Kraft Suspense Theatre: Season 1, Episode 12

A Truce to Terror (9 Jan. 1964)

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In Los Angeles,a wealthy man has a brief scuffle with a Spanish laborer and is accidentally hurt.Feeling the incident was actually a vicious attack,he vows to track down the Spaniard.He ... See full summary »

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David Buchanan
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Carlos
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Morgan
Anna Navarro ...
Maria
Frank Silvera ...
Sgt. Terrell
Alberto Morin ...
Lawton
Adelina Pedroza ...
Encarna
Joe Abdullah ...
Manny Simes (as Joseph Abdullah)
Jackson Halliday ...
Waters (as Jack Halliday)
Natividad Vacío ...
Newsie (as Natividad Vacio)
Danny Bravo ...
Juan
Raoul De Leon ...
The Latin Man (as Raoul DeLeon)
Rockne Tarkington ...
Henry
Maye Henderson ...
The Janitress
Edmund Vargas ...
Miguel
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In Los Angeles,a wealthy man has a brief scuffle with a Spanish laborer and is accidentally hurt.Feeling the incident was actually a vicious attack,he vows to track down the Spaniard.He does find the man's daughter and by accident causes her to become hurt.Now the Spaniard becomes the hunter and is out for revenge. Written by dubchi

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Can you forgive me!
1 November 2011 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILER**** Story about blind and mindless revenge that soon turns the hunter into hunted with devastating results for both parties.

It's when L.A businessman David Buchanan,Steve Forrest,was leaving work one evening from his office in the Triangle Building that he accidentally bumped into Carlos Porte, John Gavin. Before Buchanan knew it by him pushing Carlos almost to the ground he ended up with his skull fractured with he was slammed by Porte into a nearby fire hydrant. Hospitalized for almost two weeks with a cracked skull the looking for revenge Buchanan is determined to find his attacker and exact justice on him with the police and courts, in Buchanan disturbed mind, are not at all interested in doing it themselves.

As for Carlos he's now in a state of panic in knowing, from word on the street, that the not so stable Buchanan has taken time off from work and moved into the East L.A barrio looking for him. Despite everyone including his boss Ted Johnson, Lyle Bettger, and local LAPD Sgt. Terrell, Frank Silvera, as well as East L.A community leader Morgan, Michal Ansara, trying to get Buchanan to stop he in fact tracks down where Carlos lives and confronts his daughter Encarna,Adelina Pedroza,asking her where he could find her daddy since he owes him some money.Knowing what Buchanan is really up to and scared to death Encarna dashes into the street and is hit by a truck breaking both her legs! Seeing what a mess he made out of a simple problem, innocently bumping into someone in the night, by his mindless revenge fantasy it's now Buchanan who's in deep trouble with an outraged Carlos looking to get his revenge on him for putting his daughter in the hospital. And it's that what later leads to the deadly showdown in the darkened streets of L.A between the two where no one would end up winning.

***SPOILERS*** It was in fact Carlos who was the victim of all this madness violence in having his daughter almost killed and very probably crippled for life with the hot headed Buchanan, who finally realized just how crazy he was, now squarely behind the eight ball. It's at the end of the episode that the two, after almost killing each other, come to a truce knowing that by shaking hands and burying the hatchet this revenge madness,on both their parts, would finally be over. If only they both came to their senses earlier all this violence and heartbreak would have never happened.


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