Decoy: The Only Package with ALL 39 Episodes Available!
The Only Package With All 39 Episodes!
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Complete for the first time on DVD, we bring you the ground-breaking police drama...Decoy!
- FIRST to shoot on location in NYC
- FIRST to feature a policewoman in the lead role
- One of the FIRST to tackle real-life controversial subjects
Based on a variety of factual cases tackling controversial subjects, the Decoy series was a significant marker in television history, undeniably ahead of its time. Initially aired on October 14,1957, it was the first show to film on location in New York City and the first to feature a policewoman as its main character. The series also had high production value in terms of its film noir look and fully developed characters. The talented and stunning Beverly Garland steals the show as the no-nonsense and uncompromising female crime fighter, Casey Jones, sharing the screen with a variety of up-and-coming talent such as Peter Falk, Larry Hagman, Martin Balsam, and Suzanne Pleshette.
The stories are presented in a style much like the popular TV police drama series, Dragnet, but from a more compassionate point of view. Casey Jones narrates and, at the end of every episode, breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience, often sharing how the case affected her. She does not have a regular partner and is assigned to a different department every week whether in uniform, undercover, or as the officer in charge. Working on any type of crime and in any area of the city, she is respected by her fellow male officers who appear to accept a policewoman as standard.
In its all-too-brief run, Decoy contained an assortment of routine sensibility as well as captivating psychological drama that directly influenced later crime drama shows like Police Woman (1974), and would remain an archetype for crime drama shows that followed decades later.
Decoy was (and still is) dedicated to the NYC Bureau of Policewomen / Policewoman's Endowment Association.
1. 16 Page Episode Libretto including an extended synopsis, trivia, historical information, and episode synopses
2. Closed captioning
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It was the first police drama television series to shoot on location in New York City.
It was the first police drama television series to feature a policewoman in the lead role.
It was one of the first police drama television series' to tackle real-life controversial subjects.
Each episode was dedicated to the Bureau of Policewomen of the New York Police Department.
Beverly Garland was perfect in the role of police officer Casey Jones.
Here are the guest stars, original air dates and exact running times for all 39 episodes of "Decoy" on this 3-disc DVD set.
Stranglehold [with Arch Johnson and Joanne Linville], (October 14, 1957) - 26:15
The Red Clown [with Barbara Myers and John McLiam], (October 21, 1957) - 25:58
The Phoner [with Frank Campanella, Frank Sutton and Patricia Englund], (October 28, 1957) - 25:55
To Trap a Thief [with Frank Overton, George Mitchell and Mary James], (November 4, 1957) - 25:49
Dream Fix [with Les Damon, Phyllis Newman and Simon Oakland], (November 11, 1957) - 26:06
The Savage Payoff [with Don Hastings and John Kellogg], (November 18, 1957) - 25:57
Deadly Corridor [with Colleen Dewhurst and Lois Nettleton], (November 25, 1957) - 25:48
Escape into Danger [with Clifton James, John McLiam and Madeleine Sherwood], (December 2, 1957) - 26:16
The Glass Necklace [with Martin E. Brooks and Rita Vale], (December 9, 1957) - 25:57
The Scapegoat [with John Connell and Lenka Peterson], (December 16, 1957) - 25:55
Two Days to Kill [with Diane Ladd and James Bender], (December 23, 1957) - 26:02
Queen of Diamonds [with Al Lewis and Kay Medford], (December 30, 1957) - 24:59
My Brother's Killer [with Barbara Barrie, Bernard Kates, Frank Campanella and Joseph Campanella], (January 6, 1958) - 25:47
Bullet of Hate [with Alfred Ryder and Sandra Whiteside], (January 13, 1958) - 25:47
