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"The Man Behind the Badge" The Case of the Wholesale Burglaries (1955)

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Original Air Date:
12 March 1955 (Season 2, Episode 10)
Portland, Oregon police detectives investigate a series of vicious armed robberies that are perpetrated... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Charles Bickford ... Himself - Host

Don Haggerty ... Detective William J. Nelson

Strother Martin ... Brother Daniel

Claude Akins ... Frederick John 'Freddie' Webster
William Boyett ... Police Sgt. Peter Lovick

William Schallert ... Mr. Lyons
Alice Reinheart ... Mrs. Webster

Lewis Charles ... Jimmy Harris
Joseph Mell ... Sam Howell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Aldred ... Announcer (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Detective (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Harold Daniels 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alvin Boretz  written by

Produced by
Bernard J. Prockter .... producer
Jerome C. Robinson .... executive producer (as Jerome Robinson)
Original Music by
Melvyn Lenard 
Cinematography by
Stuart Thompson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Everett Dodd 
Casting by
John G. Stephens  (as John Stephens)
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall  (as C. Daniel Hall)
Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr.  (as Raymond Boltz)
Makeup Department
Curly Batson .... makeup artist
Edith Keon .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gilbert Kay .... assistant director (as Gilbert L. Kay)
Art Department
Leigh Carson .... property master (as Leigh H. Carson)
Sound Department
Harold Lewis .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Louis DeWitt .... film effects
Jack Rabin .... film effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Masters .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jason H. Bernie .... editorial supervisor
Other crew
William J. Hole Jr. .... script continuity (as William J. Hole)

Series Crew
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Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
Lester Shorr 
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Additional Details

Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)


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A straight up 50's cop show, 23 February 2007
Author: gordonl56 from Canada

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Each show starts and finishes with Charles Bickford giving the audience a brief rundown on the "real case" the episode was based upon. This week's episode is set in Portland Oregon. The police have been called in to stop a string of vicious robberies. A pair of Halloween masked thugs are hitting small businesses at closing time. One rifles the cash drawer while the other applies a healthy dose of pistol butt to the proprietor. Don Haggerty and William Boyett are the police detectives assigned to the case. They check out the usual dives, bars and low-rent rooming houses but keep coming up empty. One of the last places they check is a soup-kitchen and flop-house ran by a street preacher named "Brother Daniel".Strother Martin plays the preacher who is only too happy to show the police around the mission. He offers to inform the police if he hears anything of interest. That same night there is another robbery and beating. This time however the store clerk, William Schallert, manages to pull the mask off one of the bandits. Schallert, though bloodied and battered, gives Haggerty and Boyett the lead they need to make an id. They follow the trail which leads them back to Strother's mission. They find the suspect, Claude Akins, holed up in one of the rooms. A quick exchange of gunfire and Akins is killed. But who is the other bandit? A quick look around turns up all they need to put the pinch on brother Martin. The pair had been using the mission as an effective cover for their robbery spree. A 50' style police procedural with a twist. The cast does some good work here, particularly Strother Martin, who steals the show as the bible thumping low-life gunman.

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