Cold Case (2003–2010)
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The Boy in the Box 

The 1950's notorious cold case of the "boy in the box" is reopened and it's discovered that he resided in a Catholic orphanage with his sister until his sudden adoption before his death.


Karen Gaviola


Meredith Stiehm (created by), Meredith Stiehm




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Morris ... Lilly Rush
Danny Pino ... Scotty Valens
John Finn ... John Stillman
Jeremy Ratchford ... Nick Vera
Thom Barry ... Will Jeffries
Samantha Eggar ... Sister Vivian Dole (2003)
Garrett M. Brown ... Roger (2003)
Molly Cheek ... Gretchen Culliver (2003)
Bruce Gray ... Dr. Milton Thayer (2003)
Charles Noland ... Walter Rafferty (2003)
Autumn Reeser ... Sister Grace Ashley
Jacqueline Scott ... Sally Bower (2003)
Lyndon Smith ... Arnold Culliver
Johanna Watts ... Sister Vivian Dole (1958)
Jason Frasca Jason Frasca ... Young Man (1958)


The team investigates a 1958 case where a dead 6-year-old boy wrapped inside a box was discovered in a field. The previous investigation developed no leads in determining the identity of the boy. However, new evidence suggests he may have lived at a nearby Catholic orphanage. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

15 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Arnold Culliver was murdered on April 4, 1958. See more »


On the grave marker for Grace, it says she was born in 1936. According to the plot of the episode, she was pregnant at 18, and her child was 6 at the time of his death in 1958. If her child was 6 years old, she would have to be at least 24 in 1958, but she was only 22, making her child only 4. See more »


Lilly Rush: [about the computer] Hey, boss, do you want me to do it?
Tom Stillman: That's okay, I have to learn how to use this thing sometime... Is it on?
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Remade as Cold Case: Shinjitsu No Tobira: Yakusoku (2016) See more »


Lonesome Town
Written by Baker Knight
Performed by Ricky Nelson
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lipstick nuns
7 December 2008 | by fab_maxSee all my reviews

I like this series a lot. Most episodes have a good feel for period and many of the stories have genuine feelings and an underlying sense of sorrow and regret. Sometimes I've even found myself quite moved by some of the stories. This particular episode had one of those quite touching stories, excellent B&W photography and the ever reliable Samantha Eggar going for it. Yet I just couldn't get over the sight of young nuns wearing full make up, lipstick gloss and mascara - supposedly back in the '50s!!! Even Samantha Eggar, as the older Sister Vivian, back in the present, was wearing an admittedly more discreet make up for her final scenes. Do nuns really wear make up in the States? What on earth was the make up department thinking about?????

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