87th Precinct (1961–1962)
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The body of a young woman is found by a boy diving from a pier. The coroner finds that she died, not by drowning, but due to arsenic poisoning. The main clue in the detectives' ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Curt Donaldson
Natalie Norwick ...
Det. Bartholdi
Det. Ambrose
Andy Albin ...
Mr. Proschek
Charlie, 1st Tattoo Parlor Owner
Dr. Blaney, M.E.
Ralph Manza ...
Dan, Taxi Driver
Kim Hamilton ...
First Sunbather
Jim Hayward ...
2nd Tattoo Parlor Owner


The body of a young woman is found by a boy diving from a pier. The coroner finds that she died, not by drowning, but due to arsenic poisoning. The main clue in the detectives' investigation is a small heart-shaped tattoo on her hand with the letters "MAC" inside of it. Detective Steve Carrella takes his wife Teddy along with him to a tattoo parlor as he questions the owner. Later, Teddy decides to get a tattoo herself. In doing so, however, she has put herself in grave danger as the killer has come to the same tattoo parlor with his intended next victim. Written by anonymous

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Drama | Crime





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25 September 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Not much of a start
27 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS*** Obviously trying to be another "Naked City" TV crime series the inaugural episode of "87th precinct" fall flat on its face and never flouts to the surface in this ridicules tale of a serial murder who's not at all that serious in his craft. That has Gena Rowlands playing deft mute Teddy Carells the wife of of the star of the series Det. Steve Carella, Robert Lansing, risking her life to arrest lady killer Curt Donaldson, Robert Culp, by trying to become his latest victim. What's even more crazy is Donalson long and complicated way of dispatching his women victims by first poisoning them with arsenic and then, for reasons only known to himself, having them tattooed with the the letter "MAC" and then dumping their bodies in the East River!

We also have the man who runs the tattoo palor Charlie played by former Charlie Chan #1 son Victor Sen Young in a somewhat comedic role who seems to be more interested in tattooing his clients then even getting paid for doing it whom were not quit sure just what his, it certainly isn't money, motives really are. Teddy for her part gets herself caught by the women killer Donaldson who then plans to either kill her or make her his sex slave before her husband Det. Steve Carella and his squad of police arrive. We have Steve not bothering to just arrest Donaldson who was about to give himself up but decide to work him over at the city piers and almost ends up drowning himself in doing it!

Very unconvincing story-line with Robert Culp not at all coming across as the bad guy or psychopath that he's supposed to be and almost more likable then the hero Steve Carella who despite being a member of the NYC police acts like an either bumbling fool or just total jerk in his actions. Like in one scene where he picks a fight with a person who wants to pick up his wife at a local restaurant and instead of showing his badge and telling the guy to scram he slugs it out with him wracking the joint and having the city pay for the damages!

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