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A Cage in Search of a Bird 

Tod and Linc, in Denver, Colorado, become involved in the story of an Depression Era bank robber and a pretty young woman. The robber, never caught and now an old man, has selected her to ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Tod Stiles
Jay Leonard Ringsby
Rick Decatur (as Alex Viespi)
Police Officer
Donald J. Finnie ...
Mr. Blees
Betty Mumey ...


Tod and Linc, in Denver, Colorado, become involved in the story of an Depression Era bank robber and a pretty young woman. The robber, never caught and now an old man, has selected her to report his crime and collect the reward in order to give her "a fresh start". Her former "business partner" and the passing of time complicate things. Written by dubchi

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Release Date:

29 November 1963 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode was advertised on CBS afternoon television on Nov. 22 1963, immediately after the first announcement by Walter Cronkite via special bulletin that President Kennedy had been gravely wounded, perhaps fatally, in Dallas. The episode aired the following week on Nov. 29. See more »


Dan Duryea says that the Roc is an extinct bird. This bird comes from Greek mythology and never actually existed. See more »


Linc Case: For the record, we believe you.
Julie Severn: If you mean it, why did you have to say it? You're just dying to know who was after me and why. You know, all that time you were coming on, I was thinking, 'there's a boy who polishes his conscience every morning, so he can enjoy the shine of his own goodness'.
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11/29/63 "A Cage in Search of a Bird"
5 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Zap! We're back in Colorado again for an episode featuring Stephanie Powers as a dodgy young beauty who steals $600 from a crooked card game set up by her boyfriend Alex Viespi, (Cord). She escapes by jumping into the corvette when the guys are stopped at a stop-light, (much as Suzanne Pleshette did in "The Strengthening Angels" and Roger Mosely in "Somehow, it Gets to Be Tomorrow").They don't have much time to be shocked: they drive off when they see a guy with a gun coming after her. They wind up a diner where a distinguished looking Dan Duryea overhears them and helps out when the cops show up, claiming that she is his niece. He sort of takes her under his wing and develops an affection for her.

It turns out he's a crook from the old days, who once pulled off a robbery of the Denver National Bank, (which we see in flashbacks- a rare device in this show). He is now dying and wants to leave life by doing something positive. The money from the robbery is gone but there's still a $25,000 price on his head. He instructs her to turn him in so she can have that money and maybe make something of her life. She doesn't want to do so. But Alex beats her to it, wanting the money for himself.

There's an excellent sequence where the old man gives his young charge a tour of Denver as he knew it, complete with flashbacks. This is the sort of 'organic' thing that is totally missing from "I'm Here to Kill a King".

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