This is episode 18 of the 3 year and 115 episode run of the Red Scare series, I LED THREE LIVES. This 1953 to 1956 series is based on the exploits of, Herbert A. Philbrick. Philbrick spent 9 years undercover for the FBI keeping tabs on the Communist party. Richard Carlson plays the title role.
Carlson is contacted by his Commie Cell leader, Vivi Janiss about a job. Carlson is needed to do a pickup of an important package. They hit a busy downtown street corner, where Carlson is passed a small bundle. He is now to return the bundle back to cell leader, Janiss. Carlson sneaks a quick look before passing the bundle on. It is just a small spring wrapped in a greasy rag.
Carlson gets hold of his F.B.I. handler, John Zaremba about the incident. The F.B.I. arranges for Carlson to be shadowed the next pick-up. The Commies however switch up the play and change the location and the hand off. Carlson manages to pull a quick one and gets the info from the package. He passes the goods to the F.B.I. who make copies, and then forward the stuff to the Commie address.
Turns out the Red types are stealing components of a new .45 automatic pistol. They want to make their own knock offs to use as assassination weapons. The F.B.I. waits a few weeks, then grab up all the commie types working at the various firearms plants.
Being a ZIV Production, everything is done on the cheap. Half the time it looks like a film crew just jumps out of a car and films a quick couple of shots and then takes off. Dialogue is kept to a minimum with Carlson narrating the story.
The look of this particular episode is quite good. B-film veteran, Leslie Goodwins handles the action and keeps the action moving. Goodwins helmed several of the popular "Mexican Spitfire" comedy series produced by RKO.
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