Radio detectives, mystery, murder, double crossers, and hard boiled action.
Radio detectives, mystery, murder, double crossers, and hard boiled action.
Mr. and Mrs. North – Murder By The Book. 440301
Or, Gordon Gilroy. Note: (440301 is an Incorrect date).
Going to visit a friend, the North’s meet Gordon Gilroy. The grumpy old gent is the uncle of an author they were to meet. A scuffle breaks out between Gordon and Jerry when a gun is produced. It goes off, and Jerry is left standing. Cops are on the scene with the crime lab, and it looks like Jerry will be arrested, accident or not.
A knife is found in Gordon, and being the cause of death it lets the North’s off the hook. The question now is, who else was in the house? They had to have known a lot about the house. Who else knew that Gordon was there? Suspects include Mrs. Gilroy, a blackmailer named Crosby, and the niece. Maybe the household servants know something?
With a little snooping Pam finds the body of Crosby. What are the cops learning about Mrs. Gilroy? the former showgirl doesn’t think highly of her dead husband. A racketeer named Red Barton is caught fleeing the scene, but is he just a red herring? He is found to be having a fling with Mrs. Gilroy. With all the suspects coming out of the woodwork in the complicated case, the niece, Martha, spills more family secrets.
The plot thickens when the body count continues to rise. Pam gets the idea to connect the twisted plot to Martha’s recent murder mystery she wrote. All the convoluted details are brought to light in a confrontation.
Dragnet – Big Fourth. ep155, 520529
Juvenile Detail. An 8-month-old baby is taken from its mother, and Joe Friday is out to find it.
Reporting into the chief in the squad room, Joe Friday and Frank Smith give the details of the latest missing baby incident. It’s a carbon copy of the other two cases. A working-class family, no family or friends who would want to see harm done, and no real leads. The cops discuss setting up a decoy to lure in the kidnapper when a caller phones, frantic to clear her name.
Mrs. Bolger is a neighborhood lady who babysits. Has someone been accusing her? Is the lonely just being paranoid? Joe describes the development of the investigation in his usual voiceover, but it doesn’t stop yet another kidnapping. A baby is taken, then returned in a 24 hour period, with the only sign of harm being a little exposure, and an item is missing from the baby’s belongings.
A report from a cleaning woman tells of used baby clothes being stored in her employer’s home. What’s unusual about that? Plenty of women hang on to old baby clothes. The items match things missing from the returned babies. Mr. Roth is interviewed, but all he knows is that his wife works with children shelters. The cops learn about the childless couple, and catch up with Doris explains her uncontrollable urge.
Mr. and Mrs. North – Mistaken Countess. ep58, 440202
Pam and Jerry North visit a kennel club to admire the variety of dogs there. In a moment of joking, Jerry’s playful remarks that his wife is a countess finds Pam being abducted. Can the North’s convince the thugs that they have the wrong countess? Should the kidnappers get rid of Jerry? They don’t have enough ration stamps to feed both of them.
The thugs, Duke and Sam, give the countess… er… Pam the royal treatment., the plan is to have the countess sign her own ransom check, so they can cash it. Will Pam go for forging a check? Will the thugs finally realize they have the wrong person once they try to cash their $50K check?
Morning arrives, and a new development arises when the count joins the kidnappers. Identities are set straight, but it doesn’t mean the North’s will be out of danger. Can it be so simple a matter of letting bygone be bygones? Pam and Jerry begin to suspect there’s something wrong in the way the count showed up for them. Has the countess already been murdered?
Jerry turns over the details in the mystery to expose fraud and an unhappy marriage. Was it the count who killed his wife? Despite his resentment of her, others seem to have done the deed. Now it’s up to the North’s to stage their own trap to lure out the killer.
Dragnet – Big Shakedown. ep154, 520522
Wiltshire Division, Vice Detail. Joe Friday and Frank Smith are on the trail of bad cops who take bribes to extort money.
After being picked up for bookmaking, Lawrence claims to be no “stoolie”, but has come to grips with Joe and Frank as he talks circles around the matter, he recounts his life as a bookie, and how he got picked up by a cop on the make.
In voiceover, Joe describes looking through photo line ups of cops and employees. Mrs. Lawrence knows her husband is no good but resents the constant pestering the cops give her as well as her husband. It’s soon clear that Williams is no cop. Mrs. Williams joins the photo lineup which is expanded to other known extortionists. Other victims are approached, but will they be willing to help?
Joe explains the age-old scam, posing as a cop to commit crime as he continues to share the mundane progress of the case. Victims slowly emerge to say how they were caught gambling, then were extorted, and thought there was no use or hope in reporting the crimes. The embarrassment of the blackmail keeps mouths shut even for people who are broke, not just the rich.
Assurances to the victims finally pay off. Joe Friday and Frank Smith are on the move to catch the phony cop redhanded.
Mr and Mrs North – Literary Murder. ep57, 440126
On the way to see a movie, Pam remembers to tell Jerry about an important phone call. Why didn’t she write the message down? Do matchbooks or napkins count? As the North’s race home, we drop in on a conversation in a bar and a gan aster who is also interested in that missing matchbook with the phone number written on it. Extortion is in store, not to mention some revenge on Jerry North.
Later, Mr Lawrence finally visits the North’s face to face, but there’s confusion over an earlier phone message. When the extortionist shows up, sure he has the goods on a murder cover up, He doesn’t know why Jerry gets a laugh over the idea. Will there be trouble once the cops get hold of the scandal? The misunderstanding over the plot of an upcoming fiction novel turns real when Dutch Garber, the North’s extortionist, is found with a knife in him. ,
Pam and Jerry hit the streets to confront Axle, and find out who else knew that Dutch thought he had something to leverage. Misunderstandings prevail when Axle and the others think the Norths are doing some cover up of their own in Dutch’s death. It’s a matter of the thugs fearing that the Norths may bump each of them off, while the pressure is on to squeeze out the real killer.
Dragnet – Big Mail. ep153, 520515
Robbery Detail. Sacks of mail have been stolen, and Joe Friday is on the job to get it back.
Frank Smith joins Joe Friday and together they interview the shaken truck driver. Was there anything suspicious, or out of the ordinary along his route? The route and procedure are always the same. A big sedan pulled the driver over in the most secluded part of the route, and the men with covered faces forced him to drive to a remote warehouse.
The getaway car is found, of course, its stolen, covered with fingerprints, but none show up in police files. Soon a lead comes in about a man trying to pass a bill with a marked serial number. How does he fit with the crime? Cecil claims he got the bill from a guy who owed him an old debt.
Going to visit Carter at his place of employment, Joe wonders if his partners in crime might also work there. They lure the mechanic down the street to have a look at their malfunctioning car. Of course, the cop car is fine, but John Carter’s alibi wears down after hours in the interrogation room. More stolen cash is turned up, and a confession reveals his partners. The crime comes full circle when it returns to a mail truck driver with family problems.