Burke's Law: Season 2, Episode 16

Who Killed the Strangler? (6 Jan. 1965)

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During a match a professional wrestler is killed by a poison dart that originated from a special section in which only five persons sat.

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Ralph Hirt
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Lorraine Turner
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Anna Najensky
Una Merkel ...
Mrs. Thomas Barrett
Robert Middleton ...
Ezekiel Kindworth aka 'Rocky Mountain'
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During a match a professional wrestler is killed by a poison dart that originated from a special section in which only five persons sat.

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Annette Funicello as a go-go dancing murder suspect with a split personality!
26 May 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Typically pithy and self-amused episode of the popular 1960s TV series produced by Aaron Spelling has millionaire detective Amos Burke called in when a championship wrestler is murdered in the ring during a bout. Seems a poison dart was fired from one of the $5000 seats, which gives Burke precisely five suspects. Jeanne Crain is the first to be interrogated; she loved the Strangler but hated him at the same time, and when Burke comes calling, she's right in the middle of a game of darts! Other suspects: Frankie Avalon as a sports columnist and Annette Funicello, sister of the deceased and a budding ballerina. Annette gets interrogated twice (making her the star of this show), explaining to Amos her split personality, one of which is as a hot go-go dancer in white fringe ("Go, baby, go!"). Funicello later wrote that this role pretty much convinced her an actress she was not--especially in the "new" Hollywood where morals were suddenly loose--yet she's just about flawless here, cast against type and talking like a sexy toughie. The mystery angle in the script is wrapped up almost second-handedly when Burke, ever so blasé, puts the pieces together and goes to arrest his prey with help from a bluff. It doesn't leave the viewer with much to ponder, except for the fact guest star Funicello was an underrated performer.


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