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The Dead Samaritan 

A bystander is charged after he sees a woman being assaulted by a businessman, he intervenes, and the businessman dies of a heart attack. But was it a set-up?


Jerry Jameson


Edward Hume (developed for television by), Stephen Kandel (teleplay) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Conrad ... Frank Cannon
Arlene Golonka ... Melissa 'BJ' Franklin
Michael Witney Michael Witney ... Beau Gorman
Barbara Babcock ... Ruth Gardner
David Hedison ... Gordon Bell
Beverlee McKinsey ... Rita Bell
William Sargent William Sargent ... Lt. Driscoll
Dean Harens ... Tony Nevins
Stuart Nisbet ... Charlie Teeter
Priscilla Morrill ... Head of Model Agency
Paul Micale Paul Micale ... Man fishing on pier
Vincent Van Lynn Vincent Van Lynn ... Dan Selden
Bill Erwin ... Dr. Samuel Calvert
Shirley O'Hara ... Miss Morelli
Stephen Nardi Stephen Nardi


A bystander is charged after he sees a woman being assaulted by a businessman, he intervenes, and the businessman dies of a heart attack. But was it a set-up?

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The title "The Dead Samaritan", is a play on the term "Good Samaritan", referring to a person who, acting in good faith, take action to help when people are in peril, ill or incapacitated. See more »

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A better than average episode.
29 August 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

It's obvious when this episode begins that some sort of set-up is occurring. A young blonde (Arlene Galonka) bumps into a man and then throws herself all over him--screaming that he's attacking her. A passerby (David Hedison) comes to her rescue--hitting the man. She immediately disappears and the man dies of a heart attack. This is all too convenient and the Good Samaritan was set up to take the fall. But who is responsible? Well, the show does NOT keep that much of a secret, as the dead man's business partner (Barbara Babcock) tells them she saw the Good Samaritan attack the dead man and that it was unprovoked! Now police want to charge him with manslaughter. Can Cannon piece it all together? What do you think?!

I think the reason I liked this one so much was because I loved the scenes between William Conrad (Cannon) and the blonde (Galonka). They were very likable and sweet together and I liked their budding friendship. Because of this, the show has more heart and character development than usual and makes it worth seeing.

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10 January 1973 (USA) See more »

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