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21Jul/150

EP1630: Ellery Queen: Nick the Knife

Ellery investigates a series of knifing attacks in New York City parks.

Original Air Date: August 1, 1945

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20Jul/151

EP1629: The Saint: Strange Bedfellows

Vincent Price

The Saint is called in to investigate the disappearance of the Mayor's son.

Original Air Date: April 15, 1951

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19Jul/150

Video Theater 067: Ellery Queen: The Man Who Enjoyed Death

A vengeful former District Attorney commits a series of murders to get even with Ellery for ruining his career.

Original Air Date: March 29, 1951

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18Jul/151

TV Episode Review: The Rockford Files: There’s One in Every Port

In this Season 3 episode of the Rockford Files, Rockford is begged to take part in an illegal high stakes poker game by the daughter of Eddie Marks (Howard Duff, best known as radio's Sam Spade), an old friend from prison after Rockford visits an apparently ailing Eddie in the hospital. However, the poker game is robbed and the organizers pin the blame on Rockford.When Rockford finds Eddie gone from the hospital, he realizes he’s been had. Rockford had been used to lead the gang to the poker game so Eddie could take the pot in order to pull off a scam.

In order to avoid being killed by the gamblers, Rockford has to concoct a con of his own to foil Eddie’s scam and to reclaim the stolen money before he finds himself killed by the gamblers. To do this, his pal Angel recruits a group of conmen to help pull off the job.

As a story, the plot is intricate, and it’s different from a typical Rockford Files episode. It’s much more of heist/sting story with the big question being not who done it, but what is Rockford’s scheme to defeat the conman. It’s graced by great writing and a super guest cast including John Doehner (who played Paladin in Radio’s Have Gun Will Travel.)

As a fan of old time radio, I love seeing Duff and Doehner on screen.  Also, the appearance of Duff in The Rockford Files is interesting as Rockford's work was compared to Sam Spade's earlier in the series. However, even if that’s not a highlight for you, the episode’s clever plotting and strong acting make this story a winner.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

This episode is available for free streaming through Hulu.
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18Jul/150

EP1628: Dragnet: The Big Frame

Jack Webb
Friday and Romero investigate an apparent hit and run case that begins to look more and more like murder.

Original Air Date: July 6, 1950

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17Jul/151

EP1627: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Eastern Western Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny is called to Florida to investigate a Florida's cattleman's loss of an entire herd.

Original Air Date: April 6, 1958

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16Jul/150

EP1626: Nick Carter: The Case of the Henpecked Husband

Lon Clark

A meek professor wins $90,000 at a casino and is murdered.

Original Air Date: April 11, 1948

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15Jul/150

EP1625: Philip Marlowe: The Big Step

Gerald Mohr

A waitress asks Marlowe to look into what's bothering a friend. She's disappeared along with a gun.

Original Air Date: February 28, 1950

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14Jul/150

EP1624: Ellery Queen: The Foul Tip

A cowboy movie star is murdered at a ballpark.

Original Air Date: July 15, 1944

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13Jul/150

EP1623: The Saint: The Ghost Who Came to Dinner

Vincent Price
In a country house, Simon encounters a cabbie who claimed to see ghosts dressed like people who lived 200 years ago.

Original Air Date: April 8, 1951

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