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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Episode cast overview:
Frank Lovejoy ...
Audrey Totter ...
Lila Lamont
Martha - Maid
Peter Whitney ...
Steve Darrell ...
Police Lt. Smith
Percy Helton ...
Hotel Desk Clerk


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 {}

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Nice drama with the ever watchable Frank Lovejoy
5 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have no recollection of this series probably because it aired too late in the evening and my parents had strict bedtime and "television off" rules when I was a child. But thanks to Internet Archive I am able to watch some of the episodes. This episode does not feature one of the four stars but rather has Frank Lovejoy as a private detective named McGraw. The femme fatale Lila Lamont wants to hire McGraw to protector from her husband who she says wants to kill her. McGraw is interested until he learns who her husband is - a notorious gangster. McGraw decides to check out of his somewhat seedy hotel and return to Chicago when he becomes the victim of a pickpocket artist - a scene wonderfully played by Ellen Corby. Now with no money he goes to his room and a big lug tells him he needs to meet someone. That someone turns out to be an oily hanger on of Lila Lamont's. At first the ending seems predictable but it then takes a bit of an unexpected twist which made it refreshing. Frank Lovejoy is such a solid performer. I've recently become interested in Old Time Radio and his "Night Beat" show is wonderful. He had such a clear and distinctive voice that was perfect for radio. The supporting cast was stellar and it's interesting to note that two of them - Paul Picerni and Ellen Corby - were later on two big hit television series. This episode was later spun off into the series "The Adventures of McGraw." The episode I saw included the commercials (Singer sewing machine and Parker pens) which was a plus. The commercial were so short that one would have thought that this was airing on PBS. Next time I watch one of these I'm going to get a stopwatch - now it seems as though a one hour episode has at least 15 minutes of commercials; this half hour episode had less than three minutes (or so it seemed) of commercials.

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