Istvan Sladek, an agent for a Communist Eastern European nation who is operating in the U.S., has obtained a coded list of opposition leaders in his country. But in getting the list, he ...
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Istvan Sladek, an agent for a Communist Eastern European nation who is operating in the U.S., has obtained a coded list of opposition leaders in his country. But in getting the list, he fatally shot the editor of a newspaper for Slavic Americans. Erkine and Rhodes lead the FBI's hunt for Sladek. At the same time, Sladek knows agents of his country will liquidate him the moment Sladek gives up the list. Complicating all of this is the fact Sladek, during the preceding six months, fell in love with a woman who immigrated from his country. The woman is torn whether to help Sladek or help the FBI.Written by
The Eastern European country in this story is most probably Hungary, as the characters' names are obviously intended to sound Hungarian (although most of them are spelled incorrectly). Hungary was indeed a communist country at the time, and the birthplace of both Charles Korvin and Oscar Beregi Jr.. Some of the names might be inspired by known Hungarian figures. "Karoli" (correctly spelled "Károlyi") was the name of a noble family in Hungary, which included former prime minister Mihály Károlyi. "Tokoli" (correctly spelled "Thököly") might refer to Count Imre Thököly, a 17th century Transylvanian prince. "Pazmany" is the name of Péter Pázmány, a famous theologian and leading Jesuit cardinal in 17th century Hungary. See more »
When the story begins, a Eastern European spies are meeting in a New York City restaurant. An anti-communist from the same nation arrives to stop the meeting and soon there's a shootout--one commie is dead as is the anti-communist. Agent Istvan Sladek managed to shoot his enemy and get shot in the process. Soon the FBI arrives and they attempt to find Sladek before he's able to give a list of agents within his communist country to his handlers.
A monkeywrench to all this is Sladek's girlfriend (Suzanne Pleshette). She adores him and cannot imagine he's a spy. And, when Erskine and Rhodes visit her, she's surprisingly open about loving Sladek. What's she going to do when she learns that he's not just a spy but a murderer? See the show and find out for yourself.
I appreciated this episode because the girlfriend does NOT follow the usual formula you'd expect in such a show. Not a great episode but a very good one.
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