Chicago cop Frank Ballinger stages a rescue in order to gain the confidence of Alice, a young woman who works for suspected jewelry fence Louis Prince. Pretending to be furniture salesman ...
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Chicago cop Frank Ballinger stages a rescue in order to gain the confidence of Alice, a young woman who works for suspected jewelry fence Louis Prince. Pretending to be furniture salesman Bob Steele, Ballinger romances Alice and gets friendly with her boss. But Alice falls for "Bob" and Ballinger must weigh her feelings and safety against his duty as a police officer. Written by
Jim Beaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This was a very tense episode and, perhaps, the best I've seen so far in the first six stories of this initial season of M Squad. It's tense because it involves our hero, "Det. Ballinger" (Lee Marvin) going undercover and knowing he's going to be "found" at any time.
It's almost comical to see Marvin portray a happy-go-lucky salesman as he gets in good with this woman "Alice," with the aim of getting the goods on a jewelry fence. As the story progresses, Frank slowly sees this woman is just a pawn, not just a part of the operation but the main crook is getting wiser and wiser....and it's only, literally, a matter of minutes before he is exposed and could easily be murdered, along with the girl.
This is good stuff and would have been really super with a restored, cleaned-up transfer but, with this M Squad, 11-disc DVD set, you have to put up with lousy prints. It's still worth it, because Marvin is just so good in this series. I never realized he was this good an actor until viewing this show again here in early 2010. The man could flat-out act and although the stories thus far have been a bit talky watching and listening to Marvin has become almost addicting.
This episode also was great because of the two other main characters in here: "Alice," played by Barbara Turner, who reminded me of Keely Smith, and "Louie Prince," who was a convincing evil villain, thanks to actor Lawrence Dobkin.
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