Run For Your Life
Starring Ben Gazzara

The Carnival Ends at Midnight

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Synopsis: Paul is in Rio de Janeiro trying to trick a Larry Carter (Peter Lawford) into returning to the US to face trial when Molly Pierce (Anne Helm), daughter of his victim, makes an attempt on the murderer's life. With Edward Colmans as the Police Officer, Tom Allen as J. Thomas Bledsoe, Angela Dorian as Carmen, Anna Mizraki as Isabella, Stella Garcia as the First Brazilian Girl, Ines Pedroza as the Second Brazilian Girl, Carlos Rivas as the Thug, Edy Williams as the Watusi Dancer - CAST PHOTOS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Episode 16
First broadcast on January 10, 1966
Teleplay by Boris Sobelman
Story by John Thomas James (Roy Huggins)
Directed by Richard Benedict

From the diary about this episode:

To counter improbabilities in the episode (as Molly getting away with both attempted murder and murder …. A note saying, “I killed her father” hardly a grant to let her leave Brazil), its action has been turned into a dream sequence in Paul's journal.

The episode story takes place as Paul participates in a special street race in Rio de Janeiro.

In his dream, Molly is out to kill Larry Collins, believing him to have murdered her father, but in "real life," she is "after" Larry as a romantic conquest. The police captain is a race team principal, and other minor characters are represented as people around the racing environment, only taking on their episode roles when Paul is unconscious.

The dream sequence relating the episode plot can be found here in the middle column after pictures.

Rome - Rio de Janeiro
Friday, August 6

I feel like a five-year old with a brand new pair of roller skates, only these skates will be represented by a shiny Alfa Romeo, tuned to compete with some of the greatest stars in motor racing!
Just read through the list of drivers who'll be bringing teams to the new Challenge Cup. It's staggering - Sterling Moss, Jackie Stewart, Larry Carter, even the great Fangio, as well as Graham Hill, Alfonso Bras and Jim Clark. Over 40 teams including GB.
Met at the airport by Isabella Fragoso, head of public relations for the event, and she treated me as if I were Mario Andretti!
Who was behind her but Molly and her college friend, Carmen Barreto, who insisted on having me brought to the hotel in her chauffeur-driven Rolls. The scene had enough pizzazz to make me feel like King of Carnival, and all I had wanted from the weekend was the chance to drive in a race.
Molly had her arm in mine with the kind of possessiveness reserved for kept men, and as much as I can imagine what she must have told her friend, can't see how I'm going to detach myself from Kate's sister with any ease.
When we got to the hotel, I felt like pulling out an autograph book, the lobby was crawling with all my heroes, moving in and out of a reception in an adjoining room.
Needed to pinch myself that I was one of them. Well, with a pretty young girl on each arm, and Carmen's liveried chauffeur hovering behind us with my bag. I was just the part.
Pete sashayed over with my ultimate idol, Larry Carter, who said he'd heard great things about me. Me?  More likely, he should have been wondering how I got into this company. Once she got her eyes on Larry, Molly miraculously seemed to have lost interest in me.
Larry introduced the two Brazilians who are regular members of Carter Grand Prix, Getulio Quadros and Gaspar Melo, then their wives joined us, and Larry began flirting mercilessly with them, accompanied by overly patient looks from Gaspar and Getulio, as if to say that this was all part of driving for Larry Carter.
Then Alfonso Bras, who's hosting the event, came over and extended a large hand. The great Brazilian driver said he was delighted to have me in the race.
Walked right up to me as if I were someone he knew. Is this one of those cases where one vows they'll never wash their hands again?  Just about.
Pete removed the champagne glass that had been placed in my hand, and reminded me that we had a date on the course to look at my car. However, it wasn't an end to the fun, but the beginning of my dream.
Just driving through this intoxicating city  to the roads that had been set aside was a wonder in itself, and the Alfa was set up so that even I was able to take her through the streets with her purring all the way.
I kept expressing my astonishment to Pete about the car's performance, and he just said, “we look after you, good buddy.” That “we” reminded me what a special race this was for him too, head of his own team for the first time.
I promised to do my best not to let him down. In response, he put a hand on my shoulder, and said, "thanks for making the team possible."
Who'd have thought that the two teenagers planning to follow their fathers into the Bryan and Gaffney law firm as the War was ending would find themselves racing here with the world's best in the summer of 1965?
The rest of the day flew by full of glitter. Heroes, cars, champagne and samba. And the delightful Isabella.
Molly had latched herself onto Larry - though he seemed more interested in sorority sister Carmen - but she kept eyeing me whenever I danced with Isabella.
Kate and I have kept our contact with one another private, and I doubt that she knows that we're seeing one another since the end of the engagement.
“I could have danced all night” - boy, I know how Eliza Doolittle felt! - but with an overnight flight behind me, and qualifying for race order tomorrow, this is definitely one occasion where I should SLEEP all night. But dreams? I've already lived them all.

