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is an American
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series that aired on NBC
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from 1961 to 1962. The series was produced by Vanadas Productions, Inc. in association with MGM Television
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follows the life of Nicholas Cain (Peter Mark Richman
) a former lawyer
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for the mob
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. After becoming engaged, Cain decides to leave his life of crime behind him. After leaving the underworld, a mob boss puts out a hit on him, but mistakenly kills Cain's fiancée, Stella (Carol Rossen), instead. Cain then teams up with the F.B.I.
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to find and bring 100 mobsters to justice.
The series aired opposite The Garry Moore Show
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, a variety show
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which aired on CBS
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Notable guest stars
- Edward Asner
- Jim Backus
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- Martin Balsam
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- Charles Bronson
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- James Coburn
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- Robert Culp
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- Dorothy Dandridge
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- Sammy Davis, Jr.
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- Bruce Dern
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- Barbara Eden
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- Beverly Garland
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- David Janssen
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- DeForest Kelley
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- Jack Klugman
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- Ted Knight
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- Cloris Leachman
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- Jack Lord
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- Gavin MacLeod
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- Ricardo Montalbán
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- Juanita Moore
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- Leonard Nimoy
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- Judson Pratt
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- Don Rickles
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- Marion Ross
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- Telly Savalas
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- Walter Slezak
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- Robert Vaughn
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| Episode #
|| Production Code
|| Episode Title
|| Original Airdate
|| "Crime and Commitment (Part 1)"
|| September 19, 1961
|| "Crime and Punishment (Part 2)"
|| September 26, 1991
|| "Blue Water, White Beach"
|| October 3, 1961
|| "Markdown on a Man"
|| October 10, 1961
|| "Degrees of Guilt"
|| October 17, 1961
|| "King of the Mountain"
|| October 24, 1961
|| "The Penitent"
|| October 31, 1961
|| November 7, 1961
|| "Dead Load: Dave Braddock"
|| November 21, 1961
|| "In the Balance"
|| November 28, 1961
|| "Five for One"
|| December 5, 1961
|| "The Fixer"
|| December 12, 1961
|| "Cain's Final Judgment"
|| December 19, 1961
|| "The Plush Jungle"
|| January 2, 1962
|| "Take a Number"
|| January 7, 1962
|| "The Debasers"
|| January 16, 1962
|| "The Schemer"
|| January 23, 1962
|| "The Manipulator"
|| January 30, 1962
|| "Murder by Proxy"
|| February 6, 1962
|| "Blood Money"
|| February 13, 1962
|| "Blues for a Junkman"
|| February 20, 1962
|| "The New Order"
|| March 6, 1962
|| "The Cost of Living"
|| March 20, 1962
|| "Savage in Darkness"
|| March 27, 1962
|| "The Swinger"
|| April 3, 1962
|| "Inside Track"
|| April 10, 1962
|| "A Creature Lurks in Ambush"
|| April 17, 1962
|| "Women of Silure"
|| April 24, 1962
|| "The Left Side of Canada"
|| May 1, 1962
|| "The Quick Brown Fox"
|| May 15, 1962