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Episode credited cast:
Colonel Frank Dawson
Leo Penn ...
Martin Allen
Tom Middleton ...
Mack (as Larry Blake)
Gordon Mills
Dusty Enders ...
(as Dusty Anders)
Roy Taguchi ...
Tom McDonough ...
Bob Ormsby ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Woodson ...
Sgt. Ed Blankey


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Crime | Drama




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1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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A Mob Hit-man
5 December 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

THIS MAN DAWSON – Loose Cannon - 1959

This is episode 25 of the 1959-60 Police series, THIS MAN DAWSON. The series ran for a total of 39 episodes. Keith Andes headlines the series about an Ex-Military Officer hired to run a big city Police Department. The city is never named. Each episode starts and finishes with William Conrad doing the narration of the night's story.

Police Chief Keith Andes has been so successful in getting to some of the local mobsters that they have pulled outside the city limits. One boss of a mob bunch, James Seay, is offered a cure to the Andes "problem". One of the men in his employ, Leo Penn, tells Seay that he is willing to "make his bones" by doing a hit on Chief Andes. Seay's response is that such a move would just bring more heat down on them.

Penn is less than happy with being turned down. He wants to move up in the mob. He tells Seay that he is going through with the hit anyways. Seay, contacts Andes and warns the Police Chief about a possible hit. Seay sees a chance to have Andes owe him a favour. Andes, takes the info, but offers no favours in return.

Andes' Chief of Detectives, John Marley, assigns 24 hour protection to his boss. Penn makes a play with a rifle at rubbing out Andes, but botches the attempt because of the large Police presence. Penn rightly decides that Seay has given him up to the authorities. He pays a surprise visit to Seay and fills him with some unneeded lead.

The next chance Penn has to get at Andes, is during a speech Andes is giving at a local sports centre. When he is about to make his play, Penn is discovered by Detective Marley and the Police escort. A lively chase through the sports centre begins with rounds being exchanged both ways. The pursuit ends when Penn is knocked into the swimming pool. The man is soon calling for help since he cannot swim. He is dragged out of the drink and the cuffed.

The episode was directed by series producer, William Conrad. Most will recall Conrad from the 70' Private Detective series, CANNON.

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