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BURKE'S LAW

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Full Name: Amos Burke
Nationality: American
Organization: Unnamed Agency
Occupation Agent

Creator: Frank D. Gilroy , Ivan Goff , Ernest Kinoy
Time Span: 1963 - 1966

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Amos Burke is a Los Angeles Police Homicide captain.
       For most of the time we watch his activities he is but for a while, for reasons never given, he chucks all that and becomes a secret agent, globe-trotting all over on behalf of a very secret, unnamed American Intelligence agency. And then after a while doing that, he returns to L.A., gets a promotion, and resumes being a detective.
       And did I mention he does all that, both being a cop and an operative, while being chauffeured in a Rolls Royce? Amos Burke is a multi-millionaire, you see.
       How he got rich is never explained and, to be honest, never plays a part. He is so smooth, debonair, cosmopolitan, and any other words of that nature you want to put in, it does not matter. That last line could be taken as a snide comment but I did not mean it that way - Burke is so cool he personifies the adjective and it is a blast to watch him be so.
       Most of his adventures we have of him are as he is driven around the California region dealing equally well with low-life and high-brow crooks and victims. He is aided by a young, intelligent but somewhat green detective and a police sergeant he has known and been friends with for years. He also has a chauffeur who works outrageous hours and never complains.
       Some of the murders that Burke is called upon to solve are a bit out there and are quite fascinating because of it. Not as fascinating as the people involved, though, and dealing with snobs and kooks and everywhere in between.
       Then, as stated, he throws all that away and becomes a secret agent. Now as he handles this new set of troubles, he is still a cool as he ever was but since he heads all over the world, he often does not have his awesome limo with him and that loses a lot.
       Plus he is working for "The Man", real name never given, who has to be one of the nastiest bosses any agent has had to deal with. He thinks nothing of calling at any hour and demanding Burke drop everything to race to the Man's plane (he is always flying to or from something) to get the next assignment. Never a friendly greeting. Never a nice word or a good job or anything civil. As said, a nasty man.
       The missions Burke handles as an operative are interesting and fun to follow and he continues to have his same panache. However, it is nice when he finally gives it up and goes home to his mansion and his real life.

BOOKS

Number of Books:3
First Appearance:1964
Last Appearance:1964

1 Who Killed Madcap Millicent? Who Killed Madcap Millicent?
aka The Martini Murders
Written by Roger Fuller
Copyright: 1964

Amos Burke and team "tracks down a vicious beach-house killer".

2 Who Killed Beau Sparrow? Who Killed Beau Sparrow?
Written by Roger Fuller
Copyright: 1964

Novelization of an episode of the same name from the TV drama.At a poolside party, Amos Burke witnesses artist Beau Sparrow take a plunge from a high diving board, a fall that would kill him. Learning the board had been tampered with makes him now need to find the killer.

YOUNG ADULT BOOKS

Number of Books:12
First Appearance:1965
Last Appearance:1965

1 Burke's Law Television Story Book Burke's Law Television Story Book
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

British publication by P.B.S. Limited. A compilation of stories complete with illustrations. [plots unknown]

2 Burke's Law Annual Burke's Law Annual
Written by Unknown
Copyright: 1965

British publication by P.B.S. Limited. A compilation of stories that were illustrated. [plots unknown]

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:81
First Appearance:1963
Last Appearance:1966
Network:ABC

REGULAR CAST
Gene BarryAmos Burke [ 1-3 ]
Gary ConwayDet. Tim Tilson [ 1-2 ]
Regis ToomeySgt. Les Hart [ 1-2 ]
Carl Benton ReidThe Man [ 3 ]

       This series really fits into two (or three) time periods. The first, for which I have not yet filled in any info other than times and titles (see www.epguides.com or IMDB.com for now), deals with Burke's period as a homicide detective.
       The second is when he becomes the secret agent that qualified him for membership in this compendium.
       The third (not yet entered) is like his first, back home solving homicides, but this time with a promotion.

