Burke's Law (1963–1966)
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Who Killed Cable Roberts? 

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Cable Roberts, a legendary writer, documentary filmmaker, and hunter in the Hemingway mold, is found murdered in his study. There are three significant clues: he was killed with one of his ... See full summary »

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Jeffrey Hayden

Writers:

Gwen Bagni, Frank D. Gilroy (characters creator)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Gene Barry ... Capt. Amos Burke
Gary Conway ... Det. Tim Tilson
Regis Toomey ... Det. Les Hart
Leon Lontoc ... Henry
Mary Astor ... Florence Roberts
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Anna
Paul Lynde ... Arthur Clark
John Saxon ... Bud Charney
Lizabeth Scott ... Mona Roberts
Chill Wills ... Harry Riggs
Charlene Holt ... Christy
Eileen O'Neill ... Sgt. Gloria Ames (as Eileen O'Neil)
Alvy Moore ... Herbert
Karen Flynn Karen Flynn ... Jenny Riggs
June Kyoto Lu ... Girl on Beach (as June Kim)
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Cable Roberts, a legendary writer, documentary filmmaker, and hunter in the Hemingway mold, is found murdered in his study. There are three significant clues: he was killed with one of his own rifles, he was shot twice big game style, and his body was propped against a wall alongside his many hunting trophies. Written by Mister-UHF

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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When Anna (Zsa-Zsa Gabor) returns to Budapest, which is clearly mentioned in the episode is her native city, she flies to Vienna. While nowadays, it may seem strange that Anna would fly to Vienna, at the time of filming, the only way from the America Continent to a Germanic European city, including a capital city, was through Berlin or Vienna. At the time, they were the only two airports, in Germanic Europe, large enough to support jets needed for international travel. See more »

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Capt. Amos Burke: When the bell rings, keep on your feet: Burke's Law.
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Scott vs. Lynde
7 February 2016 | by pattersonrosSee all my reviews

It seems that Cable Roberts was a larger-than-life safari-hunter, a la Ernest Hemingway; other than the maid (someone really had a sense of humor---casting Zsa Zsa Gabor as a commoner), it seems that no one who knew him really liked him. When Roberts is murdered, the suspects are his game-hunting partner (the always amiable Chill Wills), his ex-wife (Mary Astor), his son (a very young John Saxon), his secretary (Paul Lynde), and his current wife (Lizabeth Scott).

It's a draw between Lynde and Scott, as to who gave the campiest performance. Every time that Lynde opened his mouth, I saw Uncle Arthur, the Hooded Claw, or the center star of the Hollywood Squares. I found this on Wikipedia regarding Scott's performance: "In Burke's Law "Who Killed Cable Roberts?" (1963), she camps it up as the non-grieving widow of a celebrity big game hunter."; it seems to be appropriate.

Ms. Gabor and Mr. Saxon are still around and they both look fantastic! I was unable to find anything on Karen Flynn (wife of Wills' character) or June Kyoto Lu (Henry's girl/date).

Burke's Law: "When the bell rings, keep on your feet."


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