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The Deceiving Eye 

To prove his point that eyewitnesses can't be trusted, a criminology professor joins in the police lineup where's he's frequently chosen as the guilty party. His theory is put to the test ... See full summary »

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William Fletcher
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Policewoman Merrill
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Bob Conan
Jean Howell ...
Mrs. Holmes
Hugh Sanders ...
Capt. Barnett
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James Seay ...
Major Holmes
Tommy Cook ...
Frankie Coyle
Buddy Mason ...
O'Hara
James Hayes ...
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To prove his point that eyewitnesses can't be trusted, a criminology professor joins in the police lineup where's he's frequently chosen as the guilty party. His theory is put to the test when he's identified as the man leaving the scene of a murder. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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30 January 1955 (USA)  »

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Prof. William Fletcher: [lecturing class] Now, the eye is deceiving - remember that. The eye can lie, and it often does. That's why it's important, especially in criminal cases, not to place too much faith in the story of an eye witness. Many times, the witness sees only what he wants to see.
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Enjoyable.
11 July 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Although he's pretty much forgotten today, Frank Lovejoy played a lot of roles on 1950s TV--particularly hardboiled noir-types. Here he's not quite as tough but he's still very effective as a professor who gets himself into far more trouble than he'd anticipated.

It all begins with the professor teaching his class in criminology. He contends that eyewitness testimony is very unreliable by staging a fake crime in front of the whole class and then taking their eyewitness accounts--and showing how widely their versions varied. He also likes pushing his claim by appearing in countless police lineups--where he often is identified by witnesses as the criminal! No, he IS NOT on some wacky crime spree--but soon his little hobby bites him in the butt because this time there is evidence he might have committed murder and he's now having a hard time convincing the cops he didn't do it!

Overall, I liked this show for many reasons. The acting and writing were very nice but I also appreciate how it does expose how crappy eyewitness accounts can be--a serious concern that needs to be more widely known. Well worth seeing.


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