MEET MCGRAW was a Private Investigator television series that starred Frank Lovejoy as P.I. McGraw. The show started as a stand-alone episode of the popular FOUR -STAR PLAYHOUSE in 1954. It took till 1957 before the actual series hit the airwaves. It ran for 42 episodes between 1957 and 1958. This particular episode is the 29th of the series run.
Lovejoy is down Havana way doing some marlin fishing when he gets involved in a case. He sees a pretty young woman, Joan Elan, who seems to be in a spot of trouble. The woman is a survivor off a liner that had struck a reef and sank. Elan suffered some head trauma and has lost her memory.
Seedy underworld type, Sebastian Cabot has zeroed in on the woman. He wants to use the woman as cover to help him smuggle various goods into the U.S. Lovejoy soon becomes a thorn in the side to Cabot. Lovejoy collects a sound beating for his troubles from several large gentlemen in Cabot's employ.
The Cuban Police are soon involved as they are most interested in talking to Miss Elan. She is the main suspect in a murder. While all this is going on, Lovejoy cannot help but notice a man, Kevin McConnell, hanging around everywhere he goes.
Lovejoy is rather upset with the beating and continues to annoy Cabot. Guns are soon pulled and various nasty types find themselves with a bit of un-needed extra ventilation. The woman, Elan, gets wounded and is rushed for medical aid. The new trauma has jogged her memory and she is united with her husband, McConnell. He had been trying to find her since the sinking of the ocean liner they had been on. Of course the murder Elan was suspected of had been the work of Cabot and his henchman.
This episode really misses the mark with a silly story and slip shod direction. The series as a whole is quite entertaining, so I guess the odd stumble can be forgiven.
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