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"The Barbara Stanwyck Show" The Assassin (1961)

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Original Air Date:
15 May 1961 (Season 1, Episode 32)
After her boss dies, Louise Forest is accused of embezzlement by Mr. Carlisle, one of the partners. After admitting it, she leaves to think over her options, then meets Joe who has been sent to cause her harm. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Herself - Hostess / Louise Forest

Leon Ames ... Damon Carlisle

Peter Falk ... Joe

Dub Taylor ... George B. Glimes

Lawrence Tierney ... Detective

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Lowell Rich 
Writing credits
A.I. Bezzerides (teleplay)

Lawrence Resner (story) and
A.I. Bezzerides (story)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... executive producer
William H. Wright .... producer
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bruce Schoengarth 
Casting by
Harvey Clermont 
Art Direction by
Rolland M. Brooks 
Charles F. Pyke 
Set Decoration by
Ken Swartz 
Makeup Department
Harry Maret .... makeup artist (as Harry Maret Jr.)
Merle Reeves .... hair stylist (as Merle Reeves Gainor)
Production Management
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor (as W. Argyle Nelson)
James Paisley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vernon Keays .... assistant director
Art Department
Ted Cooper .... property master
Sound Department
Jack A. Finlay .... sound editor (as Jack Finlay)
Glen Glenn .... sound recordist
Leon M. Leon .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Neva Rames .... costumer
Werlé .... gowns: Miss Stanwyck
Editorial Department
Bill Heath .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Earle Hagen .... composer: theme music
Jack Hunsaker .... music editor
Other crew
Eleanor H. Donahoe .... script supervisor (as Eleanor Donahoe)

Series Crew
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Directed by
Arthur Hiller 
Don Taylor 
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Change of pace for the series, 15 May 2013
Author: gridoon2013

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Barbara Stanwyck plays an efficient secretary working for a small investment company. When one of her bosses dies, the other one goes through the books and discovers that she has been embezzling money from the business for years and years. He promises not to turn her over to the police if she can pay back the money she stole. Barbara gets desperate and is thinking of suicide, when she is interrupted - by a professional assassin who has been "engaged" to kill her. The title and the story of this episode may sound sinister, but the music score quickly tells you that its intentions are different: this is the first purely comedic episode of "The Barbara Stanwyck" show that I've seen so far (keep in mind that I've been watching the second, not the first, DVD set, though). It's more amusing and offbeat than laugh-out-loud funny, but Stanwyck shows that she can handle the comedy, and Peter Falk fans will not want to miss his early performance here as the rather inept killer. The scene where she, alone, disarms him and then knocks him out cold is a pleasant shock - remember, this was made in 1961! **1/2 out of 4.

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