Rio de Janeiro
Saturday - Sunday, August 7 - 8

Making quick notes so I can save some of the flavor of this weekend. The car is humming, and feels like a part of me. Pete is a genius - or in fairness, credit is due to our technical team - but he hand-picked them, and they've found a way to make this high-powered machine nurse along a rank amateur like me. Can't believe it, but I'm a long way from last in the morning qualifying.
Sitting around having lunch with the other drivers is an amazing experience. Molly is lapping it up. Just hope she won't get into some scrapes. Pete handed her a pass to the restricted areas when she walked into the hotel yesterday.  It's amusing, watching Larry Carter try to slip out of her path in his most gentlemanly British way.
My God! A man just brushed past me apologetically, and it was Juan Manuel Fangio! Alfonso Bras is everywhere. He is overseeing the whole event with a keen eye, and running a team too.
Can't wait to get out on the course again. Just hoping I won't be last. Pete has put in two good times, up with the leaders. I want for no more than what I've already experienced, but what if GB were to win or come in among the top cars in such a spectacular race!


When I awoke in the medical center, confused and frightened from a horrible nightmare I can still remember, it appeared that my dream weekend had turned into dust. But by the end of the day, that dust had reformed into something pretty nice to possess.
The hospital gave me an all clear, and sent me back to a hotel room full of flowers, the largest bouquet from Jim Clark with a note saying, “thanks for not crashing into me.”
Alfonso Bras came in to see how I was, and paid me great compliments for the way I'd avoided Clark's machine, which meant that he'd still be able to race.
A bevy of young ladies visited - including Isabella and the ever-present Molly and Co. But best of all was Pete bearing the news that he was second on the grid, just behind Graham Hill, and almost as excited about all the talk of the skilful driving of the amateur he'd brought to the race.
The doctor then came in with the edict that I couldn't have any more guests, and gave me a sedative that kept me asleep until morning. I could sense the glamour and excitement of race day soon as I woke, even though my head was hurting.
After going through an assortment of paces for the doctor, he pronounced me fit to drive, and though the tingle I'd expected was somewhat muted down by the easing headache and disappointing events of yesterday, my team was just behind poll position, and I felt perfect when Pete met me to drive to the course.
All Rio seemed out for this inaugural event, and the waves and cheers started to carry me away on a tide of expectation - even though I was at the back of the grid.  But next to Jim Clark - that made it not so bad.
The race was a blur, and though some said I drove like a terror, all I remember was one long prayer that I wouldn't make a silly mistake.
Never picked up more than ten places - as opposed to Jim Clark making it close to the front, but with so many others falling out, I ended up in the top half of the original field.
Pete's fifth in such a high-profile race put GB on the map, and the prize money meant that we'd actually come out ahead.
Alfonso put on a post-race party that gave a meaning to the word, and put every other I'd ever attended in the shadows. Were I to live to be 80, I will always treasure this weekend as one of the high points in my life - crash and all.
Writing this in the plane for the Bahamas, it all seems so long ago, even if it were just yesterday. I really need to put down so much more, but just feel completely overwhelmed by the whole thing. Shortly, I'll be in Nassau, about to begin the experiment with Kate.

Read the dream sequence following the episode plot in the next column, then

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Notes & Comments:  While most of the scenes with Molly don't really move the story forward, and seem fairly gratuitous, the rest of the episode is well-paced and interesting.

These sections hold the attention as Paul's plan develops and fizzles, then the guilt of Larry Carter is thrown into question, also to have another twist.

