FOLLOW THE SUN The Longest Crap Game in History - 1961
This is episode 8 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 Police. Of course the three newsmen are always getting involved with the usual assortment of nasty types.
In this episode, Gary Lockwood gets a call at the office from the docks. An uncle he has not seen since he was 3 or 4 has arrived in Honolulu on a ship. The man, Dennis O'Keefe, would like to hook up. Lockwood picks the man up and takes him to his place to put the man up for a few days. Right off the bat O'Keefe puts the bite on Lockwood for a 50 buck "loan".
Lockwood leaves O'Keefe at the apartment and heads back to the office. When he returns, O'Keefe is gone, and so is Lockwood's best suit. The housekeeper tells Lockwood that O'Keefe had headed down to the strip to look up some friends. Now Lockwood is paid a visit by the Captain of the ship O'Keefe arrived on. The Captain is dropping off the effects of his "late" uncle. Lockwood soon realizes that his real uncle had passed the week before at sea, and had been buried at sea. O'Keefe had pulled a fast one by pretending to be the dead man.
The less than amused Lockwood heads down to the seedy hotel row area for a word with his so called "uncle". He finds O'Keefe is a dive ran by Yvonne De Carlo. O'Keefe come clean with Lockwood and offers to give him a story for his magazine. The 20 year anniversary of Pearl Harbor is coming up and O'Keefe was there.
It seems that O'Keefe, De Carlo and several others were in a high stakes, all night crap game when the Japanese attacked. When the bombs started coming down, the 40 grand in the pot had disappeared. O'Keefe had rushed back to his ship to help defend the fleet.
Now 20 years later, after drifting around the south seas, O'Keefe had come back to see what had happened to the cash. Needless to say several unsavoury types are soon involved with the same idea. There is also a family of kids who just lost their parents involved in the play.
Soon everyone is out to beat the others out of a cut as clues to the location of the cash pop up. The cash is eventually found and O'Keefe, against his better judgement, decides to help out the kids with the loot. He does however end up with the delectable Miss De Carlo has compensation.
This one is a fun episode of a pretty good series. Old pro's De Carlo and O'Keefe look like they are having a ball making this. Of note here, is the director, Felix Feist. Feist turned out a nice string of film noir in the late 40's and early 40's. These include THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE, THE THREAT, THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF, THE BASKETBALL FIX, THIS WOMAN IS DANGEROUS and TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY.
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