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Decoy

 

Highly Recommended

Decoy a one-season undercover cop show from 1957-58, was unknown to this reviewer until it turned up in our unwanted screener pile. Because it starred cult actress Beverly Garland I was moderately curious to see it, only to discover that it’s an unusual, even groundbreaking series of exceptional interest.

For starters, it was the first – and still among the very few – American cop show with a female protagonist. One would imagine that, Decoy coming from the 1950s, that a male co-star would have been required to do all the heavy lifting, to sweep in and save the day, but such is not the case at all.

In 1957, most television production was shifting to Hollywood, but Decoy was filmed entirely in New York City. Possibly owing to the fact that Garland was not quite a star, there are innumerable “stolen” shots of her filmed all over the city, from major landmarks to virtually unrec…Read the entire review


Source: DVD Talk

By Max Schindler