       The reasoning for the switch, in the real world, was that some genius at ABC got looking at how popular spy dramas were becoming and decided to force the change on Aaron Spelling, the producer, and Gene Barry, the star. Neither wanted it, from what I read. Neither thought it a good idea. Both were right. I would like to think the ABC exec got a boot but things never work out that nicely.

1 Who Killed Holly Howard?
Episode 1-01, first aired 09/20/1963

[plot unknown]

2 Who Killed Mr. X?
Episode 1-02, first aired 09/27/1963

[plot unknown]

3 Who Killed Cable Roberts?
Episode 1-03, first aired 10/04/1963

[plot unknown]

4 Who Killed Harris Crown?
Episode 1-04, first aired 10/11/1963

[plot unknown]

5 Who Killed Julian Buck?
Episode 1-05, first aired 10/18/1963

[plot unknown]

6 Who Killed Alex Debbs?
Episode 1-06, first aired 10/25/1963

[plot unknown]

7 Who Killed Sweet Betsy?
Episode 1-07, first aired 11/01/1963

[plot unknown]

8 Who Killed Billy Jo?
Episode 1-08, first aired 11/08/1963

[plot unknown]

9 Who Killed Wade Walker?
Episode 1-09, first aired 11/15/1963

[plot unknown]

10 Who Killed the Kind Doctor?
Episode 1-10, first aired 11/29/1963

[plot unknown]

11 Who Killed Purity Mather?
Episode 1-11, first aired 12/06/1963

[plot unknown]

12 Who Killed Cynthia Royal?
Episode 1-12, first aired 12/13/1963

[plot unknown]

13 Who Killed Eleanora Davis?
Episode 1-13, first aired 12/20/1963

[plot unknown]

14 Who Killed Beau Sparrow?
Episode 1-14, first aired 12/27/1963

[plot unknown]

15 Who Killed Jason Shaw?
Episode 1-15, first aired 01/03/1964

[plot unknown]

16 Who Killed Snookie Martinelli?
Episode 1-16, first aired 01/10/1964

[plot unknown]

17 Who Killed What's His Name?
Episode 1-17, first aired 01/17/1964

[plot unknown]

18 Who Killed Madison Cooper?
Episode 1-18, first aired 01/24/1964

[plot unknown]

19 Who Killed April?
Episode 1-19, first aired 01/31/1964

[plot unknown]

20 Who Killed Carrie Cornell?
Episode 1-20, first aired 02/14/1964

[plot unknown]

21 Who Killed His Royal Highness?
Episode 1-21, first aired 02/21/1964

[plot unknown]

22 Who Killed Marty Kelso?
Episode 1-22, first aired 02/28/1964

[plot unknown]

23 Who Killed Avery Lord?
Episode 1-23, first aired 03/06/1964

[plot unknown]

24 Who Killed Andy Zygmunt?
Episode 1-24, first aired 03/13/1964

[plot unknown]

25 Who Killed the Paper Dragon?
Episode 1-25, first aired 03/20/1964

[plot unknown]

26 Who Killed Molly?
Episode 1-26, first aired 03/27/1964

[plot unknown]

27 Who Killed WHO IV?
Episode 1-27, first aired 04/03/1964

[plot unknown]

28 Who Killed Annie Foran?
Episode 1-28, first aired 04/10/1964

[plot unknown]

29 Who Killed My Girl?
Episode 1-29, first aired 04/17/1964

[plot unknown]

30 Who Killed the Eleventh Best Dressed Woman in the
Episode 1-30, first aired 04/24/1964

[plot unknown]

31 Who Killed Don Pablo?
Episode 1-31, first aired 05/01/1964

[plot unknown]

32 Who Killed 1/2 of Glory Lee?
Episode 1-32, first aired 05/08/1964

[plot unknown]

33 Who Killed the Surf Broad?
Episode 2-01, first aired 09/16/1964

[plot unknown]

34 Who Killed Vaudeville?
Episode 2-02, first aired 09/23/1964

[plot unknown]

35 Who Killed Cassandra Cass?
Episode 2-03, first aired 09/30/1964

[plot unknown]

36 Who Killed the Horne of Plenty?
Episode 2-04, first aired 10/07/1964

[plot unknown]

