This is episode 59 of the 1953 to 1955 Police series, CITY DETECTIVE. Rod Cameron headlines as a Detective in a major U.S. city. The series ran for a total of 64 episodes. The series featured quite a few well-known actors in guest bits. These include, Hugh Beaumont, Whit Bissell, Marie Windsor, Carolyn Jones, Fess Parker, Angie Dickinson, Russell Johnson, Claude Akins, George Macready, Beverly Garland and Lee Van Cleef.
In this episode, Detectives Rod Cameron and Robert Bray receive a letter from a famous painter. The letter says that someone is out to kill him. Cameron and Bray pay the man a visit. The visit however is a tad on the late side. The man is dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs. It looks like an accident, but Cameron does not buy it.
The dead man's nurse, Vera Miles, now shows. She says that the man had been fine when she had stepped out to buy some food at the local market. Then the woman next door is caught breaking into the dead artist's desk. The woman, Gladys Holland, says she was just looking for some items that belonged to her.
The red herrings continue to pile up as art dealers Larry Ryle and Winston Graff enter the picture. Everyone seems to have a reason to be after the dead man's estate. Cameron keeps digging and discovers that the dead man's main source of income was from knocking off forgeries of minor masterpieces.
Things turn nasty as several more bodies are added to the death toll. Cameron and Bray buckle down and soon uncover the killer (Winston Graff) and slap the swine in irons for a date with a judge.
The series has that rushed, shot in 5 days look to it, which actually works in its favour. The clapboard sets etc give it a nice seedy look.
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