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WHISPERING SMITH
Audie Murphy's television series originally broadcasted on NBC

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Introduction to "Whispering Smith"
Background information

Audie Murphy recognized the opportunity available to him as an actor as interest and popularity in television grew. In 1959 he began filming a short-lived television series known as "Whispering Smith". The series was a western situated in Denver and Audie Murphy was the star playing Tom "Whispering" Smith. Guy Mitchell and Sam Buffington co-starred. Plagued with problems "Whispering Smith" was a total of 26 episodes long before it was cancelled in 1961.

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The Blind Gun
Episode #1

An arrested robber who is blinded in a shootout is promised some reward money to pay for an operation to restore his sight but only if he leads Tom "Whispering" Smith to the loot. Treachery and deceit are found along the way as the thief's former accomplices follow and plot to steal the hidden money for themselves. Guest stars include Jan Merlin and Carol Byron.

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The Grudge
Episode #2

A conspiring Ma Gates comes into town with her misfit son and daughter wanting revenge on Tom Smith who was forced to kill her husband ten years earlier in an arrest shootout. Guest stars include Robert Redford and Gloria Talbot.

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The Devil's Share
Episode #3

Jeff Whalen competes with his brother Frank for the love of the same woman and ends up murdering him. Stealing Frank's savings, Jeff pins the blame on a neighbor but Tom Smith isn't convinced and seeks the truth. Guest stars include Clu Gulager, Rosemary Day, and James Lydon.

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Stake-Out
Episode #4

Denver police detective Romack is blackmailed by a gang of former thieving associates. Under threat of revealing Romack's past, the band of robbers tries to get Romack's cooperation in a heist and ups the ante by kidnapping his wife. Detective Tom Smith comes to the rescue. Guest stars include John Cliff and Troy Melton.

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Safety Valve
Episode #5

During a renegade indian attack, calvary officers are shot and killed but from a direction where no indians are found. Suspecting foul play, Tom Smith puts on his former uniform and goes undercover to investigate. Guest stars include Harry Carey, Jr., Della Sharman, and Les Tremayne.

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Stain of Justice
Episode #6

A recently engaged man is wrongfully accused of murdering an unscrupulous and ambitious woman. Jailed, the innocent man refuses to defend himself by not providing any details which could lead to the arrest of the real killer. Guest stars include Richard Chamberlain and Nancy Valentine.

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The Deadliest Weapon
Episode #7

A private owner of a gold mine, who plans to raise equity in his venture by selling stock, begins to receive death threats. Seeking the protection of Denver police detectives Smith and Romack, the miner is unsuccessfully poisoned. Smith and Romack attempt to identify the source of the trouble and would-be killers. Guest stars include Don Keefer and Paul Lees.

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The Quest
Episode #8

The grown daughter of a former riverboat dancehall singer travels to Denver looking for her mother. Despite her best efforts the woman is unable to locate the parent she was separated from fifteen years earlier but does manage to gain the attention of thugs who try to run her out of town. Detectives Smith and Romack try to find out why. Guest stars include John Harmon and Kay Stewart.

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Three for One
Episode #9

Robbers posing as Phoenix lawman dupe the Denver police into releasing an arrested gang member. Shortly afterwards, a telegram alerts the police of their mistake and detectives Smith and Romack pursue the murderous gang to Leadville for a final showdown. Guest stars include Norman Leavitt and Roscoe Ates.

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Death at Even Money
Episode #10

An unlucky gambler tries to make a lot of money by making a wager that detective Tom Smith will not be alive in 48 hours. To improve his chances, he hedges his bet by improving the likelihood that Smith will die. Other gamblers try to prevent the death of Smith by alerting the Denver police department. Guest stars include Robert Lowery and Herbert C. Lytton.

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The Hemp Reeger Case
Episode #11

Detective Smith tracks and arrests near the Wyoming border an outlaw who is well-known for his skill to break out of jails. Smith arranges for a small town sheriff to jail the criminal overnight while planning to escort him back to Denver the following morning. Meanwhile the sheriff sees an opportunity to seize the jailed thief's unrecovered hidden loot. Guest stars include James Best, John Craven, and Edward Platt.

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This Mortal Coil
Episode #12

A prominent Denver citizen is murdered and all suspects appear to have iron clad alibis. Detective Smith is not fooled and devises an elaborate plan to bring the unknown killer to justice. Guest stars include Harry Brandon and Hugh Sanders.

