Burke's Law (1963–1966)
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Who Killed Julian Buck? 

Julian Buck, one of America's most respected authors, is found strangled to death in his study. The manuscript for his latest novel is missing, but one curious item is found: what appears ... See full summary »

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Don Weis

Writers:

Albert Beich (teleplay), William H. Wright (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Barry ... Capt. Amos Burke
Gary Conway ... Det. Tim Tilson
Regis Toomey ... Det. Les Hart
Leon Lontoc ... Henry
Ed Begley ... James Littlefield
Karlheinz Böhm ... Professor Thomas Marton (as Karl Boehm)
Corinne Calvet ... Francesca Bel Ami
Rita Moreno ... Margaret Cowls
Terry-Thomas ... Charlie Hill
Keenan Wynn ... Kid Corey
Rebecca Welles Rebecca Welles ... Susan
Michael Fox ... George (Coroner)
Eileen O'Neill ... Sergeant Ames (as Eileen O'Neil)
Dee J. Thompson Dee J. Thompson ... Nurse
Barbara Pepper ... Cleaning Woman
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Julian Buck, one of America's most respected authors, is found strangled to death in his study. The manuscript for his latest novel is missing, but one curious item is found: what appears to be an extra rubber cap for the feet of his typewriter stand. Written by Mister-UHF

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ed Begley, Karlheinz Böhm, Corinne Calvet, Rita Moreno, Terry-Thomas and Keenan Wynn all receive 'Special Guest Stars In Alphabetical Order' credits. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Amos Burke: You can't solve a murder without first finding a suspect: Burke's Law.
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Alternate Versions

11 seconds cut from the UK release to remove cruel horse falls, to comply with the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. See more »

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A wonderfully twisty mystery with some great acting turns.
11 August 2019 | by robsmithjrSee all my reviews

This is a really involved tale that's crafted into 51 minutes. Why isn't this done anymore??? ...Ah, I guess we all know why. Even the revived 1994 version never got close to these heights. I love how this all turns out. Probably one of the better television mysteries filmed.

Then there are some standout performances. Rita Moreno's time is just spectacular. She should have still another Emmy on her mantle for this short bit. How she starts one way and ends another is ace acting.

Then there's one of the best acting I've seen Keenan Wynn accomplish. You'd think he would show his typical blustry performance. As he is presented first in photograph as a boxer, i expected a blustry boxer. What we get is a perfect portrayal.

The story starts involving a man who has not been murdered and then takes all sorts of turns. Anything I write more specifically would make absorbing this finely written and directed episode not as fun.

Bottom line: I recommend this episode. 10 out of 10 points.


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