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:
Alfred Hitchcock - Host
Ernie Mullett
Judy Mullett
Farnum Mullett
Mr. Baldwin
Paul Comi ...
Larry Thor ...
Paul Micale ...
The Waiter
The Secretary

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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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Peter Lawford and Roger C. Carmel
21 February 2012 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Crimson Witness" stars Peter Lawford as Ernie Mullett, who has the looks to succeed, only to watch his younger brother Farnum (Roger C. Carmel) get all the accolades. First, Ernie loses his job, his wife (Martha Hyer), and even his mistress (Julie London) to his overachieving brother, who adds to Ernie's frustration by cleverly deducing how much his older sibling had embezzled from the plant. The embittered Ernie concocts a murderous scheme to eliminate Farnum once and for all, using his latest secretary (Joanna Moore) for the perfect alibi. But alas, the best laid plans do go awry, as there is indeed a 'crimson witness' that reveals Ernie's guilt. Roger C. Carmel was best remembered for two appearances as Harcourt Fenton Mudd on the popular STAR TREK, in "Mudd's Women" and "I, Mudd." Hollywood veteran Alan Baxter plays the plant supervisor, with lovely Nancy Hsueh ("Targets") in a tiny part as his secretary.

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