The New Breed: Season 1, Episode 11

Lady Killer (12 Dec. 1961)

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Lt. Price Adams
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Frank Eberhardt
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Arthur Honniger - Hitchhiker
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Phyllis Eberhardt
John Beradino ...
Sgt. Vince Cavelli
John Clarke ...
Off. Joe Huddleston
Greg Roman ...
Off. Pete Garcia
Tsuruko Kobayashi ...
Noguchi Gladstone
William Swan ...
Vincent Gladstone
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Alfred Dreyfus
Rebecca Sand ...
Norma Dreyfus (as Rebecca Sands)
Ricky Allen ...
Johnny Eberhardt
Art Gilmore ...
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Leslie Nielsen plays it Straight
10 January 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THE NEW BREED – Lady Killer – 1961

This is episode 11 of the 36 episode run of the Police series, THE NEW BREED. This series which starred, Leslie Nielsen, ran during 1961 and 1962. It is about the cases of a special unit of the L.A. Police department that deals with serial killers and other crazy types.

There has been a string of murders up and down the California coast. They all have the same pattern. In each case a woman is strangled with a tie during the day while her husband is out at work. LA Police, LT Price Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his unit get involved when a local, Tsuruko Kobayashi, becomes the latest victim.

The police soon decide to make the killings known to the public in a hope to rustle up some witnesses. This tactic soon has Anne Francis calling in to talk with Lt. Nielson. Francis had been attacked in her home but the killer had fled when the mailman showed at the door. The reason Francis had never told the Police about the assault, was that she was scared of what her husband, Martin Balsam, would think.

Nielsen asks Francis if she can supply a description of the lunatic. She can do better than that. She gives the Police a spot on sketch of the villain. Francis is an artist who does work from home.

Copies of the drawing are soon sent to all the Police services and plastered all over the newspapers. The man they are looking for is played by future star, Robert Redford. Redford has a few screws loose in the brainpan area and suffers from mother abandonment issues. He is seeking revenge on all women, particularly blonde bimbo types.

When the husband of Francis, Martin Balsam, finally hears about the attack, he tosses her and his step-son out of the house. The way he sees it, it has to be the woman's fault.

Meanwhile, the Police have discovered a further pattern. In each case, Redford had been hitchhiking and been given a lift by the husband of all of the victims. Redford had gleamed info on the drivers life just through casual conversation. He would then target the man's wife. Nielsen and his unit decide that Francis could still be in danger. She is the only woman to survive an attack.

Of course by this time, Redford, having seen the papers, knows that the Police are on to him. He decides that he must indeed return and finish what he has started. Balsam, after a hard talking to by Nielsen, has welcomed Francis and his step son home. Just in time it turns out for Redford to burst in and drag Francis off at the point of a blade.

Nielsen and his squad are summoned and do the nick of time bit. Redford is dispatched with a rifle shot after Balsam distracts Redford's attention away from his wife.

An interesting episode of a series I had never heard of till I stumbled across a few on DVD.

Also cast as part of the Police unit are, John Beradino, Greg Roman and John Clarke. The director was long time television man, Walter Grauman. Grauman worked on various series from 1957 to 1996.


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