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The Big Shakedown 

A photograph, with two hoodlums, of a crusading councilman threatens the career of a courageous public official until Craig Kenney conducts some revealing experiments in trick photography. ... See full summary »

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Sydney Mason ...
Insp. J.J. Burke
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Walt Jameson (as Lewis G. Wilson)
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William Kendall
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Mike Grady
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Dennis Phillips
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Jack Brown
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A photograph, with two hoodlums, of a crusading councilman threatens the career of a courageous public official until Craig Kenney conducts some revealing experiments in trick photography. Even Walt Jameson's city editor at the Evening Star has been fooled by the damaging picture. Before justice wins out, however, a striking brunette model pays with her life for her amorous attachment to a clever but unscrupulous photographer. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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1952 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Craig Kennedy: Someone phoned the editor of the Evening Star and warned Mr. Kendall he must withdraw from the campaign.
Mike Grady: Now what's that got to do with us?
Craig Kennedy: It's a known although not proven fact that practically all the large gambling combines are controlled by you, Mr. Grady. Naturally, you'd be much better off with a friendly counselman in your district
Jack Brown: You got us wrong, Mr. Kennedy. We don't even know how to play canasta.
Craig Kennedy: You should learn.
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Early C.S.I. type show
25 September 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is an episode from the 1951-52 series, "Craig Kennedy: Criminologist". It is a very early example of what would become today's "C.S.I." type series.

The title character, Kennedy, is played by Donald Woods. Woods is called in when local big-wig, Jack Mulhall, is being threatened with blackmail by two mobsters. They have a photo of Mulhall apparently doing a deal with some mob bookies.

Mulhall says the photo is a fake and can Woods help prove it. Woods has the police round up the two mugs, Jack Kruschen and Bob Curtis. Woods questions them about the photo but gets nowhere. Woods then hunts down the one photographer, Tom Hubbard, he believes could have faked the picture.

The man denies any knowledge of the photo or the mob. Woods heads back to the office where he gets a call from Hubbard's girlfriend, Sherry Moreland. She says Hubbard was in debt up to his eyeballs with mob gamblers. She will meet him and give Woods all the details.

When the girl does not show, Woods checks the photographer's shop. There he finds Moreland suffering from an unneeded hole in the head. He calls in the police and has them round up the usual suspects.

While this is going on, Woods takes some fake photos of his own. The next day, with Hubbard, Curtis, Kruschen and the police in attendance, Woods presents his case. Kurschen makes a dash for the door when Woods' set of fakes show he killed Moreland. Police inspector Sydney Mason puts the grab on Kruschen and his partner. Case closed.

This is a very simple police procedural shot on a minimum of sets with just a small cast. A real low rent production that ran for just 26 episodes.

The behind the camera bunch is equally low rent. Harry Fraser handles the helming chores, Elmer Dyer the camera, and Andie Lamb the story.

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