"The Lady and the Lawyer"
is an episode of The Asphalt Jungle starring
Jack Warden, Arch Johnson, and Douglas Odney.
The main suspect in the murder of city employee Sam Henry is playboy attorney Allen Bardeman, both of whom appear to have connections to a crime ring.
When Matt Gower is appointed Acting Police Commissioner his first responsibility is investigating a murder involving a city hall employee with alleged ties to organized crime. Gower's men find a connection between the murdered man and a high-powered attorney living well-beyond his means. When a mob troubleshooter pays a visit to the crooked lawyer who is subsequently murdered, the police net starts to close around the attorney's secretary and the mob's local enforcer.Written by
[speaking into his phone]
I'll call you back.
[after hanging up]
How goes it, Sam?
Up a little this week to 72,300. Check it. Everybody else's end holding up all right? Anything new?
That homicide guy, Gower, is being transferred to the Old Point precinct. Very quiet. He'll get a good rest there.
You sure about that?
The word's out. I thought you'd like advance notice.
The boys will be glad to here the Hall is seeing things the right way.
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The story here is not so exciting as the previous episode. Only the usual and expected noir atmosphere is really worth. An important city employee in charge of enforcing the racket business is killed and his corpse left in a car; but before he died, his murderers thrown the car to simulate an accident and this killed nearly a whole family. So the police investigates. Jack Warden, the lieutenant, is on the case, ordered by his chief to take the place, "for the moment", of the deceased. So that he will be able to get what all this is exactly about. The racket business head who ordered the employee's killing have to be brought to justice. You see, nothing special here. Only for noir atmosphere. That's not so bad after all. Directed by Joseph Newman, written by the great WR Burnett, and also guest starred by Vera Miles.
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