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Kevin McCarthy plays a Communist in 1967.

"Do you understand?" A blueblood Communist (Kevin McCarthy), fearing both Maoists and the FBI.

Carl Michael Jordan, at left, is impersonated by Inspector Lewis Erskine in

Carl Michael Jordan, at left, is impersonated by our own Inspector Lewis Erskine. Jordan reminds one of Inspector Clouseau, as portrayed by Alan Arkin in the 1968 movie of the same name. In real life, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. would himself sport a moustache and glasses.

62. Counter-Stroke

The Alexander Tape: Carl Michael Jordan Et Al-Espionage.

Original air date: 1 October 1967
Rerun 24 December 1967 and 11 May 1969

Swiss resident Carl Michael Jordan attempts to smuggle in a tape in his camera, and ends up being shot. This results in a massive FBI manhunt for a prominent Communist spy named "Alexander."

Because Jordan was shot, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. gives the viewer a sneak peek at his future appearance by donning a fake moustache and glasses, in order to impersonate Jordan and to infiltrate this spy ring. Erskine, posing as Jordan, is asssigned to kill a man.

Paul Dorn (played by Kevin McCarthy) is the "Alexander" in the case. He not only has to contend with Maoists who seem intent on purges, but also the FBI. Ironically, China's Cultural Revolution had started the year before this episode aired, and would continue until Mao Zedong's death in 1976.

A real-life political tie-in: Kevin McCarthy plays the kingpin spy here. He is a man of wealth who sympathizes with the Communists. In real life, Mr. McCarthy would have his own political tie in: His cousin, Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-Wisconsin), ran for President in 1968!

Cast

Performer Role
Curt Lowens Carl Michael Jordan
Booth Colman Albert Vogel
Mark Johnson S.A.C. Johnson
Kevin McCarthy Paul Dorn
William Smithers Clay Keller
Jessica Walter Ellen Rainey
Skip Ward Burt Reese
Michele Montau French Woman
John Ward Officer
Directed by: William Hale
Written by: Gerald Sanford

 

 

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