes, 1957-1958)
Stuart Rosenberg (9 episodes, 1957-1958)
David Alexander (5 episodes, 1958)
Michael Gordon (3 episodes, 1958)
Don Medford (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
Arthur H. Singer (2 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Writing credits
Jerome Coopersmith (5 episodes, 1957-1958)
Steven Gardner (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Leon Tokatyan (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Don Ettlinger (3 episodes, 1958)
Cy Chermak (2 episodes, 1958)
Abram S. Ginnes (2 episodes, 1958)
Mel Goldberg (2 episodes, 1958)

Series Produced by
Arthur H. Singer .... producer / associate producer (23 episodes, 1957-1958)
Everett Rosenthal .... executive producer (22 episodes, 1957-1958)

David Alexander .... producer (unknown episodes)
Stuart Rosenberg .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Wladimir Selinsky (1 episode, 1958)
 
Series Cinematography by
Morris Hartzband (16 episodes, 1957-1958)
 
Series Film Editing by
Anthony Ciccolini (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Angelo Ross (5 episodes, 1957-1958)
John F. Hughes (3 episodes, 1958)
James Gaffney (2 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Art Direction by
Mel Bourne (14 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Costume Design by
Dorine Ackerman (14 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Makeup Department
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist (17 episodes, 1957-1958)
John Hall Jr. .... makeup artist / makeup (17 episodes, 1957-1958)
 
Series Production Management
Stuart Rosenberg .... in charge of production / executive in charge of production (20 episodes, 1957-1958)
Egon Pohoryles .... production manager (15 episodes, 1957-1958)
Barney Solomon .... production executive (2 episodes, 1957)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Boris Serratore .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Art Department
Mel Bourne .... designer (2 episodes, 1957)
Frances Hirsch .... accessories supplier (2 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Sound Department
David W. Scott .... sound (17 episodes, 1957-1958)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leonard Arkin .... dresses (1 episode, 1958)
Robert Rosenfeld .... at home clothes (1 episode, 1958)
 
Series Editorial Department
Angelo Ross .... supervising editor (11 episodes, 1958)
 
Series Music Department
Wladimir Selinsky .... musical director / music supervisor / ... (21 episodes, 1957-1958)
 
Series Other crew
Margaret Leonard .... technical advisor (20 episodes, 1957-1958)
Mort Friedman .... researcher / research (15 episodes, 1957-1958)
Ann Kamsly .... production assistant (15 episodes, 1957-1958)
Murray Secher .... production coordinator (14 episodes, 1957-1958)
Peg Mayer .... researcher (8 episodes, 1957-1958)
Robert Kingsley .... production executive (6 episodes, 1958)
Barney Solomon .... production executive (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
 

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Also Known As:
"Policewoman Decoy" - USA (rerun title)
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Runtime:
30 min (39 episodes)
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32 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Remarkable and ahead of its time, 13 January 2004
Author: 23skidoo-4 from Calgary, Canada

This past Christmas, I found a $3 discount DVD with four episodes of this obscure 1950s TV series. I was intrigued about a cop show featuring a female police officer dating back to the Father Knows Best and I Love Lucy era. Plus I admit I thought Beverly Garland looked cute in uniform.

I was very pleasantly surprised to discover - at least based upon the 4 episodes on the DVD - that Decoy was an excellent, ahead-of-its-time show. Yes, it was very much a forerunner of Police Woman, only without the cheesiness. In fact the show felt a lot more like Dragnet - complete with Garland providing a Jack Webb-style narration.

The 4 episodes all focused on women being victimized by crime, and Policewoman Casey Jones' efforts to right wrongs, often acting undercover (in one episode she becomes what is called a "honey trap" to attract a bad guy). Despite it being 1957-58, an era when women were not expected to be action heroes, Beverly Garland provides a surprising amount of action in an appealingly understated way, whether it be sneaking through a forest to snatch a hostage to freedom, or (in the DVD's most memorable moment) outdrawing a bad guy with a rifle!

Casey Jones is a character who takes her work very seriously. Perhaps too seriously -- but then Joe Friday was never a bundle of laughs, either. If I had to pick a modern-day equivalent to Casey, it would have to be Mariska Harigtay's policewoman in Law and Order Special Victims Unit. The two characters have much in common.

Sadly, Decoy only ran one season (and it looks as if some episodes were in cold storage for a couple of years before being aired), and while there are a few DVDs out there with episodes, the series looks set to fade into undeserved oblivion. Personally, with the popularity of such female action hero series as Alias and La Femme Nikita on TV and on DVD these days, I think a DVD release of the Decoy series would be a great move. Decoy is undeniably an historical document - but it stands up well more than 45 years later.

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