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The Well-Selected Frame 

Valerie Stacey believes her husband is trying to kill her. So convinced she approaches Bailey and Brynes to investigate and produce enough evidence to take her story to the police.


Boris Sagal


Charles Hoffman (teleplay), Gerald Drayson Adams (story)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Smith ... Jeff Spencer
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stuart Bailey
Edd Byrnes ... Kookie (as Edward Byrnes)
Peggie Castle ... Valerie Stacey
Frances Fong Frances Fong ... Lotus
Richard Webb ... Alec Lewis
Bartlett Robinson ... Howard Stacey
Arthur Hanson Arthur Hanson ... Proctor
Robert Burton ... Inquest Deputy
Hal Smith ... Hubert
Barry Bernard Barry Bernard ... Ben the Butler
Morgan Shaan Morgan Shaan ... Deputy (as Morgan Sha'an)
The Frankie Ortega Trio The Frankie Ortega Trio ... Frankie Ortega Trio (as Frankie Ortega Trio)


Valerie Stacey believes her husband is trying to kill her. So convinced she approaches Bailey and Brynes to investigate and produce enough evidence to take her story to the police.

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Action | Crime | Drama




English | Chinese

Release Date:

28 November 1958 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Jeff Spencer and Lotus run into the surf for a swim, she is seen wearing a dark two-piece swimsuit. When they return to the cabin, she is wearing a floral one-piece. See more »


September in the Rain
Music by Harry Warren
Played in Dino's by The Frankie Ortega Trio and later in Valerie's room
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And We Went Through This Because...?
11 January 2017 | by DrGlitterhouseSee all my reviews

Spencer finds himself framed for the murder of his client's husband, who she claimed was trying to kill her.

I've seen two Spencer-centric episodes so far, and I'm left wondering if there was a conscious decision made with these old Warner Bros. shows with rotating stars that the main lead would get the better scripts. As a previous reviewer has noted Boris Sagal's directing is a lot more interesting than the story. The biggest surprise is how suddenly the frame-up begins. The music cues vary between action pieces that would be at home in a Secret Agent episode and silly (sometimes stereotypical) cues in the vein of post-Roy Huggins Maverick episodes.

I will, however, gives props for the band in the bar playing "Someone to Watch Over Me" as Mrs. Stacy pleads with Spencer to take her case, as well as, in another scene (as was the case in "Lovely Lady, Take Pity"), the use of "It Had to Be You" playing in the background.

The best scenes are the ones with Stu Bailey, particularly the phone call scene in the middle with both him and Kookie in the office and the phone in the foreground. The episode even ends with Bailey.

The inquest scene is flat (an earlier reviewer pointed out). What was the point? Was the audience really supposed to be on the edge of its seat wondering who shot Mr. Stacy? Outside of that, there's nothing revealed that we couldn't have learned without Spencer becoming a fugitive--or Spencer running a background check on his client before taking the case.

I hope Sagal's talents are put to use on more compelling material in the course of this series, as "The Well-Selected Frame" pretty much qualifies as filler.

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