Burke's Law (1963)/Who Killed Mr. Cartwheel?

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Who Killed Mr. Cartwheel?
Season 2, Episode 6
Airdate October 21, 1964
Production Number 6123
Written by Gwen Bagni,
Paul Dubov
Directed by Don Weis
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Burke's Law (1963)Season Two
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Who Killed Mr. Cartwheel? is the sixth episode of the second season of Burke's Law, and the thirty-eighth episode overall.

Special Guest Stars: Nick Adams (Sonny "Sundance" Dancer), Ed Begley (Alkali), Fred Clark (Jackson Trade), Patsy Kelly (Big Mouth Annie), Sheldon Leonard ("Chicasaw Pete" Waukowski), Diane McBain (Xenobia)

Guest Stars: Jonathan Hole (Auctioneer), Fred Krone (Masked Rider), Ella Ethridge (Lady from Pasadena), Annazette Williams (Assistant), Chuck Hayward (Deputy), Bill Hart (Tex), Charlene Holt (Cecily Channing)


Plot Overview

Rare coin dealer Emerson Cartwheel is found dead backstage at a coin auction moments before he was to participate in the auction, strangled with a silver dollar pressed against his throat. Burke, Les and Tim travel to Epitaph Flats, the desert town that Cartwheel ran, and soon run afoul of the sexy sheriff, who jails them for not wearing Western garb. They 'break out' of jail, lock the sheriff in a cell (Burke charms her out of the keys) and visit a number of townsfolk, all of whom seem to have a motive for murder. A visit to the morgue--the town's newspaper morgue--gives Burke a motive, or rather $100,000 worth of motive, when he learns about a long-unsolved robbery.


The apprehension of the killer doesn't go so smoothly--in fact, the killer engages a couple of cronies to start a barroom brawl with Burke and Tim, the kind of brawl that wouldn't seem out of place on a show like...Bat Masterson?