The Ford Television Theatre ran for 195 episodes between 1952 and 1957. This episode is Episode 16 from the last season.
This episode headlines Frank Lovejoy. Lovejoy plays Vic Chambers, Private Detective. 50 bucks a day and expenses is all that is needed for his services.
Of course this story opens with a beautiful woman, Susan Cummings, entering the office looking for help. Someone is going to kill her and she wants Lovejoy to stop them. She opens her bag and dumps 2500 bucks on his desk. Lovejoy smoothly rakes the cash into his desk drawer.
"Who is trying to kill you?" Handing Lovejoy a slip of paper with an address, she tell him to meet her there that night. All will be explained then. Needless to say he shows and finds the woman dead and the place lousy with the police. John Zaremba is the cop in charge. He tells Lovejoy it was a suicide.
Not mentioning the $2500, Lovejoy quips, " Of course it was suicide. People always run around stabbing themselves several times in the chest!" Lovejoy figures he owes the stiff something for the cash and decides to see what he can find out.
A little digging here, some prodding there, and a lie or two later, he discovers his client had been mixed up in a mob hit. The suspects include, Dick Foran as a crooked District attorney, Richard Devon as a club owner, and Joan Dixon as the "other" woman.
Neat little show which was apparently to be a pilot for a planned series. There is plenty of twists and turns packed into this half-hour. The teleplay was written by Steve Fisher from a story by Henry Kane. Lots of great lines thrown around like, "It was a low-brow dive where the steaks were tough, the booze watered, and the floor show could kill you", Directed by TV vet James Sheldon.
Joan Dixon does a nice job here.