Suspicion: Season 1, Episode 34

Death Watch (2 Jun. 1958)

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A police detective assigned to protect a beautiful witness finds his own life in danger.

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Episode credited cast:
Gloria Akins ...
Iris Atkinson
Jeanne Bates ...
Ruby Lina
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Ben Silcox
Robert Carricart ...
Frankie Peters
Phil Donati ...
Alex Martan
Herbert Ellis ...
Jack Nevada (as Herb Ellis)
Roy Engel ...
Lewis Barber (as Roy Engle)
Mary Gregory ...
Alice Bline
Ken Hooker ...
Window Washer
Clark Howat ...
Vern Lister
Rusty Lane ...
Glen Squires
Karl Lukas ...
Max Proudfoot
Dayton Lummis ...
Clyde Pickens
Florence Marly ...
Maria Nevada
Horace McMahon ...
Captain Grogan
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A police detective assigned to protect a beautiful witness finds his own life in danger.

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Top flight TV noir
8 August 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Janice Rule plays a live-in nanny who witnesses her employer shot to death by a mob boss. She soon regrets that she agreed to testify after she gets several death threats and a bullet through her car window. The police soon have her put away in protective custody. The detective in charge is your buddy and mine, Edmond O'Brien. O'Brien moves Rule to the 10th floor of a big hotel and puts together a crack team of detectives to look after her. As the trial date draws near Rule becomes convinced that the mobster, Phil Donati, will get her. O'Brien does what he can to calm the woman including having the windows covered in case of a sniper. Two days before the trial O'Brien hears from an informant that a hit has been arranged. The hitter? He is told it will be one of his own detail. Which one could it be? O'Brien has known them all for years. He approaches the D.A. and his Captain with the info. Change the detectives with others from a diff squad is their suggestion. O'Brien decides instead to go with the same crew and see if he can flush out the traitor. He assembles the detectives and tells them what he has heard. O'Brien figures that they will now keep a watch on each other. This he hopes will give him the time he needs to catch the turncoat. The next day, Edward Binns, the senior detective, is approached by O'Brien. "I need to trust someone and you are it". He tells Binns that he suspects one of the police women on the detail. O'Brien wants Binns to sit in with her while he steps out to make a private phone call. O'Brien steps out followed shortly by the police woman who needs to "powder her nose". Binns pulls his gun and enters Rule's room and walks up to her. He begins to level the gun when O'Brien pops out of the shadows and lets him have it. It seems O'Brien had let himself in through a hallway door. "How did you know"? whispers Binns. O'Brien responds. "You were the only one on the detail not to report the bribe attempt the mob made to all the rest." Binns is hauled away and Rule is safe to testify.

The rest of the cast includes, Jeanne Bates, Clark Howat, Horrace McMahon and Mary Gregory. No need to give O'Brien's credits as we all know his film bits. Binns was in "Portland Expose", "Without Warning", "12 Angry Men" and "Beyond a Reasonable Doubt".

Actor and sometimes director Ray Milland helmed this well paced episode. The d of p was 6 time nominated and 2 time Oscar winner, Ray Rennahan. The story was by John Hawkins who wrote "Crime Wave", "The Killer is Loose" and "Shadow on the Window".

A good little episode that is much better than i'm making it sound. O'Brien was born to play these rumpled slightly world weary cops.


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