When an embezzling engineer is demoted and his brother takes over his former position, he makes plans to kill him.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Host
Ernie Mullett
Judy Mullett
Farnum Mullett
Mr. Baldwin
Paul Comi ...
Larry Thor ...
Paul Micale ...
The Waiter
Nancy Hsueh ...
The Secretary


Engineer Ernie Mullett, a plant manager, is having an affair with his secretary, Babs, financed through embezzlement. His boss, Mr. Baldwin, tells him that he will be replaced by his brother, Farnum, although Ernie brought Farnum into the company, and Farnum is staying at Ernie's house. When he gets home, Ernie is so angry he has a fight with Farnum, but his wife of six years tells him that she is in love with Farnum, and leaving with him. The next day at work, Babs tells Ernie how much she loves Farnum, who is exciting, while Ernie is just pleasant to look at. Ernie is demoted to cost estimator, sharing his secretary Madeleine with five other cost estimators. Ernie returns to his old office to retrieve items from the vault. Farnum tells him that he has defalcated $2,724.00, but that he will take care of the problem, if they can be amicable. Farnum says that the lock combination is changed, but offers to get an insurance policy from the safe, which Ernie wants to change to remove ... Written by Lew Amack (spoiler removed)

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4 January 1965 (USA)  »

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What Would The Rat Pack Say
4 March 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Somebody in production had a sense of humor and the absurd. After all, who would think balding, fat Roger Carmel (Farnum) would be more attractive to women than sleekly handsome Peter Lawford (Ernie). What, for goodness sake, would fellow rat-packer Frank Sinatra say. But here, Farnum not only bests brother Ernie with his wife (Hyer) and mistress (London), but gets him demoted so that tubby can take his place in the company. With that kind of humiliation, what's Ernie going to do. I've got to hand it to playboy Lawford for taking such an out-of-character, loser role.

Okay, maybe the story's not too plausible. Still, we can't be sure where it's headed, so interest is maintained. Plus, there're the three babes. Maybe because they're all blonde and shapely, I had some trouble keeping track (poor me). All in all, there may be no trademark atmosphere nor eerie effects, but there is a nice slice of irony highlighting a seemingly trivial character detail. Thus, the hour remains an unpredictable oddity, especially for fans of Lawford.

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