Four Star Playhouse: Season 2, Episode 23

Meet McGraw (25 Feb. 1954)

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McGraw, a private eye, is hired by Lila Lamont to protect her from her threatening husband Louis.

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Frank Lovejoy ...
McGraw
Audrey Totter ...
Lila Lamont
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Martha - Maid
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Freddie
Peter Whitney ...
Gus
Steve Darrell ...
Police Lt. Smith
Percy Helton ...
Hotel Desk Clerk
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McGraw, a private eye, meets Lila Lamont at a bar. She wants to hire him as a bodyguard. Her husband has threatened to kill her if she divorces him. But when she mentions his name, Louis Lamont, McGraw turns down the job. Lt. Smith joins him at the bar to find out what his connection with Lamont is. McGraw bumps into an old lady on his way out. She seems to be mugged in front of him but it turns out she stole his wallet instead. In his hotel room awaits a man who offers to return his wallet if McGraw follows him to Lila's house where the old lady, Martha, happens to work as a maid. Once there, Lila flirts with him. McGraw wants to leave so she offers to drive him. While kissing in the car, they hear gunshots. Lila disappears. Lt. Smith arrives on the scene and tells McGraw that Louis is in jail so Lila must have lied. Written by Greg Philip {greg_philip@hotmail.com}

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The case was a bit too complicated, but I did enjoy seeing Frank Lovejoy as McGraw
30 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Frank Lovejoy stars as McGraw--a character he played several times on "Four Star Playhouse" as well as it's offshoot "Stage 7". Additionally, later there was a TV series about this private detective. However, of the two stories I have so far seen, "Meet McGraw" is the least of them. This is because although it has wonderful characters and acting, the story itself is complicated and hard to believe. When the show begins, Lila Lamont tries to hire McGraw to be a body guard to protect her from dangerous husband. However, Mr. Lamont is apparently a very dangerous mobster and McGraw isn't about to become involved. After all, he isn't stupid. But, in an odd twist, he's pulled into the case when Lila's servants steel McGraw's wallet and only return it after they convince him to come back to their place. What's next? Well, see the show if you want to know--it's available for download for free at archive.org.

Audrey Trotter and Ellen Corby are wonderful supporting actresses in this one. In particular, Trotter could play a wonderful femme fatale--the sort of sexy but deadly lady who made film noir movies so enjoyable. And, Lovejoy is once again very good as the detective. But the story didn't satisfy me--it just seemed very unrealistic and I never for a moment believed the story.


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