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10Apr/150

EP1543: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Happy Family Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny is called in by a wealthy man who wants him to pick who will receive his insurance money and Johnny has to get to the bottom of issues that have driven the family apart.

Original Air Date: December 15, 1957

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9Apr/150

EP1542: Nick Carter: The Case of the Policymakers

Lon Clark

When an aspiring politician is caught in a web of blackmail, Nick and Patsy go undercover in search of a murder racket targeting homeless people.

Original Air Date: December 21, 1947

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8Apr/150

EP1541: Philip Marlowe: The Smokeout

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe investigates the murder of a woman who tried to hire him and tries to find "the woman in a black," a mystery woman who claimed to see her murder.

Original Air Date: October 22, 1949

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7Apr/150

EP1540: Man from Homicide: The Donald Shellbarger Murder

Dan Duryea

Lou Dana investigates the murder of eighteen year old drug dealer.

Original Air Date:   July 9, 1951

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6Apr/150

EP1539: The Saint: The Chiseling Chimpanzee

Vincent PriceA monkey trainer is murdered and then his monkey is killed in Simon's custody.

Original Air Date: December 10, 1950

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4Apr/150

EP1538: Dragnet: The Big Gangster, Part One

Jack Webb
Friday and Romero try to find out whose trying to kill a local gangster before he's killed and it starts a gang war.

Original Air Date: March 23, 1950

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4Apr/150

Telefilm Review: The Clocks


In, “The Clocks” a woman from a secretarial service is found running away in terror from a house in which a man has been found murdered by a young naval intelligence officer.. The secretary’s employer had sent her there in response to a phone call but the owner of the house claims never to have called to request the secretary’s services. In addition at the scene of the crime, four clocks are found each set to 4:13 P.M. but one of them disappears.

The police belive the woman committed the murder, but the Navy intelligence man doesn’t. However, it becomes clear that his judgment has been clouded, and it’s up to Poirot to sort out the truth.

The novel on which the telefilm was based was written Post World War II, though the film is set in the 1930s. There are a few signs of this, the biggest of which is the treatment of Poirot. The post-WW2 novels tended to have Poirot viewed with less respect by the local police. Instead of getting a compliant, respectful and cooperative colleague like Japp, the Clocks leaves Poirot with Inspector Hardcastle (Phil Daniels) who is not sure of Poirot despite assurances from Scotland Yard and Naval Intelligence. Hardcastle lives by a simple axiom that “somebody saw something” and doesn’t take much stock in Poirot’s hunches or vague statements include Poirot’s pronouncement that when it came to the unidentified victim “It doesn’t matter who he is, but who he is,” leading Hardcastle to mock Poirot, though it turned out Poirot had a serious point. There’s a great interplay and Hardcastle is a fine police foil for Poirot.

As usual, the production values are great with a beautiful period feel, and a superb cast. The mystery is complicated without being too convoluted and there are some very believable motivations for the criminals.

Overall, a very satisfying adaptation.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.0

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3Apr/150

EP1537: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Hapless Hunter Matter

Bob Bailey

Johnny is called to investigate a clear cut case of a hunting guide killing an insured and injuring his beneficiary, but is this the whole story?

Original Air Date: December 8, 1957

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2Apr/150

EP1536: Nick Carter: The Case of the Priceless Prose

Lon Clark

Nick is called in to find a valuable manuscript and solve the murder of its owner.

Original Air Date: December 14, 1947

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1Apr/150

EP1535: Philip Marlowe: The Strangle Hold

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe has to prove that a big-time wrestler crooked or his client radio producer will face a slander judgment.

Original Air Date: October 15, 1949

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