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Episode complete credited cast:
Policewoman Dorothy Miller
Terry Ridges
Capt. Hugh Brown
Natalie Masters ...
Mrs. Ridges
Chet Stratton ...
Chesney Guthrie
Marcus Denner (as Richard Simmons)
Lou Adams
Jill Banner ...
James Oliver ...
Fred Tosca
Don Stewart ...
Officer Carl Goldman
Ben Chandler ...
Chief Everett Snoddy
Jeff Scott ...
Officer Chulik
Vince Williams ...
Ambulance Attendant


The manager of an apartment building is beaten to death with a hammer. Clues at the scene point to a man named 'Fred', who was playing cards with the victim. Fred has fled, possibly in another tenant's car. Later, Friday gets a call notifying him that Frederick Tosca and his girlfriend are in custody in Arizona. Extradition papers are prepared and Friday, Gannon, and Policewoman Dorothy Miller head to Cottonwood. Tosca admits nothing, but a search of the stolen car turns up a key piece of evidence. Written by bobbymaxwell

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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2 March 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The uniformed officer inside the victims apartment identified himself as unit 1A-12. Fascinating considering Webb's later show See more »


When Friday and Gannon arrive at the apartments, we are told that it is a two story building. However, when they start interviewing tenants, they talk to Mrs. Ridges in apt. 304 on the the third floor. The killer had lived in apt 302. See more »


Detective: The first two blows with the hammer killed him.
Friday: Yea, and the next four changed his personality.
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Story Isn''t Much But There Were A Number Of Good Sidelights
4 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A 62-year-old man is beaten to death with a hammer and Friday and Gannon have to find out who did it. The victim was the manager of a hotel. The man he was playing cards with one night is the guilty party. That part is determined pretty early in this episode.. How Our Heroes discover that and then track him down, is the story. It sounds better than it played. There was really no suspense in here and, as usual, no action.

Gannon, thankfully, adds a little humor here and there, such as demonstrating his method of "traveling light." The episode also puts the viewer back in the mid '60s with terms such as "fuzz" for the police.

Dick (a.k.a. Richard) Simmons, who had a small role in here, was a pretty famous television personality in the 1950s as "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon." In here, he's ten years older and bit heavy but there is no mistaking that voice!

The most interesting part of this episode, to me, were the wild colors on the third floor of the apartment complex, where the man was killed. In each scene, the hallway, doors, ceiling, etc., were all different colors and weird mixtures such as purple and green, and red mixed in with a green area and then a yellow door, etc. This is one of the few Dragnet episodes that had very interesting visuals.

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