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Tower Beyond Tragedy 

Stone and Keller uncover the seedy world of escort services when their suspect is a cultured art collector with a Pygmalion complex who hires escorts determined to create in them his idealized woman.


Walter Grauman


Morton S. Fine (as Mort Fine), Edward Hume (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Karl Malden ... Detective Lt. Mike Stone
Michael Douglas ... Inspector Steve Keller
Edward Mulhare ... Amory Gilliam
Stefanie Powers ... Toni Craig / Kim Ahern
Vic Tayback ... Sgt. Norm Haseejian
Fred Sadoff ... Dr. Lenny Murchison
Doris Dowling ... Miss Ryan
Anne Randall ... Robin Short
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... Murray Taylor (as Joseph Perry)
Jeanne Bates ... Mrs. Gilliam
Nolan Leary ... Mr. Conroy
Selette Cole ... Mrs. Holloway
William Keene
Mason Curry Mason Curry
Mark Rasmussen Mark Rasmussen ... David, painter


Stone and Keller uncover the seedy world of escort services when their suspect is a cultured art collector with a Pygmalion complex who hires escorts determined to create in them his idealized woman.

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Action | Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

28 October 1972 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edward Mulhare is best known as "Devon Miles" in "Knight Rider" but was also the ghost on "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir". See more »


At the end, Amory accidentally says "Carla" instead of Cara. See more »


[last lines]
Toni Craig: He said this was gonna be our private tower just like the one the poet built in Big Sur.
Detective Lt. Mike Stone: Poet?
Inspector Steve Keller: Robinson Jeffers. He built his own place out of rocks, called it a "Tower Beyond Tragedy."
Detective Lt. Mike Stone: I'd call him a dreamer. Man hasn't come up with a place that safe yet.
Toni Craig: Some men keep trying.
[Lt. Stone shrugs]
Toni Craig: Thank you.
[She gets in the car and they all drive off]
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Identical strangers in San Francisco...I am sure it happens all the time.
18 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Stephanie Powers and Edward Mulhare both guest star in this episode. It's an unusual show because there are some interesting parallels--perhaps intentionally so. One reviewer noticed the many similarities to "Vertigo", I was struck by how much it was like "Pygmalion" and "My Fair Lady"--which is REALLY ironic consider that Mulhare came to fame by playing Professor Higgins on stage in "My Fair Lady" (the musical version of "Pygmalion"). The big difference? This Henry Higgins-like character is freaking nuts!

The show begins with Avery (Mulhare) getting into an argument with a woman and killing her! Next, he's at an escort service* and is hiring a woman (Stephanie Powers) that looks almost exactly** like the dead lady. And, when they go out, he begins to remake her into the dead woman! The police get involved after they discover the last body. Can they find the lady in time to avoid her being next?

This is an enjoyable episode but one that really strains credibility--as have some of the previous installments. The psycho angle is interesting but also far-fetched. What's also far-fetched? The police discovering that Avery has taken his new girlfriend to Monterey and they take off that way with their siren blasting. This is a two-hour drive! And, oddly, they INSTANTLY found him about to kill her after this drive! Ridiculous. In fact, though enjoyable there are just so many silly plot devices in this one to take it very seriously.

*This escort service is an actual escort service--not a cover for prostitution. Surprising, huh?

**In a cheesy move, Powers played BOTH ladies. Now I know the plot needed them to look very similar, but the notion of identical strangers is a stupid cliché and made the show seem a bit dopey.

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