Homicide: Season 1, Episode 1

The Stunt (20 Oct. 1964)

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A group of students stage a mock bank hold-up to publicise a charity. When the students' leader is shot dead by a bank guard. Homicide detectives have to establish whether the guard was ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
John Fegan ...
Lex Mitchell ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roly Barlee ...
The Coroner
Laurence Beck ...
James Collier
Graeme Blundell ...
Bank Customer
John Derum ...
Reg Healy
Gordon Glenwright ...
John Healy
Susanne Haworth ...
Prue Ellison (as Susan Haworth)
Joan Letch ...
Barbara Healy
Martin Magee ...
Edward Barrett
John McMahon ...
Narrator (voice)
Peggy Nunn ...
Mrs. Ellison
Ian Turpie ...
Lindsay Murdock


A group of students stage a mock bank hold-up to publicise a charity. When the students' leader is shot dead by a bank guard. Homicide detectives have to establish whether the guard was acting within his duty or recklessly; a complication is that jealousy in the group caused the student to be 'set up' for the shooting. Written by Darren Smith

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Murder Down Under
12 September 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is an episode from the long running, 1964-1977, series, HOMICIDE. This Australian crime series ran for a total of 509 episodes. This one is the first episode of the first season. It was one of the first Australian series to be shot in an urban setting.

A group of university students stage a mock bank robbery as a publicity stunt for a school event. They burst into a Melbourne bank armed with a cap gun and yell that it is a hold up.

The bank guard, Gordon Glenwright, comes out from the back and sees Ian Turpie, holding a gun. He pulls his revolver and shoots twice, killing the young man.

The Police are called and everyone is hustled to the station. Detectives, John Fegan, Terry McDermott, and Lex Mitchell interview everyone starting with Glenwright.

"How was I to know it was a fake gun! The kid just stood there with a big grin pointing a gun at me. I thought he was crazy." Glenwright tells Detective, McDermott.

The students, Martin Magee, and engaged couple, Laurence Beck and Suzanne Haworth all call the guard a killer. "How could the man not see it was a cap gun!" Snarls Beck.

The Police release everyone and begin to go over the collected evidence. Several days later, Chief Inspector Fegan, is inclined to write the incident off as a tragic accident. Time to close the file and move on.

Detective Mitchell has however taken an instant dislike to the rather smug, Beck. He asks for a couple of days to go over everything one last time. Mitchell digs up that the dead boy, Turpie, had taken Haworth out several times while Beck had been out of town. He asks around and finds that Beck is a rather jealous type. Beck also angers quickly when crossed.

While interviewing Haworth, Mitchell discovers that Beck was supposed to have arranged with the bank about the event. Mitchell takes this info to the Inspector. Fegan says the evidence is damning but not enough for an arrest. Fegan has an idea though.

Fegan has Beck called as a witness at the coroner's inquest. He questions Beck about the shooting. Beck tells the inquest he had paid the bank guard to go along with the stunt. Fegan knows Beck is full of it. He then starts in about Haworth stepping out with Turpie.

Beck of course loses his cool and admits the whole thing was a set-up. He had wanted to get Turpie in trouble. Beck did not know Turpie would be shot, but sure had hoped that would be the outcome. The cuffs are slapped on and Beck goes off for a long vacation of the States dime.

A pretty good episode that nicely ties everything up in a 50 minute runtime.(b/w)

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