Rusty Connors is a prison cellmate with Mike Krause, who tells Rusty all about his girlfriend Helen. Mike becomes ill with pneumonia, and reveals to Rusty on his deathbed that a stash of ... See full summary »

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Helen Cox
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Rusty Connors
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Mike Krause
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Newsstand Dealer
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Rusty Connors is a prison cellmate with Mike Krause, who tells Rusty all about his girlfriend Helen. Mike becomes ill with pneumonia, and reveals to Rusty on his deathbed that a stash of $56,000 is with his dead accomplice, Pete Taylor. When he is released, Rusty goes to Hanesville and courts Helen, while attempting with her help to find the loot. They finally go to a boat house on a lake, populated by rats. Rusty finds Pete's skeleton, and the money, in a crawl space above the ceiling. Rusty tries to grab a rock to do Helen in, but Helen beats him to the punch, knocking him out with a prying iron and tying him up. Before Helen leaves, Rusty manages to kick her, and she falls, impaled fatally on a pole. Rusty futilely tries to untie his restraints as the rats pile on his body. Written by Lewis Amack

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19 October 1964 (USA)  »

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The bus (with no rear windows, no pun intended) which brings the Rusty Connors character to town apparently is the same one used in Alfred Hitchcock's movie, 'North by Northwest' in the field where Cary Grant sees the crop-dusting plane that has an accident with the oil tanker truck. See more »

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Picks Up Steam, but Don't Eat Anything First
9 October 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The hour starts off slowly but picks up suspense before the big creep-out. Good thing producers hired two fine actors—Cassavetes (Rusty) & Sothern (Helen)—since most of the narrative is their talky give and take. Rusty gets out of prison with some info on missing loot of $56,000 from a bank heist. To fill in the missing pieces he takes up with slatternly waitress Helen, the girlfriend of the dead cell-mate who gave him the info. Now he and Helen try to piece together the loot's location, taking them eventually to an abandoned lake front shack where a surprise awaits.

I'm not surprised the idea came from horror-meister Robert Bloch, e.g. Psycho (1960). It's a big payoff, indeed. But then who would want to be prop-man here. I'm not even sure triple pay would be enough. Anyway, Cassavetes low-keys it as the slick ex-con, while Sothern does a tough broad bit reminiscent of the brassy early 1930's, but a long way from her fluffy TV roles. All in all, I expect this was a "water cooler" episode, one that got talked about over coffee the next day (but definitely leave off the snacks).


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