Lou Grant

Season 3 Episode 12


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 17, 1979 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The reporters of the Tribune get interested in the murder of a boxer thirty years ago. It leads them into the world of Hollywood's Golden Age.

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  • Lou Grant, as written by Raymond Chandler

    This is a wonderful episode of a great show. It has the feel of a 1940's film noir, an interesting role for Animal and a surprising open(?) end. Lou, Rossie, Billie and Animal investigate an old murder mystery, meeting celebrities from the forties. It is Animal who solves the puzzle, although the show up to that moment seemed to be content to end without a resolution. (The closing voice-over isn't very clear about whether the Tribune gives away Mrs Polk's secret or not.)

    Everything is right about the show: the look, the false leads in the mystery, the cameos of famous actors from the past. (Margaret Hamilton, The Wicked Witch of the West, as a former Tribune journalist!) My favourite element is Animal's role. Not only does he outsmart Rossi and establishes contact with the reclusive Mrs Polk, not only does he solve the murder case, the viewer gets to see his photographs. He makes some pictures of the abandoned restaurant and these black and white photographs are cut into the story.moreless
George Chandler

George Chandler


Guest Star

Laraine Day

Laraine Day

Lauren Sinclair

Guest Star

Howard Duff

Howard Duff

Wild Man Moran

Guest Star

Allen Williams

Allen Williams

Adam Wilson

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Mrs. Pynchon: Matthew never dragged me to prize fights and I never dragged him to canasta tournaments. In those days that qualified as an open marriage.

    • Animal: Thea Taft says Baby's at Queen of Angels cemetery and we couldn't find our rear ends at high noon in the Hall of Mirrors.

    • Charlie: Did you ever see Baby Duarte fight, Mrs. Pynchon?
      Mrs. Pynchon: (sarcastiscally) I was his sparring partner for years.

    • Art: (getting nostalgic about Old Los Angeles) Whatever happened to the orange groves in the valley? What happened to the eucalyptus trees along Melrose? Why do I sound like a ninety-year-old man?

  • NOTES (2)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore).

    • The episode exudes the atmosphere of Hollywood in the forties. To do this it has voice-narration by Lou (in a Raymond Chandler style) and incidental music that could have been written in that era. Also notice the unusual dissolves between scenes.