This is episode 56 from the 97 episode run of THE DETECIVES. This series starred Robert Taylor and ran between 1959 and 1962.
The owner of a 'house of ill repute", Iris Adrian, pays Captain of Detectives Robert Taylor a visit. It seems that one of her girls overheard soon nastiness being planned. Could Taylor help Adrian on a small beef she has in return for the info.
Taylor says he will see what he can do but will not make any promises. Good enough, responds Adrian who then fills Taylor in on what she knows. A robbery of a wholesale jewelry is going to happen the next day. Two crooks, Bob Kelljan and Rudy Dolan are pulling the job with some inside help. The help, says Adrian, is the local beat cop, Robert Culp.
Taylor calls his squad together for a talk. The squad, Mark Goddard, Tige Andrews and Russell Thorson are all for pulling in Culp right then. Taylor says that they need proof. The info could be wrong. They need a plan to catch Culp if he is bent.
Taylor has Culp sent to his office. He asks Culp if he would like to join the Detective squad on a stakeout. They have some info there might be a smash and grab that evening at a jewelry store located on Culp's beat. Has Culp noticed anything out of the ordinary? Culp says he has noticed nothing strange in the area and would love a chance at some plain-clothes action.
Taylor has Culp change into a suit and join him in a squad car for the stake-out. Before leaving, Culp says he needs to make a phone call to cancel a date. Taylor tells him to use the squad room phone. Taylor listens in to make sure that Culp is not tipping anyone.
At the stakeout, the crooks, Kelljan and Dolan show with various crowbars etc. They start on the back door of the shop. Detective Thorson calls out from hiding to stop and put up their hands. The two decide to leg it instead. They race down the alley and into the arms of Taylor and Culp. Culp pulls his gun and yells, "STOP!" The two crooks look at Culp, and Dolan says, "Its you!" Culp raises his gun and pulls the trigger. Nothing happens. Taylor had emptied Culp's piece at the Squad while Culp was changing.
Taylor slaps the cuffs on Culp himself as all three bad boys are taken into custody.
The director was film and television veteran, Paul Wendkos. His big screen work included, BATTLE OF THE CORAL SEA, GIDGET, GUNS OF THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, HELLBOATS, ATTACK ON THE IRON COAST and the film-noir, THE BURGLAR.
A nicely done half hour show. (B/W)
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