Burke's Law (1963)/Who Killed Alex Debbs?

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Who Killed Alex Debbs?
Season 1, Episode 6
Airdate October 25, 1963
Production Number 5830
Written by Harlan Ellison
Directed by Don Weis
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Who Killed Alex Debbs? is the sixth episode of the first season of Burke's Law, and the sixth episode overall.

Guest Stars: Don Gazzaniga (Tom (Cop)), Eileen O'Neill (Sgt. Gloria Ames), Arlene Dahl (Princess Diana Morgan von Kortzoff, formerly Diana Morningstar), Sammy Davis, Jr. (Cordwainer Bird), Diana Dors (Maxine Borman), John Ireland (Orrin Lashwell), Burgess Meredith (Sidney Wilde), Suzy Parker (Angela Pattison), Jan Sterling (Devora Cato), Dolores Wells (Dream Girl), Sharyn Hillyer (First Deb), Laura Lynn Hale (Second Deb)


Plot Overview

When a girly magazine publisher is found stabbed to death in his club, Burke focuses on several of his employees: an editor, a cartoonist and of course, a few lovely ladies.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

The name of Sammy Davis Jr.'s character in this episode is 'Cordwainer Bird'. The episode's writer, noted science fiction author Harlan Ellison, used the alias of Cordwainer Bird on a number of other TV scripts he wrote for series like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Flying Nun. Ellison freely admits that he mainly wrote scripts for money and had much disdain for many series he had written for.

Memorable Moments

This episode is full of great moments, including Sammy Davis Jr. tapdancing on Burke's desk and telling bad jokes, and a catfight between Suzy Parker and Diana Dors.


"Cynical conversation makes for bitter brew...never mix 'em. Burke's Law"--Amos turns down a drink from Angela Pattison (Suzy Parker) after she reveals her hatred for murder victim Alex Debbs.


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