A nightclub singer asks Mike to get her out of a contract that's held by a mobster. The man claims the rising star who she owes him $50,000 "for expenses" plus 30% of her salary in ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jean Barr (as Connie Towers)
Bart Stengler
Eve McVeagh ...
Veronica Karnes
Ralph Shields
Theodore Newton ...
Doc Karnes
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...


A nightclub singer asks Mike to get her out of a contract that's held by a mobster. The man claims the rising star who she owes him $50,000 "for expenses" plus 30% of her salary in perpetuity. While Mike is working on the contract, the singer receives a blackmail threat. Mike tries to retrieve the indiscreet photograph, he finds the blackmailers dead and the negative gone. Written by David Bassler

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21 March 1958 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)|

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1.33 : 1
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[discussing Glasser, a gangster Hammer just killed]
Jean Barr: Well, what kind of man was he? Smart, like the newspapers said?
Mike Hammer: Well, if he was smart, he wouldn't have carried a gun.
Jean Barr: Well, you were. What does that make you?
Mike Hammer: A better shot.
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After this you can't miss being a star
6 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Private eye Mike Hammer, Darren McGavin, gets involve in a blackmail shakedown that turns to murder with up and coming aspiring stripper and actress Jean Barr, Constance Towers, at the middle of this weird scenario. It's Jean who's being blackmailed to cough up $50,000.00 to keep a very incrimination photo of her and just deceased, by Mike Hammer, hoodlum Rick Glasser from being made public. If the photo makes the morning papers Jean's promising career as a showgirl and stripper as well as actress will end up in the garbage dump before it even starts!

As Hammer starts turning on the screws in the case up pops Doc & Veronica Kerns, Ted Newton & Eve McVeagh, who have the photo who demand from Jean, with Hammer being the middle-man, $5,000.00 to keep it from seeing the light of day. Hammer smelling a rat in all this realizes that it's Jean's crooked promoter Bart Stangler, Grant Richards, who's behind all this using the Karnes as human shields to take the hit if anything goes wrong which it does. Their both murdered before thy have time to collect their 5 G's.

***SPOILERS*** It's soon discovered by Hammer that both Stengler and Jean's manager Ralph shields, Robert Quarry, have been orchestrating this scam since Jean started making big money in show business and the photo by the Kearns was just what they needed to shake her down. But it's a mystery in just who financed Jean's career that's the key to this double-crossing and back-stabbing scam by both Stengler and Shields. And that's something that had even has the "I'v seen it all before" and hard boiled Mike Hammer go into a complete state of shock!

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