In "Slow Burn," Dick Powell plays a boxer who scams a younger rival...until he realizes that he is the real patsy.
As the episode opens, Johnny Wilson is hiding in a hotel room and waiting for the clock to strike twelve. When it does, he will call the newspaper and tell them his side of the story. Tell them why he did it...His problems all began three months earlier, when Johnny got involved in a scam to promote a younger boxer named Chuck Masters. The scam involved Johnny taking a break from his own career to promote the new fighter. Chuck was easier to publicize because he was a war hero, but Johnny was the one with the talent.
After a few months, the scam played out as it was supposed to--but not for Johnny. The only thing left to do was to end his rival's career...
"Slow Burn" was written by Fred Frieberger, directed by Norman MacDonnell, and produced by William Spier. Dick Powell starred. Also appearing were Wally Maher, Alan Reed, Joseph Kearns, Georgia Ellis. This episode aired on February 23, 1950.
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