City Detective (1953– )
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Case of the Long Lost Wife 


(as Robert S. Finkel)




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Episode complete credited cast:
Keith Rockway
James Craven ...
Ashley Cummings


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1954 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.33 : 1
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An Insurance Scam
13 March 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

CITY DETECTIVE –Case of the Long Lost Wife – 1954

This is episode 13 of the 1953 to 1955 Police series, CITY DETECTIVE. Rod Cameron headlines as a Detective in a major U.S. city. The series ran for a total of 64 episodes. The series featured quite a few well-known actors in guest bits. These include, Hugh Beaumont, Whit Bissell, Marie Windsor, Carolyn Jones, Fess Parker, Angie Dickinson, Russell Johnson, Claude Akins, Lynn Bari, George Macready, Beverly Garland, Ann Savage and Lee Van Cleef.

In this episode, Police Lt Rod Cameron has a woman, Lynn Bari, come into the office with a problem. She thinks that her husband to be, James Craven, might have murdered his former wife. Cameron agrees to look into the case and get back to her.

He goes through the files and finds a missing persons report from 6 years before. Cameron decides to pay a visit to Craven for a chat on his still missing wife. Craven is most helpful and says he thinks she ran off with a photographer type fellow. Cameron reminds him that without a divorce on the books, he can't marry Bari. Craven responds that he thought after so many years it did not matter. He tells Cameron he will take care of the matter. He will talk to the court about having the missing woman declared legally dead.

Cameron is not sure why, but he detects a faint odour of foul play here. He decides to look further into the matter. He soon uncovers the identity and location of the photographer. A quick trip to St Louis is arranged. The picture taker, Ian MacDonald, turns out to be a ladies man who runs a model agency and studio.

Cameron leans on the smooth talking heel for info on the missing woman. MacDonald admits to stepping out with the missing woman, but he has not seen her in 6 years. Cameron decides to collar the guy and take him back to his burg. He takes MacDonald over to see Mr. Craven.

Miss Bari walks in at the same time and MacDonald points at her. "That is Craven's wife. She just has dark hair now!" Cameron grabs everyone for a less than friendly talk at headquarters. It turns out that Craven and Bari were playing a long con.

There was a large insurance policy on Bari. They had reported her missing and were just waiting to have her declared dead, in order to claim the payout. They had moved, she had changed her appearance and made up a new identity. They had approached the Police to see it their story would stand up. They never figured the Police would really look so deep into the old case.

A better episode, than I am making it sound like. There are some nice red herring thrown at the viewer. It is a good looking episode as well with one time Oscar nominated, Ellsworth Fredericks handling the cinematography duties. THE INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956), SAYONORA, HOLD BACK THE NIGHT and SEVEN DAYS IN MAY are a few of his films. The art director, Mike Obzina, was also a former Oscar nominated type.

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