M Squad: Season 1, Episode 5

Face of Evil (18 Oct. 1957)

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Lt. Frank Ballinger investigates the latest in a series of murders of women. Eddie Ferguson, the husband of one of the most recent victim, claims he saw a face outside his window upon ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Lt. Frank Ballinger
Heinrich Ronn
Eddie Ferguson
Maggie Stewart ...
Carrie Andrews (as Margaret Stewart)
Morris Ankrum ...
Police Capt. Dean
Russell Thorson ...
Reverend Cabot
Joseph Mell ...
Barbara Pepper ...
Barney Phillips ...
Dr. Lester Bowers
Vernon Rich ...
Hospital Doctor
Madge Blake ...
Victim's Mother
Allen Emerson ...
Victim's Fiancé
Anthony Lawrence ...
Victim's Boyfriend


Lt. Frank Ballinger investigates the latest in a series of murders of women. Eddie Ferguson, the husband of one of the most recent victim, claims he saw a face outside his window upon discovering his wife's body. But Ballinger begins to suspect that the distraught, church-going Ferguson may have dark secrets. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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18 October 1957 (USA)  »

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M-SQUAD – Face of Evil - 1957

This is the fifth episode of the 1957 to 1960 Crime series, M-SQUAD. The series ran for 117 episodes and features Lee Marvin as the headliner. Marvin is a Lt with the elite M-Squad unit of the Chicago Police.

A heat wave is slowing Chicago to a crawl. That is except for the Police, who are after the murderer of four women all from the same couple of block area. The latest victim is discovered by the dead woman's husband, Kevin Hagen. Hagen keels over after finding the body and is rushed to the hospital.

Police Lt Lee Marvin draws the case. His Captain, Morris Ankrum, is getting lots of grief from the bosses about closing the case. Needless to say, that the grief rolls down the chain of command with Marvin getting an ear full.

Marvin pays Hagen a visit for any info Hagen might recall. Hagen tells Marvin that he had seen a face at the window just as he discovered his slain wife. Whoever it was had taken off. Marvin next pays a visit to Hagen's apartment for a chat with the landlady etc.

While Marvin is having a look in the apartment, a face pops up at the window. It just as quickly disappears. Marvin gives chase and soon runs down, Werner Klemperer. Klemperer turns out to be the building janitor and a friend of the murdered woman. He supplies several other suspects that need looking into.

First up is Hagen's minister, Russell Thorson. This turns out to be a dead end as does the next lead, Maggie Stewart. Stewart is just a family friend of Hagen. Marvin is going nowhere fast till he has a check of Hagen's Army records. Seems the man had spent some time in a mental ward with severe battle-fatigue. A visit to the Veteran's hospital is now in order. There, Marvin talks with doctor, Barney Philips. Philips tells Marvin that Hagen could lose a screw at any time.

Marvin returns to Hagen's apartment for another talk with the man. He arrives just in time to stop Hagen from stabbing the visiting Maggie Stewart. The heat-wave had triggered some wartime memory and Hagen had slipped over the edge. He had killed the four women without knowing. A long stay at a mental hospital is now in Hagen's future.

The episode features two Oscar winners, Marvin, and director of photography, Lionel Lindon. (b/w)

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