M Squad: Season 1, Episode 32

The Healer (2 May 1958)

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Lieutenant Ballinger searches for a mentally ill young woman who shot a psychiatrist, hoping all the while that he can also find sufficient evidence to obtain a felony conviction against the charlatan who was "treating" her.

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Lt. Frank Ballinger
Gloria Talbott ...
Ellen Carter
Paul Newlan ...
Police Capt. Grey
Robert Carson ...
Arthur Carter
Sarah Selby ...
Dr. Nedley
Paula Hill ...
Mrs. Warman
Dayton Lummis ...
Jonas Warman
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Lieutenant Ballinger searches for a mentally ill young woman who shot a psychiatrist, hoping all the while that he can also find sufficient evidence to obtain a felony conviction against the charlatan who was "treating" her.

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Gloria Talbott Looks The Part
7 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Gloria Talbott makes a good "nutcase." There's nothing weird-looking about her, but there is something in the makeup of her face that convinces the viewer "Ellen Carter" is either off-her-rocker or a "bad girl." I've seen Talbott before in other TV shows of the era and she's good at playing the not-so-wholesome woman. Gloria played in a ton of TV westerns, the most popular genre on the tube in the mid-to-late 1950s.

In this episode, she's both mentally deranged and violent but mostly the former, although she does shoot somebody. Frank Ballinger's narration is a little too liberal here, almost feeling sorry for a shooter not the victims! Ellen even comes close to shooting Frank, but he doesn't seem to mind. Weird. I guess this was "ahead" of its time! This story makes a bigger villain out of a guy who does not have an degree but practices a form of psychiatry, a sort of "Dr. Phil,"but someone who isn't eligible to ask for money for his services. (You wonder how "Mr. Warman" stays in business.)

Dayton Lummis plays Jonas Warman, the pseudo-shrink Ballinger hates. Since "Ellen" went to "doc" a few times despite Warman's denial, "Det. Lt. Frank Ballinger" wants to throw the book at him. He paints him as the big villain in this episode, which seems a bit misplaced since even he told the messed-up girl not to contact him again because he can't help her. Maybe they had a lot of charlatans around making money at the time. Hmmm., maybe they still do.


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