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18 February 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

HONG KONG "Double Jeopardy" 1961

Rod Taylor headlines this 1960-61 series as a newsman who is stationed in Hong Kong. Taylor is constantly in trouble with various shady types who are always involving him in their troubles. It usually takes several round of fisticuffs, a dead body or two and a gun battle before things get settled. This is the 18th episode.

This one starts with pretty, Felicia Farr paying a man, Steve Marlo, a visit in his Hong Kong hotel room. It seems that the two had pulled a con in Manila that has netted the two, 200 large in cash. It is now time to divvy up the proceeds. Miss Farr pours them each a healthy shot of whiskey and hands Marlo a glass. The man wolfs the drink down then reaches for Farr for a cuddle. He does not make it. The drink had a heavy belt of poison in it. Farr grabs up the $200,000, smiles at the stiff and leaves.

Farr hits a bank and stashes the cash in a safe deposit box at a Hong Kong bank. Then it is to the airport to arrange a flight to the States. She buys a ticket for the next morning and checks her luggage. She then turns white as a ghost when she spots a pair of men entering the lobby from the landing field. The men, Mario Gallo and Howard Caine just happen to have been in on the cash grab. They are not amused that they had been left in Manila without their end of the score.

Farr now bolts out the door and leaps in a cab with Gallo and Caine in hot pursuit. She has the driver head downtown while she decides how to throw the two thugs off her trail. She finally has the cab drop at the building of reporter Rod Taylor. She happens to know a mutual friend back in the U.S. Taylor is somewhat surprised by the late night call, but being a gentleman, invites her in.

The next morning, Farr, now in a slinky housecoat, fixes breakfast for Taylor. He is soon off to work and after swapping a bit of spit with Miss Farr, agrees to meet her later at his favourite club. Farr does not show that night, a rather disappointed Taylor is surprised when he sees a poster of Farr in the club. It seems that Farr is part of a twins night club act opening soon. Taylor heads home and finds the place crawling with Police. They point to the bloodied body on the bathroom floor. It is none other than Miss Farr.

Taylor teams up with his pal, Hong Kong Police Inspector, Lloyd Bochner. The two pay a visit to the other sister for a talk. The sister, again played by Farr, tells the men that her sister was a wild and always mixed up with the "wrong kind of men" type stuff.

Needless to say the all the mayhem is being dealt out by Messrs Gallo and Caine. They are now convinced that the surviving sister had to be in on the double cross, and come a calling. It takes a Police sting to draw the two lowlife types out of the shadows. Of course the two refuse to play nice, forcing guns to be quickly drawn and used with deadly results.

Taylor though has smelled a rat here with the last sister. He is sure Farr is the same sister that had paid him the late night visit. He plays a game of his own and sure enough, he is right. This sister had set up her sibling to take the fall for the cash. The cash is recovered and the proper sister is soon under lock and key.

This is a pretty complex little tale for episodic television. The man behind the story is former big screen man, George W. George. He did the story or screenplays for, BODYGUARD, THE WOMAN ON PIER 13, THE NEVADAN, RED MOUTAIN and BIGHOUSE USA.

The director is long time television director, Stuart Rosenberg. Rosenberg would move to the big screen in the mid 60's and score with several well received films. These include, COOL HAND Luke, THE LAUGHING POLICEMAN, THE DROWNING POOL and BRUBAKER.

Felicia Farr, the soon to be Mrs. Jack Lemmon, has been on screen and television between 1954 and 2014. Howard Cain is remembered by a whole generation of television viewers as the bumbling Gestapo officer, Major Hochstetter on the popular, HOGAN'S HEROES.


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