12. An Elephant Is Like A Rope
Case file: #87-52739-X
John Doe: Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property.
Original broadcast date: 5 December 1965
A sum of $500,000 that nobody would claim, and a man who has lost his memory are Inspector Erskine's and Agent Jim Rhodes' only lead to a crime within a crime.
- Early role for actor Beau Bridges. He was 24 at the time.
- The 1957 Ford Ranchero is in the used car lot of "Jovial Jason." Another car on the lot was traded in by the bad guy and this provides the clue that breaks the case-the preset stations on a AM radio. Sometimes, maybe the old ways were better; this was before digital stereos. The good inspector, of course, solves the case but we never find out who gets to keep the $500,000!
- We also get to see Ted Knight (Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show) as a bad guy. Mr. Knight started his broadcasting career in Albany, NY. He lived from 1923 to 1986. Mr. Knight, who also appeared on other shows such as The Twilight Zone, would make another appearance the following year, in “The Assassin” (9 October 1966), this time as a security guard.
- Bill Quinn was the father-in-law of comedian Bob Newhart!
- And Clint Howard, younger brother of Ron Howard and a noted actor in his own right, makes the first of two appearances on the series. He also played a pivotal role in 1970’s “Incident In The Desert” (20 December 1970).
|Beau Bridges||Jerry Foley/John Doe|
|Larry Gates||Dr. Lovane|
|Wright King||Scott Boles|
|Paul Mantee||Frank Macklin|
|Ted Knight||Doc Ventura|
|Parley Baer||Jake Mason|
|Clint Howard||Alan Ellwood|
|Mary Jackson||Mrs. Otto Foshay|
|Jess Kirkpatrick||Officer Rand|
|Robert P. Lieb||Henry Steelbridge|
|Doreen McLean||Nurse Smedley|
|John McLiam||David Callander|
|John Newton||Forrest Blackwell|
|James Nolan||Shifter Hogan|
|Vic Perrin||Ray Moberly|
|Norbert Schiller||Honus Smid|
|Vincent Van Lynn||Lucky Sandstone|
|Bill Quinn||Car Company Official|
|Sue Randall||FBI Clerk|
|Directed by: Don Medford
Written by: Robert Leslie Bellem and Lee Erwin
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