Four Star Playhouse (1952–1956)
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McGraw, a private eye, is hired by Lila Lamont to protect her from her threatening husband Louis.


Frank McDonald


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Episode cast overview:
Frank Lovejoy ... McGraw
Audrey Totter ... Lila Lamont (as Audrey Trotter)
Ellen Corby ... Martha - Maid
Paul Picerni ... Freddie
Peter Whitney ... Gus
Steve Darrell ... Police Lt. Smith
Percy Helton ... Hotel Desk Clerk


McGraw, a private eye, meets Lila Lamont at a bar. She wants to hire him as a bodyguard. Her husband has threatened to kill her if she divorces him. But when she mentions his name, Louis Lamont, McGraw turns down the job. Lt. Smith joins him at the bar to find out what his connection with Lamont is. McGraw bumps into an old lady on his way out. She seems to be mugged in front of him but it turns out she stole his wallet instead. In his hotel room awaits a man who offers to return his wallet if McGraw follows him to Lila's house where the old lady, Martha, happens to work as a maid. Once there, Lila flirts with him. McGraw wants to leave so she offers to drive him. While kissing in the car, they hear gunshots. Lila disappears. Lt. Smith arrives on the scene and tells McGraw that Louis is in jail so Lila must have lied. Written by Greg Philip {}

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Release Date:

25 February 1954 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Four Star Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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4 September 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Four Star Playhouse drama turned out to be a pilot for a Four Star series that starred Frank Lovejoy in the character he plays in this drama. Here we Meet McGraw and like that police detective that Peter Falk made popular we never do learn McGraw's first name.

McGraw as portrayed by Lovejoy is a laconic wisecracking private eye who has a shady reputation and is known for taking on jobs that others shy away from.

Audrey Totter co-stars as one of those women who ought to come with a warning label. She's the wife of a mobster and she wants McGraw as a bodyguard because she's trying to break from her husband. She has a small mob of her own with Paul Picerni, Peter Whitney, and of all people Ellen Corby who is one ace pickpocket.

Of course Totter is not telling McGraw the truth, but Lovejoy pieces it together the way Bogey did in The Maltese Falcon. And we know what that meant for the femme fatale there.

Lovejoy and Totter make the small screen sizzle.

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