The Commissioner of Recreation & Parks receives three life-threatening letters in one week, complaining about the method by which art is selected for museum display. When James Bellington ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Host
James Bellington
Dr. Glover
Lonny Chapman ...
Lt. Wymar
Neile Adams ...
Sgt. Louise Marklen
Policeman #1
Park Commission Secretary
Betty Harford ...
Woman in Museum
Edward Mallory ...
The Thief
Jess Kirkpatrick ...
Thomas Grindley
Tony Franke ...
The Messenger
Syl Lamont ...
The Museum Guide
Vince Williams ...
Harold Ayer ...
Hardware Salesman
Hinton Pope ...
The 1st Bomb Squad Man


The Commissioner of Recreation & Parks receives three life-threatening letters in one week, complaining about the method by which art is selected for museum display. When James Bellington enters City Hall with a breadbox-sized package and runs from a lobby policeman, he is apprehended, but the parcel only contains an alarm clock. Bellington is sent to Dr. Glover, a psychiatrist, who labels him a paranoid with homicidal or suicidal tendencies. Bellington delivers two shoeboxes to the art museum, but shows the bomb squad that they only contain art supplies. In a bistro, he tells an undercover policewoman that he plans to bring a dangerous device to the museum. When he arrives with his finger on a button atop a box possibly filled with explosive, police clear the museum. Then Bellington rendezvous with his confederates, art thieves, who have already replaced five paintings with his forgeries. Written by Lew Amack

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1 May 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The painting they show being stolen is "The Concert" by Johannes Vermeer. This painting was subsequently stolen in real life from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990, and still has not been recovered to this day. See more »


James Bellington: I'm not here to argue the merits of my visit.
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fast moving, atypical episode
17 July 2013 | by (French Polynesia) – See all my reviews

Most every one of the sequences in this episode involve threat or a chase of one type of another. The main conflict between bomber and psychiatrist--played well by Lou Jacobi in a nice serious role for a change, could have been developed more to make this drama rather than just good twisty storytelling. There are probably too many characters involved to pay off emotionally.

The lead character and his frustrated artist rant and anti-society angle was certainly topical and maybe even a little ahead of its time when the show aired. By the end of the 1960s movies would be full of out right loner villains who were portrayed as heroes just because they were going against society. This character is from that mold, you do find his ways of beating the police enticing.

It is a pretty unique mad bomber story from professional short story writer Jack Ritchie whose work is sadly overlooked, probably because he wrote short fiction not novels, but he contributed frequently to Hithcock's books and magazines and had a long busy career.

One of the best scenes is between a female police woman undercover and the bomber. It's well written and acted.

There are some nice overhead angles from director Alf Kelijan. It's all really good and the twists are quite good too though a couple strain credibility they don't break it. One of these will be a shock too because all of a sudden you'll see David Caradine pop up out of nowhere.

These twists could have been cleaned up easily but, again they don't ruin it by any means and it does keep you guessing.

If it had only been a little deeper on a character level, or I supposed if this had been a half hour episode (because there you wouldn't miss the extra character depth), this would be great instead of really good. It's tracked rather than scored with existing music, more and an original score, could have helped propel some of the action.

Funny social commentary opening intro with Hitch talking about modern newspapers.

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