M-SQUAD – Family Portrait -1957
This is episode 13 of the 1957 to 1960 Crime series, M-SQUAD. The series ran for 117 episodes and features Lee Marvin as the headliner. Marvin is a Lt with the elite M-Squad unit of the Chicago Police.
Underworld stool pigeon, Sid Melton, contacts M-Squad with an offer of info on drug lord, Jacques Aubuchon. He arranges a meet with Police Lt Lee Marvin. Marvin and fellow M-Squad Lt, Ron Hayes wait at the spot but Melton is a no show. Marvin decides to stick around and wait. He sends Hayes to check Melton's flat.
When Hayes gets to Melton's place, he finds the reason for the no show. Melton is hanging from the roof light fixture. As Hayes is looking around the apartment, Aubuchon henchman, Walter Manslow steps out of the shadows and shoots Hayes dead.
Needless to say the boys in blue are upset with this series of events. They lay into Aubuchon and his gang but really have no proof he ordered the killings. Marvin decides he will keep close tabs on the gangster for a while. He moves into the same apartment building even. Everywhere Aubuchon goes, Marvin follows. The gangster soon finds the constant shadowing is getting rather annoying.
Aubuchon manages to shake Marvin's tail one morning and speeds off in his car. Marvin traces his phone calls and soon has an idea on Aubuchon's location. Marvin drives to said location, which turns out to be a finishing school for young ladies.
Marvin finds that Aubuchon has a just under 20 year old daughter (Christine White) at the school. The gangster has been keeping White away from the "business" end of his life. He wants a good girl for a daughter. He visits once a week to make sure White is OK.
Marvin soon finds that White is anything but a "good girl" when she puts the moves on him. Needless to say this leads to plenty of violence and death.
This is a pretty good episode with funny man Melton in a serious role for a change.
Of note for noir fans is screenplay writer, Larry Marcus. Marcus supplied the stories for, BACKFIRE, DARK CITY and CAUSE FOR ALARM. (b/w)
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