This one is the fourth episode of 1959-60 undercover cop series, TIGHTROPE. The series ran for a total of 37 episodes and starred Mike Connors in the lead role. Connors is a deep undercover cop who is assigned to various cities across the country on tough cases.
Undercover cop Mike Connors has worked himself into the Detroit mob. Connors and two other mob gunsels, Robert Osterloh and Herman Rudin, are hired by an out of town mob to provide some muscle on a racket takeover. The mobster in charge, Jack Lambert, is a no nonsense old style gangster who say violence cures all. Lambert is making a bid to take-over a rival crew's numbers racket. This bunch, led by Robert Carricart is not taking kindly to the disruption of their business. A war is brewing.
Connors now pays a secret visit to rival mob boss, Carricart. He offers to cut Carricart in on a plan to beat his own boss, Lambert, out of a half million. He will give Carricut the winning number for an upcoming day. Carricart will lay off 30 large for a huge payout when the number pops. Connor's tells Carricart that he wants to take over Lambert's operation.
The day hits and Carricart and Connors clean up with a 600 grand payout. Lambert is less than amused with this payout but writes it off to a fluke event.
All this is a well laid out plan by Connors to quash both mobs. Connors lets slip that he made a big score gambling and flashes a huge wad around. This gets back to Lambert, who finally tumbles to what Connors has done. He rounds up a few of his boys and heads off to pay Connors a visit. At the same time, Connors has arranged for Carricart to meet him at the same location.
Needless to say everyone arrives at the same time. Numerous guns of various types and calibres are pulled, and used. The Police now show to pick up the few mob types who survived the lead exchange. Lambert and Carricart are out of business. Connors fades into the night to go to his next assignment.
I really like this series, it moves along at a fair clip and supplies more than enough action and violence.
Also in the cast are Karl Swenson and Ruta Lee as father and daughter shop owners. The mob is forcing them to become bookie joints.
The series was produced by film noir vet, Russell Rouse. The two-time Oscar nominated, one time winner, wrote 36 of the 37 episodes. He also directed several of them. His film work as a director, include, THE WELL, HOUSE OF NUMBERS, WICKED WOMAN, THIEF, THE Oscar and NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL.
This particular episode was helmed by actor turned director, Abner Biderman. Biderman was an in demand character player during the late 30's and up to the mid 1950's. He made the switch to directing when the studio system ended.
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