Man with a Camera: Season 2, Episode 11

Touch-Off (11 Jan. 1960)

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To gather evidence against a ring of arsonists, Mike poses as a firebug himself to try to get in their gang.

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James Flavin ...
Lt. Donovan
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Billy Whyeth
Charles Horvath ...
Cliff
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Hazel Britt
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Ruth Craymoor
Alan Dexter ...
Peter Gross
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To gather evidence against a ring of arsonists, Mike poses as a firebug himself to try to get in their gang.

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12 January 2011 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** Freelance photographer Mike Kovac, Charles Bronson, goes undercover, as Detroit arsonist Dutch Miller, for the police to uncover an arson ring operating in the city.

Trying to get in good with Billy Wyeth, Stacy Harris, who's suspected in at least a half dozen arson jobs Kovac soon get in with his gang by hitting on Billy's girlfriend Jersey City waitress Ruth Carymoor, Sylvia Lewis, at the local dive that she works in. It's when Kovac is introduced to the big man of the organization claims adjuster Amos Hartman, Sabastian Cabot, that he secretly starts snapping photos of the arson gang with his hidden,in a transistor radio, camera.

It's the person whom Kovac was to do his first arson job for in the Hartman Gang Hazel Britt, Nancy Valentine, who recognized him, while he was undercover as Dutch Miller, as famed photographer Mike Kovac thus blowing his cover. It's then that Kovac is set up by Hartman to get killed in the very first and last arson job he was to do for him. Knocked out from behind by one of Hartman's tugs ex-wrestler Cliff, Charles Horvath, in Hazl Britt's deserted warehouse and left to be killed in the arson fire that he was supposed to start Kovac gets back on his feet before the timer,to set the fire, was to go off by Whyeth setting it at eight instead of the usual three minutes. And with that Kovac was not only rescued by the police but was able to get a good lick,or punch,in at the hulking ex-wrestler Cliff for cold cocking, with a pistol, him from behind earlier in the movie.

P.S It was good to see actor and stuntman Charles Horvath in the film as Cliff the enforcer whom Kovac, despite him being a head shorter then Horvath, had no trouble at all taking care off. Horvath was also seen in the 1952 "Jungle Jim" film "Voodoo Tiger" as corrupt African native chief, working with the Nazis, Wombula as well as in the 1956 film "The Wearwolf" as mugger Joe Mitchell who instead of ripping off Steven Ritch, the werewolf, in a dark and deserted alley ended up getting his throat ripped out by him.


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