The episode stars Darren McGavin as Mike Hammer, Stewart Bradley (The Burglar (1957)) as Briney O'Brien, Joan Tabor as Chinchilla Jones, Evelyn Bunn as Della Seramis, Len Lesser (Shack Out on 101 (1955), Slaughter on 10th Avenue (1957), I Want to Live! (1958)) as Zig Segman, Orville Sherman as A. J. 'Fats' Tyler, Vito Scotti (Criss Cross (1949), Shield for Murder (1954), Rio Conchos (1964), Get Shorty (1995)) as 'Very Very' a Peddler, Richard Benedict (Somewhere in the Night (1946), Race Street (1948), Shockproof (1949), Scene of the Crime (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951)) as 'Buckets' Marberg
An old Lower East Side neighborhood gal pal of Mike's Della (Bunn) calls him up from Jersey. She's a floozy at what probably is supposed to be a burlesque club the Rue D'Or in Jersey City. Supposed to be because all the girls are wearing chorus girl type outfits instead of what a 1959 burlesque stripper would wear. It's TV, what do you expect.
|Briney (Bradley) on the ivories|
|Zig (Lesser ), Birney, Buckets (Benedict)|
|the breaking of the fingers|
|Very Very (Scotti)|
What follows is a humorous sequence back at the club where Mike tries to get a whiff of each showgirl to see if any of their scents match the smell from Bucket's apartment.
|giving her the sniff test|
Another entertaining episode with loads of hammer-tomically correct women, plenty of action some noir-ish touches and quite a few NYC establishing shots packed into an episode. 8/10