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The Long Shot Caper 

Roscoe is caught in the middle of a mafia hit.

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Charles R. Rondeau
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Stu Bailey (credit only)
Louis Quinn ... Pete Roscoe
Roger Smith ... Jeff Spencer
Edd Byrnes ... Kookie (credit only)
Jacqueline Beer ... Suzanne Fabry
Robert Logan ... J.R. Hale
James Best ... Babe Mackie
Christine Nelson ... Lucille Varner
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... Frank Blake
Alan Baxter ... Harvey Simms
Norman Alden ... Lee Mallory
Richard X. Slattery ... Lt. Chase
Roland La Starza ... Lippy Torrance (as Roland LaStarza)
Hope Summers ... Mrs. Bell
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Storyline

Roscoe is caught in the middle of a mafia hit.

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The voice on the radio announcing the race results is Roger Smith. See more »

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When Roscoe tells Jeff to hold on a moment, he hangs up the phone. But when the bomb goes off, Jeff is still on the line and can hear it. See more »

Soundtracks

You and the Night and the Music
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
[Heard on the radio in Lucille's apartment]
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Almost a spin-off
8 July 2017 | by clore_2See all my reviews

A most unusual episode as it's Louis Quinn as Roscoe who is front and center. Stuart Bailey is nowhere to be seen, the rest have some perfunctory involvement and even Byron Keith (earlier billed as Keith Byron) has a substitute batter in Richard X. Slattery playing a homicide detective. Not only does Roscoe get the scenes and lines, he even gets a girlfriend - and one who loves playing the ponies also.

We get to see a better look than usual at Roscoe's living quarters, a rooming house which seems a bit better than the conditions he lived-in in earlier seasons. Perhaps that was necessary so as to provide a place suitable for the female math teacher in the room next door, she uses a slide rule to pick long shots. We get to meet Roscoe's bookie, a barber named Little Ed who is played (albeit not billed) by screen vet Murray Alper who was usually cast as a cab or truck driver as in "The Maltese Falcon," "Strangers on a Train" and "Saboteur." Alan Baxter, one of the primary villains in "Saboteur" is also present as a mob boss who puts the pieces in motion to set the story here.

Roscoe gets in the middle of a turf war among some organized crime families strictly by being in the wrong place at the right time. Plot developments cause him to be stalked by hired killer James Best as well as by the family of one of Best's victims - they think Roscoe was the finger guy for the killing.

With so little involvement by the regulars other than Louis Quinn, one might almost think that the waters were being tested for a spin off. Whether that's so or not, it's still a highly enjoyable episode especially since it does veer from the norm but then, Strip did that fairly often.


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