The episode stars Peggy Ann Garner, Robert Webber, Bruce Gordon, Jean Carson, Frank Overton and Victor Thorley. Garner is an ex-showgirl who is now married to mid level mob boss (Bruce Gordon). She has everything she always thought she wanted: money, jewels, furs and a big car. Everything that is...except freedom.
Gordon won't let her out of his sight unless she has an escort of one of his gunsels. She moans, "I was better off when I was just a pony in the chorus line." Tonight's "guard", is a smooth talking rat in a good suit (Robert Webber). The two go out to see a club singer friend of Garner's (Jean Carson). They catch Carson's act and then Garner joins Carson for a chat.
While the girls are talking, Webber is approached by the club owner (Victor Thorley), a fast-rising mobster who has a proposition for Webber. Thorley intends to bump off Gordon and take over his rackets. Would Webber like a job running the numbers and bookie end of the business? Webber agrees and tells Thorley that Gordon is already on his way to collect wife Garner.
Gordon shows and drags Garner out the back to his car. Waiting in the shadows with drawn pistols are Thorley and Webber. They step out and quickly give Gordon's body four large, unnecessary holes. Garner manages to escape and heads for the train station. She grabs the first train out and gets off at the first hick town she passes through.
There she gets a place in a rooming house and lays low. Frank Overton plays the local train station manager who falls for Garner. The two soon start seeing each other with Garner revealing nothing about her past. Meanwhile, back at the ranch-- er, nightclub--Thorley and Webber are less than amused with the loose end Garner presents.
They send men out to check all the stops along the rail line. If she got off someone must have seen her. The search hits paydirt and Thorley and Webber soon come calling. They try to grab up Garner at the rooming house but she escapes out a window. She makes a dash for the rail station and Overton. Anne Seymour, the rooming house owner, knows something is amiss and calls the local law.
Thorley and Webber trail Garner to the station. Guns are produced and shots exchanged. Then a first rate dust-up between Overton and Webber is needed before the issue is settled. The Sheriff then arrives and hauls away Thorley and Webber.
Not bad at all if I do say so myself.
Peggy Ann Garner had bits in DAISY KENYON, THE BLACK WIDOW and SIGN OF THE RAM.
Overton had bits in THE LAST MILE, MYSTERY STREET, NO WAY OUT and BOOMERANG.
Webber was in 12 ANGRY MEN and HIGHWAY 301, and had the lead in the 1965 British thriller HYSTERIA; he was all over American TV from the 1960s into the 1980s.
The director was TV vet Paul Nickell. Nickell helmed hundreds of episodes of various series including 139 (!!) "STUDIO ONE" episodes.