This is an episode from the summer replacement series, THE TELLTALE CLUE. This 13 episode series ran during the summer of 1954. The series was broadcast live.
Anthony Ross plays Chief of Detectives, Richard Hale.
Ross and the boys are called out to the scene of a hit and run incident. The witness, Ethel Everett, tells the Police that the car went right at the man. "It went right up on the sidewalk after him".
Ross and Detective Chuck Webster check the dead man's pockets and find a wallet. The man's name is Connor. They pay a call to the dead man's address in-order to talk with the next of kin. The wife, Peg Hillias, and daughter, Patricia Smith, are at home. The daughter takes the news hard but they get little reaction from Hillias.
The next morning they call the dead man's business partner, House Jameson, in for a chat. The usual questions are asked like did the man have any enemies? Was he well liked? Etc. They get nothing of value from Jameson so they ask the same of questions of the family caretaker, Joseph Sweeney. No joy there either.
The Police get a break when they receive a call from a local auto-body shop. A car that had been left for repair had blood and human hair stuck to the grill. A quick check of the License plates is made. The Police are surprised when they find that the car belongs to the dead man.
A repeat visit to the dead man's wife and daughter seems in order. Some heavy leaning by the Police soon gets some answers. They discover that Hillias and Jameson had been stepping out on her now deceased husband.
The clues pile up as Ross and Webster now find out that the dead man, had, 6 months before, been involved in a different hit and run. Connor had struck and killed a 17 year old boy.
After some more digging, Ross and company uncover that the handyman, Sweeney, was the dead boy's father. Sweeney had tracked Connor down and went to work for the family as he planned his vengeance.
He had taken the Connor family car, hit and killed Connor, then returned the car to the house. Sweeney is hauled off to jail for a long vacation on the State's nickel.
The director was Charles Martin.
An interesting bit of live television with Philip Morris cigarette ads throughout. Boom mikes and fluffed lines do not take away from the production in the least. It is amazing to me that they could do these shows so well with the primitive equipment of the day. (b/w)
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