Burke's Law (1963–1966)
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Who Killed Holly Howard? 

Model Holly Howard is found murdered, and the only clues seem to link a trio of wealthy Texans to her death.

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Sophia, Burke's Girlfriend
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Fred Hopke
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Thomas Mathewson
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Harry Joe Murdock
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'Mac' McNulty
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Bill, Desk Sergeant
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John Busch (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Ed Nickerson
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Bridget Jenkins
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Mrs. Bowie
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Vaughn Moore
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Model Holly Howard is found murdered, and the only clues seem to link a trio of wealthy Texans to her death.

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20 September 1963 (USA)  »

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Final television role of Zasu Pitts (I). She died three months before this aired. See more »

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Capt. Amos Burke: Never box with senior citizens: Burke's Law.
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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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Beauty is Only Skin-Deep
7 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I received Season 1 DVDs just last week; by the time I got to Volume 2, I knew I would have to watch them again. If you're a fan of Old Hollywood, you can get so caught up in naming the guest stars and marveling at the glamorous women/clothes, that when the murderer and the motive is revealed, you forgot what you saw/heard about the victim, during the first 2 minutes of the episode.

These are fun to watch and I really don't want to provide any "spoilers". Basically, a nice, small-town, plain-Jane young lady (one suspect described her as UGLY a few times) named Holly Howard gets the beauty treatment (via a benefactor) and is on her way to stardom with a modeling contract (which could lead to an acting gig), when she is "snuffed out".

Captain Burke kisses two of the guest stars and utters four of his laws: "Never box with a senior citizen." "Never eat little, round pancakes when you're in a hurry." "Always be punctual where a beautiful girl is concerned." "In cases of homicide, check out the facts one at a time, slow & easy."

Besides series-regular, Regis Toomey, three of the guest stars were born in the late 1800's: Zasu Pitts, Jay C. Flippen, and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. It must have been a real treat for newcomers like series-regular Gary Conway to reap the benefit of their acting experience, professional savvy, and hear their recounts of working with/being around DeMille, Bogart, or Will Roger, Sr. (Will Rogers, Jr. is in this one, as well).


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