Burke's Law

Season 1 Episode 15

Who Killed Jason Shaw?

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Jan 03, 1964 on ABC
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Who Killed Jason Shaw?
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When a shady businessman is found dead, fully clothed, in a hotel shower, surrounded by burned thousand dollar bills, Burke is confronted with a group of men who seem to have absolutely nothing in common - a shipbuilder with a musical hobby, a haughty wine connoisseur, a loud-mouthed used-car salesman, and a man who breeds carnivorous plants. The dizzy blonde who discovered the body (and who seems to always be hungry) may or may not be just a pawn in a scheme. While Tim becomes interested in the dead man's secretary, Burke has his eye on a lovely sculptor, who may be trying to steer him away from her father, one of the suspects.moreless

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  • A murder of manners, fun to watch and really quite different. It would be more satisfying if the police work consisted of a little more than supposition.

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    Burke and crew investigate the case of a murdered man discovered in a shower.



    The set-up for this tale is even more off-beat than usual for the program, the blonde who finds the body (Miss Brewer, who does "favors" for a living) is just macabre in her interest in eating the food in the hotel room rather than in any details of the homicide. As a matter of fact, it would be hard to find many TV episodes of any era that feature three more disinterested and ditzy female roles as Miss Brewer, the secretary, and the sculptor.



    Gene Berry brings his usual panache to the character of the policeman in a Rolls with a car phone. The supporting characters just get weirder, as Burke runs across a shady car salesman, a strange ship builder with a fascination with the orient, a bizarre wine collector, and the weird father of the lady sculptor who raises giant meat-eating plants. It's all so tongue-in-cheek that it's hard to know when to pay attention to the story.



    By the time the story winds its way around to the discovery of a high-stakes poker game played by the wealthy and the deceased's failed business, the viewer is a lot more wrapped-up in the performances than the plot. The clues are also really tenuous. It's typical for "Burke's Law" but odd in a memorable way.moreless
Leon Lontoc

Leon Lontoc

Henry

Gene Barry

Gene Barry

Captain Amos Burke

Regis Toomey

Regis Toomey

Detective Sergeant Lester "Les" Hart

Gary Conway (I)

Gary Conway (I)

Detective Tim Tilson

June Kim

June Kim

Housegirl

Guest Star

Larry Anthony

Larry Anthony

Stage Manager

Guest Star

Quinn O'Hara

Quinn O'Hara

Lois Gordon

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Francine York

Francine York

Cleo Fitzgerald

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Eileen O'Neill

Eileen O'Neill

Sgt. Gloria Ames

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