Hawaii Five-O (1968–1980)
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Try to Die on Time 

A chronic gambler, pretending he has cancer, sells chances on the hour of the day he will die at $10,000 apiece. The winner gets all 24 tickets. The gambler actually doesn't have cancer (he... See full summary »


Charles S. Dubin (as Charles Dubin)


Leonard Freeman (created by), E. Arthur Kean (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Det. Steve McGarrett
James MacArthur ... Danny Williams
Al Harrington ... Ben
Kam Fong ... Chin Ho
Louise Sorel ... Diane Foxton
Fred Beir ... McBain
Jack Carter ... Harry Foxton
Al Eben Al Eben ... Doc Bergman
Harry Endo Harry Endo ... Che Fong
Herman Wedemeyer ... Duke
Peggy Ryan ... Jenny (as Margaret Peggy Sherman)
Yankee Chang Yankee Chang ... Suyam
Eddie Sherman Eddie Sherman ... Listie
William Valentine William Valentine ... Louis
Danny Kamekona ... Heaton (as Daniel Kamekona)


A chronic gambler, pretending he has cancer, sells chances on the hour of the day he will die at $10,000 apiece. The winner gets all 24 tickets. The gambler actually doesn't have cancer (he has Lou Gehrig's disease, ALS, instead), and plans to commit suicide at an appointed time so that a specific person will get the money. But as the gambler talks to his doctor outside a party, the doctor is gunned down and the gambler is forced to take his fatal drug. The gambler's corpse is then placed in a car and driven to a remote location, where the hot sun makes it impossible to tell the exact time of his death. The killer then works on eliminating the others who bought a chance, and figuring out to whom the gambler planned to leave the money. Written by Peter Harris

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

4 December 1973 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


An analog watch shows it's 11:50. But from the inside of the party location, although the drapes are closed, it is clearly daylight. In a few moments, when the first murder occurs, Dan says it was 12:10 a.m. and it is pitch black outside. See more »


Det. Steve McGarrett: The dumbwaiter? That went out with Bulldog Drummond!
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Sorry, Plankton

Plankton, I hate to break the news to you but Jack Carter is currently alive. I agree that he suffers from terminal unfunniness, though. And I agree that this plot is very complicated- either that or I'm not very bright. Then again, both are possible.

I think overall this season was when the episodes started to show some better writing and more interesting plots. I think having Al Harrington added to the cast really helped because he seemed more professional and was a better actor than Zulu. Zuni's character seemed as much for comic relief as anything whereas the Ben character was more of a "full member" of the Five-0 team.

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