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87th Precinct: Killer's Choice

The detectives investigate the murder of a young woman who seemingly had many differently personalities. Which personality was the target of her killer?

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x23
Airdate: Monday March 05th, 1962

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Guest Stars
Jonathan Hole
As Morgan
Berniece Dalton
As Party Guest
Clancy Cooper
As Monroe
Georgia Schmidt
As Hotchkiss
Gloria Talbott
As Amy Boone
Jennifer Gillespie
As Monica Boone
John Lasell
As Ted Boone
Katherine Warren
As Mrs. Travail
Mike Mahoney (1)
As Monaghan
Nancy Kulp
As Miss Fitzhenry
Nico Minardos
As Frank Kyros
R.G. Armstrong
As Frankliin Phelps
Rosemary DeCamp
As Mrs. Phelps
Sally Bliss
As Miss Tillson
Sidney Clute
As Baldy
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
The set for the Phelps house in this episode was also used earlier in King's Ransom.

Nancy Kulp would go onto play Jane Hathaway on The Beverly Hillbillies.

This is the only episode of the series where flashabacks are prominently featured.

Rosemary DeCamp had previously played Margaret MacDonald in the classic sitcom Love That Bob.

The characters of the two homicide detectives, Monaghan and Monroe, were recurring in the novels on which the series is based.

Episode Quotes
Carella: (about the crime scene) More likely somebody faked a robbery to cover up a murder.

Havilland: What'll I do if homicide calls?
Carella: Tell 'em we're doing our usual brilliant job.

Mrs. Travail: (about Ted Boone) Artists are capable of anything.

Boone: (about Amy) She outgrew me.

Phelps: I have faults. Bad faults. But I don't go around killing people.

Meyer: (to the culprit) It's kind of a long way to go to protect an investment.

The solution to this one is a bit of a stretch although believable in the way it's explained. Otherwise, the episode is excellent especially in its use of flashbacks to tell the story of a murder victim.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorEvan Hunter
Executive ProducerHubbell Robinson
Warning: 87th Precinct season 1 episode 23 guide may contain spoilers
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