The Shiloh Ranch in Wyoming Territory of the 1890s is owned in sequence by Judge Garth, the Grainger brothers, and Col. MacKenzie. It is the setting for a variety of stories, many more ... See full summary »
A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter to blackmail him into starting a revolution and getting an exiled dictator back into power.
Mark L. Lester
Rae Dawn Chong,
There is one face permanently fixed in the mind of Blinded Ex-Police Officer Art Traeger (Jack Klugman of 'Quincy M.E.' fame)...the face of the 'Grinning' man at his door who threw acid in his face permanently blinding him....he now 'sees' with his hearing,(Even detecting someone's presence by the distinctive sound of their footsteps on his squeaky floorboards !)
Traeger is determined to undergo a new operation to restore his sight...so that he can identify the assailant, and those behind ordering the attack, to bring them to justice.
Traeger's family however fear the attacker will first strike again in oder to silence him permanently...
Howard Publication's Star investigative Reproter for 'People' magazine Jeff Dillon (Tony Franciosa) knowing Traeger of old becomes interested in the potential restoration of his sight....and the possible ramifications to the underworld - notably Gangster Wolf Lang (Broderick Crawford making a few notable cameo appearances) who is now on an 'Iron Lung' machine in hospital, but still running things in the underworld...
The episode has a twist ending....after Dillon has outsmarted Wolf Lang's aims...as not all regarding the sight restoration is what it first appears to be...
Guest Star Jack Klugman excels in this 'human affairs' sided story to a crime rooted drama, while Broderick Crawford gives his expected powerful performance in a minor but crucial role.
The acid attack by the 'Grinning man' is depicted as seen through Klugman's characters eyes in a flashback scene.
Tony Franciosa is again on top form as the likable, but cunning and doggedly persistent Jeff Dillon.
At the episode's conclusion as Dillon quietly steps to Traeger's doorway....the 'squeak' of his footsteps tell Traeger he's leaving... ..he says Goodbye to Dillon...who smiles back and replies.
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