Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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The Green Felt Jungle 

Crime busting District Attorney Paul Maytric's (Leslie Nielsen) wife is killed by a car bomb that was meant for him. He quits as DA and becomes a vigilante out for revenge. After a local ... See full synopsis »

Director:

Irving J. Moore

Writers:

Howard Browne (adaptation), Roy Huggins (story) (as Thomas Fitzroy)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Leslie Nielsen ... Paul Maytric
Macdonald Carey ... Elmer Pike (as MacDonald Carey)
Richard Conte ... Jack Sallas
Larry Pennell ... Phil Scanlon
Indus Arthur Indus Arthur ... Elizabeth Pike
Michael Pate ... Johnny Slato
Ines Pedroza Ines Pedroza ... Conchita Rivero (as Inez Pedroza)
William Phipps ... Frank (as William Edward Phipps)
Nick Alexander Nick Alexander ... Marty
Walker Edmiston ... George Baird
Ivan Bonar Ivan Bonar ... Monroe
Ken Lynch ... Larry Henderson
Roland La Starza ... Bugs
Harold Fong Harold Fong ... Bert
Webb Pierce Webb Pierce ... Prescott
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Crime busting District Attorney Paul Maytric's (Leslie Nielsen) wife is killed by a car bomb that was meant for him. He quits as DA and becomes a vigilante out for revenge. After a local gangster is killed, Maytric thinks he may be able to tie the murder to mob boss Jack Sallas (Richard Conte), who up to this point in time is 'untouchable'. Sallas has one of the local police, Detective Phil Scanlon (Larry Pennell) in his pocket, who unknown to Sallas is shaking down Elmer Pike (Macdonald Carey) and his casino, and Maytric needs to find out why. Maytric thinks Pike's daughter Elizabeth (Indus Arthur) may be able to help him, and decides to approach her, but is it too late? As seen on Retro TV Network, August 2009.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1965 (USA) See more »

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Roncom Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jungle Cunning
9 November 2013 | by telegonusSee all my reviews

A typically well mounted Kraft suspense episode, nicely shot and well acted, it deals with gangsters and good guys at odds with one another in what appears to be a thinly disguised Reno. Macdonald Carey plays a seemingly honest casino owner with issues ,--but what are they? Leslie Nielsen is a former DA who's trying to get to the bottom of things, never easy to do in a city whose primary business is gambling and where personal loyalties often interfere with professional conduct.

The story has many twists and turns, a little romance, some tough stuff, some nice glimpses into the life in a city where gambling is legal. There are some good small character part for good actors, notably Michael Pate; and the leading players are both outstanding. That the ending is more tragic and therefore dramatic rather than, as one might have guessed, melodramatic, lends this episode a touch of class. The color is beautiful, much better than the brighter hues used in color shows from a few years later.

It's an above average episode that should hold the interest of most viewers.


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