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Burke's Law (1963)/Who Killed Billy Jo?

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Who Killed Billy Jo?
Season 1, Episode 8
Airdate November 8, 1963
Production Number 5806
Written by Tony Barrett
Directed by Hy Averback
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Who Killed Billy Jo? is the eighth episode of the first season of Burke's Law, and the eighth episode overall.

Guest Stars: Eileen O'Neill (Sgt. Gloria Ames), Nick Adams (Charlie Vaughn), Cesar Romero (Marcus DeGrute), Laraine Day (Lisa Cole), Howard Duff (Lou Cole), Phil Harris (Rip Farley), Tina Louise (Bonnie Belle Tate), Ida Lupino (Lynn Dexter), Elaine Stewart (Felicia), Tom Tully (Jethro Tate), David Niven (Harvey Cleeve, "The World's Greatest Juggler" [cameo]), Kelly Gordon (Billy Jo Tate), Marlyn Mason (Julie (Girl at party)), Ken Berry (Clyde (Fella at party)), Buddy Garion (Harve), Valora Noland (Vickie), Larry Anthony (Policeman)


Plot Overview

Rockabilly singer Billy Jo is gunned down during a party to celebrate his latest hit record. Burke deals with the kooky members of his family, as well as a talent promoter, the promoter's wife (who was involved romantically with Billy Jo) and a spurious psychic.


Arc Advancement





The Show

David Niven has a cameo as Harvey Clegg, the World's Greatest Juggler, making him the only one of the founders of Four Star Television, the series' production company, to appear on the series. One of the other founders, Dick Powell, was the first actor to play Burke (the episode "Who Killed Julie Craig?" from the Dick Powell Theater), but Powell died in January of 1963.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


"When the track's muddy and you're trying to get even, never walk away from a long shot...Burke's Law"--Amos orders Tim to attend Billy Jo Tait's funeral in order to find suspects.

"Never waste time talking about the future...Burke's Law"...from when Amos and his date, Felicia, are together at the end of the episode.


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