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Cross Cut
Episode #13

A woman claims to have gunned down a mugging thief who conveniently is carrying papers identifying him as a wanted criminal with a bounty on his head. When things fail to add up, detective Tom Smith begins to investigate. Guest stars include Audrey Dalton and Jim Hayward.

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Double Edge
Episode #14

While pursuing a band of holdup artists, Detective Smith travels past a derelict farmhouse and witnesses a murder taking place inside. Stopping to investigate Smith enters the building searching for the perpetrator but the body mysteriously disappears while the detective is inside. Guest stars Myron Healey and Boyd "Red" Morgan.

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Trademark
Episode #15

An ambitious and personable young man comes to Denver with the hope of making his fortune and quickly designs a plan to achieve his dreams. At the same time a series of gruesome cold blooded murders occur where the method of death is similar for each victim. Guest stars include Donald Buka, Forrest Tucker, and Marie Windsor.

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The Jodie Tyler Story
Episode #16

A struggling store owner disguises himself as a bandit then robs and kills his biggest competitor. Afterwards, a series of unexpected events transpire with a surprising conclusion. Guest stars include Jimmy Carter, Rachel Foulger, and Read Morgan.

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Poet and Peasant Case
Episode #17

A member of an English aristocratic family who is also an accomplished poet travels to America and is booked to recite verse at a Denver public benefit. Managing to escape an ambush on the edge of town, Lord Hillary's personal vallet is later murdered. Detective Romack thinks he knows who the murderer is but Detective Smith isn't convinced. Guest stars include Alan Mowbray, Dean Williams, and Yvonne Adrian.

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Dark Circle
Episode #18

A scheme is hatched to take advantage of one of Denvers most talented lawyers who has made plenty of enemies and happens to be a well-known drunk. When plans go wrong, the attorney is murdered and Denver police detectives are summoned to investigate. Guest stars include E.J. Andre and Diana Millary.

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Swift Justice
Episode #19

Two feuding families also compete annually against each other in a popular horse race. When the pressure to win and family pride become too much, one family decides to influence the situation by breaking some rules. Guest stars include Monte Burkhart, Stanley Clements, and Dick Hudkins.

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The Idol
Episode #20

An enthusiastic silver miner announces that he has struck it rich but the brutal stabbing death of the mine's engineer tarnishes the good news as his body is discovered behind a saloon. Detectives Smith and Romack begin to examine the murder but are stymied in their efforts when saloon employees refuse to talk. Guest stars include Alan Hale, Jr. and Joan O'Brien.

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String of Circumstances
Episode #21

A series of separate but violent explosions in Denver claim the lives of two citizens. Summoned to investigate, police detectives Smith and Romack discover that the horrific events are related and may be no accident. Guest stars include Kathleen Freeman and Olive Sturgess.

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The Interpreter
Episode #22

Episode number 22 "The Interpreter" episode is lost and despite the best efforts of many people, has not yet been located. Little is known about this missing episode but some interesting information concerning it is available.

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The Homeless Wind
Episode #23

Whispering Smith rides close to the Mexican border to arrest Sam Chandler who is a fugitive from justice and is wanted for murder in Denver. When banditos capture and enslave both, Smith and Chandler join forces to escape. Nevertheless Smith is determined to return his prisoner. Guest stars include Jim Davis and Alex Montoya.

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Trial of the Avengers
Episode #24

Detectives Smith and Romack stay busy as a handful of ex-convicts appear in Denver. Suspicions are arroused that revenge may be part of the former prisoners' plans. At the same time, someone is shot dead and the alibi is "self-defense." Could the two events be related? Guest stars include Leo Gordon and Bob Steele.

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Prayer of a Chance
Episode #25

A rare and valuable jewelled statue is stolen from a local church and the padre knows who the thief is. Surprisingly, the padre will not provide a description of the thieves unless Detective Smith agrees to certain conditions. After reluctantly agreeing, Detective Smith pursues the culprits in the desert despite terrible odds. Guest stars include Peter Whitney and Lou Krugman.

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Hired to Die
Episode #26

A prodigal son of a wealthy widow returns to Denver with a newly wed wife. The reunion becomes tragic when a family member suddenly dies at the hands of a Kansas city killer. Guest stars include Arthur Franz and Viola Berwick.


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