Elihu Laban, a political refuge from the Balkans, hopes to obtain the papers from a leader who supposedly committed suicide. He and a group assemble a plan using a former member of the OSS. When the seller is killed, he is charged.
When Balkan dictator Oscar Volney dies after being under house arrest for several years, deposed by opponent Franz Schreck, local exiles in Los Angeles led by Elihu Laban want to obtain the dead man's papers hoping to expose the current government's corruption. With help from several, including his friend, newspaper publisher Garrett Richards, Laban hires former OSS agent Conrad Bucola to retrieve the Volney papers. The papers are supposed to be delivered to Laban when Schreck visits Los Angeles on a trade mission. When Schreck is killed at the exchange site, an amusement park, Laban is charged with murder and using Perry Mason's staff (Perry is recovering at home from an operation): playboy lawyer Bruce Jason defends him. Complicating the situation is that the fact that Laban swears that Jason is the OSS agent Bucola. Jason worked for the OSS but swears he is not Bucola.Written by
The circumstances of Wolny's death as described in the episode seems to be a conflation of the 1948 demises of the two leading lights of Czechoslovakia, President Edvard Benes (who died suddenly trying to moderate the rise of Klement Gottwald's Communist government) and Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovakia's non-Communist Foreign Minister, who was found dead outside his third-story window. The Communists claimed it was suicide (though some wags said that Masaryk would have to have been a very tidy man to have shut his window after jumping from it) while other investigations claimed death by misadventure or deliberate murder. See more »
When Elihu Laban is giving his press conference from the front porch, the reporter is between the television camera and Mr. Laban with his head blocking the active lens. See more »
Oscar Volney is dead. In this, the centuries-old city that is the capital of his now-captive European country, the father of democracy in the Balkans today appears for the last time before the countrymen who revered and loved him.
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Two years later Robert F Simon would go on to star is Colonel clink in the sitcom Hogan's Hero's. See more »
This is not a review, as much as some observations. Some great location shots of an amusement park - wonder which one it was with the "Laff" ride - The Pike in Long Beach or the one in Santa Monica (when it had more rides). I'm surprised that Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) is not in this episode? The above review said he was home recovering from an operation. Wonder why they shot the episode without him - perhaps in the day the production schedule and b'cast schedule of shows required them to shoot one without the main actor? Interesting? These shows are gems, with some really great character actors, like the German guy who was also in The Great Escape, and/or Stalag 17.
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