A professional wrestler awakens in bed with his body covered in blood, but there are no cuts on his body. Jeffrey Jones investigates.

Director:

Lew Landers

Writer:

Dwight V. Babcock (as Dwight Babcock)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Don Haggerty ... Jeffrey Jones
Tristram Coffin ... Police Lt. Doyle
Frank Sully ... Sully
Alix Talton ... Doreen Smith
Lyle Talbot ... Bob York
John Close John Close ... Terrible Teddy Thompson
Henry Kulky ... Midge
Frank Marlowe ... Twitcher Henderson
Robert Osterloh ... Pete Marco
'Brother' Frank Jares 'Brother' Frank Jares ... Count Baroni (as Frank Jares)
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A professional wrestler awakens in bed with his body covered in blood, but there are no cuts on his body. Jeffrey Jones investigates.

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Crime | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1952 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jeffrey Jones: [opening narration] The case started when Terrible Teddy Thompson awakened on the morning of his big match. Ted was a simple soul - a wonder boy who got by on sheer instinct and ability. The greatest natural wrestler to come down the pike, since Sampson had his set-to with The Philistines. He was favored to win the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world - till this happened.
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Nice hard-boiled episode
14 June 2016 | by XhcnoirXSee all my reviews

On the morning of an important match, show wrestler John Close wakes up covered in blood. His manager Lyle Talbot asks private detective Don Haggerty to look into before the police get wind of it and the match might be canceled. Close recalls he was out with buddies at a nightclub and ended up taking a lady to her apartment before blacking out. Haggery goes to the nightclub and asks about the lady. Another female barfly, Alix Talton, drops hint she knows her before club owner Robert Osterloh intervenes. Haggerty got enough information to guess what the mysterious lady's address is however. But when he gets there, the lady is dead, and twitchy and gun-holding Frank Marlowe asks him where Close is, before knocking him over the head and making an anonymous call to the cops. Haggerty gives police lieutenant Tristam Coffin the full story and convinces him to give Close some leeway while he continues his search. They suspect Marlowe might try to take a shot at Close during the game... But is he the killer?

I had never even heard of this show before tonight, but I am eager to check out more episodes. Haggerty ('The Killing') played PI Jeffrey Jones for its single season run on TV and he is pretty good. He does a lot of voice-over narration and coupled with some snappy hard-boiled dialogue and a tough dame like Talton, this episode offers a pretty noir-ish and highly entertaining slice of early 50s TV. Not a lot more to say, this 30 minute episode breezes by. Recommended! 7/10


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