|Directed by||Joseph H. Lewis|
|Theme music composer||Jack Marshall|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Richard Irving|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Revue Studios|
|Picture format||4:3, black-and-white|
|Original release||October 5 –|
December 28, 1961
The Investigators is an American dramatic television series starring James Franciscus and James Philbrook about a team of insurance investigators in New York City. Original episodes aired from October 5 to December 28, 1961.
Investigators Inc. is a very successful private investigation firm with offices on Manhattan′s stylish Upper East Side in New York City. The firm specializes in investigating very large insurance claims to root out cases of insurance fraud. Russ Andrews and Steve Banks run the firm, Bill Davis and Danny Clayton are the among the firm's investigators, and Maggie Peters serves not only as their girl Friday, but also as an investigator in her own right who sometimes goes undercover during an investigation. Polly Walters is the secretary at the office. As the team investigates the legitimacy of insurance claims, they become involved with criminals, the police, and others.
- James Franciscus....Russ Andrews
- James Philbrook....Steve Banks
- Mary Murphy....Maggie Peters
- Al Austin....Bill Davis
- Asher Dann....Danny Clayton
- June Kenny....Polly Walters
The Investigators premiered on CBS on October 5, 1961, airing on Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. throughout its 13-episode run. CBS cancelled it after only half a season, and its last original episode aired on December 28, 1961.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Murder on Order"||TBA||TBA||October 5, 1961|
|Rhonda Fleming, Brad Dexter, and June Dayton guest-star.|
|2||"The Oracle"||TBA||TBA||October 12, 1961|
|An insurance company hires Investigators Inc. to investigate a leader who calls himself "Nostradamus" and convinces the rich women who are his followers to cash in their insurance policies and give him the money. The company wishes to stop its client, Constance Moreno, from making the same mistake and giving him $250,000. Russ, Maggie, and Danny travel to Los Angeles to protect Constance from fraud and investigate the cult. "Nostradamus," it turns out, is a drifter and con man named Walter Mimms who has a talent for getting the women he meets to fall in love with them, but also has a weakness — he tends to fall in love with them as well. Walter himself is being manipulated by an older con man, Joseph Lombard, who is using Walter as a front for his own, bigger fraudulent schemes. Constance has fallen in love with Walter, but Russ and Maggie visit her and convince her to test Walter′s love before giving him her $250,000 check. At Lombard's orders, Walter fails Constance′s test and she keeps her check. Soon Lombard′s men visit her to get the check and murder her to prevent her from causing any more problems. They throw her from her apartment′s window, and Lombard tells Walter she jumped from the window to commit suicide because of his rejection of her. After Constance′s death, Walter becomes less and less stable, and Maggie goes undercover to impersonate Walter′s next mark, discovering that Walter uses a phony séance to trick his victims. Lee Marvin, Audrey Dalton, and John Williams guest-star.|
|3||"New Sound for the Blues"||TBA||TBA||October 19, 1961|
|A young athlete dies in the lobby of the insurance firm's office building. Claire Trevor and Bill Williams guest-star.|
|4||"I Thee Kill"||TBA||TBA||October 26, 1961|
|A man named Jack Daley's ex-girlfriend Sheila Beaumont is about to marry someone else, and he insists on joining the crowd outside the church for a last look at her. Mickey Rooney, Claire Griswold, Richard Rust, Bill Zuckert, and Raymond Bailey guest-star.|
|5||"Quite a Woman"||TBA||TBA||November 2, 1961|
|A former silent film star hires Investigators Inc. to settle a claim for the theft of her valuable art collection. Soon after taking the case, however, Andrews begins to wonder if the paintings were really stolen. Miriam Hopkins, Otto Kruger, Abraham Sofaer, and Alan Mowbray guest-star.|
|6||"Style of Living"||TBA||TBA||November 9, 1961|
|A wealthy woman, Valerie Corbin, is concerned about her husband's safety. He is a heavy gambler, and his life could be in danger. Bethel Leslie, Dina Merrill, Gavin MacLeod, and Ed Binns guest-star.|
|7||"In a Mirror, Darkly"||TBA||TBA||November 16, 1961|
|Miriam Hopkins, Joanna Barnes, Diana Lynn, and Harry Townes guest-star.|
|8||"A Man of Means"||TBA||TBA||November 23, 1961|
|Alternative title "De Luca." Robert Middleton, Vito Scotti, Mario Alcalde, and Judi Meredith guest-star.|
|9||"Death Leaves a Tip"||TBA||TBA||November 30, 1961|
|A serial killer is murdering people in New York City, and almost all the victims are waitresses. The investigators decide that a shy waitress named Marla Jensen would be the perfect bait to lure the killer into a trap. Jane Wyman, Peter Leeds, Nancy Rennick, John Lasell, and Bill Zuckert guest-star.|
|10||"The Panic Wagon"||TBA||TBA||December 7, 1961|
|Robert Webber, Albert Salmi, and Jean Engstrom guest-star.|
|11||"The Mind's Own Fire"||TBA||TBA||December 14, 1961|
|Maggie finds romance when she investigates a series of fires in an industrial town in New England. Dennis Hopper, James Dunn, and Mildred Dunnock guest-star.|
|12||"Something for Charity"||TBA||TBA||December 21, 1961|
|Ida Lupino, Val Avery, and Linda Watkins guest-star.|
|13||"The Dead End Man"||TBA||TBA||December 28, 1961|
|A woman named Margaret Ransom is about to have her missing husband Henry declared legally dead so that she can collect his life insurance. Dorothy Green, Henry Jones, William Fawcett, Philip Ober, Pat Carroll, William Challee, James Millhollin, Ted Newton, Vaughn Taylor, Dick Wessel, and Clegg Hoyt guest-star.|
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