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87th Precinct: The Modus Man

A disgruntled detective who quit the police force because of frustration starts committing robberies using the modus operandi of known thieves. He has the 87th Precinct detectives completely baffled ---for a while.

Episode Info


Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Monday October 16th, 1961



Guest Stars
Dennis McCarthyDennis McCarthy
As Richards
Recurring
Sheila BromleySheila Bromley
As Mrs. Hoffman
Recurring
Eddie QuillanEddie Quillan
As Blinky Smith
Jean EngstromJean Engstrom
As Mrs. Renfrew
Jimmy JarrattJimmy Jarratt
As Bartender
Joe HigginsJoe Higgins
As Jovial George
John Anderson (1)John Anderson (1)
As Phil Brewster
Juney EllisJuney Ellis
As Landlady
Main Cast
Robert LansingRobert Lansing
As Det. Steve Carella
Ron HarperRon Harper
As Det. Bert Kling
Norman FellNorman Fell
As Det. Meyer Meyer
Gregory WalcottGregory Walcott
As Det. Roger Havilland
Episode Notes
The director of this episode, James Wong Howe, was a noted cinematographer whose career stretched all the way back to the silent era.

Joe Higgins is best known for playing the buffoonish sheriff in a series of commercials for Dodge automobiles in the 1970's.



Episode Quotes
Brewster: M.O.'s are as sure as death and taxes.

Havilland: At the rate I'm batting I couldn't catch cold.

Havilland: That's what I like about witnesses. They're always so helpful.

Meyer: I'll get some coffee before the Martians come down.



Analysis
Routine episode in which the viewer figures out early what's going on and has to spend the rest of the episode waiting for the show's heroes to do the same.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorEvan Hunter
Executive ProducerHubbell Robinson
 
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