Television: Important Story

Mike Wallace, who took fire on Manhattan television this season as a taboo-smashing interviewer (TIME, Jan. 7), had been trying for three weeks to strike similarly bright sparks with his new ABC network show on Sunday night. Last week, bringing "reformed" Los Angeles Racketeer Mickey Cohen into the U.S. living room, Wallace struck up a blaze that threatened to make things hot for him and his network despite all efforts to douse it.

Squat, pudgy Mickey Cohen, 45, proved a man of few words when pressed on his friendliness for Billy Graham ("I just...

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