Molly's final scene has substantial drama, but only as a catalyst and not a presence where she again waters things down. Peter Lawford's smooth talking, as he tries to get her to put the gun down, seems to portray him as the liar we've assumed he was.

Creative Team

     Jo Swerling Jr.
Associate Producer
     Paul Freeman
     Pete Rugolo
Director of Photography
    Ray Flin
Art Director
     Howard E. Johnson
Film Editor
     Carl Pingitore
Unit Manager
     Willard Sheldon
Assistant Director
     Joseph Cayalies
Set Decorators
     John McCartey  &
     Perry Murdoch
     Frank H. Wilkinson
Color  Coordinator
     Robert Brower
Color by Pathe
Editorial Dept. Head
     David J. O'Connell
Musical Supervisor
     Stanley Wilson
Costumes  by Burton Miller
     Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist
     Larry Germain

Ben Zazzara and Peter Lawford in Run For Your Life
Paul befriends Larry after he is attacked
Peter Lawford and Edward Colmans in Run For Your LifeLarry lands in the hospital after a drive-by shooting
Ben Zazzara and Anne Helm in Run For Your LifePaul says he knows that Molly shot at Larry
Ben Zazzara and Anne Helm in Run For Your Life
Molly finally gets Paul to let her stay
Angela Dorian and Peter Lawford in Run For Your Life
Hague finds a letter to Paul about his diagnosis
Ben Zazzara and Anne Helm in Run For Your LifeA sleepy Molly returns from dancing in the morning
Ben Zazzara and Anne Helm in Run For Your Life
Paul says he'll feel better when Molly is gone
Ben Zazzara and Peter Lawford in Run For Your Life
Larry says he's wanted for murder but innocent
Anne Helm in Run For Your Life

Molly accidentally shoots Larry
Ben Zazzara and Peter Lawford in Run For Your Life
Larry confesses the murder as he lies dying


[ Paul's notes for the day end here, but we are privileged to share a dream experience when an accident occurs, causing him to go off the road.]

