The Man Behind the Badge (1953–1955)
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The Case of the Unknown Man 

The Salt Lake City, Utah, police department are attempting to break up a chain of illegal gambling establishments run by the Syndicate. Although the police manage to knock off most of the ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Officer Leonard C. Crowther / Frank Reeds
Rose Gilbert
Paul Dubov ...
Tyler McVey ...
Captain Clark
Dan Seymour ...
John Renick
Richard H. Cutting ...
Leo Salem (as Dick Cutting)
Amzie Strickland ...
August Paoli


The Salt Lake City, Utah, police department are attempting to break up a chain of illegal gambling establishments run by the Syndicate. Although the police manage to knock off most of the dens, they still haven't identified the leader of the gambling ring. Similarly, the crooks haven't found the undercover cop who's supplying the information to the Vice Squad. The cops and crook engage in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse to see who can identify the others' key personnel first. Written by David Bassler

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Crime | Drama




Release Date:

16 April 1955 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Undercover Cop
7 October 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Case of the Unknown Man – 1955 This is an episode of the Police series, "Man Behind the Badge". This series ran for 89 episodes between 1953 and 1955.

This episode is set in Salt Lake City. The local Police Chief, Tyler McVey, is paying a visit to a night club ran by Mary Beth Hughes. McVey asks Hughes if she knows anything about a gambling spot that is thought to be in the area.

Hughes swears she knows not a thing about said gambling spot. McVey thanks Hughes and exits. She smiles and slips up the stairs to a door behind some curtains. She enters a room full of men busy playing cards, dice and roulette.

Hughes has a word with her pit boss, Peter Brocco, about the "stupid" cop who just left. She asks how the take is and heads back downstairs.

Three miners, George Wallace, Richard Cutting and Paul Dublov are trying their luck at the craps table. Brocco mentions that there is a new club at another location. The three say no thanks, they like it here.

After a few minutes, Wallace slips away to make a phone call. He calls a number and whispers the location of the other club to the person on the other end.

Wallace is really an undercover bull getting info on the gambling mob and their boss. Later that night, the Police raid the new location and arrest everyone. They leave Hughes' place alone because it is a great source of info.

After 5-6 of the mob's clubs are raided, the boss, Dan Seymour, calls Hughes to his office. 'Why are all my places getting raided except yours?" "I think you have a rat in your club. Someone working there, or else a gambler is tipping the Police." He asks who was at her club the nights the other clubs were raided. The three miners, Wallace, Cutting and Dublov were there for sure, answers Hughes. Seymour tells Hughes to call him the next time the three come in.

The next night, as the three men arrive, they are greeted by a smiling, Brocco. Brocco shoves a gun in their ribs and escorts them to an upstairs room. A quick phone call in made to Seymour. Seymour comes over for a "friendly chat" with the men.

After a few questions, he has Brocco start beating on Dublov. Wallace steps in to stop the beating. Seymour now knows that Wallace is a cop. He tells Brocco to take Wallace for a ride.

Just then, the Police, led by McVey, come charging into the room. Brocco and Seymour are disarmed, and along with Hughes, are hauled off. Wallace had missed his half-hour call in. This of course meant that Wallace needed help.

Each episode started and ended with Charles Bickford discussing the night's episode.

The always seedy, Dan Seymour, had roles in, "Casablanca", "To Have and Have Not", "Intrigue", "Key Largo","The Black Book", "The System", "The Big Heat" and "Human Desire". Plus he did quite a few TV bits.

The director was Gilbert Kay. Kay mainly worked on low rent Republic westerns. The d of p was Stuart Thompson. (b/w)

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