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16Feb/150

EP1497: The Saint: Dossier on a Doggone Dog

Barry Sullivan

Simon finds a dog and finds himself investigating a jewel theft and eventually a murder.

Original Air Date: September 24, 1950

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15Feb/152

EP1496s: Bold Venture: A Dead Girl’s Clothes

Humprey Bogart, Lauren Becall
Slade and Sailor try to clear a young man condemned to die for a murder his mother says he didn't commit.

Original Air Date: January 7, 1952

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15Feb/153

Video Theater 061: Dragnet: The Human Bomb

In the premier episode of Dragnet, Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Ben Romero (Barton Yarborough) try to stop a man from blowing up City Hall.

Season 1, Episode 1

Original Air Date: December 16, 1951

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14Feb/150

DVD Review: The Mask Of Dimitrios (1944)

In Mask of Dimitros, Cornelius Leyden (Peter Lorre), a Dutch mystery writer becomes intrigued when the body of a notorious criminal named Dimitros (Zachary Scott in his first role) washes up on shore. Leyden begins to trace the sordid career of Dimitros. Along the way, he encounters the mysterious man named Mr. Peters (Sidney Greenstreet) who also has an interest in Dimitros.

Leyden is a very different from the typical Lorre role. While Leyden’s a mystery writer, prior to seeing Dimitrios, he’s never seen a dead body. He goes through the story with a certain innocence and naivete that makes the character likable.

Greenstreet is far closer to type with Peters, an experienced criminal with genteel manners. It’d be tempting to view Peters as just another version of the Kasper Gutman character from the Maltese Falcon, but there’s a bit more to Peter than that, which becomes clear as the movie plays out. The film’s best scenes are the ones between Lorre and Greenstreet. The chemistry between the two is superb and every moment with them sharing the screen is a joy.

Most of the scenes with Zachary Scott were flashbacks to his very active criminal career as a sinister ruthless criminal. Sometimes, it felt these scenes went on too long particularly as the mystery surrounding Mr. Peters became far more interesting than recalling that Dimitros was a scoundrel. Still Scott was a great heavy.

The film was made in 1944 and arguably this would have looked better had it been filed without the restrictions inherent with wartime filmmaking but in the pre or post war eras, but still the movie doesn’t look bad and has some great atmospheric scenes.

This isn’t a must-watch film or a classic but it’s certainly a well-made film featuring two of Hollywood’s most memorable actors in roles that are a little out of the ordinary.

Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

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14Feb/151

EP1496: Dragnet: The Big Man, Part Two

Jack Webb
Having arrested the number two Drug kingpin in the West, Friday and Smith join with a coalition of state, local, and federal law enforcement to bring down the Big Man.

Original Air Date: January 19, 1950

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13Feb/150

EP1495: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Mary Grace Matter

Bob Bailey

 

A girlfriend of Johnny's murdered and the evidence points straight in Johnny's direction.

Original Air Date: October 20, 1957

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12Feb/150

EP1494: Nick Carter: The Case of the Bearded Queen

Lon Clark

Scubby's car is stolen and a boy from Nick's boy's club is arrested for being part of the gang.

Original Air Date: September 7, 1947

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11Feb/150

EP1493: Philip Marlowe: The Eager Witness

Gerald Mohr

A last minute defense witness in a murder trial through the conviction of a career criminal doubt and the daughter of the deceased turns to Phil to ensure her father's murderer is convicted.

Original Air Date: August 27, 1949

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10Feb/150

EP1492: Crime and Peter Chambers: The Miss Universe Contest Murder

Dane Clark
Peter investigates the murder of the organizer of the Miss Universe contest with three contestants as suspects.

Original Air Date: July 27, 1954

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9Feb/150

EP1491: The Saint: The Ghost that Giggled

Barry Sullivan

A middle aged woman comes to Simon for help when she says her brother's been hearing a giggling ghost. However, they find the brother's been murdered.

Original Air Date: September 17, 1950

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