Harry's friend is a Catholic Priest who asks for Orwell's help in finding a man who confessed to a murder. Unable to break his vow of secrecy, he can't go to the police. Soon, other bodies begin turning up dead.


Paul Wendkos


Howard Rodman (creator), Stephen Kandel (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
David Janssen ... Harry Orwell
Henry Darrow ... Lt. Manuel 'Manny' Quinlan
Laurence Luckinbill ... Fr. Paul Vecchio
Walter McGinn Walter McGinn ... Eric Press
Mary Murphy ... Joyce Greenbaum
Carol Eve Rossen ... Marian Press (as Carol Rossen)
John Doucette ... Bishop Monaghan
Phillip Pine ... Burt Greenbaum
J. Edward McKinley ... Kramer
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Ben Samuels
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Philip (as Dan Barrows)
Charles Drake ... Marty Scofield
G.W. Bailey ... Remsen


Father Paul Vecchio goes to Harry for help after hearing a penitent confess to murder. He can't identify the murderer or go to the police because to do so would be breaking the seal of the confessional. He does, however, reveal a clue - the murderer had recited a verse of poem. Harry figures out from the clue where the crime might have taken place and he's right. Soon, there's a second body. Harry's investigation uncovers who the killer is, why he's killing, and culminates in the resolution of Father Paul's crisis of faith as well as the takedown of the murderer.

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Action | Crime | Drama







Release Date:

3 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

San Diego, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Warner Bros. Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The line of verse Harry quotes, "Golden lads and girls all must, as chimney-sweepers, come to dust," is from Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Act IV, Scene II. See more »


[first lines]
Paul Vecchio: [knocks on door] Harry!
Harry Orwell: [Harry is asleep in bed. His voiceover narration:] Being a sound sleeper can be either a blessing or a curse. It's a curse if someone yells "fire." It's a blessing if you sleep with someone who snores. I'm not a sound sleeper. A girl once said I'd awaken at the sound of a twinkling star. The girl was a poet. Some days I don't wake up all that easily. A man shouldn't be too consistent.
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