DIAL 999 "The Killing Job" 1958 This is the first episode of the U.K. Police series, Dial 999. This 1958-59 series ran for a total of 39 episodes and starred, Robert Beatty. Beatty, a real Canadian, played an R.C.M.P. detective on loan to Scotland Yard.
First day on the job and Beatty, with new partner, Duncan Lamont, get involved in an attempted murder case. Peter Reynolds, a low level thug in the London protection rackets has been stabbed. The Detectives pay a visit to Reynolds in the hospital. All they get out of him is the name of the new man on the street, Sydney Tafler.
Tafler is moving in and is taking over various streets ran by other "protectors". Lamont and Beatty now pay Tafler a less than friendly visit. After Beatty lays out Tafler's muscle with a few uppercuts, he explains to Tafler that he will be watched. He best behave himself or else.
This turns out to be the least of Tafler's problems. The head of the local rackets, William Hartnell, has called a meeting of said local "protectors". Tafler has become a real annoyance. A vote is taken and three of the "heavy mob" boys are sent to have a "word" with Tafler.
While all this is happening, the Detectives have been keeping close tabs on Tafler and rackets man, Hartnell. They know something is going to happen. Tafler manages to escape the attempted hit, and beats the feet down the street pursued by the three heavies. Following at a discreet distance, Lamont and Beatty watch the chase develop.
Soon the nasty types have Tafler cornered. As they advance on Tafler, out come various knives and sharp implements. Lamont, Beatty and several carloads of Police now pounce and grab up the whole bunch. Good job and now time for a beer.
A much grittier cop show than one would expect for a UK production of the era.
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