Longstreet: Season 1, Episode 4

So, Who's Fred Hornbeck? (7 Oct. 1971)

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A man who spent several years in prison for a murder he didn't commit enlists Mike's help in finding the real killer.

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Duke Paige
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Fred Hornbeck
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Louisa De Carie
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David De Carie
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Stewart Means
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Mrs. Kingston
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Mary Rose Carter
William Paterson ...
Henri De Carie (as William Patterson)
Len Wayland ...
Sheriff Pyke
Virginia Capers ...
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Walter Baldwin ...
Charlie Porter (as Walter S. Baldwin Jr.)
Jim Pelham ...
Red Carter (as Jimmy Pelham)
Bert Kramer ...
Officer Grove
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A penniless man named Fred Hornbeck approaches Mike asking him to find a murderer for him. Just released from prison, Fred served ten years for the murder on October 31, 1959 of Richard Kingman, a sugar baron, he says he did not commit, but which happened outside where he was living at the time with the murder weapon being his gun. He and Richard knew each other their entire lives despite their divergent paths. Fred admits that at the time he was a drunk, a womanizer and a squatter, making his conviction expedient for all concerned except him. Mike initially brushes Fred off, especially as Mike is not a detective, but decides to help Fred when in Mike's presence, someone tries to kill Fred by running him over. Fred also convinces him there is an insurance connection, as someone, probably now wealthy, would have collected on Kingman's life insurance moneys. Mike eventually learns that policy was in the amount of $300,000, Kingman's wife, Louisa, now remarried as society matron, Mrs. ... Written by Huggo

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Longstreet investigates a ten year old murder
20 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fred Hornbeck, just released from prison after serving ten years in prison for murder, approaches Longstreet asking him to investigate this murder - a murder he says he didn't commit. Longstreet is reluctant to do this until Hornbeck is run into by a hit and run driver. Longstreet visits Hornbeck in the hospital and hears his story. He was convicted of murdering a man named Kingman who was the owner of Meacham Sugar Refinery. Hornbeck wonderfully describes Kingman: "He owned a big plantation, a big house, a big car. Just about everything about him was big except his heart which you could shove through an eye of a needle." With Kingman's death his wife, who has since remarried, received a $300,000 life insurance benefit. Kingman's son is angry that Longstreet is raking up old news and there's also a search for a young woman, Abby, who could give Hornbeck an alibi for the night of the murder and who Hornbeck refused to name at his trial. The best part of this episode was Victor Jory's magnificent performance as Hornbeck. Thus far in the series none of the characters - not taxi drivers, not waiters, not local cops (and of course, not the main cast) - have spoken with even a slight Southern accent. It's like the setting is Los Angeles instead of New Orleans. In this episode a couple of the characters do use a slight accent which was refreshing. It's a good episode and recommended.


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