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129. Tug-of-War

Barry Nelson and Michele Carey, on The FBI.

Aaron Taylor, Milo Pike: Organized Crime, Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property, Major Theft, Murder.

Original air date: 28 December 1969
Rerun 26 April 1970

The final episode of The FBI for the 1960s is a skirmish between the Feds and the Mafia, who are involved in a shakedown scheme. The episode starts with an attempted murder scene in a car wash. The victim is shoved into a car and shot. The car then travels thru a carwash and the carwash attendant finds the victim when he is drying the car.

Michele Carey plays a lady who attaches herself to unsuspecting businessmen, and then uses blackmail to get stocks and bonds from them, with the help of her hoodlum boyfriend, played by Don Gordon. Ms. Carey is pictured above with victim Val Palmer, played by Barry Nelson. Palmer is a widower starving for love, and has fallen for the Carey character. Ms. Carey, who started as a model, bears a striking resemblance to the Mexican actress and singer Veronica Castro.

Robert McQueeney, who plays the shooting victim, starred with William Reynolds in the 1962-63 World War II series The Gallant Men. McQueeney spent the last 20 years of his life as a Catholic priest until his death in 2002.

The 007 Connection

“Tug-of-War” also represents one of The FBI’s tie with 007 himself, James Bond. Barry Nelson, who made his one and only appearance on the show, was the first actor to portray the British super spy, in a 1954 TV production of Casino Royale. Casino Royale, interestingly, was made into a spoof in 1967, and was remade as the latest 007 film as of this writing (29 June 2007). Mr. Nelson, born 16 April 1917 (10 years before Peter Mark Richman), died at age 89 on 7 April 2007 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA. RIP and God Bless, Mr. Nelson!!!


Performer Role
Don Gordon Aaron Taylor
Frank Christi Milo Pike
Barry Nelson Val Palmer
Robert McQueeney The Shooting Victim
Frank Campanella Ned Raven
Dean Harens S.A.C. Bryan Durant
Lew Brown S.A.C. Allen Bennett
John Ward Goss
Mark Allen The Guard
Harrison Page The Car Wash Attendant
James Seay The U.S. Commissioner
Tom Palmer Mr. Taback
Bill Cort Agent
Jim McKrell (as James McKrell) S.A.C. Greene
Michele Carey Meredith Schader
Directed by: Don Medford
Written by: Mark Weingart
Story by: Anthony Spinner
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