Stage 7: Season 1, Episode 9

The Long Count (27 Mar. 1955)

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Private eye McGraw is hired by fight mobsters by to keep "Pretty Boy" Mendero in out of trouble and away from "dames" until his big title fight. Despite being locked in his 20th-floor ... See full summary »

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Frank Lovejoy ...
McGraw
Joan Vohs ...
Sandra Starr
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'Pretty Boy' Mendero
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Vic Kelcey
Nestor Paiva ...
Max Zachary
Mel Welles ...
Sam Grogan
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Dr. Constanti
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Private eye McGraw is hired by fight mobsters by to keep "Pretty Boy" Mendero in out of trouble and away from "dames" until his big title fight. Despite being locked in his 20th-floor apartment, Mendero breaks out and is killed by a hit and run driver. McGraw believes the boxer was murdered and orders an autopsy. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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McGraw: Well, you did a pretty thorough autopsy.
Dr. Constanti: Things were a little slow around here this morning. I like to keep my hand in.
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Enjoyable for Lovejoy's seemingly effortless performance.
27 September 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Frank Lovejoy stars in this half hour drama as a guy simply known as McGraw. McGraw is described as a clever guy who works on the fringes of what is legal but is also a guy with a strong moral code. In his latest adventure, a boxing manager pays him to keep an eye on an idiot boxer and keep him away from women. It seems that Pretty Boy Mendaro has an eye for the ladies (and vice-versa) and EVERYTHING, including boxing, takes a back seat to women. And, since he has a title bout in only a few days, the manager is anxious because keeping Mendaro away from them and out of trouble seems practically impossible!

McGraw's job isn't easy. He locks Pretty Boy in a hotel room with him and actually has to slug the 'great boxer' a couple times to keep him in line. However, even despite his best efforts, Mendaro is determined to destroy his chances at the title. And, when this happens, something VERY suspicious occurs--and McGraw is determined what REALLY is happening.

While this is not the finest half hour of entertainment I've ever seen, it is solid and entertaining thanks to two things. Although Lovejoy is not a household name, he was a very solid actor and did well in the lead. Additionally, while there are too many boxing shows and films, this one is unusual and has a fresh spin on this ugly industry. Well worth your time.

Also, I recommend you read through some of the other reviews, as they give background information concerning the McGraw character and his other TV performances.


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