Larry Blair & Bradley Martin

Created by Martin N. Leeds

There's not a lot of information about Personal Report, Inc. on the Internet. One reference on IMDb gives the date as 1959, but there is no entry for the show itself. The two main stars play a pair of former FBI agents, LARRY BLAIR (Wayne Morris) and BRADLEY MARTIN (Touch Connors) who have set up shop as private detectives, and they seem to be doing very well at it. The case that's dramatized in this failed (and probably unaired) pilot is a very easy one, though. A young man has confessed to a murder, but his parents hire the two of them to prove he didn't do it.

Turns out that the dead man had refused the confessed killer his sister's hand in marriage. Obviously the young man thought she did it. It also turns out that the police autopsy report says the dead man was killed two hours before the confessed killer says he did. Obviously the police prefer their cases open and shut, and messy details like this don't matter.

Touch Connors, later known as Mike is the one who does most of the footwork and in the process manages to get hit on the head once, way before Mannix came along, but for what purpose, as far as the real killer is concerned, is not exactly clear.

Connors, by the way, is loose and relaxed as an actor, and it can easily be seen that he was destined to a TV star. (Hindsight is great, however, isn't it?) Wayne Morris's performance, in quite a contrast, is forced and stiff. He died later that year of a massive heart attack, at the age of only forty-five.

Overall, there's not much a premise to begin with here, and there's nothing special about either the story or the stars to latch onto either. If I were a would-be sponsor, I'd pass, too.

TELEVISION

  • PERSONAL REPORT, INC.
    (1957, unsold pilot, Desilu)
    30 minutes
    Created by Martin N. Leeds
    Teleplay by Donald H. Clark & Don Martin
    Producer/Director: Lee Sholem.
    Starring Wayne Morris, Touch Connors, Nancy Hadley, Ted deCorsia, Dabbs Greer, Ann Doran, Bill Lundmark.

Respectfully submitted by Steve Lewis. This entry originally appeared on his amazing Mystery*File in July 2015. Additional info by Kevin Burton Smith.


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