A car suddenly swerved sideways right in my path. Collision, but no, we both just stopped where we were, suspended. Then ….. fireworks - filling the sky. It must be Carnival. People carrying me on a stretcher.
Kate. And we're walking along the beach. I must point out Corcovado, but can't see the Sugar Loaf at all. No, it's Paradise Island. Yes, we're meeting in the Bahamas.
Katie is in tears, trying to tell me something. Her father is dead. Killed by her mother's lover, the racing driver Larry Carter [ In the film episode, this is what happened; in this story, it is only Kate and Molly's mother having an affair with an Englishman  ]. She wants me to go to Rio and bring him back. Back where? Isn't he in England? Thought I was already in Rio.
Yes, and Larry is in Brazil for the race. Kate must be wrong. Surely, he's not trying to escape extradition.
Oh,there's Larry talking to his drivers' wives, Maria Quadros and Nina Melo. [ Larry Carter takes these two women out in the film episode ] Asking them for a nightcap - in the middle of the afternoon! What a flirt, just like Pete.
Now his drivers are beating him up. [ Thugs hired by Paul in the film episode are Larry Carter's drivers - and husbands of the Maria and Nina. ] Did he insult their wives?
No, I'm paying them. A trick to make friends with him. He killed Katie's father. Or did I just want to get his autograph?
Now someone's shooting at us. [ Molly in the episode ] I didn't pay this person. Alfonso Bras [ policeman in film episode ] thinks someone was trying to kill me. Maybe because I'm an amateur driver, and the professionals don't want me around. But Bras welcomed me so warmly to the race. Larry is in the hospital .... Or am I in the hospital?
Guess who was shooting?  It was Molly. I knew she was after Larry from the moment she set eyes on him! But now, Molly wants to finish Larry off.  The family can't get their signals straight. Kate wants me to bring him back; [ impossible reference in episode ] Molly wants him dead in Brazil.
Always such a silly girl. How can she be Kate's sister? Molly promised to go back home like a good child, but she is never good. Always trouble. I'll keep her locked in my hotel room, and stand guard by the door … Oh, I've fallen asleep by the door.
Maybe she drugged me. I feel so dizzy. Know that she is trying to trick me. Now she says that she has to stay here to maintain her sanity.  These Pierce women have a problem with sanity.I keep my cards close to my chest. Tell Molly nothing. Dangerous girl.
We are at a nightclub celebrating Carnival. Isabella and Molly's college friend will help me trick Larry. Carmen will pretend to have a rich father in the north by the border, and Larry will want to go after her ... But she does have a rich father. He's here at the race. He wished me good luck.
Larry will get in the Abel Leader, and I will fly him out of Brazil. Oh no, I sold my plane. How will we get there? Knew I shouldn't have sold her. I miss her ... Larry wants to go where the girls are. I'll deliver him to Kate, and then I can finish the race.
First I'll go to my room and lie down. So dizzy. Molly!  In my room. Trying to be seductive. I think she's glad my engagement to Kate is off. She always wanted me for herself. Now she's coming on strong. She's just drunk.
Molly is curious about my relationship with Kate. I think she wants to know if the field is clear for her. But then I heard Molly tell her friend that Kate and I were still engaged. Why does she think that?
Larry is not flying to the north. He was always known as the shrewdest driver in Formula One. He doesn't think Carmen is rich. Didn't he see Stefano Barreto in his Rolls?
No, it's I that Larry doesn't trust. He didn't really mean it when he said he was glad I was in the race. He wants to keep motor racing for the professionals.
But I must have gotten things wrong, because he does trust me, and wants to share his secrets. My clients always had faith in me. Maybe he will ask me to drive for Carter Grand Prix.
Larry says he's a wanted man. That's right. Molly wants to be his date for the big party after the race. But Larry means that he's wanted by the police. There's Alfonso Bras in a policeman's uniform. Maybe he wants Larry to come out of retirement and drive for his team.
But Larry says that he's wanted for a murder he didn't commit - the killing of Gerald Pierce. Kate's father dead?  I must go to Katie right away! She's in New York, giving a lecture at Columbia … or is she in the Bahamas?
Larry says that Alice Pierce is crazy. I have to think about that one …. Maybe. Now Larry says that Alice killed her husband and framed him.
I must become his lawyer and defend him. The poor man!I must buy him a drink, and comfort him. Maybe he'll ask me to drive for his team if I do. Pete can be my relief driver.
I must tell Molly the good news … Where is Molly? She had a gun. It's gone. Molly wants GB to win the race, that's why she wants to get rid of Larry. Or maybe she's gone to his room to seduce him … At gunpoint.
Larry dead. Molly killed him. Oh my God!
“Molly! Molly! Molly! Molly! Molly!” [ Paul is lying on a stretcher in the medical tent. Molly rushes forward as he calls her name. Pete comes into focus with an ironic expression on his face, and Molly embraces Paul, shouting that she was afraid he was going to die.
Going to die.
Paul raises his head, but the doctor tells him to lie down. They'll check for concussion, and if he's OK, and has a good night's rest, he'll be able to race tomorrow.  From the back of the grid.

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The Plot:

Paul has come to Rio de Janeiro at the request of his former fiancée to track down the killer of her father who's gone to Brazil to escape extradition.

His first ploy to catch Larry Carter is to have him attacked in the street by a couple muggers who run away when Paul shouts at them. Paul then  helps Larry up, and they agree to meet the following day. When Larry leaves the scene, the two heavies approach Paul, and he pays them off.
As they return to their hotel the next evening, a car flies by shooting, and Larry falls to the ground.  His injuries are not great, but he is hospitalised and a police officer questions both, either of whom could be the intended victim. When he leaves, Larry suggests they go to another part of Brazil.

Paul phones a friend at the US consulate who is able to find that the license plate of the car that Paul noted came from a rental agency.  Checking with them leads him directly to the person who attempted to kill Larry.
Paul proceeds to the hotel room of Molly Pierce, younger sister of his erstwhile fiancée Kate, and tells her that he is on a mission for Kate to bring their father's killer back to the US legally, and that he knows it was Molly who shot at him. She responds that the action was to save her sanity.

Paul goes to the phone to ring Kate to bring her sister home, but Molly begs him to give her a chance, and that she will leave on her own the next day, insisting that she stay the night with him before he takes her to the airport at 5 pm.
But when he wakes on the sofa the next morning, she is gone. First concerned, he then finds a note from Molly asking him to join her for breakfast downstairs. She believes this proves that she can be trusted to stay in Rio.

