Michael Shayne (1960–1961)
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Murder Plays Charades 

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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Angelo Zambroni
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Kara Voltane
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Bruno Zambroni
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Dr. Arthur Harris
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Voltane
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Emily Tallen
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Georgia
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Gus Hartman
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Constance Cavendish ...
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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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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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[last lines]
Tim Rourke: Well, I guess that's it. You sure wrapped up this case like... *magic*.
[Dick enters Mike's office wearing an enormous black cape]
Dick Hamilton: Someone mention magic?
Tim Rourke: I don't believe it.
Dick Hamilton: Your attention, please, ladies and gentlemen. The great Hamil-tone is about to perform one of the most amazing feats of prestidigitation. Now watch carefully!
[Dick spreads his cape wide]
Dick Hamilton: Watch carefully, gentlemen! And now...
[Snapping his cape aside, the lovely Georgia appears beside him]
Georgia: Hello, Mr. Shayne.
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A trick that went so very wrong
4 April 2013 | by 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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