The F.B.I. (1965–1974)
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In the first episode, Erskine and Rhodes are assigned to track down Francis Jerome, an extortionist who has escaped from a federal prison in Pennsylvania. Erskine must also confront a ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Graham

Writer:

Norman Jolley
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Inspector Lewis Erskine
Philip Abbott ... Arthur Ward
Stephen Brooks Stephen Brooks ... Special Agent Jim Rhodes
Lynn Loring ... Barbara Erskine
Jeffrey Hunter ... Francis Jerome
Estelle Winwood ... Grandma Norbert
Dina Merrill ... Jean Davis
Bernadette Hale Bernadette Hale ... Parma Houghton
Julie Parrish ... Eileen
Peter Hansen ... Lee Haynes
Paul Sorensen Paul Sorensen ... Captain Herman
Sherri Spillane Sherri Spillane ... Girl (as Sherry Spillane)
Jonathan Goldsmith ... Boy (as Jonathan Lippe)
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In the first episode, Erskine and Rhodes are assigned to track down Francis Jerome, an extortionist who has escaped from a federal prison in Pennsylvania. Erskine must also confront a number of personal issues when a woman involved in the case takes a liking to him. We're told Erskine's wife died "in an ambush meant for me." Francis Jerome also has a lot of personal issues. It turns out he is a psychopath who is killing young women and his psychological issues stem from the way his grandmother (who raised him) kept him in long hair and frilly shirts. Written by Bill Koenig

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Francis attempts to escape, and Jean escapes from the car, she leaves the door open. As the F.B.I. agents shoot Francis, the car door is closed. When it cuts back to the car afterward, the car door is open again See more »

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Inspector Lewis Erskine: A one-of-a-kind original. Not a print like Blue Boy, a genuine masterpice, created by Grandma Norbert.
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That lady's hot for Erskine!
6 September 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the first episode of the long-running Quinn-Martin series, "The FBI". The guest stars in this one include Jeffrey Hunter as an escaped prisoner (Francis Jerome) and Dina Merrill as a lady who seems to be on the make for Inspector Erskine (Efram Zimbalist Jr.). In fact, instead of the episode centering on the criminal, it's mostly on the attempted romance by Merrill's character, though the stoic Erskine isn't buying it. Why and what is Erskine's hangup? See the show.

As I mentioned above, this episode focuses more on romance than crime...and that is very odd for the series and is NOT typical for the show. Still, despite being different in nature, it's well acted and engaging.


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