As mentioned last week (2nd August), Rocky King, Detective was shot live. Besides the thread of the plot, it adds a level of interest for me as I figure out how they managed the telecast on live television from the DuMont Studio premises.
This episode contains an outdoor scene utilizing a couple of different shots. The oncoming car headlights sequence is cleverly done. I imagine a couple of small light bulbs on a black-painted board moving closer to the camera. The camera shows a car wheel, not an actual car itself, rolling to a stop against the victim’s body. The scene in the garage was assembled with only a few props; at no time did the cameras leave the studio.
Note the touches of humor, some of it self-deprecating.
Norton (gardener): “I like to read these and sometimes I get scared.”Notice the hideous clown picture in the King family’s house at the beginning of the episode… it will come up again before the episode ends.
R.King: “Oh, detective magazines, huh. You can find out a lot from these, here.”
Norton: “They sure kill people funny ways, don’t they.”
R.King: “That depends on your sense of humor.”
My apologies to Bonnie Stevens; even Rocky King, Detective, wasn't able to save the cat.
Grab your popcorn, settle in your armchair, and watch…
The Hermit’s Cat
in which a cat dies and a lawyer loses the will to marry…