A newspaper reporter is intrigued as to why a woman hired a dive team to retrieve her purse from the Chicago River.



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Episode cast overview:
Randy Stone
Janet Walker
Vic Perrin ...
Ed Walker (as Victor Perrin)
Frank Gerstle ...
Police Sergeant
Morgue Attendant (credit only)
Colleen Miller ...
Girl in Bar (as Coleen Miller)


A newspaper reporter is intrigued as to why a woman hired a dive team to retrieve her purse from the Chicago River.

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5 November 1953 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode is based on the radio drama series "Nightbeat" with Frank Lovejoy reprising his leading role of newspaperman Randy Stone. See more »


Halfway through this episode, deep sea diver Billings is addressed as 'George' twice by his assistant, Sam. Near the end of this program, newspaper reporter Randy Stone reads aloud to Janet Walker an article he has written about the diving career of Billings and identifies the diver as 'Dave Billings.' See more »

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A decent story but the dialog stank.
20 March 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

During the course of "Four Star Playhouse", the show changed and evolved quite a bit...and this even included the show's title. As to the four stars, they FREQUENTLY changed...so much so that the 'Four Star' in the title was misleading. Generally, three of the four stars were guys--David Niven, Charles Boyer and Dick Powell. However, Frank Lovejoy also made quite a few of the shows and this is one of them. As for the rest--they were women who seemed to cycle in and out of the fourth star.

When the episode begins, a diver is in the Chicago River looking for some lady's purse. A reporter, Mr. Stone (Lovejoy) comes upon it and he's intrigued...maybe there will be a story. Eventually, the diver finds the purse and the lady who contracted him runs off with it before Stone can ask her why any purse is THAT important. Stone is shocked, however, when the diver casually says that the purse contained a lot of money and a gun....and there was STILL a body down there among the pilings! What is going on here?!

The show could have worked but too often the dialog and characters behaved like they were acting in a super low-budget film noir picture...and a bad one at that. The way the diver acted upon discovering the body just seemed weird and the folks throughout the episode just never seemed believable. Nice try...but clearly a sub- par episode.

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