Dick Powell Show

Season 1 Episode 25

330 Independence SW

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 20, 1962 on NBC
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330 Independence SW
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A Federal investigator goes undercover to flush out the source of pep pills being sold illegally by truck drivers.

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  • David McClean ("Tate") in a pilot for another series.

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    David McClean had given a powerful performance as a crippled gunfighter in "Tate" (1960). "330 Independence SW" was a pilot for a new series for this fine actor. McClean played an agent for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Beautiful Julie Adams was a fellow agent who might have been romantically interested in McClean. William Bendix was the guest star as a truck driver who may be smuggling drugs. McClean went undercover as a truck driver to try to learn the truth.



    Brilliant B-movie director Samuel Fuller ("The Big Red One") directed.



    But despite a lengendary director and extremely appealing actors for the leads, this police procedural moved very slowly with no surprises and no energy. Julie Adams sex appeal wasn't exploited and McClean came off as somewhat wooden. It was a big disappointment after his great work in "Tate".



    Dick Powell's production company Four Star still almost sold the show to NBC, but with new leads. It was reported that the show would star Robert Taylor and George Segal. It was also reported that new young Turk George Segal wanted top billing over former superstar Robert Taylor, even though few people had heard of Segal at this point.



    NBC finally decided to pass on the project. Based on the pilot episode, that was probably just as well for all concerned.

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