After receiving a note threatening his life, Ralph Miller requests protection from the Denver police department. Smith and Romack are assigned as bodyguards but the two detectives fail to ...
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After receiving a note threatening his life, Ralph Miller requests protection from the Denver police department. Smith and Romack are assigned as bodyguards but the two detectives fail to prevent stock promoter from sipping a poisoned drink, which was fortunately not lethal. Smith tries to dig into the man's past to learn who might have a reason to threaten Miller's life. Written by
There's something I have to know - who wrote that second note to Miller?
Well, after I became convinced that the man who wrote the first one was only trying to get Miller to confess, I decided to help, so I used the best weapon against the man possible - the man himself.
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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 seventh of the production run.
This one starts with Murphy and his partner, Mitchell attending a fancy party being thrown by Bartlett Robinson. The man is trying to get investors to join him in a gold mine venture. The Lawmen are there because Robinson had received a letter saying he would be killed.
The Law being on hand does not stop someone from secretly slipping poison into Robinson's drink. The man goes down in a heap and is lucky that a doctor, Don Keefer is also at the event. Robinson is soon back on his feet and giving the Lawmen holy hell. They were supposed to protect him.
The next day Robinson barely escapes having his head blown off by a pistol rigged up to a door. Robinson is really rattled now. Murphy and Mitchell are at a loss as to what is going on. Another note is found accusing Robinson of being a murderer. Robinson denies the accusation.
Robinson and the Law head to Denver where Robinson is to give a speech. Murphy has a look around the podium and discovers a bomb planted underneath. Of course Robinson is completely shaken by this. He is offered a cell in the jail house to hide out in. The Law now says they will check out everyone who might have a grudge with Robinson.
It all turns out to be an elaborate ploy by Murphy to get Robinson to admit to a murder from 19 years before.
This episode is not really one to set the barn a burning. One gets the feel that the whole production was rushed. Better writing and tighter direction might have helped.
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