Burke's Law (1963–1966)
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Who Killed Holly Howard? 

"Who Killed Holly Howard?" is an episode of Burke's Law starring Gene Barry, Gary Conway, and Regis Toomey. Model Holly Howard is found murdered, and the only clues seem to link a trio of wealthy Texans to her death.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt. Amos Burke
... Det. Tim Tilson
... Det. Les Hart
... Henry
... Sophia, Burke's Girlfriend
... Fred Hopke
... Thomas Mathewson
... Harry Joe Murdock
... 'Mac' McNulty
... Bill, Desk Sergeant
... John Busch (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
... Ed Nickerson
... Bridget Jenkins
... Mrs. Bowie
... Vaughn Moore


Model Holly Howard is found murdered, and the only clues seem to link a trio of wealthy Texans to her death.

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Release Date:

20 September 1963 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final television role of Zasu Pitts (I). She died three months before this aired. See more »


Capt. Amos Burke: Never box with senior citizens: Burke's Law.
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References What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) See more »

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Beauty is Only Skin-Deep
7 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

I received Season 1 DVDs just last week; by the time I got to Volume 2, I knew I would have to watch them again. If you're a fan of Old Hollywood, you can get so caught up in naming the guest stars and marveling at the glamorous women/clothes, that when the murderer and the motive is revealed, you forgot what you saw/heard about the victim, during the first 2 minutes of the episode.

These are fun to watch and I really don't want to provide any "spoilers". Basically, a nice, small-town, plain-Jane young lady (one suspect described her as UGLY a few times) named Holly Howard gets the beauty treatment (via a benefactor) and is on her way to stardom with a modeling contract (which could lead to an acting gig), when she is "snuffed out".

Captain Burke kisses two of the guest stars and utters four of his laws: "Never box with a senior citizen." "Never eat little, round pancakes when you're in a hurry." "Always be punctual where a beautiful girl is concerned." "In cases of homicide, check out the facts one at a time, slow & easy."

Besides series-regular, Regis Toomey, three of the guest stars were born in the late 1800's: Zasu Pitts, Jay C. Flippen, and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. It must have been a real treat for newcomers like series-regular Gary Conway to reap the benefit of their acting experience, professional savvy, and hear their recounts of working with/being around DeMille, Bogart, or Will Roger, Sr. (Will Rogers, Jr. is in this one, as well).

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