A young man who just announced his engagement is accused of murdering a gold-digging woman and refuses to participate in his own defense. Smith and Romack investigate and discover the trail of evidence leads to a surprising culprit.

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Tom 'Whispering' Smith
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George Romack
Sam Buffington ...
John Richards
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Judge Wilbur Harrington
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Chris Harrington
Barbara Wilson ...
Alice Kirby
Nancy Valentine ...
Stella Dean
Kay Stewart ...
Mrs. Martha Harrington
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Jess Kirby
Helen Spring ...
Mrs. Warner
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A young man who just announced his engagement is accused of murdering a gold-digging woman and refuses to participate in his own defense. Smith and Romack investigate and discover the trail of evidence leads to a surprising culprit.

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12 June 1961 (USA)  »

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Chris Harrington: You'll find this hard to believe, Smitty, but the most wonderful girl in the world has just agreed to become my wife.
Whispering Smith: Marry you? She must be out of her mind.
Chris Harrington: I told her the same thing, but it didn't do me a bit of good.
Whispering Smith: That's great, Chris. Who's the unlucky girl?
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A rather slow Episode
10 April 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

WHISPERING SMITH "Stain of Justice" 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 sixth of the production run.

This one starts with a man, Patric Knowles, and a woman, Nancy Valentine, having a heated argument. It seems that Knowles is trying to end the affair the two are having. Miss Valentine is having none of this and threatens to tell spill the beans. Knowles grabs up a handy blunt object and brains Valentine, killing her. Knowles then beats the feet and splits.

The next day in Denver, we have Lawman Audie Murphy running into Knowles. We now find out that Knowles is a well-respected judge. After a few words between the two men, they are joined by Knowles' son, Richard Chamberlin. Murphy takes off and Knowles and Chamberlin have a chat.

Chamberlin is getting married to a local girl and is letting Knowles know. Chamberlin also tells Knowles that he knows about Knowles stepping out with Miss Valentine behind his mother's back. Knowles tells his son that the affair is over and not to worry.

Chamberlin decides to pay a visit to Miss Valentine himself and make sure the tryst between her and his father is over. He finds the dead as a doornail Valentine. Of course the man is silly enough to pick up the murder weapon just as someone else enters the room. He is soon collared and tossed in the Denver jail.

He swears he is innocent but the evidence is against him. His father Knowles tells him that he will get him out. Knowles however is killed in a wagon accident before he can admit to being the murderer.

Chamberlin now tells Murphy that the real murderer must have been his father. Murphy sets out to prove this one way or the other. He finally proves that Chamberlin is telling the truth by tracing payments made to Miss Valentine from Knowles bank.

This one is not exactly a barn burner, and seems much longer than its 26 minute runtime. Of note here is the episode's director of photography, John L Russell. Russell had been nominated for an Oscar the year before as the cinematographer on Hitchcock's PSYCHO.


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