Stuart Bailey recovers from a beating and presses forward with his case, tracking down people who knew the late Andy Marion and attempt to make right the pain Andy had caused. Bailey ... See full summary »

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Victor Traymund
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Detective Lieut. Butter
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Harold Harrison
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Schluessel
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Pete Kramer
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Carla Stevens
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Vincent Marion
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Lundstrom
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Paul DeVinger
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Stuart Bailey recovers from a beating and presses forward with his case, tracking down people who knew the late Andy Marion and attempt to make right the pain Andy had caused. Bailey encounters a series of eccentric characters who hold pieces of the puzzle. He also tracks down Carla Stevens, Andy's former girlfriend. Meanwhile, Andy's wife of one week turns up dead and New York City Lt. Butter looks to Bailey as the prime suspect. Bailey turns up a photograph of a large key and has a duplicate made. As the episode ends, Bailey has been fired by Victor Marion, the dead man's brother.The detective knows he has seen the lock the key must open -- and figures he must find it fast. Written by Bill Koenig

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27 September 1963 (USA)  »

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Lost charm
20 September 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

To start off with, this series is no longer 77 Sunset Strip at this point. It's a clichéd rip-off of cheap 30s and 40s film noir. Stuart Bailey is just a name. The character has none of the life and charm Zimbalist brought to the role through the first five seasons.

This disaster has Jack Webb's "style" written all over it. Guest stars under his direction in Dragnet frequently reported that Webb would tell them "Just say the lines", and get irritated if they tried to put any life into them. That's pretty much the drill here, too. William Conrad, as the director, allowed a little bit of life to slip into the characters, but not much.

The dialogue and the plotting are filled with tired clichés that had been wrung dry long before the early 60s.

The frequent voice overs, though competently performed by Zimbalist, are wretchedly written. The sage advice of "show, don't tell" is often completely ignored.

The impressive array of guest stars is completely wasted. They are shoe-horned in as "characters" with long, irrelevant soliloquies that are supposed to be clever, but just fill time in an irritating fashion. This happens in scene after scene.

The one "emotional" scene in the episode was allowed to William Shatner, who chews it up in an overwrought delivery that seemed very inappropriate to the circumstance. But then he was given terrible dialogue to work with.

This "part two" of the five part series to open the season is even worse than part one was. You can see my review of it for more detail.

Very sad.


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