The Telltale Clue

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The Telltale Clue
Starring Anthony Ross
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) Charles E. Martin
Running time 30 minutes
Original network CBS Television

The Telltale Clue, sometimes billed as The Tell-Tale Clue, is an American police drama that aired on CBS Television on Thursday nights at 10pm ET from July 18, 1954, to September 23, 1954. The Public Defender aired on CBS in the same time slot from March to June 1954, and resumed the same time slot from September 30 until the end of the run in June 1955.[1]

The program was produced by Charles E. Martin (1910-1983), and sponsored by Philip Morris cigarettes. At least two episodes were written by novelist and essayist Gore Vidal.[2]


The series centered on Det. Lt. Richard Hale, the head of the criminology department of the police department of an unnamed city, who used scientific equipment and analyical skills to solve 'perfect crimes'.


Guest stars included Anthony Ross as Det. Lt. Richard Hale and Darren McGavin.

Preservation status[edit]

Two episodes are available on YouTube, see CTVA entry at External Links.


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 203. p. 1178. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ The Telltale Clue at CTVA

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