After sending Ben Gregory to investigate on a non-existent shipwreck, an lookalike impostor breaks into his apartment and, posing as the writer, agrees to help a wealthy oilman buy a ... See full summary »

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Ben Gregory
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Eric Jason
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Kathy Richards
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Abby Ellis
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Carl Bradley
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Dr. Kwai
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After sending Ben Gregory to investigate on a non-existent shipwreck, an lookalike impostor breaks into his apartment and, posing as the writer, agrees to help a wealthy oilman buy a valuable oriental scroll. When the scroll turns out to be phony, Ben is accused of complicity in the crime and when the oilman is found dead is accused of Ben is arrested for murder. Written by David Bassler

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[Bradley wants Lisle, who is posing as Ben Gregory to tell him who owns a valuable oriental scroll]
Darby Lisle: The gentleman will not sell the scroll.
Carl Bradley: I have $200,000 that says he will.
Darby Lisle: Check or cash?
Carl Bradley: Cash is quicker and it makes a taller pile.
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Inger Stevens as a Killer
6 April 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

FOLLOW THE SUN – Cry Fraud - 1961

This is the 2nd episode from the 1961-62 series, FOLLOW THE SUN. The series, which ran for 30 episodes, follows a trio of free-lance magazine writers. The three are played by Barry Coe, Gary Lockwood and Brett Halsey. The gimmick here is that they are based in Honolulu. Also with recurring roles are Gigi Perreau as their secretary, and Jay Lanin as their contact with the local Police. Of course the three newsmen are always getting involved with the usual assortment of nasty types.

Reporter Barry Coe receives a phone call about a possible big story. The voice on the phone mentions a large ship sinking further up the coast. Coe jumps in his car and roars off. Right after Coe leaves, a man shows at his front door and picks the lock. The man, Peter Baldwin, makes himself right at home. (Baldwin looks enough like Coe to be his twin) When the phone rings 10 minutes later, he answers. He identifies himself as the reporter and agrees to meet with the caller.

The caller, wealthy businessman, Evert Sloane has a deal for the man he believes to be the reporter. Sloane, a collector of fine art, had read an article by the reporter about an old Chinese scroll. He would like the reporter to put him in touch with the scroll's owner. With Sloane is his aide, Inger Stevens. Sloane offers the fake reporter 500 dollars to help.

Sloane is now introduced to the scroll's owner, Philip Ahn. Ahn is reluctant to sell the scroll but, comes around when offered 200,000 dollars in cash. The deal is done and everyone seems happy. That is till the next day when Sloane discovers he has been sold a fake.

Sloane calls the Police and all pay a visit to Coe at his place. He denies having anything to do with the swindle. He tells the Police about the call he got about the ship sinking. The tip had turned out to be a phony. Sloane and his aide, Miss Stevens however identify Coe as the man who led them to Ahn. The Detective in charge is Coe's pal, Jay Lanin. Lanin does not believe Coe would be involved in a scam like this. He does not arrest Coe, but tells him he will be looking into the matter.

The next day Coe pays Sloane a visit to argue his case. What he finds is Sloane dead as a doornail with a large dent in his noggin. Before Coe can call the Police, witnesses see him standing over the body. Coe is needless to say slapped into the crowbar hotel for an extended stay. Now we find out that the real killer was Miss Stevens. Sloane had discovered that Steven's had been part of the scam. There had been a struggle, and Stevens had grabbed a handy blunt object with which to defend herself.

Anyways, to cut to the quick, Coe is charged with the murder of Sloane, Miss Stevens disappears, so does Baldwin and Ahn. Baldwin however gets grabbed up by the authorities due to a spot check by Customs at the airport. Baldwin could not explain the 200 large in his carry on. Stevens does show up again at the trial of reporter Coe. She turns herself in and admits to the killing. She might be a crook but she was not going to let an innocent man swing. Coe is now set free and writes an article on his recent experiences.

Not quite a barn-burner of an episode, but it passed the time well enough.

The episode was directed by Oscar winner, Francis D. Lyon. Lyon was a film editor who switched to directing. His Oscar was as an editor on BODY AND SOUL 1948


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