The F.B.I. (1965–1974)
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The Camel's Nose 

A company aircraft of Colton Industries, a Detroit-based defense contractor, explodes in mid-air. The incident kills one of the parters of the company, who was headed to Washington. He was ... See full summary »

Director:

Joseph Sargent

Writers:

Mark Rodgers (teleplay), Gerald Sanford (story)
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Inspector Lewis Erskine
Philip Abbott ... Arthur Ward
Stephen Brooks Stephen Brooks ... Special Agent Jim Rhodes
Diane Baker ... Elyse Colton
Murray Hamilton ... Mike Kessler
Fritz Weaver ... Steven Colton
Nicholas Colasanto ... Billy Milton (as Nick Colasanto)
Wright King ... SAC Parker
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Adams
Janet MacLachlan ... Nancy
Amy Fields Amy Fields ... Jean
Francis De Sales ... Hewlett
Michael Harris Michael Harris ... Technician
Bill Lazarus Bill Lazarus ... Captain Reedley
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A company aircraft of Colton Industries, a Detroit-based defense contractor, explodes in mid-air. The incident kills one of the parters of the company, who was headed to Washington. He was killed because he was going to blow the whistle about defective aircraft components that Colton Industries was shipping to Vietnam. As Erkine and Rhodes investigate, Assistant Director Arthur Ward takes an interest in the case because he's a friend of Mrs. Colton. The title of the episode is explained by Ward, who likens the story of the camel forcing its way into a tent to the way the bureau formerly operated, when it performed political favors. Written by Bill Koenig

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Very good...apart from the fight at the end
5 September 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Aside from a ridiculously fake fight near the end (where you can see that the guys are stuntmen in wigs and the body out the window is obviously a dummy), this is a very good episode of "The F.B.I.". Now my wife said "Did you expect them to throw a REAL body out the window to make it more realistic?!".....and, I guess she's right....but it was sloppy.

The story is about three business partners whose company manufactures gyroscopes. It seems the shipment of gyros bound for planes fighting in Vietnam has a failure rate of 85%....making the planes into death traps. One partner is decent and plans on going to the Defense Department about it. The other two are less constrained by morals and have a hitman kill him. Unfortunately, the hitman (Nick Colasanto....Coach from "Cheers") is even less constrained by morals and instead of just killing the guy, he blows up the airplane he's on...killing him and many others. What's next for the two infamous partners (Fritz Weaver and Murray Hamilton)? See the show.

This is a very exciting episode...and so even with the cheesy fight, I still strongly recommend it.


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