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87th Precinct: The Very Hard Sell

A used car salesman is found slumped over the steering wheel dead with a bullet in his abdomen. Did he commit suicide or was it murder? Carella, investigating the case, uncovers a marijuana distribution ring.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x11
Production Number: 15914
Airdate: Monday December 04th, 1961

Guest Stars
Dal McKennonDal McKennon
As Dr. Blaney
Michael FoxMichael Fox
As Grossman
Alice FrostAlice Frost
As Mrs. Cornell
Arte JohnsonArte Johnson
As Hotel Clerk
Bill ZuckertBill Zuckert
As Sam Donnigan
Chet StrattonChet Stratton
As Hamilton
Jackie SearlJackie Searl
As Fuller
Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy
As Dave Barrow
Peter HelmPeter Helm
As Andy Cornell
Tom GreenwayTom Greenway
As Glenn Cornell
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
In this episode we learn that Detective Carella's badge number is 714-5632.

This episode is based upon a short story written by Helen Nielsen.

Leonard Nimoy would go onto play Mr. Spock on Star Trek.

Arte Johnson would go onto become a regular on the NBC variety series Laugh-In.

Episode Quotes
Carella: Come on, Rog, let's close the deal with Barrow.

Carella: (to Blaney) This wasn't a duck, this was a man.

Meyer: I always get lost kids. Must be my father instinct.

Hotel Clerk: I told you, this isn't the Ritz.
Carella: No kiddin'.

Carella: Why would a salesman go home and get a gun before he showed a car to a customer?
Meyer: Maybe he was a hard sell.

Before being cast on Star Trek, Leonard Nimoy was typecast as a villain. Here he plays a particularly nasty sort with whom Detective Carella takes a fateful car ride.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEvan Hunter
Executive ProducerHubbell Robinson
ProducerWinston Miller
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJohn McCarthy, Jr.  |  Clarence Steensen
Director of PhotographyWilliam Margulies
Art DirectorRussell Kimball
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Main Title ThemeMorton Stevens
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