This one is episode 33 of the 97 episode run of, THE DETECTIVES. This series starred Robert Taylor and ran between 1959 and 1962. The first two seasons ran at a half hour and the last season had a runtime of an hour. The series followed the detective squad in a big city precinct. Cast regulars included, Mark Goddard, Russell Thorson, Tige Andrews, Lee Farr and Adam West. Robert Taylor headlines as Police Captain, Matt Holbrook.
There has been a bad car wreck and the man driving makes a death bed confession. The man says that a man on death row for murder is innocent. Another man, Phillip Abbott is the real killer the injured man says before dying.
The Police now must make a quick check of the case as they only have 36 hours before the man on death row is executed. The Police check out Abbott who turns out to be a John Q Citizen type. Detective Tige Andrews is assigned to follow Abbott around. And he is to make sure that Abbott knows he is being followed.
Abbott soon gets nervous when he notices the tail. This convinces the Police that Abbott is guilty of something. They put on the pressure and Abbott folds like a cheap suitcase. He is dragged in and given a round of third degree. The man is guilty alright, but not of murder. Abbott had "borrowed" some company funds to attend a conference out of town.
The Police ask if he knew the man who had been killed in the car wreck. As it turns out the answer is yes, the man had been a suitor for the hand of Abbott's wife, Kay Stewart. The man had never forgiven Abbott for the deed. The Police release Abbott and tell the bosses that the man on death row "is" guilty.
A somewhat weak episode of what is in my opinion, a real cracker-jack Police series.
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