After a boxer is killed for not throwing a fight as ordered, Nick goes undercover by taking over as manager for another young prizefighter, planning eventually to get him to turn evidence ...
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After a boxer is killed for not throwing a fight as ordered, Nick goes undercover by taking over as manager for another young prizefighter, planning eventually to get him to turn evidence against the crooked promoter who ordered the killing. Written by
This one is the 10th 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.
Mike Connors is called in to help break up a gangster, Tom Conway's hold on a big city's boxing racket. Most of the managers and boxers take their orders from Conway on who wins the fights. Conway of course makes a killing betting on the crooked fights. People who do not play along tend to be found in a non-breathing state.
Connors pretends to be a high roller who wants to buy a piece of an up and coming fighter, Paul Burke. Burke is a good fighter who has lost his last three bouts. That is because his manager, Jesse White, is in with the crook, Conway. White has convinced his boy, Burke that he will not get any fights booked if he refuses to throw fights. This of course annoys Burke no end. He goes along though since he needs cash to support his younger sister, Madlyn Rhue.
Connors joins a card game with manager White. He runs up the table stakes and ends up winning Burke's contract. Connors then sets up a meeting in a bar frequented by Conway and his best boxer. He has also arranged to have most of the newspaper sports writers in attendance. Connors provokes a fight with Conway's boxer which Burkes finishes. The cameras flash, and the fight makes all the newspapers.
Connors now pays a visit to Conway where he pitches a set up to the crook. He wants 4-5 fights leading to a match with Conway's champ. He tells Conway that Burke will win his 4-5 fights which will make the odds tip in Burke's favor. Then on the night of the fight with Conway's man, Burke will take a dive. Conway and Connors can both clean up on the long odds. Connors of course does not tell Burke about the deal. He tells Burke to fight his best, which he does, winning all his next bouts.
Come the night of the fight with Conway's champ, Connors now tells Burke he needs to throw the fight. Burke is so upset he refuses to go along and calls in the Police and newspapers. He is going to spill the whole rotten set up to them. This of course soon has the Police slapping the bracelets on Conway and company. Connors now fades off into the background to wait for his next assignment.
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.
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