Decoy (1957–1958)
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The Red Clown 

Casey attempts to locate an artist who has abandoned his young daughter.


Teddy Sills


Jerome Coopersmith (script by)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Beverly Garland ... Casey Jones
John McLiam ... Mike
Barbara Barrie ... Mrs. Foley
Barbara Myers Barbara Myers ... Bobby
Bill Quinn ... Magraw (as William Quinn)
Anita Stober Anita Stober ... Proprietress


Casey attempts to locate an artist who has abandoned his young daughter.

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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

21 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Pyramid Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
Casey Jones: [narrating] Across the river from Manhattan is the borough of Queens - a borough of houses... and families. It didn't look like the scene of a crime, but it was. I'm a policewoman for the city of New York. The crime was abandonment. Definition by statute: non-support of a child.
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The closing credits show Bill Quinn's character as Magraw; in the story, the character is called Lieutenant McGowan. See more »

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Compelling Human Interest
6 December 2018 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Touching entry focusing on a little girl's alienation because of her missing father. As it is, Dad's an artist living anonymously in Greenwich Village where, consumed by his 'art', he's estranged from Mom and ignoring child support. Meanwhile Mom's struggling, while little Bobby hugs her red clown doll for comfort. (The conflict raises an interesting question of art vs. morality.) Casey's policewoman is called in to hopefully find Dad and start child support, and maybe even facilitate a bond between father and daughter.

The story's compellingly told with good urban backdrop and cast performances. The crime, such as it is, may not be scary, but does have maximo human interest. Little Barbara Myers is especially effective, never descending into the maudlin, a common pitfall for such a role. Note too the ending, not typical for its time and realistically appropriate. I expect this outstanding second entry consolidated an audience for the remaining entries. So don't miss it.

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