The Man Behind the Badge (1953–1955)
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The Case of the Deadly Delicacy 



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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Host
Inspector Fred Barnes
Tom McKee ...
Inspector Ed Wheeler
Donna Eldred
Kay Stewart ...
Mrs. Sanborn
George Ferguson
Sarah Ferguson (as Vivi James)
Hospital Doctor
Lillian Buyeff ...
Mrs. Eldred
Thayer Roberts ...
Dr. Taylor
Gayne Whitman ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Aldred ...


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Crime | Drama




Release Date:

9 April 1955 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Sweet but deadly
11 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Charles Bickford hosts this crime drama series produced by Bernard J. Prockter. This still timely episode features an inspector for the Food and Drug Administration sent to Hunter, VA as townspeople become seriously ill. Eventually, the FDA agent learns that a local woman who bakes and sells fruit cakes from her home is the problem source.

However, she is near death in a local hospital and fruit cakes are still in the hands of the public. Moreover, the FDA laboratory confirms arsenic poisoning as the cause of illness, so FDA inspectors must learn how such is getting in the fruit cakes.

The script is still relevant and while the drama is slightly contrived, this is still an entertaining and enlightening episode. I cannot speak for the series because this is the only episode I have watched. However, I would eagerly watch others. This was produced by Conne-Stephens Inc for Bernard Prockter Television Services, Inc.

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