The Barbara Stanwyck Show The Key to a Killer 1960 This is an episode from the one season run of the, 1960-61 anthology series, THE BARBARA STANWYCK SHOW.
In this episode set in the mountains of California, Stanwyck plays the wife of a small town Sheriff. Since her husband has been wounded in a shoot out with a crook, Stanwyck has taken over running the jail etc. One of the deputies, William Fawcett, brings in a man he on a vagrancy charge. The man, Vic Morrow turns out to be wanted on a murder beef in L.A.
A quick phone call to L.A. and a prisoner pick up is arranged for the next day at a railway station 30 miles away. The next morning, Stanwyck, Morrow and the deputy take the squad car and hit the road to drop off Morrow. The deputy drives while Stanwyck cuffs herself to lowlife Morrow.
Half way to the meeting, Morrow gets a punch into the back of the driver's head causing a wreck. Morrow then grabs the deputy's weapon and shots the man. He then drags Stanwyck out of the car and demands she un-cuff them. Stanwyck pulls out a key and fires it over a handy cliff edge.
Morrow points the gun at Stanwyck and is about to kill her as well. Stanwyck points out that he will then have to cart her corpse around. Morrow snorts and pulls Stanwyck along as they head down the road. Morrow figures he will find a farm where he can cut off the cuffs.
Stanwyck does what she can to slow him down and gives him wrong directions etc. Stanwyck knows that the later they are for the meeting with the LA cops, the more likely they will come looking for her and the prisoner.
Morrow soon finds Stanwyck's routine most tiresome. He decides he will blow the cuffs apart using the revolver he took from deputy, Fawcett.
Stanwyck picks her time perfectly and throws Morrow and herself over the side of the road and down a steep hillside. Morrow loses the gun and almost his life, as it is only the quick thinking of Babs that saves him. They make it up to the road just as the Police search party finds them.
This nicely done 30 minute show, was directed by actor turned director, Richard Whorf. (b/w)
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