A beautiful socialite hires Drake to recover a diamond studded watch that was stolen during a casino robbery.





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Episode complete credited cast:
Lucia Carroll ...
Mrs. MacElraith
Sidney Dubin ...
Artie (as Sid Dubin)
Shepard Menken ...
Prince Menchnikov (as Shep Menken)
Lt. Walsh
Eddie Drake
Dr. Karen Gayle


A beautiful socialite hires Drake to recover a diamond studded watch that was stolen during a casino robbery.

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Release Date:

10 April 1952 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Eddie Drake: It was quite a joint all right, and she was sleek as a Town and Country with its top down, besides which the look she threw at me from across the room with those narrow greenish eyes made me glad I'd shaved and put on my other clean shirt.
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Good episode with great snappy dialogue and a cute car
14 September 2016 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Private eye Don 'Eddie Drake' Haggerty is hired by wealthy socialite Lucia Carroll to retrieve a watch for her, at any cost. She was at a casino the night before that got robbed, and she doesn't want to explain things to her out-of-town husband, as she wasn't exactly alone that night. Haggerty makes some inquiries at a bar that is a known watering hole for fences, and he also has a chat with the casino owner, Shepark Menken. He wants to hire Haggerty to find the beautiful girl he's seen on a photo in an arcade hall. Haggerty thinks nothing of it, and he's soon contacted by a fence to buy back the watch. Which leads to murder, double-crosses and twists...

Originally a radio series called 'The Cases Of Mr. Ace' starring George Raft, it seems this TV series was shelved for a few years before finally airing on TV. I can't imagine why based on this episode which is great fun with some nice hard-boiled lines and exchanges. Unfortunately it seems it's the only one available online. Told in flashback, as he recounts each case to doctor Patricia Morison who's writing a book on criminology, this episode (which has a slight 'Maltese Falcon' vibe to it) moves at a rapid pace and the snappy dialogue and twisty (if not fully logical) story should appeal to noir-heads.

Performances are decent enough for a TV show, and there's a small role for Whit Bissell ('Brute Force') who ends up eating lead. Which leads to the following lines between Drake and a police lieutetant (while the room they're in is lit only by a flashing neon light to add to the noir feel): Lieutenant: 'Hey, that guy's dead!' Drake: 'That's what I keep telling him, but he won't listen.'

I wish would episodes of this series would surface. I had a blast, especially with the dialogue. Special mention goes out to Drake's 3- wheeled oversized bumper car, I did not expect that! Recommended! 7/10

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