Smith and Romack go undercover for the Army to investigate the deaths of three young officers all of who were shot in the head during Indian attacks. The detectives are faced with a number ...
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Smith and Romack go undercover for the Army to investigate the deaths of three young officers all of who were shot in the head during Indian attacks. The detectives are faced with a number of suspects - an ex-Confederate officer with a grudge, a sergeant who hates officers and a private jealous of anyone who romances the commanding officer's pretty young daughter. Written by
WHISPERING SMITH "Safety Valve" 1961 WHISPERING SMITH was western star Audie Murphy's attempt at headlining a series. Murphy plays a member of the Denver Police Force in the late 1860's. The series follows Murphy and his partner, Guy Mitchell, as they chase various unsavoury types and bring them to justice. The series ran for 26 episodes between May and November 1961.
This episode is the fifth of the production run.
Audie Murphy and Guy Mitchell are called upon to do some undercover work for the U.S. Army. It seems that officers at a certain fort keep turning up dead. It always starts with a brush with a tribe of local Indians. During the engagements the officer in charge is shot in the head. The Indian chief, John War Eagle, is claiming he has strong powers over the Army. The morale of the troops is suffering as well.
The main suspects are, Harry Carey Jr, Paul Baxley and Jack Grinnage. Carey is the senior n.c.o. and dislikes all officers. Baxley is an ex-Confederate officer, now a corporal who's home was destroyed during the late war. Grinnage is a young man who is infatuated with the fort's commanding officer's daughter, Della Sharman.
Murphy rides the men hard with extra duties etc to make sure the men take a dislike to him. While leading the men out on patrol, the restless native types put in an appearance with guns blazing.
Sure enough, at the height of the battle, Murphy is shot at from behind. The man, Grinnage, misses and high tails it for the hills. Unfortunately for him, he rides right into the arms of the attacking Indians. Murphy then takes out the chief, John War Eagle and the Indians retreat. Case closed.
Strange episode that really plays out more like a cop show than a western. Change the Indians to mobsters, and it would be like a Police procedural show.
The director here is former big screen man, Jerry Hopper. His big screen work includes the films, ATOMIC CITY, ALASKA SEAS, SMOKE SIGNAL, PONY EXPRESS and SECRET OF THE INCAS.
Western fans will of course recognize Harry Carey Jr. Carry was a long time fixture in 9 John Ford films. He also had roles in 10 films with John Wayne.
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