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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Rusty and Helen's Big Adventure
5 May 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Ann Sothern and John Cassavetes are stars from opposite decades -- she from the 1940's, and he from the 1970's -- but they meet here in the early 1960's as an unlikely duo of lovers/con artists named Rusty and Helen. Their aim is to find hidden loot left by Rusty's dying cell mate, who also happens to have been Helen's former lover. This is one of my least favorite plot lines, and the characters of Helen and Rusty are not particularly interesting as they plot to find the loot without much to go on. Rusty is all dark, nervous energy, and Helen seems half-asleep. This was shot during Ann Sothern's plump period, when her heavy eyelashes seemed to weigh down her eyelids, adding to her not-quite-there quality. Rusty and Helen employ juvenile logic and follow ridiculous clues that lead, unconvincingly, to a rat infested, abandoned shack where you just can't trust anybody. Helen pulls a fancy switch, but can't seem to quit while she's ahead and hangs around too long to gloat. These people are their own worst enemies, and therein lies this episode's cautionary tale.


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