This late-night syndicated series was intended to "glorify" the otherwise dull and routine life of an insurance investigator. Joe Shannon (George Nader) was a kind of private investigator for various insurance companies, with some interesting (but plausible) devices, which he used to obtain evidence. Because portable video tape cameras didn't exist back then, Joe Shannon used a kind of "pop-up" film camera, from the "hump area" of his car. His wristwatch was actually a microphone, leading to a concealed tape recorder, so he could tape private conversations, and the "spotlight" on his car was actually a sophisticated camera. Naturally, he'd be involved in tense situations on occasion, as "the bad guys" would resent him trying to prove that their insurance claims were a "scam" of some sort. But, to this 11-year-old kid (in 1961), the show was both "fascinating" and memorable.
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