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The Reds Need some Cash
24 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I LED 3 LIVES "Commie Dies" 1955

This is episode 37 from season 2 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, Jeanne Bates about a new assignment. Bates wants Carlson to contact a long-time party member who has become gravely ill. The man, Victor Rodman, was in charge of a phony charity used to raise funds for the party. Bates and the party want these funds turned over before Rodman dies.

They are having problems getting the info for the 25,000 plus in cash Rodman has stashed. Carlson is to approach the man and try and sweet talk the man into turning over the funds. Carlson lets his FBI handler, John Zaremba in on the plot. Maybe the FBI can find the cash.

Carlson has second thoughts about the job when he finds that Rodman has found god. Rodman has decided that the Reds are no good. He wants Carlson to call in a priest for some last rites. Rodman then makes arrangements for the church to get the funds.

Carlson does not pass this info to the party. He hopes that Comrade Bates will be in hot water with the higher ups of the party once Rodman dies.

This is a rather lacklustre episode with no action involved at all. It looks like the production was made in one or two days in a single room. (Knowing the series producers, ZIV, it would not surprise me)


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