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87th Precinct: Give the Boys a Great Big Hand

A uniformed patrol officer finds a severed human hand inside a travel bag deposited tossed into a garbage can. The solution to the case hinges on two missing people: a merchant seaman with a reputation as a lady's man and a stripper who was the obsession of a photographer.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x17
Production Number: 15908
Airdate: Monday January 15th, 1962

Director: Don Weis
Story: Evan Hunter
Teleplay: Shimon Wincelberg

Guest Stars
Dal McKennonDal McKennon
As Dr. Blaney
Dennis McCarthyDennis McCarthy
As Richards
Asa MaynorAsa Maynor
As Receptionist
Barry AtwaterBarry Atwater
As Charles Tudor
Lorna ThayerLorna Thayer
As Mrs. Livingston
Michael ForestMichael Forest
As Karl Andrade
Suzi CarnellSuzi Carnell
As Milie Andrade
Theodore MarcuseTheodore Marcuse
As Captain Comer
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 is based upon the Ed McBain novel of the same name.

Gregory Walcott only appears in one scene at the beginning of the episode.

Asa Maynor was married in real life to Edd Byrnes who played Kookie on 77 Sunset Strip.

Episode Quotes
Taffy: You're a little too short for me.
Meyer: I could wear stilts.

Havilland: You think she could handle a meat cleaver?
Kling: I don't know but any girl with legs like that can't be all bad.

King: (about Mrs. Andrade) She doesn't look like the axe murderer type to me.
Carella: Who does? If you could tell a murderer by looking we'd be outta business.

Kling: (about Mrs. Livingston) Do you still feel the same way about mothers?
Carella: She's no mother.
Kling: What is she then?
Carella: Do I have to spell it?

Carella: Let's start with the mother
Kling: Why the mother?
Carella: Because I'm sentimental.

A hand in the garbage can, plenty of hot chicks, good suspense, and a particularly nasty and psychotic villain make for a good episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEvan Hunter
Executive ProducerHubbell Robinson
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