The David Niven Show: Season 1, Episode 3

Backtrack (21 Apr. 1959)

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District Attorney Paul Nelson's Senate run seems a shoe-in after sending a punk to the gas chamber for murder. But then a man claiming he's the actual killer threatens to expose Nelson's ... See full summary »

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Frank Lovejoy ...
Paul Nelson
Dorothy Green ...
Anne Nelson
Stacy Harris ...
Frank Mace
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Carol MacLane
Nestor Paiva ...
Anton Pickman (as Nester Paiva)
William Joyce ...
Burt Anderson (as Bill Joyce)
Richard Benedict ...
Ferris
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District Attorney Paul Nelson's Senate run seems a shoe-in after sending a punk to the gas chamber for murder. But then a man claiming he's the actual killer threatens to expose Nelson's blunder unless he's paid $20,000. Refusing to believe he sent an innocent man to his death, Nelson does some investigating on his own. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Who's guilty?

Frank Lovejoy plays here a former district attorney who sent a guy to the electric chair for the murder of a grocery man. One night, Lovejoy finds at his door a man who says that the man executed was actually innocent of the crime for what he was punished. The man who visits Lovejoy claims to be the real killer; he says he has the proofs of that. And if Lovejoy doesn't give him $20000, the blackmailer will give all these very proofs to the press. And the political career of the former district attorney will be wiped out...

Lovejoy tries everything to prove the blackmailer was not guilty, so that he can save his own reputation; weird situation, isn't it, a district attorney trying to prove the man who threatens him he is not guilty?...

Not bad, but at the end nothing special in this tale. A good noir atmosphere for this Lewis Allen directing.

This TV show series was never shown on french TV broadcasts.


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