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Escape from Oak Lane 

Diamond is hired to escort a beautiful wife while her husband is on a business trip. Frightened, the wife runs out on Diamond while they are dancing. Returning to her hotel room, she is drugged and kidnapped with Diamond in pursuit.


Tom Gries


Edmund Morris, Coles Trapnell (story editor)


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Episode cast overview:
David Janssen ... Richard Diamond
Christine White ... Elaine Carpenter
Jeanette Nolan ... Dr. Tesla
Hugh Brooke Hugh Brooke ... Dr. Forrest
S. John Launer ... Dr. Norton
Bert Masters Bert Masters ... Glenn Carpenter (as Burt Masters)


Glenn is getting ready to depart to Miami on a business trip but doesn't want to leave his wife Elaine alone. Glenn hires Diamond to pose as a personal friend and escort his wife around New York. While out dancing, an obviously frightened Elaine runs out on Diamond and returns to her hotel room. Diamond arrives and tries to determine what frightened her, she lets slip that he wants to "put her away too". A knock on the door terrifies her, begging him not to answer, Diamond answers the door and Doctors Tesla and Forrest enter. They claim Elaine is a patient of theirs who has had a mental breakdown due to her parents being killed in a plane crash. For her own protection, they claim she should be returned to the Oak Lane Rest Home immediately. Diamond tells them they have to wait until her husband returns, that he should make that decision. While Diamond tries to contact the husband by phone in the hotel lobby, the doctors return to Elaine's hotel room, drug her and escort her out of the... Written by Christopher A. Hilborn

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Action | Crime | Drama





Release Date:

15 July 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first of five times that David Janssen and Jeanette Nolan would work together on TV between 1957 and 1975. See more »


[last lines]
Richard Diamond: Anytime you want to leave her in my care, it'd be a pleasure. See ya.
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Standout episode
8 October 2017 | by XhcnoirXSee all my reviews

Christine White doesn't want her husband to go to a 1-day conference by himself, but he has to go, so he hires David 'Richard Diamond' Janssen to entertain her while he's away. But at a restaurant she runs off. Janssen finds her at her apartment where 2 persons claim she escaped from a Chicago rest home and that she's mentally ill. While Janssen tries to contact the husband they kidnap her. When Janssen goes to the rest home tho, the head informs him they do have the woman there... But when he shows her her room, the woman is not White! What is going on?! An early episode in this excellent 50s TV show, and quite a fast-moving and twisty episode as well! It has a nice set up and while the resolution isn't too difficult to guess in advance, seeing the other woman in the end must've been a great cliffhanger before going to commercials haha! Of course everything falls into place quickly and Janssen saves the day without hardly breaking a sweat. But seriously, Richard Diamond is so much fun and Janssen owns the part. Great series, and this is a real standout episode!

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