Chip Tyler (Sorrell Booke), at right, threatens Frank Conner (Andrew Duggan). Booke, who played Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard, is certainly a bit more serious here.

Chip Tyler (Sorrell Booke), at right, threatens Frank Conner (Andrew Duggan). Mr. Booke, who played Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard, is certainly a bit more serious here.

158. The Fatal Connection

Inspector Lewis Erskine, center, and S.A.C. Tom Colby, right, pay a visit to Frank Conner in the hospital.

Albert Rendich, Raymond Bergan, Anthony Sprague: Interstate Transportation in Aid of Racketeering, Extortion, interstate Transportation of Stolen Motor Vehicle..

Original air date: 31 January 1971.

Andrew Duggan plays Frank Conner, a crusading journalist, who is attacked by racketeers. A threatening letter mailed from out of state leads to FBI involvement. Inspector Lewis Erskine and company must protect Conner and also solve the case. This is another well-done, solid episode.

The FBI agents manage to get an interesting break: A contact lens that is uniquely shaped. Raymond “Duke” Bergan (Scott Marlowe) has trouble with his eyesight, and manages to finally get caught in a motorcycle/car chase with the Feds. Because he has no lens, he drives the chopper blind, and ends up driving the vehicle in a body of water.

One bonus: This episode is loaded with a number of prominent performers: Barbara Billingsley (June Cleaver in Leave it to Beaver), Andrew Duggan, Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg in The Dukes of Hazzard) and Gary Crosby (son of Bing Crosby and supporting performer in Adam-12). Special praise goes to Buffalo native Mr. Booke, who gives an outstanding performance.

Jim McKrell is billed as James MacKrell.

Cast

Performer Role
Gary Crosby Albert Rendich
Scott Marlowe Raymond “Duke” Bergan
Barbara Billingsley Joan Conner
Andrew Duggan Frank Conner
John Findlater Nick Conner
Jim McKrell (as James McKrell) R.A. Robertson
Sorrell Brooke Chip Tyler
Charles Bateman R.A. Hagedorn
Barbara Davis Betty Chilson
Dana Elcar Ed Garth
Joseph Mell The optometrist
Jerry Fitzpatrick The policeman
Bert Kramer The agent
Al Travis The patrolman
Directed by: Nicholas Webster
Written by: Ed Waters

 

 

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