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87th Precinct: King's Ransom

Two inept kidnappers, attempting to snatch the son of wealthy businessman Douglas King, grab the son of his chauffeur by mistake. King then balks at paying the ransom because much of his money is tied up in a big business deal.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x21
Airdate: Monday February 19th, 1962

Director: James Sheldon
Story: Evan Hunter
Teleplay: Evan Hunter

Guest Stars
John McLiamJohn McLiam
As Charles Reynolds
Antony CarboneAntony Carbone
As Sy Bernard
Buzz MartinBuzz Martin
As Jeff Reynolds
Charles AidmanCharles Aidman
As Eddie Folsom
Charles McGrawCharles McGraw
As Douglas King
Dan TobinDan Tobin
As Adrian Score
John AstinJohn Astin
As Cassidy
Nancy ReaganNancy Reagan
As Diane King
Virginia VincentVirginia Vincent
As Kathy Folsom
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
Future First Lady Nancy Reagan is billed as Nancy Davis, her maiden name, in this episode

This episode is based upon the Ed McBain novel of the same name.

The set for the King house would be used again a few episodes later in Killer's Choice.

Most of the territory covered by the 87th Precinct appears to be working class but apparently there are some wealthier sections as judged by the King residence.

John Astin would soon be cast as Gomez Addams on The Addams Family.

Episode Quotes
Carella: How would you like to join the force, Mr. King?
King: It doesn't pay enough, Mr. Carella.

Carella: (to King) I'm not here to make moral judgments. I'm here to get the kid back.

Carella: I'm a man fighting for his life.
Diane: You're a man about to commit murder.

King: A bunch of crooks. Why should I play by their rules?

Cassidy: (over the phone) Enough with those Hopalong wisecracks.

King: I don't have to proceed on any assumption, Caretta.

Episode References
Famed Japanese director Akiro Kurosawa based his acclaimed 1963 film High and Low on the same novel on which this episode is based.

The best episode of the series, hands down. It's no wonder famed Japanese director Kurosawa based one of his classic films from the novel on which this one was based. Perhaps he even watched the episode too.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEvan Hunter
Executive ProducerHubbell Robinson
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