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Collector's Item (1958)

TV Movie  -   -  Adventure | Mystery  -  1958 (USA)
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Mr. Prentiss is an appraiser at his firm, the House of Prentiss. He is about to go to Florida to appraise a vast collection of a recently deceased collector, Van der Locken, when he ... See full summary »

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Henry Prentiss
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Mr. Munsey
Whitney Blake
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Harvey Parry
Dick Ryan
Dick Winslow
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Mr. Prentiss is an appraiser at his firm, the House of Prentiss. He is about to go to Florida to appraise a vast collection of a recently deceased collector, Van der Locken, when he receives an unwanted visit from Ivor Hager, who informs him of "The Left Fist of David," a valuable but mysterious art object that was stolen from a Mexican church. Hager offers a bribe but Prentiss firmly rejects it and heads to Florida. In Florida, Prentiss meets up with his cohorts, Mr. Munsey and his secretary, and they set about to appraise the collection. However, Hager shows up again, since he is a neighbor, with a teasing shot of a bow and arrow. It appears all are interested in the "Left Fist of David." After a mistaken poisoning of a cat, Prentiss and Munsey become concerned, and fabricate a sculpture of a fist. Thinking the sculpture is real, Hager enters with a gun, ready to steal the object, but then discovers it's a fake. In a fight-out with Prentiss and Munsey, Hager fires his gun at the ... Written by Bob Kosovsky <bkosovsky@nypl.org>

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Pretty Good
2 March 2004 | by (Des Plaines, IL) – See all my reviews

I just watched this pilot as a bonus piece on my "The Last Man on Earth" dvd from Critic's Choice. This was an unsold pilot with only one episode, "The Left Fist of David". Vincent Price plays an art appraiser/collector whose partner is Peter Lorre. They go to Florida to catalog the collection of a large estate. Thomas Gomez plays a creepy schemer (although Lorre's character is kind of creepy too) who alerts them to the possibility that the collection may contain a legendary piece known as the "Left Fist of David".

It would have worked much better as a full hour story as opposed to a half hour. They should probably remake this as a full hour show because I think it could have a lot of possibilities with a different story every week. Who would be today's equivalent of Price and Lorre, though?

The Critic's Choice version is a little choppy and some scenes are dark, but we are talking about a 1958 TV pilot so I don't know if that's normal or not.


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