In Escape's "The Heart of Kali," a man becomes obsessed with stealing a priceless ruby from an Indian temple.
The episode opens in a bar on the San Francisco waterfront in 1946. A former soldier named Danny tells the bartender, Whitey, about a temple in India where there is a valuable ruby guarded only by an old man. He asks Whitey for the money to go back and get it, but Whitey tells him that he hears these kinds of stories all the time.
Danny leaves the bar dejected but soon discovers a boat leaving for India. He has no money, so he goes back to the bar. Whitey tells him to leave, but this time he asks the proprietor for help. When Danny is refused again, he gets angry and kills the proprietor. Then, he steals the money and sails away.
When Danny arrives in India, he hires a guide to take him to the place where his battalion camped during the war, ten miles northwest of Tinsukia. At that point, he kills the guide and makes his way on his own way to the Temple of Kali.
Once there, he quickly makes his move toward the statue of Kali and the old man who guards the temple. When he reaches for the ruby heart of the statue...
"The Heart of Kali" was written by Ross Murray and directed by David Friedkin and Morton Fine. Paul Richards and Edgar Barrier were featured. Also appearing were Jack Kruschen, Clayton Post, Lou Merrill, Herb Butterfield, Lou Krugman, and Paul Frees. This episode aired on September 25, 1954.
"The Heart of Kali" (episode #229) was Escape's last. At the end of the show, William Conrad says a few words about the series.
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