37 Who Killed Everybody?
Episode 2-05, first aired 10/14/1964

[plot unknown]

38 Who Killed Mr. Cartwheel?
Episode 2-06, first aired 10/21/1964

[plot unknown]

39 Who Killed Cornelius Gilbert?
Episode 2-07, first aired 10/28/1964

[plot unknown]

40 Who Killed Lenore Wingfield?
Episode 2-08, first aired 11/04/1964

[plot unknown]

41 Who Killed the Richest Man in the World?
Episode 2-09, first aired 11/11/1964

[plot unknown]

42 Who Killed the Tall One in the Middle?
Episode 2-10, first aired 11/25/1964

[plot unknown]

43 Who Killed Merlin the Great?
Episode 2-11, first aired 12/02/1964

[plot unknown]

44 Who Killed 711?
Episode 2-12, first aired 12/09/1964

[plot unknown]

45 Who Killed Supersleuth?
Episode 2-13, first aired 12/16/1964

[plot unknown]

46 Who Killed the Swinger on a Hook?
Episode 2-14, first aired 12/23/1964

[plot unknown]

47 Who Killed Davidian Jonas?
Episode 2-15, first aired 12/30/1964

[plot unknown]

48 Who Killed the Strangler?
Episode 2-16, first aired 01/06/1965

[plot unknown]

49 Who Killed Mother Goose?
Episode 2-17, first aired 01/13/1965

[plot unknown]

50 Who Killed the Toy Soldier?
Episode 2-18, first aired 01/20/1965

[plot unknown]

51 Who Killed Rosie Sunset?
Episode 2-19, first aired 01/27/1965

[plot unknown]

52 Who Killed Wimbledon Hastings?
Episode 2-20, first aired 02/03/1965

[plot unknown]

53 Who Killed the Fat Cat?
Episode 2-21, first aired 02/10/1965

[plot unknown]

54 Who Killed the Man on the White Horse?
Episode 2-22, first aired 02/17/1965

[plot unknown]

55 Who Killed the 13th Clown?
Episode 2-23, first aired 02/24/1965

[plot unknown]

56 Who Killed Mr. Colby in Ladies' Lingerie?
Episode 2-24, first aired 03/03/1965

[plot unknown]

57 Who Killed the Rest?
Episode 2-25, first aired 03/17/1965

[plot unknown]

58 Who Killed Cop Robin?
Episode 2-26, first aired 03/24/1965

[plot unknown]

59 Who Killed Nobody Somehow?
Episode 2-27, first aired 03/31/1965

[plot unknown]

60 Who Killed Hamlet?
Episode 2-28, first aired 04/07/1965

[plot unknown]

61 Who Killed the Rabbit's Husband?
Episode 2-29, first aired 04/14/1965

[plot unknown]

62 Who Killed the Jackpot?
Episode 2-30, first aired 04/21/1965

[plot unknown]

63 Who Killed the Grand Piano?
Episode 2-31, first aired 04/28/1965

[plot unknown]

64 Who Killed the Card?
Episode 2-32, first aired 05/05/1965

[plot unknown]

65 Balance of Terror
Episode 3-01, first aired 09/15/1965
Director: Murray Golden
Writer: Robert Buckner

To find who was involved in a Red Chinese scheme to smuggle gold into Central America to fund rebels, Amos Burke assumes the guise of a smuggling pilot.

66 Operation Long Shadow
Episode 3-02, first aired 09/22/1965
Director: Don Taylor
Writers: Albert Beich, William H. Wright

Sent to Europe to rescue the son of an Algerian general, Amos Burke discovers the plot is really to overthrow the French government.

67 Steam Heat
Episode 3-03, first aired 09/29/1965
Director: Virgil Vogel
Writer: Marc Brandel

A deported gangster has a plan to use the work of a chemist to unleash poison in New York City to pull of a robbery and to kill some enemies.

68 Password to Death
Episode 3-04, first aired 10/06/1965
Director: Seymour Robbie
Writer: Marc Brandel

British agents using a password are being murdered and Amos Burke is called in to learn how and who. He finds a Soviet plot to lure British soldiers into a gas trap.

