Detectives Jack Webb and Ben Alexander are clock watching on a slow night in the squad room. The phone rings, a badly beaten woman, Vivi Janiss, has been found laying in the street at the bottom of a hill.
Webb and Alexander drive to the scene for a look. They check for witnesses and find a man, George Lansing, who says he knows the woman. After a bit of 3rd degree the Detectives realize that Lansing is not quite right in the brain pan. In the holding cell he goes.
At this time, Webb and Alexader get word that the woman is in a coma and might not survive.
Next they question the woman, Celia Lovsky, who reported finding the unconscious woman. Lovsky happens to know the woman as she babysits for her quite often. It seems that Janiss is a bit of a drunk and hits one of the local bars quite often. When she does, she leaves the kids with Lovsky. She also tells the Detectives that Mitch Lawrence, the husband of Janiss, is not adverse to knocking Janiss about.
The boys quickly but the grip on Lawrence for some quality chat time. Lawrence swears he never laid a hand on Janiss. In the cell with Lansing he goes.
A call comes that Janiss has come out of her coma and wants to talk with her husband. After a trip back to the jail to collect Lawrence, the Detectives head to the hospital.
The battered Janiss tells the Detectives that no one hit her. She was staggering home from the bar and slipped in a puddle. She had then rolled down the hill crashing into various objects before reaching the bottom. Then she remembers nothing till waking in the hospital. She then tells husband Lawrence that she will give up the bottle.
Lawrence is released, but the loony tune, Lansing is shipped to a mental ward.
The director here was Jack Webb. The d of p was Edward Colman. Colman would later strike gold as a cinematographer for Disney. He lensed about a dozen of their films including, THE LOVE BUG, BLACKBEARD'S GHOST and MARY POPPINS.
Star Trek fans will remember Celia Lovsky from the episode, AMOK TIME, where she played the Vulcan T'Pau. She had also been married to actor, Peter Lorre at one time. (b/w)