Enrico Spanato, a Sicilian interpreter is accused of killing a fellow Italian by several of the dead man's friends. Although Smith finds evidence that someone might have fired a shot at the...
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Enrico Spanato, a Sicilian interpreter is accused of killing a fellow Italian by several of the dead man's friends. Although Smith finds evidence that someone might have fired a shot at the interpreter, he can find no one who who will testify that the shooting was self-defense because the Italians in the neighborhood fear the growing power of the Mafia. Written by
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WHISPERING SMITH was western star Audie Murphy's attempt at headlining a series. Murphy plays a member of the Denver Police Force in the late 1860's. The series follows Murphy and his partner, Guy Mitchell, as they chase various unsavoury types and bring them to justice. The series ran for 26 episodes between May and November 1961.
This episode is the 22nd of the production run.
This one starts with Audie Murphy and his partner being called out to a murder in the Italian section of Denver. Paul Picerni, a Sicilian interpreter is grabbed up by the law for killing a local. Picerni swears the shooting was in self-defence. He says that some Mafia types from the old country are trying to take over the area.
None of the local folk will step up and second Picerni's version of the story. Murphy hauls Picerni off to the crowbar inn for a stay. Something however does not sit right with the Lawman about the killing. Of course Murphy digs further into the matter.
Soon a fortune teller, Sara Taft, tells Murphy and Mitchell that the locals are scared of the Mafia. Taft tells Murphy to go after local Al Ruscio. Miss Taft says that if Murphy can get Ruscio to talk about the murder, other witnesses will step up.
The mafia guy, Johnny Seven, decides that Murphy is becoming a problem and that he must go. Seven sets up a hit, but is warned by Ruscio about the play. Hit-man Seven is soon ventilated with several un-needed .44 caliber sized holes. The locals now come out of the woodwork to testify for Picerni.
Not a very good episode at all.
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