Death Watch [with Harry Holsten and Stefan Schnabel], (January 20, 1958) - 25:57
Odds Against the Jockey [with Mason Adams and Tom Pedi], (January 27, 1958) - 24:44
Dressed for the Kill [with Ludwig Donath and Martin Newman], (February 3, 1958) - 25:56
An Eye for an Eye [with Edward Asner and Richard Davalos], (February 10, 1958) - 25:55
The Challenger [with Arch Johnson, Frank Sutton, Robert Carraway and Vincent Gardenia], (February 17, 1958) - 25:54
Across the World [with Frank Silvera, Milton Selzer and Nicholas Colasanto], (February 24, 1958) - 26:01
The Showplace [with Bill Hayes and Robert McQueeney], (March 3, 1958) - 26:07
Reasonable Doubt [with Arna Minot and Joseph Warren], (March 10, 1958) - 25:47
Night of Fire [with Betty Lou Holland and Clifford David], (March 17, 1958) - 25:58
Saturday Lost [with Barbara Lord, Larry Hagman and Simon Oakland], (March 24, 1958) - 26:02
High Swing [with Albert Dekker and Edith Atwater], (March 31, 1958) - 26:22
Earthbound Satellite [with Donald Briggs, John Kellogg and Whitfield Connor], (April 7, 1958) - 26:25
The Sound of Tears [with Molly McCarthy and Suzanne Pleshette], (April 14, 1958) - 26:15
Ladies' Man [with Joan Harvey, Lois Nettleton and Michael Tolan], (April 21, 1958) - 26:03
Cry Revenge [with Lonny Chapman and Zohra Lampert], (April 28, 1958) - 26:13
The Gentle Gun-Man [with Anne Hegira, Bert Freed and Ludwig Donath], (May 5, 1958) - 26:09
Night Light [with Martin Balsam and Pud Flanagan], (May 12, 1958) - 26:18
Fiesta at Midnight [with Gloria Marlowe, Miriam Colon and Tomas Milian], (May 19, 1958) - 25:47
The Lieutenant Had a Son [with Robie Grant and Will Kuluva], (May 26, 1958) - 25:58
Shadow of Van Gogh [with Edgar Stehli and Raymond Reinhardt], (June 2, 1958) - 25:56
Tin Pan Payoff [with Ellen Parker and Mike Kellin], (June 9, 1958) - 25:56
Blind Date [with Frank Campanella and Irene Dailey], (June 16, 1958) - 26:01
The Come Back [with Harold Huber and Peter Falk], (June 23, 1958) - 26:06
First Arrest [with Joe Silver, Joshua Shelley and Ruth McDevitt], (June 30, 1958) - 26:25
The Lost Ones [with Danny Dennis, Phyllis Newman and Timmy Everett], (July 7, 1958) - 26:20
I'm not convinced that the episodes "Queen of Diamonds" and "Odds Against the Jockey" are presented in uncut form.
The picture quality is superb and the audio quality is splendid.
The packaging that Film Chest Media Group used for this 3-disc DVD set is excellent.
The discs are stored in a plastic DVD case that holds all three discs.
None of the discs share the same side of any of the disc holding trays and none of the discs overlap any of the discs either.
All three of the DVD's are single-sided.
All three of the DVD's have 13 episodes each.
A very informative 16 page booklet is included too.
It includes historical notes, an extended synopsis, trivia, full content listings for all three discs, information on who the directors of the episodes were,
information on who some of the guest stars were in each episode, original air dates for all 39 episodes, a plot summary for each episode,
information regarding exactly which episodes featured historical New York City landmarks and information on what those landmarks were,
photographs from some "Decoy" episodes and information on which episodes those photographs were taken from
and some photographs of New York landmarks and information on which landmarks they actually were.
Unfortunately, there are some spelling mistakes inside of the booklet, but, it's still a very informative and amazing booklet.
In the business, and a very sweet and lovely woman I can only say if you like her movies and other tv performances. You have to purchase this set. And at a incredible price of $11.95 Beverly is now gone, too bad she was not here to see this set released . It also is closed captioned
Update: I've watched all 39 episodes and there are many standouts but also some episodes with disappointing acting by some of the guest actresses and actors though Beverly Garland is always impressive and affecting. Still 5 stars.