The local mob is killing off the small operators who are horning in on their gambling business. Nick flashes some cash and gets invited to one of the mob's casinos where he plays like he's ...
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The local mob is killing off the small operators who are horning in on their gambling business. Nick flashes some cash and gets invited to one of the mob's casinos where he plays like he's a tough guy. This catches the boss' eye because he's always looking for new thugs. Written by
Jay Phelps <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This one is the 2nd 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.
This one starts out with a small gang of crooks closing down their casino for the night. Another group of crooks from a rival mob burst in and start with the heavy stuff. The casino is robbed and the three mob types running the place are shot dead.
The local Police are needless to say upset with the bodies this gang of killers is leaving around. The problem is that there are never any witnesses. Well, not any who are left alive. The cop in charge, John Cliff, puts out a call for some undercover help. Special undercover man, Mike Connors is soon in town for a look see.
Connors hits all the proper places and flashes a large wad of bills. "Where is the action?" He inquires of various bartenders, bell boys and the like. Connors soon gets invited to an under the radar club with plenty of "action" going on. Connors plays it up as a gangster type having a bit of fun. This soon gets the attention of gang boss, Alan Reed. Reed is always on the lookout for fresh talent.
Connors is soon on the inside of the mob. Reed and his crew hit every new group that tries to set up in "his" town. Several days later, Connors is invited on a late night visit on a rival bunch's new casino. Connors gives the heads up on the upcoming festivities to his Police contact, Barbara Darrow.
The Police are waiting and raid the place just as Connors and Reed's crew make their play. Reed's bunch, are silly enough to trade rounds with the Police and are all soon pushing daisies. Connors, his job finished, fades again into the night to wait for his next assignment. Plenty of action and some great back and forth keep this show moving along at a fast pace.
Also in the cast in an early role, is Donna Douglas. Douglas plays the mistress of gang boss, Alan Reed. Douglas of course was, Elly May Clampett, on the long running, THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES. Alan Reed is best known as the voice of Fred Flintstone on the long running, THE FLINTSTONES, which ran from 1960 to 1966.
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, including this particular episode. His film work as a director, include, THE WELL, HOUSE OF NUMBERS, WICKED WOMAN, THIEF, THE Oscar and NEW YORK CONFIDENTIAL.
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