Developing photos: Assistant Director Arthur Ward is in the lab with an FBI technician. The technician has been working long hours, and refuses to leave, because of the personal gratitude he has for Dr. Barth.
157. The Eye Of The Needle
Eugene Fordyce, Paul Menard, James Lee Vaughn: Extortion.
Original air date: 24 January 1971.
The good inspector rescues a wealthy surgeon from extortionists, hunting him down in the wilderness. This episode plays just like The Fugitive (1963-67), especially the ending. Even the pursued, Dr. Herbert Barth (played by Richard Kylie), is a pediatrician.
The difference? Inspector Lewis Erskine and his associates are chasing after the extortionists, not the doctor! This is a well-done episode. The action sequences take place in the mountains of Washington State, and there are additional scenes in Utah.
- NOTE: FBI Carousel Bulletin: Leo G. Morrell steps in for one episode as Supervisor Al McClure. The part was intially played by Robert Patten.
- No cars of interest, but two helicopters. The one with FAA registration number N9055 cannot be identified. The other is a Bell Jet Ranger. It is probably registration number N7873S seen in the episode "Boomerang."
- Byron Keith, who acted with Efrem Zimbalist Jr. in 77 Sunset Strip, makes a guest appearance here. He also played the role of Mayor Lindseed in Batman.
||James Lee Vaughn
||Dr. Herbert Barth
||S.A.C. Lee Brownell
||S.A.C. Ed Windsor
|Tari de Meyer
|Leo G. Morrell
||Supervisor Al McClure
Directed by: Virgil Vogel
Written by: Robert Heverly