69 The Man with the Power
Episode 3-05, first aired 10/13/1965
Director: Murray Golden
Writer: Stuart Jerome

It is Amos Burke's job to help a scientist, who has invented a new bomb, and his aide escape from the Iron Curtain. Things go very badly and the scientist is kidnapped and his ransom is a bunch of uncut diamonds.

70 Nightmare in the Sun
Episode 3-06, first aired 10/20/1965
Director: James Goldstone
Writer: Tony Barratt

Amos Burke is in Mexico to help in security as a new treaty is signed. The problem will come from an industrialist who wants to kill a major labor leader and pin it on America.

71 The Prisoners of Mr. Sin
Episode 3-07, first aired 10/27/1965
Director: John Peyser
Writers: Gilbert Ralston, Marc Brandel

An American Intelligence cryptographer with a photographic memory is being held by a Pacific Island dictator and Amos Burke's job is to pull off the rescue.

72 Peace, It's a Gasser
Episode 3-08, first aired 11/03/1965
Director: James Goldstone
Writer: Palmer Thompson

A peace group in D.C. wants to use LSD to stage a protest. A criminal organization wants to turn that into an opportunity to pull off a major heist of military secrets.

73 The Weapon
Episode 3-09, first aired 11/10/1965
Director: James Goldstone
Writer: Tony Barratt

A very nasty man has gotten hold of a newly developed truth serum that not only makes the victim unable to keep from revealing hidden secrets but also makes that person determined to commit suicide.

74 Deadlier Than the Male
Episode 3-10, first aired 11/17/1965
Director: John Peyser
Writers: Albert Beich, William H. Wright

An exiled South American dictator wants financial backing from Red China to stage a return. His terminal illness is being hidden by his wife and it is Amos Burke's job to get the truth out to halt of revolution.

75 Whatever Happened to Adriana, and Why Won't She St
Episode 3-11, first aired 12/01/1965
Director: Seymour Robbie
Writer: Warren Duff

An illegal shipment of missiles is underway by an arms dealer to a group of Latin American rebels and Amos Burke has the job of stopping it.

76 The Man's Men
Episode 3-12, first aired 12/08/1965
Director: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Albert Beich, William H. Wright

Some insider at the agency Amos Burke works for has stolen the personnel records of the agents and is offering them for sale to the highest bidder.

77 Or No Tomorrow
Episode 3-13, first aired 12/15/1965
Director: Virgil Vogel
Writers: John Hawkins, Ward Hawkins

The demand is that two spies held by America be released or a deadly rice fungus will be used to attack crops all over Southeast Asia. Amos Burke heads to Ceylon where the fungus was first discovered.

78 A Little Gift for Cairo
Episode 3-14, first aired 12/22/1965
Director: Jerry Hopper
Writers: Ben Starr, Tony Barratt

A deposed Egyptian leader is plotting a return to power and Amos Burke is sent to Cairo to stop him.

79 A Very Important Russian is Missing
Episode 3-15, first aired 12/29/1965
Director: Virgil Vogel
Writers: Tony Barratt, Samuel A. Peeples

A major Russian intelligence officer has been kidnapped and Amos Burke must work with Russian agents to keep him from being smuggled into Red China.

80 Terror in a Tiny Town: Part 1
Episode 3-16, first aired 01/05/1966
Director: Murray Golden
Writer: Marc Brandel

An atomic power plant security officer has been murdered. When Amos Burke is sent to investigate, he finds the residents of the small nearby town to be acting very strangely - and very unfriendly.

81 Terror in a Tiny Town: Part 2
Episode 3-17, first aired 01/12/1966
Director: Murray Golden
Writer: Marc Brandel

Conclusion to this two-parter about strange activity in a town near an atomic power plant.

COMIC BOOKS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS

Number of Stories:3
First Appearance:1964
Last Appearance:1965

1 Who Killed The Curious Crew? Who Killed The Curious Crew?
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Paul S. Newman (writer), Gene Colan (artist)
Copyright: 01/1964

The murder of a new security guard watching a rich man's yacht is puzzling because it appears nothing was stolen or harmed, so why was the man killed? The death will not be the last.

