Decoy (TV series)

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Decoy
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Beverly Garland as Officer Casey Jones in Decoy (1958)
Also known as Decoy Police Woman
Genre Crime drama
Written by Jerome Coopersmith
Don Ettlinger
Steven Gardner
Abram S. Ginnes
Leon Tokatyan
Directed by David Alexander
Michael Gordon
Stuart Rosenberg
Teddy Sills
Arthur H. Singer
Starring Beverly Garland
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 39
Production
Executive producer(s) Everett Rosenthal
Producer(s) David Alexander
Stuart Rosenberg
Arthur H. Singer
Cinematography Maurice Hartzband
Running time 30 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 14, 1957 – July 7, 1958

Decoy (also titled Decoy Police Woman) is a groundbreaking American crime drama television series created for syndication and initially broadcast from October 14, 1957 to July 7, 1958, with thirty-nine 30-minute black-and-white episodes. It was the first American police series with a female protagonist.[1] Many Decoy episodes are in the public domain.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

The series starred Beverly Garland as Casey Jones, a female police officer who is often assigned to work undercover (hence becoming the "decoy" of the title). The cast changed each week with Garland the only main continuing character, although there were several recurring characters, mostly her commanding officer and immediate colleagues.

The series was inspired by Jack Webb's Dragnet, set in Los Angeles, California, and used a similar format to that series, with Jones portrayed as a serious, by-the-book, yet sympathetic cop with no personal life outside of her job. In the episode "The Sound of Tears", she reveals that the man she loved was a police officer who was shot and killed by the man he was sent to apprehend.

Decoy is of historical significance as the first American television series to focus on the work of a female police officer. The series also features early performances by such future stars as Larry Hagman and Peter Falk. Each episode is dedicated to the Bureau of Policewomen of the New York Police Department.

Many episodes focus on females being victims of crime, and most episodes ended with Garland breaking the fourth wall and speaking directly to the audience about the case just solved.

Guest stars[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Now mostly in the public domain in the United States, about a dozen episodes of the series have so far seen limited release on DVD issues by several different companies.

Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 "Stranglehold" Don Medford Steven Gardner 14 October 1957 (1957-10-14)
Casey moves into a seedy rooming house to try to befriend a woman whose former boyfriend was a suspect in a jewel robbery.
2 "The Little Red Clown" Teddy Sills Leon Tokatyan 21 October 1957 (1957-10-21)
Casey attempts to locate an artist who has abandoned his young daughter.
3 "The Phoner" Teddy Sills Leon Tokatyan 28 October 1957 (1957-10-28)
Casey investigates a series of threatening phone calls made to a woman.
4 "To Trap a Thief" Teddy Sills Jerome Coopersmith 4 November 1957 (1957-11-04)
To solve a baffling armed robbery case, Casey assumes the identity of a blackmailer, then acts as an intermediary between the victim and the "perpetrator."
5 "Dream Fix" Teddy Sills Steven Gardner 11 November 1957 (1957-11-11)
Casey poses as a nurse in a sanatorium to trace the source of a stream of illegal narcotics.
6 "The Savage Payoff" Teddy Sills (Unknown) 18 November 1957 (1957-11-18)
Casey is assigned to investigate whether players on a college basketball team are fixing games.
7 "Deadly Corridor" Teddy Sills Leon Tokatyan 25 November 1957 (1957-11-25)
Casey poses as a prisoner in a women's jail in order to apprehend a murderer.
8 "Escape Into Danger" Teddy Sills (Unknown) 2 December 1957 (1957-12-02)
Casey tries to find a woman who has fled believing she murdered her husband.
9 "The Glass Necklace" Teddy Sills (Unknown) 9 December 1957 (1957-12-09)
In order to lure a successful burglar into a trap, Casey poses as a wealthy woman with an expensive jewelry collection.
10 "The Scapegoat" Teddy Sills (Unknown) 16 December 1957 (1957-12-16)
A woman, who's in jail for embezzling money to care for her mentally disabled son, escapes.
11 "Two Days to Kill" Stuart Rosenberg (Unknown) 23 December 1957 (1957-12-23)
Casey is assigned to protect a witness to a murder, but the killer manages to track down the women to the hotel room where they are hiding.
12 "Queen of Diamonds" Teddy Sills (Unknown) 30 December 1957 (1957-12-30)
Casey goes undercover as a nightclub photographer.
13 "My Brother's Killer" Stuart Rosenberg (Unknown) 6 January 1958 (1958-01-06)
Casey is assigned to arrest an escaped convict who has committed numerous hold-ups and murders since breaking out of prison.
14 "Bullet of Hate" Teddy Sills Don Ettlinger 13 January 1958 (1958-01-13)
Casey believes a teenage girl's story and attempts to clear her of a murder charge.
15 "Death Watch" Stuart Rosenberg (Unknown) 20 January 1958 (1958-01-20)
Casey stumbles onto a murder-for-hire organization while investigating a shoplifting gang.
16 "Odds Against the Jockey" Teddy Sills (Unknown) 27 January 1958 (1958-01-27)
In order to get a lead, Casey haunts the race track where a gambler was recently murdered.
17 "Dressed for the Kill" Stuart Rosenberg (Unknown) 3 February 1958 (1958-02-03)
Casey poses as a model to investigate a garment district murder.
18 "An Eye for an Eye" Teddy Sills Mel Goldberg 10 February 1958 (1958-02-10)
Casey pretends to be a drug addict in order to get evidence against a large illegal narcotics ring.
19 "The Challenger" Stuart Rosenberg Steven Gardner 17 February 1958 (1958-02-17)
Casey tries to prevent a mobster from buying a up-and-coming boxer's contract.
20 "Across the World" Teddy Sills Cy Chermak 24 February 1958 (1958-02-24)
When the new owner of an import/export business is murdered, Casey poses as her heir to get evidence against the gun runners who are using the company as a front for their criminal activities.
21 "The Showplace" (Unknown) (Unknown) 3 March 1958 (1958-03-03)
Casey pretends to be a nightclub entertainer in order to investigate a murder.
22 "Reasonable Doubt" (Unknown) (Unknown) 10 March 1958 (1958-03-10)
A man is falsely accused of robbery.
23 "Night of Fire" Don Medford Jerome Coopersmith 17 March 1958 (1958-03-17)
Casey takes a job as a factory file clerk in order to investigate a suspicious fire. Evidence points to a secretary with a history of mental illness, but Casey suspects that an arson ring may be responsible.
24 "Saturday Lost" Stuart Rosenberg Leon Tokatyan 24 March 1958 (1958-03-24)
During a murder investigation, Casey arrests a drug-addicted young woman who has lost her memory after an all-night pot party.
25 "High Swing" David Alexander Don Ettlinger 31 March 1958 (1958-03-31)
Casey goes undercover to befriend a seemingly benign elderly couple who are actually plotting a series of muggings and robberies.
26 "Earthbound Satellite" Michael Gordon Saul Levitt 7 April 1958 (1958-04-07)
Sonny Van Brock, part of high society, commits suicide after getting in way over his head at an elite gambling salon. Casey goes undercover as a visiting member of Seattle society who loves the roulette wheel, hoping to nail George Courtney, the man running the gaming operation.
27 "The Sound of Tears" Marc Daniels Lillian Andrews 14 April 1958 (1958-04-14)
Ken Morgan is murdered by a woman who clearly had strong feelings for or against him. She unloaded the contents of a revolver into him. Casey goes to work investigating the women in his life: his domineering mother who wouldn't let another female have him; the young woman who's practically a member of their family; and the ex-fiance whom Ken's mother made him give up.
28 "Ladies' Man" Stuart Rosenberg Abram S. Ginnes 21 April 1958 (1958-04-21)
Posing as an insurance agent, Mike Bergen enlists a naive woman to take a hidden camera photo of a suspect. The camera turns out to be a gun and the shooting victim is his wife. Casey goes undercover to a hunting lodge in the Catskills to smoke Bergen out into the open.
29 "Cry Revenge" David Alexander Abram S. Ginnes 28 April 1958 (1958-04-28)
Casey gets involved in the lives of a woman and her daughter when they receive a series of threatening phone calls. The situation takes a strange turn when the young woman marries the man who makes the calls.
30 "The Gentle Gun-Man" Michael Gordon Mel Goldberg 5 May 1958 (1958-05-05)
Casey goes undercover to gather evidence against a gang that deals in illegal weapons.
31 "Night Light" Stuart Rosenberg Frances Frankel 12 May 1958 (1958-05-12)
Casey goes undercover to recover a stolen ruby necklace before it can be fenced. Her investigation leads to an ex-convict who is inadvertently leading his teenage son into a life of crime because of the youngster's love for his father.
32 "Fiesta at Midnight" Michael Gordon Jerome Coopersmith 19 May 1958 (1958-05-19)
Newly arrived in New York, a young Puerto Rican man is arrested for robbery and assault. He claims to have been with two women at the time of the theft, but one won't identify him and the other can't be found.
33 "The Lieutenant Had a Son" David Alexander (Unknown) 26 May 1958 (1958-05-26)
An Army officer is driven to violence by his ex-wife.
34 "Shadow of Van Gogh" Michael Gordon Saul Levitt 2 June 1958 (1958-06-02)
A struggling artist becomes obsessed with Van Gogh, dressing like him and painting like him. When he is innocently coaxed into illegally copying a Van Gogh original, Casey, investigating the sale of the forgery, must find out who hired him.
35 "Tin Pan Payoff" David Alexander Steven Gardner 9 June 1958 (1958-06-09)
Casey investigates the murder of a songwriter.
36 "Blind Date" Stuart Rosenberg Nicholas E. Baehr 16 June 1958 (1958-06-16)
Casey goes on a blind date in hopes of arresting a businessman awaiting the delivery of a large amount of stolen money.
37 "The Come Back" David Alexander Don Ettlinger 23 June 1958 (1958-06-23)
When a roll of blank parimutuel tickets are stolen from a race track, Casey attempts to convince the gang responsible that she's a cop on the take who can help them pass the counterfeit ducats through crooks she's blackmailing.
38 "First Arrest" Arthur H. Singer Jerome Coopersmith 30 June 1958 (1958-06-30)
Casey goes undercover as an exotic dancer at a carnival sideshow, and begins to suspect that a fellow carnival worker is fencing stolen property.
39 "The Lost Ones" Arthur H. Singer (Unknown) 7 July 1958 (1958-07-07)
Casey's visit to a girl she arrested and later befriended takes a turn into the macabre when she discovers the girl's brutal father dead. The girl claims to have shot him, but Casey isn't so sure she believes her.

References[edit]

  1. ^ My Three Sons stepmom dies, CBC News, December 7, 2008
  2. ^ "Decoy", Festival Films

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