Paul is dubious, but she says that she needs to be there until she sees Larry Carter extradited back to America.

Molly wants Paul to take her to dinner, but he says that he has other plans, and refuses to tell her how he plans to trick Larry.
That evening Paul joins Larry at a nightclub with two Brazilian girls who say that they aren't able to remain in Rio for carnival, but must go back with their father to his country estate near Belem where Mardi Gras celebrations will be even better, according to them.  Larry is interested, but Paul says he principally came to Brazil to experience carnival in Rio de Janeiro.  The girls invite them to Belem, but then say there won't be room in their father's plane.  Larry suggests that, since Paul was an Air Force pilot, they could charter their own plane, and fly north to accept the invitation.
When Paul returns late to his room, Molly is there. He angrily tells her that she could have jeopardized the entire operation by her presence in the room.

Then, feeling proud of his plan, Paul reveals how he intends to fly Larry to French Guiana where extradition papers will be waiting, and that the two wealthy sisters were only actresses he hired. Molly gets Paul to take her to a late-night dancing spot. When they return to her hotel, Molly asks why Paul and her sister's relationship ended, but she is too sleepy to pursue the tragic subject.
The next day Larry meets Paul, presumably to fly to Belem, and fall into Paul's trap, when he suddenly reneges from the trip on a hunch that it might be a trick, possibly on the part of the two sisters. He adds that he even suspected Paul for a while, but is now certain the two women were at the heart of the plot.

Paul goes directly to Molly, to get her out of Rio immediately, but the first flight back isn't until 2 am.  She again tries to delay things, but Paul says he'll feel better when she is safe and back at school.  But instead of packing, she goes out.
Paul is in his room pacing when Larry enters with a peace offering of Bourbon, saying he shouldn't have spoiled the flight or mistrusted his friend.

Larry thinks the situation over and says he'll take Paul up on his offer to listen, and tells him that he's wanted for murder, and can't leave Brazil.  

Then Larry says that he is innocent, framed by the victim's husband who used Larry's gun with his prints on it in order to get rid of her spouse, but inherit his money.
Larry becomes depressed with the conversation, and they go out to take part in the Carnival.

Paul then goes back to his hotel and phones Molly about taking her to the airport, only to find out she's checked out. When he discovers her gun is gone, he rings Larry. Though Paul's just left him at his room, there is no answer, and he rushes back to the room.

There, Molly is holding Larry at gunpoint as he denies having killed her father, speaking to her calmly and trying to get her to put the weapon down.
When Paul knocks on the door, Molly turns, and Larry throws something to get the gun out of her hand, but instead, it fires and hits him.

Paul phones for the doctor, and Molly says that she wanted to kill Larry, but couldn't, and only shot him by accident.

Larry confirms this, and mortally wounded, asks for pen and paper. When Paul questions what he's written, he says it's a confession.Disbelieving, Paul asks whom he's trying to protect. Larry answers, “my immortal soul,” and dies.

Notes & Comments:  While most of the scenes with Molly don't really move the story forward, and seem fairly gratuitous, the rest of the episode is well-paced and interesting.

These sections hold the attention as Paul's plan develops and fizzles, then the guilt of Larry Carter is thrown into question, also to have another twist.

Molly's final scene has substantial drama, but only as a catalyst and not a presence where she again waters things down. Peter Lawford's smooth talking, as he tries to get her to put the gun down, seems to portray him as the liar we've assumed he was.

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39  Carol

Peter Lawford in Run For Your Life
Peter Lawford
as Larry Carter
Anne Helm in Run For Your Life
Anne Helm as
Molly Pierce
Edward Colmans in Run For Your Life
Edward Colmans
as the Police Officer
Tom Allen in Run For Your Life
Tom Allen as
J. Thomas Bledsoe
Angela Dorian in Run For Your Life
Angela Dorian
as Carmen
Anna Mizraki in Run For Your Life
Anna Mizraki
as Isabella
Stella Garcia as
the First Girl
Ines Pedroza in Run For Your Life
Ines Pedroza as
the Second Girl
Eliana Pittman
as the Singer
Carlos Rivas in Run For Your Life
Carlos Rivas
as the Thug