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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Himself - Host
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James Bellington
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Dr. Glover
Lonny Chapman ...
Lt. Wymar
Neile Adams ...
Sgt. Louise Marklen
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Policeman #1
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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 ...
Newscaster
Harold Ayer ...
Hardware Salesman
Hinton Pope ...
The 1st Bomb Squad Man
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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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Bellington tells police that he resides at the Bedford Apartment Hotel. See more »

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Thomas Grindley: [the Commissioner of Parks & Recreation, on death threats made against him] Perhaps it's some disgruntled volleyball player.
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What The Heck Is He Up To
10 February 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Of course, the series trademarks are tension at most or curiosity at least, along with an ironical and usually surprise ending. In short, for the typical entry, plot is uppermost, though character can also play a big part. My point is that Spoiler Alerts mean a lot for audience enjoyment of the average 60-minute episode. So, why then does the IMDb synopsis not include a Spoiler Alert in summarizing this entry's highpoints. I'm glad I didn't read their summary before watching the entry, because curiosity kept me riveted and would have been ruined had I read the synopsis first. Shame on IMDb.

Anyway, as to the story itself, why in the heck is frustrated artist Bellington baiting the cops with phony shoebox bombs. His behavior is squirrelly enough that you never know when the bomb might be real. Then there's the verbal sparring with the head-doctor who may use educated words but still can't figure the bomb guy out. Thus, it's hard to anticipate where the story is going, which is a good sustaining hook. Besides actor Rhodes makes his loony intellectual Bellington persuasive enough so that anything seems possible. On the downside, some padding is noticeable, particularly with the extended psychiatrist interview; plus, the cat-and-mouse with sexy Neile Adams that may be welcome relief from all the guys, but is hardly necessary to plot development. All in all, the entry's distinctively different and worth tuning in. Just don't read IMDb's killjoy summary first.


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