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6Nov/140

EP1410: Nick Carter: The Case of the Blue Mink

Lon Clark

Nick and Patsi investigate a series of fur thefts from department stores.

Original Air Date: September 15, 1946

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5Nov/140

EP1409: Philip Marlowe: The Feminine Touch

Gerald Mohr

Marlowe is hired by the father of a wild daughter who has fallen for a motorcycle stunt rider and whose partners have sent the father a threatening note.

Original Air Date: May 7, 1949

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4Nov/140

EP1408: Crime and Peter Chambers: The Burke Murder Frame

Dane Clark

Peter Chambers disarms a woman with a gun and then finds himself trying to escape a frame for  murder.

Original Air Date: April 6. 1954

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3Nov/140

EP1407: The Saint: The Cake that Killed

Vincent Price

The Saint walks into a bakery for a loaf of bread and is given a cake and shoved in a cab and sent to the Ocean.

Original Air Date: January 8, 1950

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1Nov/140

EP1406: Dragnet: Eric Kelby

Jack Webb

A woman disappears and her husband is behaving suspiciously.

Original Air Date: September 3,1949

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1Nov/140

TV Mini-Series Review: The Escape Artist

In the 2013 BBC Mini-series The Escape Artist, Will Burton (David Tennant), a British barrister who has never lost a case, takes on the task of defending Liam Foyle (Toby Kebbell), a man accused of a heinous crime. Burton is able to get Foyle off but soon finds his family in Foyle’s crossfire.

David Tennant turns in a fine performance as Will Burton. Burton is likable, earnest, and caring. He’s a man doing a job he’s a good at and you never feel he crosses a line. The mini-series is stylish enough and has good moments. Also, several members of the cast pull off their roles quite well including Toby Kebbell as Foyle.

The degree to which you enjoy this is largely the degree to which you can view the British Justice system as horribly broken and the minions of the law as hopelessly incompetent. The Crown manages to lose three murder cases through a sheer force of incompetence as they fail to check a computer history before going into court and accusing the defendant of being a consumer of revenge porn, failing to fill out the search warrant form properly, and failing to properly examine the body, all while running a crime lab that invites defense challenges. While Will Burton is supposed to be some sort of genius, we really don’t see it until Part 3 as the Police and prosecutors manage to defeat themselves quite nicely.

The character of fellow barrister Maggie Gardener (Sophie Okonedo) is hard to even get a handle on. Her defense in Foyle’s second murder trial is understandable despite her obvious distaste for the man. Her actions at the end of Part 3 are .simply inexplicable and only done so that one can uncover what actually happened. After all, what good is it having a clever protagonist if no one knows how clever he's been?

Overall, if you can enjoy the music and Tennant’s performance and not focus on the plot holes, the Escape Artist is a decent but certainly not great British thriller.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5.0

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31Oct/140

EP1405: Yours Truly Johnny Dollar: The Heatherstone Players Matter

Bob Bailey
Johnny is hired as a bodyguard for a hated Shakespearean actor and producer.

Original Air Date: July 14, 1957

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30Oct/140

EP1404: Nick Carter: The Red Goose Murder

Lon Clark
With Nick out of town, Sergeant Matheson has to solve the murder of a singer at a night club--with some help from Patsy and Stubby.

Original Air Date: August 25, 1946

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29Oct/140

EP1403: Philip Marlowe: The Lady in the Mink

Gerald Mohr

Philip Marlowe is hired to find a woman's sister before she commits murder.

Original Air Date: April 30, 1949

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28Oct/140

EP1402: Easy Money: Charity Benefit Racket

Larry Haines
Mike Trent becomes suspicious of the operation of a charity Monte Carlo night when one man begins to win-a lot.

Original Air Date: May 18, 1955

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