Burke's Law

Who Killed Eleanora Davis?

Season 1, Ep 13, Aired 12/20/63
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  • Episode Description
  • When an unidentified brunette is discovered in a fake electric chair at a run-down amusement park/sideshow run by "Professor" Kingston, Burke has to track several elusive clues back to a modeling agency and the three somewhat odd people who run it, a blackmail scheme, eloping tennis players, and a feisty old Irish landlady. With the help of a vital piece of information gathered by Burke's girlfriend Juliet and the assistance of three young boys, the case is solved.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leon Lontoc


  • Gene Barry

    Captain Amos Burke

  • Regis Toomey

    Detective Sergeant Lester "Les" Hart

  • Don Taylor

  • Herman Hoffman

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  • Notes (1)

    • Original Library of Congress Registration #: LP31072Effective Registration # & date: RE-562-922 Dec. 4, 1991.

    Trivia (2)

    • The plot continuity problem mentioned below cannot be accounted for by syndication cuts. In the DVD version, there is also no mention of either Eleanora's job at a night club nor the fact that she had a husband. There is a second continuity problem, as well. Juliet bursts in on the napping Burke and announces that she has information on "The Davis Case"--the dead girl's current address. When Burke left her early that morning, he was leaving to investigate a "dead brunette". They had only just gotten the girl identified when Burke slipped back home to grab a quick nap, having been out all night. The whole case was wrapped up in one day; it's not likely the news of the girl's identity would have gotten out, let alone the fact that they were trying to find her current address.

    • Plot continuity problem:
      When Smith reads off Eleanora's vital statistics for Burke, he mentions that she's 23 years old, lives on Euclid St. in Apt. 7A, mentions nothing about any other employment, and specifically tells Burke that the company never asks whether the models are married or not.
      Later in the same scene, Burke notifies Les that Eleanora is 26 years old, gives him the same Euclid 7A address as Eleanora's, and tells Les that Eleanora worked last year as a photographer at the 711 Club (no idea where this information came from); no mention of a husband is made.
      Les and Tim go to Euclid St. and, though Eleanora's address is Apt. 7A, they clearly go and knock on the door of a ground floor apartment in the rear. They pass Mrs. Mulligan's apartment, which is labeled 7C, and knock on 7A, which faces the rear of the building. Then they ask Mrs. Mulligan not about Eleanora Davis, but about Rudy Davis (who has never before been mentioned in anyone's conversation in the episode). Mrs. Mulligan is the person who then provides the "news" that Eleanora was married to Rudy, and that she used to work as a photographer at the 711 club.

      I think I can clear up this continuity problem somewhat: In the scene where Ormsby (Nick Adams) is talking to Burke, after he mentions that his nose has been itching lately, there is a very abrupt transition to Mr. Smith (Edward Everett Horton) re-arranging the stuffed bird. It is very likely that at least a few snatches of dialogue between Burke and Ormsby were cut out of the syndicated version I have (which was taped from the defunct Nostalgia Channel). There can't be very much left out--my version runs 51 minutes--but the topics of where Eleanora worked, and who her husband was, were probably covered in this syndicated cut. As for the age difference, Eleanora was 23 back in August 1960, and now is (was) 26. [RW]

    Allusions (1)

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      Early in the episode there is a special in-joke reference to Gene Barry's previous series, Bat Masterson.

      The combination of all the stuffed birds and the smothering mother-son relationship between Mrs. Ormsby and Harold give a definite "Psycho" feel to the plot.

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