2 Who Killed Harry Dare? Who Killed Harry Dare?
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: John Tartaglione (pencils), Vince Colletta (inks)
Copyright: 05/1964

Someone blew up Harry Dare's plane when the rich oil tycoon was flying into L.A. to finance a movie. Someone that Amos Burke is determined to find.

2.01 'Who Killed Wilbur Trent?' 'Who Killed Wilbur Trent?'
Published by TV Century 21
Contributors: Paul Trevallion (pencils & inks), Peter Corri (lettering)
Copyright: 01/1965

[plot unknown]

2.02 'Who Killed Silas Spike?' 'Who Killed Silas Spike?'
Published by TV Century 21
Contributors: Paul Trevallion (pencils & inks), Peter Corri (lettering)
Copyright: 01/1965

[plot unknown]

2.03 'Who Killed John Cooper?' 'Who Killed John Cooper?'
Published by TV Century 21
Contributors: Graham Coton (artist), Tod Sullivan (writer)
Copyright: 02/1965

[plot unknown]

2.04 'Who Killed O'Ryan?' 'Who Killed O'Ryan?'
Published by TV Century 21
Contributors: Graham Coton (artist), Tod Sullivan (writer)
Copyright: 02/1965

[plot unknown]

2.05 'Who Killed Karl Manfred?' 'Who Killed Karl Manfred?'
Published by TV Century 21
Contributors: Tod Sullivan (writer), Graham Coton (artist)
Copyright: 02/1965

[plot unknown]

2.06 'Who Killed Gary Raeburn?' 'Who Killed Gary Raeburn?'
Published by TV Century 21
Contributors: Tod Sullivan (writer), Mike Noble (artist)
Copyright: 02/1965

[plot unknown]

3 Who Killed The Hollywood Hopefuls? Who Killed The Hollywood Hopefuls?
Published by Dell Comics
Contributors: Paul S. Newman (writer), Frank McLaughlin (pencils), Dick Giordano (inks)
Copyright: 03/1965

While making a movie, two actors are killed off-camera, one by a sea monster and the other by a headless horseman. It falls to Amos Burke and team to learn who are the monsters behind the slayings.

PARODIES, SATIRES, AND PASTICHES

Number of Issues:1
First Appearance:1964
Last Appearance:1964

1 Buck'$ Law - Who Killed Sidney Gwirmantz? Buck'$ Law - Who Killed Sidney Gwirmantz?
Published by Mad Magazine
Contributors: Larry Siegel (writer), Mort Drucker (artist)
Copyright: 07/1964

A parody of a case finding out who killed Sidney Gwirmantz.

GAMES

Number of Games:1
First Appearance:1963
Last Appearance:1963

1 Burke's Law - The Game Of Who Killed? Burke's Law - The Game Of Who Killed?
Boardgame
Transogram
Copyright: 1963

Based on the hit ABC TV Series starring Gene Berry. A game that is played something like Clue. It has a game board, dice, tokens and cards. There are 12 possible victims, 12 possible murderers, 2 possible places that each have 6 possible rooms or locations and 3 possible weapons that are a knife, a gun and poison. The winner is the player that guesses the right line-up of killer, victim, weapon and location.

MY COMMENTS

       I was just becoming a teenager when Burke's Law was on. My folks watched so I did, too, because there weren't but two channels in my town and one television in our house. I didn't get most of it but I did love the "Burke's Law" line whenever it came up. Sounded cool.
       When Burke stopped being a cop and became a secret agent, my parents stopped watching and by then I was way into comics and books and girls (the latter from afar) so I had no real concept of the show. Years and years later, I saw a couple of the episodes and was not impressed. I mean, Burke as a rich homicide detective calling the shots was cool. Burke as a flunky, albeit still rich, not really.
       My attitude hasn't changed with the years. He needed to be a cop and when they brought him back as one, I rejoiced. Show did not last long but my pleasure did. "Don't throw away a good thing" - Burke's Law.

GRADE

My Grade: B-

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