Charlie and #1 son are helping to plan for the annual police Christmas party. Carols are sung at the piano. The party takes a less than festive turn when a man in a santa suit is found dead. Charlie gets busy with checking on clues, and is soon on the trail of his suspects. A dark colored van is a major clue, but it seems to have vanished. As Charlie and #1 son move in, a man with a sinister voice fills them in on motives for the killing. With some decisive action from Charlie, the bad guy is taken down, and the party can resume.
Actually a presentation of the Mystery Playhouse, and introduced by Peter Lorre. Details of an inheritance, blackmailers, gamblers, and a private detective all emerge.
At the mansion of the eccentric family, detective Pierce has plenty of shady characters to choose from, while sifting out who might be the guilty party. Will he be making a payoff to the blackmailers? Or falling prey as a pawn in some kind of cover up for murder?
The plot thickens when bodies pile up. Jonathan Pierce and his girlfriend put the heat on the gambler, and others in the house as he digs for clues, and hopes to crack the shell of the killer.
Clues explode to the surface, and Jonathan is certain he can solve this case, but will he be in time to keep the cops from arresting the wrong man? In classic mystery novel fashion, and with high dramatic flare, the loose ends are tied up, the mystery exposed, and the real crook is handed over to the cops.
Actually Mystery Playhouse, hosted by Peter Lorre. A man has such a vivid nightmare of murder that he goes to report it to his brother inlaw, who is a policeman. Vince even has a button that he claims to have torn from his assailant, and a key. How could it be just a dream? Despite the emotion, the cop is too jaded to believe the story.
The teletypes spring into action to report a murder, and Vince is allowed to go along with his brother in law, Cliff. Everything in the nightmare matches the details of the crime scene. Now Cliff turns on him, trying to slap the truth out of him. What a buddy, good thing this is before the days of police brutality laws. Sane heads prevail when the local sheriff helps out with further details of the crime, actually a double murder.
Details of the murder begin to form the background story. Is Vince’s nightmare actually that, or is he experienceing a mental block? Can a hypnotist release him from his amnesia? Or has someone been playing mind games to make Vince think he committed murder? Regardless, the question remains, if it wasn’t Vince, then who?
Lured in by a damsel in distress, the Saint finds himself in the hands of lackeys from a gang. What does the gangster, Kelly, have to tell the Saint? It’ll take work on Simon’s part to keep out of trouble when gunshots ring out from behind the locked office door.
Though the Connely Silver mine has been emptied of all it’s wealth, Simon is sure there’s more to it. Still sticking up for the dame, Betty Connely, Simon faces off with a thug for some quick justice. Doing some prospecting of his own, Simon takes Betty out of town to visit her mine.
In the mine shaft, danger arises. Simon fends it off, and finds the answer he needs. If the mine is played out, what makes it so valuable? There’s still one more twist to this mystery, but Simon explains the nuances behind the secrets as he exposes, and hands over a killer.
The final crash is about to come in the marriage between Olivia and Fred. She has known it for some time, and confrontations about lies are forced. There’s nothing left but for Fred to move out, and into his club, while Olivia is free to sue for divorce on whatever grounds she pleases.
In the office, its business as usual. Who are Rita and Jack, and is there something between them? Olivia arrives in the office, claiming that Doris, Fred’s secretary, is needed to accompany her as she flies to Buffalo on business. You know… to take some important paperwork to Fred.
Is Olivia out of her mind when she puts her private plane into a nose dive, straight into the ground? It’s an extreme measure just to kill your husband’s lover. Its also a miracle she was thrown clear, and didn’t suffer the same fate as Doris. How will she face Fred in his club, and explain Doris presence in her plane?
Though there’s a twist with the letter she sent to Fred, one that implicates her in a murder, the Whistler knows a twist to ensure justice will be certain.
