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classic mystery series
on August 22, 2005
More over Jonathan and Jennifer. The 1950's TV equivalent of "Hart to Hart" was the offbeat murder-mystery series MR. & MRS. NORTH. When it became apparent that Richard Denning wasn't going to be automatically re-cast opposite Lucille Ball in "I Love Lucy" (the show inspired by the radio serial "My Favourite Husband" in which he had starred with Ball), Denning took the role of Jerry North, a publisher who also dabbles in sleuthing with his lovely wife Pamela (Barbara Britton).
MR. & MRS. NORTH was based on a series of novellas written by Richard Lockridge; the characters were later featured in a long-running radio serial, which started out in 1946 and ended up airing concurrently with the TV series (which debuted in 1952). The TV series of MR. & MRS. NORTH, sponsored by Revlon Cosmetics, played on CBS from 1952-53, and was later picked up by NBC for additional episodes in 1954.
"Nosed Out" - The Norths spend a day at the racetrack but they didn't bet on finding the bludgeoned body of a jockey in the trunk of their car.
"The Frightened Bride" - A pleasant trip to Aunt Clara's deserted country house turns into a nightmare of unexplained screams, a closet full of human skulls and a mysterious old codger armed with a shotgun.
"Target" - Jerry North becomes the target for an unknown assassin. Someone tries to push him off a train platform and he narrowly misses getting shot while relaxing on the beach with Pam. Just who is gunning for him - and why? This episode also includes original Revlon sponsorship bumps with Britton, Denning, and Julia Meade.
"The Third Eye" - Pam and Jerry are treated to a private fashion show that turns deadly when a pretty runway model is stabbed with a pair of sewing scissors.