87th Precinct (1961–1962)
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Acting on an anonymous tip, the detectives pick up Greg Brovane in connection with a robbery in which two men were killed. On interrogation, Brovane names three accomplices. However, the ... See full summary »


Don Weis


Hendrik Vollaerts (teleplay) (as Rik Vollaerts), Raphael Hayes (teleplay) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Lansing ... Det. Steve Carella
Ron Harper ... Det. Bert Kling
Norman Fell ... Det. Meyer Meyer
Peter Falk ... Greg Brovane
Roxane Berard ... Peggy Brovane
Frank Sutton ... Tully Borgman
Morgan Woodward ... Matty Tremaine
Arthur Batanides ... Clay Boudreau
Harlan Warde ... Dr. Daniels
Nora Marlowe Nora Marlowe ... Rosalie Pender
Marjorie Bennett ... The Old Lady
Louise Lorimer ... Margaret Brovane
E.J. André ... Sammy (as E.J. Andre)
Richard Deacon ... Martin
Clark Howat ... The Operator


Acting on an anonymous tip, the detectives pick up Greg Brovane in connection with a robbery in which two men were killed. On interrogation, Brovane names three accomplices. However, the detectives can not find any information on any of the three accomplices. What they don't know is that Brovane is a patsy who was hypnotized and subjected to intense brainwashing by the actual perpetrators, and that the three accomplices he has named do not exist. Written by anonymous

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Crime | Drama







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29 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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28 August 2016 | by kapelusznik18See all my reviews

***SPOILERS**** A Pre-Columbo TV series Peter Falk is low level hood Greg Brovane who's a total dud in the crime department never going above petty thievery and getting caught every time he commits, like jumping a subway turnstile, a criminal infraction or brakes the law.This Bozo wants to live up to his late father Dan Brovane's accomplishments and follow in his footsteps who died behind bars when Greg was 13 serving a life sentence in taking down 4 cops-Without as much as suffering a scratch- in a violent gun battle in the Bronx back in 1944. Now Greg finally made the big time in a grocery store robbery where he's accused of gunning down to persons a cashier and security guard in the process!

Gladly taking credit for the double murder and like a stool pigeon fingering three of his accomplishes Greg waits to get convicted for 1st degree murder and achieve immorality in the world of crime by being strapped into and zapped-With 2,000 volts of electricity-in the Sing Sing electric chair: Something that even his late father "Mighty Dan" Brovane never, as much as he tried to, accomplish! It's 87th Precinct police detective Steve Carella, Robert Lansing, who feels that Greg is full of cr*p since his "Tall Story" just doesn't make any sense and his accomplishes in the crime don't seem to have ever existed! In either real life or even in fiction!

***SPOILERS*** As it turned out the dim-witted and not so with it Greg was brainwashed by the three hoods that in fact pulled off the robbery, minus the two persons who were murdered, lead by Tully Borgman, Frank Sutton, to take the rap for them. Even going so far as getting him to admit to two murders that he didn't commit that can end up getting the brainless Greg executed! It's Grege's sister Peggy,Roxane Berard, who gets him to be injected with truth serum and finally spill the beans on Tully and his boys! That leads to Tully & Co. getting busted by the NYPD and best of all Greg getting the professional mental help and therapy that he so badly needed!

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