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Decoy (1957-1958)



Decoy

(aka Decoy Police Woman)

(1957 - 1958)

Crime / Drama

30 minutes

Cast:

Beverly Garland as Casey Jones
Joseph Sullivan as Lieutenant
Frank Campanella as Lieutenant Cella
Simon Oakland as Lieutenant

Decoy was the first American police drama series broadcast on television, with original episodes airing from 1957 to 1958 for one season.

Casey Jones, a female police officer, was often assigned to work undercover as a decoy.  She was portrayed as a no-nonsense female officer, styled in part after Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet.  Women were often the victims in the episodes, and most ended with the star speaking directly to the audience about the case that has been resolved.

Officer Jones was the only continuing character of the series, with the cast changing each week. Guest stars included Ed Asner, Martin Balsam, Barbara Barrie, Peter Falk, Colleen Dewhurst, Larry Hagman, Diane Ladd, and Suzanne Pleshette.


Stranglehold (10/14/1957)

Casey moves into a seedy rooming house to try to befriend a woman whose former boyfriend was a suspect in a jewel robbery. 


Saturday Was Lost (11/04/1957)

During a murder investigation, Casey arrests a drug-addicted young woman who has lost her memory after an all-night pot party. 


High Swing (11/18/1957)

Casey goes undercover to befriend a seemingly benign elderly couple who are actually plotting a series of muggings and robberies. 


Ladies Man (02/24/1958)

Casey travels to a resort hotel to catch a murderer. 


Fiesta at Midnight (05/19/1958)

Newly arrived in New York, a young Puerto Rican man is arrested for robbery and assault.  He claims to have been with two women at the time of the theft, but one won't identify him and the other can't be found. 


First Arrest (06/02/1958)

Casey goes undercover as an exotic dancer at a carnival sideshow, and begins to suspect that a fellow carnival worker is fencing stolen property. 


Earthbound Satellite (01/08/1959)

Casey investigates a high-society gambling syndicate. 


The Gentle Gunman (11/19/1959)

Casey goes undercover to gather evidence against a gang that deals in illegal weapons. 





Directors:
Actors: Beverly Garland
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