ADVENTURES OF THE FALCON The Case of the Deadly Welcome 1954
This is the 14th episode of the 39 episode run of the 1954 to 1956 series, ADVENTURES OF THE FALCON. Film noir icon Charles McGraw headlines as Mike Waring, an agent of the U.S. Government. The series follows McGraw as he travels the world putting the kibosh on various criminals and foreign agents. The series is loosely based on the FALCON series of films of the 1940's.
Government trouble shooter Charles McGraw is arriving by ship in New York. He has been out for a week long cruise holiday. The trip has been rather good since he hooked up with fellow passenger, Lucille Barkley. It is the last night before docking, and the two agree to meet again in New York.
Entering his stateroom after seeing Miss Barkley to her own quarters, McGraw finds a man going through his stuff. A quick round of flying fists however ends with McGraw on the wrong end, and the man escapes into the dark. McGraw does not call the ship's crew because nothing seems to be missing, and he can't id the man.
While collecting his bags dockside, McGraw is approached by a man who tells him they will meet later. McGraw has no idea who the man is, or what it is about. He blows it off as a mistaken id thing.
That evening, there is a knock at his hotel door. He opens it and a large man enters. The man calls McGraw a swine and hands him a package, turns and leaves. The somewhat startled McGraw opens the package for a look see. His eyes pop wide, as there is 50 grand in cash inside. What the hell?
Now there is another knock at the door. McGraw answers, this time there is a woman with a drawn automatic pistol. She slow walks McGraw back inside. She likewise pulls out a small package and tosses same on the table. She then warns McGraw to never bother her again. Before McGraw can say a word, the woman takes off. Again our man has a look inside the package and finds another 50 large.
Needless to say, there is now a third knock at the door, and the whole procedure is repeated with 50 grand being added to the pile. The somewhat rattled McGraw gets dressed and is about to contact his boss in Washington.
He is interrupted a fourth time by someone at the door. This time the visitor is not there to give cash, but to collect the 150 large, already there. It seems that the man, Lowell Gilmore, has the goods on several rich folks and is putting a large touch on them. Gilmore had been the man going through McGraw's suitcases on the ship. He had attached a sticker to one. This was the signal to the blackmail victims to follow and pay off.
Of course our boy Charles is not amused with being used as a stooge. A brisk round a bout erupts with McGraw catching a pistol butt end. Down he goes out like a dead fish. When he wakes, lying on the floor next to him is Gilmore with a rather large bullet wound in his gut. The just barely alive man whispers that his partner had shot him, and taken the cash. Then he expires before saying who it was.
McGraw, nursing a bruised ego, not to mention the large bump on the side of his skull wants some answers. He gets on the blower and contacts a pal government pal for info. He soon has everyone rounded up for a bit of third degree. McGraw is joined by shipmate Miss Barkley. The blackmail victims fold and admit that Gilmore had info about a crooked business deal they had all pulled.
It finally dawns on McGraw that Miss Barkley is a suspect. He now recalls seeing her and the dead Gilmore talking on the ship. And right he is, as Barkley yanks a gun out of McGraw's coat pocket and aims. She pulls the trigger and only gets a click. McGraw had emptied the pistol suspecting a possible move by somebody. Miss Barkley had decided a one way split was the way to go and had shot Gilmore. She figured McGraw would take the rap for the killing.
Miss Barkley is slapped in bracelets and hauled off to the crowbar hotel for an extended stay.
This one has plenty of plot to go around considering it only has a 25 minute runtime.
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