Stone and Keller uncover the seedy world of escort services when their suspect is a cultured art collector with a Pygmalion complex who hires escorts determined to create in them his idealized woman.

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Amory Gilliam
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Toni Craig / Kim Ahern
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Sgt. Norm Haseejian
Fred Sadoff ...
Dr. Lenny Murchison
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Miss Ryan
Anne Randall ...
Robin Short
Joseph V. Perry ...
Murray Taylor (as Joseph Perry)
Jeanne Bates ...
Mrs. Gilliam
Nolan Leary ...
Mr. Conroy
Selette Cole ...
Mrs. Holloway
William Keene
Mason Curry
Mark Rasmussen ...
David, painter
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Stone and Keller uncover the seedy world of escort services when their suspect is a cultured art collector with a Pygmalion complex who hires escorts determined to create in them his idealized woman.

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28 October 1972 (USA)  »

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The story's title is taken from "The Tower Beyond Tragedy," a 1950 poetic drama by California-based poet and playwright Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962). The character of Amory Gilliam makes several references to Jeffers' writings and to the granite stone Tor House and Hawk Tower that Jeffers constructed in Carmel, California. See more »

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Amory Gilliam: We belong, Kim, together. Here or some place like this. Have you ever been to the Tower?
Toni Craig: What tower?
Amory Gilliam: Robinson Jeffers' tower. Down the coast, south of here, near Big Sur. It's a fortress against the world.
Toni Craig: Who is he?
Amory Gilliam: A poet.
Toni Craig: And he built his own home?
Amory Gilliam: Yes. With his own hands. Stone by stone.
Toni Craig: What does he write about?
Amory Gilliam: The sea. Nature. Man's failure. Violence. Wildness. The power of passion. Love.
Toni Craig: I'd like to read him some day.
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Identical strangers in San Francisco...I am sure it happens all the time.
18 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Stephanie Powers and Edward Mulhare both guest star in this episode. It's an unusual show because there are some interesting parallels--perhaps intentionally so. One reviewer noticed the many similarities to "Vertigo", I was struck by how much it was like "Pygmalion" and "My Fair Lady"--which is REALLY ironic consider that Mulhare came to fame by playing Professor Higgins on stage in "My Fair Lady" (the musical version of "Pygmalion"). The big difference? This Henry Higgins-like character is freaking nuts!

The show begins with Avery (Mulhare) getting into an argument with a woman and killing her! Next, he's at an escort service* and is hiring a woman (Stephanie Powers) that looks almost exactly** like the dead lady. And, when they go out, he begins to remake her into the dead woman! The police get involved after they discover the last body. Can they find the lady in time to avoid her being next?

This is an enjoyable episode but one that really strains credibility--as have some of the previous installments. The psycho angle is interesting but also far-fetched. What's also far-fetched? The police discovering that Avery has taken his new girlfriend to Monterey and they take off that way with their siren blasting. This is a two-hour drive! And, oddly, they INSTANTLY found him about to kill her after this drive! Ridiculous. In fact, though enjoyable there are just so many silly plot devices in this one to take it very seriously.

*This escort service is an actual escort service--not a cover for prostitution. Surprising, huh?

**In a cheesy move, Powers played BOTH ladies. Now I know the plot needed them to look very similar, but the notion of identical strangers is a stupid cliché and made the show seem a bit dopey.


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