Paying a visit to Holmes, Watson finds his friend in a gay mood, and on a new case. Holmes lays out the details of the murder in the governor’s mansion. In interviewing the suspects, Holmes is fearless, and not swayed by bluster, and pompous attitudes.
On the expansive estate, Holmes picks up where police investigations have failed so far. Clues come together for Holmes. With the massive collection of fire arms, will it be possible to find the murder weapon in the midsts of them? Wouldn’t it be just as easy to simply have tossed the weapon in the lake?
What final clues will emerge? Holmes has it figured out, and it’s time to gather in the courtroom to bring it all together. Holmes makes his case, and presents the judge with the evidence, and the killer. Still need clarification? Holmes breaks it all down for the likes of Watson.
Homicide detail. A man, woman, and parrot are found dead in a rooming house fire.
Responding to the crime, Joe learns that evidence points to the victims being dead before the fire was set. Working with the fire department, Joe and Ben investigate the crime scene. Definite artifacts of arson are found, and by someone who knew something about how to do it. Even the parrot in the room had its neck wrung before the fire was set. The irony of it all… this is fire prevention week.
Witnesses are questioned, a timeline established, and forensics turn up fingerprints. Was it a burglary that went wrong, and fire was used to cover it up? A slip of the lip, a turn of a phrase, and Joe Friday thinks he may have his man.
Time to gather hard evidence, and the questioning focuses on the handyman in the local shop. Putting an edge on it, Joe gets his answer without much trouble. Whether Marshman confesses or not, forensics soon floods Joe with fingerprint and other damaging evidence. His brutal story is soon told as stenographers get it written down.
On an assignment, Casey and Ann investigate a crime scene at a boarding house. A woman has been stabbed to death. The cops gather the clues for the locked room mystery. Could the woman stab erself in the back? How could a killer have gotten in or out of the locked room? It would have taken a strong person to have done the deed.
Miss Jessip was an aloof person, a lone wolf, but despite that the boarding house owner, Mrs Banks feels they had a connection. What clues will Casey find in her story as a lonely woman? Is she, or any of her other boarders strong enough to have done the damage the knife did in killing Mis Jessip?
The clues are hashed out as Casey and the cops try to make sense of the matter.
Casey finds the clue he needs in the lonely nature of the little old boarding house matronn. The big question remains of how such a tiny woman could have done the violent deed. Don’t worry, Casey explains it all as he confronts her.
Ambrose begins finding notes written in his own hand, urging him to kill his best friend Henry. Going to a doctor, he is advised to stop over working himself, and is prescribed nerve pills. Soon his friend and business partner, Henry, recommends he take a vacation. Frustrations build, and Ambrose is ready to get away, and packs his bags.
Getting away to his mountain cabin, will Henry get rest, or continue to slowly go insane? When the doc arrives, he brings word that Henry has been shot, and it was Ambrose who shot him. Will he go back to the city to stand trial? Will the doc have him committed to a home?
Has Ambrose messed his life up bhy fleeing? It doesn’t take long for the fugitive to encounter a road block on the stormy night. Investigators at the murder scene turn up an important clue to bring justice to the real killer. But wait, there’s still one more detail the Whistler knows to add an extra twist.
George gets a letter from a college gal, majoring in botany, and has a strange problem involving flowers, and murder.
It turns out that she and her husband are both freshmen at the university. They are a little older because of being veterans of the recent war, and both are using their GI Bill benefit. . To make things even more strange, and uncomfortable, they have a son who attends the college as a sophomore.
The mystery involves a project she is working on with her professor with a new strain of orchid. The son is upset that a love triangle might be going on. Or at least concerned that the rumor mill thinks his mom has a thing going on with the professor. George and Brooksie make the rounds interviewing the folks on the campus. The rash of accidents takes a more serious turn when they discover a body in the greenhouse, it looks bad for either the son or husband.
By now, all the clues are in, and George calls the cops to have all the remaining players gather together in the greenhouse. The mystery is solved in classic mystery novel fashion.