Michael Shayne: Season 1, Episode 10

Murder Plays Charades (9 Dec. 1960)

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Mike is hired to investigate the murder of Voltane, a magician appearing at a charity event. He soon discovers that the magician and his lovely assistant, Kara, where married and ... See full summary »

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Richard Denning ...
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Lucy Hamilton
Herbert Rudley ...
Police Lt. Gentry
Gary Clarke ...
Dick Hamilton
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Angelo Zambroni
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Kara Voltane
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Bruno Zambroni
Robert Brubaker ...
Dr. Arthur Harris
John Van Dreelen ...
Voltane
Marianne Stewart ...
Emily Tallen
Sue Randall ...
Georgia
Chris Alcaide ...
Gus Hartman
Henry Hunter ...
Commanding Officer
Constance Cavendish ...
Nurse
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Mike is hired to investigate the murder of Voltane, a magician appearing at a charity event. He soon discovers that the magician and his lovely assistant, Kara, where married and simultaneously engaged in extra-marital affairs. His list of suspects expands to the men and women trysting with the show people, the jealous boyfriend and girlfriend of those who were running around with Voltane and his wife and a former magician who Voltane had once carried on a torrid affair. Written by David Bassler

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9 December 1960 (USA)  »

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[Shayne has been hired to investigate a murder]
Dick Hamilton: All right, where are we going now.
Michael Shayne: Back to the theater.
Dick Hamilton: Good.
Michael Shayne: After I drop you off.
Dick Hamilton: Why? I'm not tired!
Michael Shayne: You know what they say about early to bed and early to rise.
Dick Hamilton: It makes a good milkman.
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A trick that went so very wrong
4 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The magician, The Great Voltane, is giving a charity performance and attempts to do the old trick of catching a bullet in his teeth. But it goes very wrong and Voltane is shot to death. In this episode there are plenty of suspects: Kara, Voltane's wife (Faith Domergue), the theater manager, the charity organizer, a retired magician Angelo Zambroni (played by the outstanding actor Eduardo Cianelli) who Voltane had ruined and Bruno, Zambroni's son. The whole business of explaining the "bullet" routine was fascinating and the show is worth watching for that alone. Shayne sorts it all out and in the end tricks the murderer into confessing. When Gentry questions this final gambit of Shayne's, Shayne tells him: "One of the secrets of magic - never tell the audience the truth." The truth is, this show is a good one.


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