DANTE The Feline Traveler 1960 Episode 3 of the 1960-61 series, DANTE.
It is the middle of the night in a dark San Francisco alleyway. A man, Tommy Nello, comes running up the alley with two men, Greg Martell and Joseph Ruskin, chasing. As Nello climbs over a fence, Martell shoots him in the back.
The wounded Nello staggers through the rear door of "DANTE'S" nightclub and collapses. Several minutes later, Nello is discovered by club owner, Howard Duff. Duff hauls the man into his office were Nello expires.
Now Martell and Ruskin put in an appearance. They poke a gun in Duff's face and "suggest" that he come for a ride. Martell picks up the stiff and they all leave.
After a short car ride, Duff is less than politely, shoved through a door in a fancy apartment building.
Waiting inside is the vivacious, Patricia Medina. Mednia would like to know if the dead man, Nello, had said anything to Duff before he died. Duff responds in the negative. The two thugs, Martell and Ruskin, suggest that a trip down to the bay to fit Duff with a "Chicago overcoat" is needed.
Medina says she needs to call the boss first. While Medina is on the horn, and Martell is getting some rope, Duff manages to jump Ruskin and relieve him of his revolver. He then does the same to Martell. He locks both in the closet before turning his attention to Medina.
"Just who is this boss-man you were calling? Why does he want to kill me? The dead man never uttered a word." Medina shakes her head and smiles. "If I told you, he would have me killed." She answers. Duff looks at her and says, " I'd give you the rubber hose, but I think you would probably like it." The phone rings and Duff answers. He informs the party he has Medina, and that she is singing like a canary. A now frightened Medina leaves with Duff as the two grab a cab and return to the night-club.
Medina of course is now more than happy to tell Duff what he wants to know. It seems that Medina is the girl of a deported mobster. The mobster, unknown to the law, had re-entered the country. Nello had discovered this and was trying to blackmail the mobster. Needless to say how that went over.
Meanwhile, back at the apartment, Martell and Ruskin, have been released from the closet by mob boss, Jerry Wayne. Wayne and his gunmen head to Duff's place to settle the issue.
Duff, along with two of his employees, Tom D' Andrea and Alan Mowbray wait quietly for just a visit. A quick, one, two and Wayne and his boys are bundled up and handed over to the Police.
A nice quick moving episode of a rather, under-rated series.
The director was veteran TV man, Richard Kinon. (b/w)
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