Three men are the suspects in the beating death of a former vaudevillian actress found in her apartment. The possible reason for her murder could be among the contents of an old steamer ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack Webb

Writer:

Jack Webb (creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Jack Webb ... Sgt. Joe Friday
Ben Alexander ... Officer Frank Smith
Dayton Lummis Dayton Lummis ... Sgt. Jack Gotch
Richard Garland Richard Garland ... John Parkson
James Anderson ... Harold Young (as Jim Anderson)
Lillian Powell Lillian Powell ... Lorraine Washburn (as Lillian Palmer)
Emlen Davies ... Babs Sheldon
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Three men are the suspects in the beating death of a former vaudevillian actress found in her apartment. The possible reason for her murder could be among the contents of an old steamer trunk which she kept locked in her room. Surveillance equipment is used to solve the mystery. Written by tomtrekp

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1954 (USA) See more »

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Mark VII Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Hooker in Dragnet?
26 July 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Usual great camera work helps keep viewers involved through lengthy talk sessions. Notice the many revealing close-ups. That way, personality shares spotlight with the talk. Also, the setup in the murdered woman's fleabag room is especially eye-catching with her bound corpse in the foreground and the cops in the back. Plot-wise, an ex-vaudevillian is found murdered, the contents of an old trunk scattered about and no suspects. Friday and Smith are assigned to find the culprit and maybe unravel the trunk mystery.

I may be wrong, but seems the script flirts with whether the victim's just a skid-row denizen or maybe a hooker murdered by a John. Of course, hookers couldn't be so portrayed in those days, so writers had to skirt the edges, so to speak. Among an accomplished cast, look for period toughie James Anderson as one of the suspects, along with Attack of the Crab Monsters' Richard Garland. Anyway, it's the usual strong human interest from Webb and Co. that really is kind of sad as reviewer Hafer points out.


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