M Squad: Season 1, Episode 2

The Watchdog (27 Sep. 1957)

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Lt. Ballinger and the squad are out to catch a burglar, but there's another pressing reason for his quick capture--he may have rabies.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lt. Frank Ballinger
Peggy Webber ...
Amy Pryor
Paul Newlan ...
Police Capt. Grey
Gail Kobe ...
Dottie Jordan
Tony Hilder ...
Juvenile Housebreaker
Herbert Ellis ...
Det. Bailey (as Herb Ellis)
Alexander Campbell ...
Dr. Saul Bertram
Carol Hill ...
Dr. Harris
Sol Gorss ...
Fred (as Saul Gorss)
Harlan Warde ...
Marty Pryor
Olan Soule ...
William Bryant ...
Ray Walker ...
Robert Kennedy ...
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When a man is beaten in his own home by an apparent prowler, the perpetrator is mauled by the victim's dog. When it turns out that the dog has rabies, Chicago police lieutenant Frank Ballinger intensifies his search for the wanted man. But something about the victim's personal life makes Ballinger wonder if all is as it seems. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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27 September 1957 (USA)  »

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Mike "Mannix" Connors does the voice of the burglar in the scene where he is trying to force the doctor to give him rabies vaccine. Only the burglar's hand appears in this scene. See more »

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'.....And She Drove Off, A Very Troubled Woman'
18 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That headline sums up this story which has a big twist near the end, one could almost see coming as something about "Amy Pryor" (Peggy Weber) didn't feel right. It didn't feel right to me and it didn't feel kosher to "Det. Frank Ballinger (Lee Marvin) who has to solve the case of a burglary/assault which could turn into murder on two counts - the victim and the killer.

The man who could be the worst shape, in this strange case, could be the burglar because the husband came home sooner than expected, got into a tussle with the stranger in his house and the family dog got involved. After the husband was KO'd, the dog dog took over, took a few bites and the man fled the scene. Trouble was, the dog was diagnosed with rabies so the criminal could die a brutal death, worse than the guy in the hospital (who at least was recovering).

Who was the uninvited guest at the family home? Well, ask the wife. There is something she isn't saying, and the dog can't talk.

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