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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



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Guest Stars
Dal McKennon
As Dr. Blaney
Recurring
Michael Fox
As Grossman
Recurring
Alice Frost
As Mrs. Cornell
Arte Johnson
As Hotel Clerk
Bill Zuckert
As Sam Donnigan
Chet Stratton
As Hamilton
Jackie Searl
As Fuller
Leonard Nimoy
As Dave Barrow
Peter Helm
As Andy Cornell
Tom Greenway
As Glenn Cornell
Main Cast
Robert Lansing
As Det. Steve Carella
Ron Harper
As Det. Bert Kling
Norman Fell
As Det. Meyer Meyer
Gregory 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.



Analysis
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
 
Warning: 87th Precinct season 1 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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