Forlorn hubby prefers to have his wife killed, rather than let her get away with adultery. Tony's tight alibi, & plan to make it look like a burglary gone too far seem perfect. Even when ... See full summary »

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Patrick McVey ...
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Forlorn hubby prefers to have his wife killed, rather than let her get away with adultery. Tony's tight alibi, & plan to make it look like a burglary gone too far seem perfect. Even when major complications boil up, slick Tony turns them to his advantage. PIs Bailey & Spencer get mired in Tony's La Brea tar-pit, causing their apprentice operative Kookie to go totally Bugs Bunny a la Blanc. Written by David Stevens

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6 March 1959 (USA)  »

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This episode is an alternative take on Alfred Hitchcock's "Dial M For Murder" (1954). See more »

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Stuart Bailey: Put it back.
Kookie: Well, how come?
Stuart Bailey: Til I can figure out how the key count comes out wrong
Kookie: After I go swimming at the Y they're always trying to find out how the towel count comes out wrong. Course I never let on.
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Remake of Dial M for Murder (1954) See more »

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Do you think Hitchcock minded?
31 January 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I guess that everyone who tuned into this 77 Sunset Strip episode had to recognize Dial M For Murder when they saw it. Warner Brothers who produced the original film did not even bother to change the character names that Ray Milland and Grace Kelly played.

What is reworked into the plot is Roger Smith whose Jeff Spencer is supposed to be in the Bob Cummings plot. Richard Long suspects that Julie Adams is cheating on him with Spencer because he found some old love letters. He hires Richard Devon to strangle her, but it all goes wrong as Adams kills Devon. After that Long has to improvise.

The same plot gimmick with the keys is worked in with a twist. It's Efrem Zimbalist and the ever helpful Kookie who get Smith out of the jackpot. Of course Long later had his own copycat Warner Brother detective series with Bourbon Street Beat and when that show folded came west and joined Bailey&Spencer.

I wonder if Alfred Hitchcock minded? Or did he care?


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