Take a walk on the dark side of the street, where a constant battle is being waged between the pervasive forces of corruption and the brave men dedicated to the cause of justice. These episodes are rare treasures from the vaults of unsold crime show pilots of the 1950s.
The Shadow: In "The Case of the Cotton Kimono," Lamont Cranston investigates the murder of a beautiful young singer. Suspects include the woman's lecherous music teacher and her jealous boyfriend, but only the Shadow knows what evil lurks in the heart of the real culprit. Starring Tom Helmore, Paula Raymond; Directed by Charles Haas.
Unsolved: Someone kills racketeer and club owner, Martin "Mugsy" Heidel in this thinly veiled retelling of the unsolved 1947 murder of Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, the infamous Las Vegas developer. Starring Simon Oakland, Joe DeSantis; Directed by Charles Rondeau.
Chicago 2-1-2: A serial arsonist is terrorizing Chicago with a string of deadly blazes. Inspector Ed McCook suspects that the perpetrator is among the crowd of curious spectators at the crime scene. Starring Frank Lovejoy, Roy Thinnes; Directed by Norman Foster.
The Bogus Green: Before the Big Top comes to town, circus advance man Brass McGannon arrives to grease the wheels, making all the necessary arrangements with local officials, police and press. But counterfeit money has also been appearing wherever the traveling show goes, spelling big trouble for McGannon. Starring Preston Foster, Martha Vickers; Directed by Lew Landers.
Boston Blackie - "The Motorcycle Kid" (1953): Blackie intervenes to help a friend's teenage son, who's in trouble after committing a robbery. Starring Kent Taylor, Lois Collier, Gloria Talbott; Directed by Sobey Martin.1953
Alarm (1956): This episode of the firefighting series presents a dramatic recreation of that horrific night of November 28, 1942, when nearly 500 people died in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in Boston. Starring Fred Waring, John Hoyt; Directed by William F. Claxton.
Mandrake the Magician (1954): Mandrake and Lothar battle enemy agents who have kidnapped Princess Narda. Based on the famous comic strip hero with hypnotic powers, this unsold NBC pilot featured Coe Norton, an actual stage magician, in the title role. Starring Coe Norton, Woody Strode, Lisa Howard; Directed by Will Jason.
Counterpoint - "The Witness" (1952): A small-time thug pulls the perfect jewel heist, but his getaway is witnessed by a strange man in clown make-up. Starring Lee Marvin, William Schallert; Directed by Bernard Girard.
Front Page Detective -"Seven Seas To Danger" (1951): A smuggler stows away on a Siamese freighter bound for the U.S. so he can keep a close eye on a cache of stolen diamonds. Starring Edmund Lowe; Directed by Arnold Wester.