Brenner (1959– )
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Charlie Paradise: The Tragic Flute 

An old woman who hasn't seen for years is found murdered in her Greenwich Village apartment and the New York police department is stumped. Lieutenant Roy Brenner goes to his old friend, ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Ron Randell ... Charlie Paradise
Edward Binns ... Roy Brenner
Robert Pastene Robert Pastene ... Oliver Weems (as Bob Pastene)
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Plotkin (as Gerald O'Loughlin)
Severn Darden ... Flute
Rebecca Sand Rebecca Sand ... Gloria
Kathy Willard Kathy Willard ... Julie
Fred Gwynne ... Francis X. Fish
Nicolas Coster ... Binkie
Cliff Carnell ... Blake
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ... Hartoonian
Roberts Blossom ... Reader


An old woman who hasn't seen for years is found murdered in her Greenwich Village apartment and the New York police department is stumped. Lieutenant Roy Brenner goes to his old friend, Charlie Paradise, the unofficial mayor of the Village and requests his assistance. When an eccentric painter is found murdered and one of his painting is missing, Charlie links the clues and stages an art auction to smoke out the culprit. Written by David Bassler

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Crime | Drama







Release Date:

19 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

CBS, Plautus Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »


Charlie Paradise: You know what Flute was getting at, what his paintings meant.
Plotkin: Aren't they obvious? He was a surrealist, expressing his imagination without any conscience control, flinging his fantasies onto the canvas in a desperate attempt to astound himself.
Charlie Paradise: What was his fantasy? What did he see?
Plotkin: Inversion! Nature in reverse. Dead things alive; living things dead.
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One of the Best episodes of Brenner!
13 August 2010 | by kimpunkrockSee all my reviews

This episode is so good that it could of been used as a spin off series. Charlie Paradise is such a strong character that he could of been a reoccurring character. If you like the Beat Generation of the 1950's you will love this episode. It deals with the killing of a painter that witnessed a killing and put a clue as to who the killer was in one of his paintings. This episode is my favorite one in the 15 episode set released by Timeless Media Group!

Brenner is the NYPD Blue of the late 1950's. With its real New York City locals and true to life story lines, it holds up even today. I happen to like this better than NYPD Blue. The Same problems existed then as today, Heroin, murder, rape, inner-police station politics. The Twist of this show is that Brenner and his son are both detectives for the same precinct. If you happen to find it on DVD and like cop shows or just good TV in general, pick it up, you will not be disappointed.

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