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87th Precinct: Empty Hours

Josie Thompson and her roommate are on vacation at an upstate lake when her friend drowns as a result of a sniper's bullet blowing a hole in the friend's canoe. Since the roommate was an heiress due to inherit a substantial sum of money and Josie is poor, she decides to pose as the friend. But someone may not want her to receive the money.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x9
Production Number: 15902
Airdate: Monday November 20th, 1961

Guest Stars
Hank BrandtHank Brandt
As George
Frances RobinsonFrances Robinson
As Mrs. Miller
Gail BonneyGail Bonney
As Mrs. Courtney
Grandon RhodesGrandon Rhodes
As McClintock
John ZarembaJohn Zaremba
As Anderson
Lewis CharlesLewis Charles
As Bradvek
Pat CrowleyPat Crowley
As Josie Thompson
Pitt HerbertPitt Herbert
As Mr. Paul
Stanley AdamsStanley Adams
As Howard Oblinsky
Tom FaddenTom Fadden
As Sidney Courtney
William SchallertWilliam Schallert
As Eric Blough

Malcolm AtterburyMalcolm Atterbury
As Police Chief
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
This episode was based on the Ed McBain novel of the same name. It actually aired before the book was released by the publisher for sale to the public.

William Schallert is best known to TV viewers as Martin Lane on The Patty Duke Show.

Hank Patterson is best known as eccentric farmer Fred Ziffel on Green Acres.

Patricia Crowley would later star in the 1960's NBC sitcom Please Don't Eat the Daisies.

Episode Quotes
Meyer: We're all romantic. Or crazy.

Josie: I don't have any excuses for what I did.
Carella: We see a lot worse.

Carella: (to Josie) No one shoots a hole in a canoe for practice.

Kling: Why don't you find a girl who can type like I did?
Havilland: Type! Mine can't even read.

Josie: (to George) Now that I've had a taste for money I'm starved for it.

Very good episode with William Schallert cast against type as a hitman and Pat Crowley changing her hair color (at least for a while) as his intended victim.The storyline is a bit shallow as the viewer should be able to guess what's going on but the suspense and the acting in this one make up for it.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEvan Hunter
Executive ProducerHubbell Robinson
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