Memo to the Glamorous Fifties-- Ugly People Also Marry!
Strong story that benefits from offbeat casting, an air of mystery, and some nice twists. Luis Van Rooten looks like an undersized ragamuffin with a surly manner and mean eyes, while middle-aged girlfriend Zina Provendie plies drinks as a plain-jane bar girl at Kitty's saloon. Together they're a most unlikely looking couple for the glamor obsessed 1950's. Still, they're hoping to get hitched even though Van Rooten has no money. The plot thickens when a shop-keeper turns up dead, an apparent suicide, at the same time Van Rooten suddenly spends a wad on marriage preparations. Matt gets suspicious and jails Van Rooten only to have another shop-keeper turn up dead under similar circumstances. What gives? Now Matt has to turn the little guy loose.
Suspense builds from unanswered questions instead of the usual impending showdown. Though the make-up people did a pancake number on her face, Provendie gives a rather exotic performance as the aging bar girl-- as she says, she'll get no second chances in the romance department. Episode is also notable for key presence of that fine utility actor Robert Osterloh as the friend. His face is so familiar yet so ordinary. However, no list of unsung versatile actors from that period would be complete without him. All in all, a solid entry that maintains interest throughout.
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