A debonair stranger insinuates himself into a small town to investigate its most respected citizen, who's liquidating his assets on the Q.T. The outsider gets close by romancing the wealthy... See full summary »

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Keyes
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Sam Greenlee A.K.A. Walter Neff
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Bobby Lee Longstreet
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Anita Longstreet
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Sheriff Jim Seay
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The Blonde Dealer
Berkeley Harris ...
The Bellhop
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Little Bob Longstreet
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Donato
Harry Ellerbe ...
Eulogist
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2nd Barman (as Jim Nolan)
Bill Catching ...
3rd Barman
Robert Cornthwaite ...
Raynor
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Michael Arthofer
Thomas Bellin
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A debonair stranger insinuates himself into a small town to investigate its most respected citizen, who's liquidating his assets on the Q.T. The outsider gets close by romancing the wealthy man's Southern belle daughter. What's the money for: blackmail, gambling debts, an affair ? Is the stranger a fortune hunter or something more ? Written by David Stevens

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19 June 1963 (USA)  »

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This was a pilot for a proposed series to be called "Shadow of a Man", based (uncredited) on the novel "Double Indemnity" by James M. Cain, filmed previously as Double Indemnity (1944). See more »

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What's Bobby Lee up to?!
16 October 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Kraft Mystery Theatre" is about an investigation into a nice guy, Bobby Lee (Ed Begley). Folks with his company are worried because Bobby Lee Longstreet has been secretly liquidating his assets. The most suspicious is Keyes (Broderick Crawford)--the boss of an undercover agent, Sam (Jack Kelly). Although Sam has already investigated the matter and thinks Bobby Lee is a decent and honest man (as does everyone in town), the boss insists he dig deeper as his suspicious nature thinks there's more to the story than Bobby Lee just losing the money gambling (the story he gave Sam).

This is a very good episode--which isn't surprising considering it has Crawford (an Oscar winning actor), Kelly (who was terrific on "Maverick" and in all his appearances on the Kraft shows) and Begley (a wonderful character actor--one of the best of the 50s and 60s). The acting is just great and the story, fortunately, does not disappoint.

By the way this show also features Pat Priest. You might not recognize her (as she wore a blonde wig) but she was one of the Marilyns from "The Munsters". She retired just a year after she made "Shadow of a Man" in order to raise a family.


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